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Trust me - it's paradise" The escapist motif in Into the Wild, The Beach and Are You Experienced?

Hannes Krehan

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ISBN 10: 3954891859 / ISBN 13: 9783954891856
Published by Anchor Academic Publishing Nov 2013, 2013
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Neuware - The author analyzes three books on escapism and the various ways in which it is represented in them. He focuses on Alex Garland's backpacker cult novel 'The Beach' and William Sutcliffe's satire of the gap-year traveler 'Are You Experienced ' as well as Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book 'Into the Wild'.The first part of the analysis deals with the influence of literary genres like the Bildungsroman and travel literature. Unreliable narration as a narrative strategy is taken into consideration, as well as the colonial subtext of 'The Beach' and 'Are You Experienced '. In 'Into the Wild' nature writing and road narratives are an integral part of the narrative.The second part deals with cultural aspects such as questions of authenticity that are raised during the narratives, the role of drugs as a means of escape, and also the problematic relationship between travelers and tourists. Finally, the author compares two film adaptations, Danny Boyle's 'The Beach' (2000) and Sean Penn's 'Into the Wild' (2007), with their corresponding literary source texts. 96 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783954891856

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Title: Trust me - it's paradise" The escapist motif...

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing Nov 2013

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Taschenbuch

Book Condition:Neu

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The author analyzes three books on escapism and the various ways in which it is represented in them. He focuses on Alex Garland's backpacker cult novel 'The Beach' and William Sutcliffe's satire of the gap-year traveler 'Are You Experienced?' as well as Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book 'Into the Wild'.The first part of the analysis deals with the influence of literary genres like the Bildungsroman and travel literature. Unreliable narration as a narrative strategy is taken into consideration, as well as the colonial subtext of 'The Beach' and 'Are You Experienced?'. In 'Into the Wild' nature writing and road narratives are an integral part of the narrative.The second part deals with cultural aspects such as questions of authenticity that are raised during the narratives, the role of drugs as a means of escape, and also the problematic relationship between travelers and tourists. Finally, the author compares two film adaptations, Danny Boyle's 'The Beach' (2000) and Sean Penn's 'Into the Wild' (2007), with their corresponding literary source texts.

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Hannes Krehan was born in 1984 in Rostock. After graduating from the University of Rostock with a Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish, he transferred to the University of Jena, where he took up a Master Program in English. During his studies, he focused on American Literature, developing a particular interest in the American classics like Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce and Jack London, but also in the modern works on different youth subcultures by authors like Irvine Welsh, Douglas Coupland and Alex Garland.

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