Private Novels, Public Films
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Private Novels, Public Films

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Pages: 184

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 09/01/2016

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4168-2

List Price: $25.95

Private Novels, Public Films

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The modern association of the word private with the individual, and the word public with the social did not occur until the emergence of capitalism separated family life from the workplace, creating the fundamental oppositions between home and business, female and male, and rest and labor that have defined life in industrialized societies through our time.
Comparing the ways novels and films articulate middle-class culture, Judith Mayne reveals how both forms of narrative function as an encounter between private and public life, engaging the crucial relationships of a dualistic world—between men and women; between social classes; between readers or viewers and texts.
Unlike past studies of the novel and film that have tried to establish one art form as superior to the other or have limited their analysis to the ways that novels have been translated into film, Private Novels, Public Films is a comparative study of the relationship between two forms of narrative and spheres of private and public life across different periods of history.

Mayne's book is a welcome departure from standard literature-and-film studies. . . . . Because Mayne's book raises questions for further research and because her approach may be emulated, she has given scholars a promising new direction.

—South Atlantic Review

Mayne delivers what she promises, a solid investigation of the social aspects of narrative of both novel and film. Her analysis of the way ideology shapes theme and structure . . . is always sharp, articulate, and amply demonstrated.


For some time Mayne has been one of the most perceptive contemporary commentators on film and film theory. While this study returns to many of the issues which concerned her in the past, it contains one of her most sustained and cogent arguments.

—Journal of Modern Literature

About the Author/Editor

JUDITH MAYNE is an emerita professor of French at the Ohio State University. She is the author of eight books, including Claire Denis, Le Corbeau, and Frames: Lesbian, Feminists, and Media Culture.