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Writing Kerouac's bookmovie: cinematic influence and imagery in the modern road novel

Keevil, Tyler 2017. Writing Kerouac's bookmovie: cinematic influence and imagery in the modern road novel. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 14 (2) , pp. 167-175. 10.1080/14790726.2016.1277764

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This essay adopts a creative-critical approach in looking at the influence of cinema on the modern road novel. It is in agreement with Mills, in her 2006 work titled The Road Story and the Rebel: Moving Through Film, Fiction, and Television, that the road novel can only be understood as part of a wider genre, the road story, which encompass a broader spectrum of mediums, most notably film. Through exploration of classic texts in the genre – Kerouac, Wolfe, et al. – it demonstrates the extent of cinematic influence on the road novel’s gestation and development. In particular, the essay examines Kerouac’s concept of ‘the bookmovie’ and seeks to establish just how prescient and prophetic this has become. In so doing, it will posit that the author’s own road novel, The Drive, fits the criteria of the ‘bookmovie’ through its integration of cinematic homage, as well as its deployment of filmic style and technique.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1479-0726
Date of Acceptance: 26 December 2016
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 17:03

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