Jim Shepard

The Tunnel at the End of the Light (Paperback)

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorJim Shepard
Publication DateSeptember, 2017
ISBN-139781941040720
GenreLiterary Collections/Essays
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<p>Given that most Americans proudly consider themselves non-political, where do our notions of collective responsibility come from? Which self-deceptions, when considering ourselves as actors on the world stage, do we cling to most tenaciously? Why do we so stubbornly believe, for example, that our country always means well when intervening abroad? <br /><br /><i>The Tunnel at the End of the Light</i> argues that some of our most persistent and destructive assumptions, in that regard, might come from the movies. In these ten essays Jim Shepard weaves close readings of film with cultural criticism to explore the ways in which movies work so ubiquitously to reflect how Americans think and act. Whether assessing the &quot;high-spirited glee of American ruthlessness&quot; captured in <i>GoodFellas</i>, or finding in <i>Lawrence of Arabia</i> a &quot;portrait of the lunatic serenity of our leaders' conviction in the face of all evidence and their own lack of knowledge,&quot; he explores how we enter into conversations with specific genres and films--<i>Chinatown, The Third Man</i>, and <i>Badlands</i> among others--in order to construct and refine our most cherished illusions about ourselves. </p>

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Given that most Americans proudly consider themselves non-political, where do our notions of collective responsibility come from? Which self-deceptions, when considering ourselves as actors on the world stage, do we cling to most tenaciously? Why do we so stubbornly believe, for example, that our country always means well when intervening abroad?

The Tunnel at the End of the Light argues that some of our most persistent and destructive assumptions, in that regard, might come from the movies. In these ten essays Jim Shepard weaves close readings of film with cultural criticism to explore the ways in which movies work so ubiquitously to reflect how Americans think and act. Whether assessing the "high-spirited glee of American ruthlessness" captured in GoodFellas, or finding in Lawrence of Arabia a "portrait of the lunatic serenity of our leaders' conviction in the face of all evidence and their own lack of knowledge," he explores how we enter into conversations with specific genres and films--Chinatown, The Third Man, and Badlands among others--in order to construct and refine our most cherished illusions about ourselves.

Given that most Americans proudly consider themselves non-political, where do our notions of collective responsibility come from? Which self-deceptions, when considering ourselves as actors on the world stage, do we cling to most tenaciously? Why do we so stubbornly believe, for example, that our country always means well when intervening abroad?

The Tunnel at the End of the Light argues that some of our most persistent and destructive assumptions, in that regard, might come from the movies. In these ten essays Jim Shepard weaves close readings of film with cultural criticism to explore the ways in which movies work so ubiquitously to reflect how Americans think and act. Whether assessing the "high-spirited glee of American ruthlessness" captured in GoodFellas, or finding in Lawrence of Arabia a "portrait of the lunatic serenity of our leaders' conviction in the face of all evidence and their own lack of knowledge," he explores how we enter into conversations with specific genres and films--Chinatown, The Third Man, and Badlands among others--in order to construct and refine our most cherished illusions about ourselves.

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Publisher
Tin House Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
272
Author
Jim Shepard
Title
The Tunnel at the End of the Light
ISBN-13
9781941040720
Publication Date
September, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1941040721

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