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Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity by Katherine Fusco (review)

Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity by Katherine Fusco... Reviews Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity, by Katherine Fusco. New York: Routledge, 2016. 208 pp. Cloth, $140.00. myrto drizou In her insightful study of shared formal and thematic devices in U.S. naturalist literature and silent film, Katherine Fusco examines the ways in which the human relation to time shaped both the narrative structures of U.S. literary naturalism and the formal techniques of early film. Using Jack London's well-known story "To Build a Fire" as a case in point, Fusco analyzes the interplay between two different temporal modalities, man's and nature's: as opposed to individual interpretations of time as a finite, manageable source, natural time is an infinite force that moves inexorably forward. The inexorability of natural forces is a well-established topos in naturalist literature as well as naturalism studies. What renders Fusco's study highly original (and much anticipated) is a carefully nuanced expression of this topos in temporal terms, which, in turn, allows her to trace not only thematic but also formal structures that are analogous in early cinema and U.S. naturalist novels. Fusco extends the scholarship on literary naturalism and early film beyond adaptation studies, placing both the literary and the cinematic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism University of Nebraska Press

Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity by Katherine Fusco (review)

Studies in American Naturalism , Volume 11 (1) – Mar 1, 2016

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Reviews Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity, by Katherine Fusco. New York: Routledge, 2016. 208 pp. Cloth, $140.00. myrto drizou In her insightful study of shared formal and thematic devices in U.S. naturalist literature and silent film, Katherine Fusco examines the ways in which the human relation to time shaped both the narrative structures of U.S. literary naturalism and the formal techniques of early film. Using Jack London's well-known story "To Build a Fire" as a case in point, Fusco analyzes the interplay between two different temporal modalities, man's and nature's: as opposed to individual interpretations of time as a finite, manageable source, natural time is an infinite force that moves inexorably forward. The inexorability of natural forces is a well-established topos in naturalist literature as well as naturalism studies. What renders Fusco's study highly original (and much anticipated) is a carefully nuanced expression of this topos in temporal terms, which, in turn, allows her to trace not only thematic but also formal structures that are analogous in early cinema and U.S. naturalist novels. Fusco extends the scholarship on literary naturalism and early film beyond adaptation studies, placing both the literary and the cinematic

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Studies in American NaturalismUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 1, 2016

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