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. ISSN 1479-0726

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Abstract

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
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Road novels, Kerouac, bookmovie, On the Road, The Drive, fiction
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR471 20th century
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR481 21st century
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 16:24
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 07:42
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4332

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