Adaptation Film Essays For Philosophy

The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

edited by David LaRocca

Publication Year: 2011

From the Academy Award–winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Academy Award–nominated Adaptation (2002) to the cult classic Being John Malkovich (1999), writer Charlie Kaufman is widely admired for his innovative, philosophically resonant films. Although he only recently made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), most fans and critics refer to “Kaufman films” the way they would otherwise discuss works by directors Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, or the Coen brothers. Not only has Kaufman transformed our sense of what can take place in a film, but he also has made a significant impact on our understanding of the role of the screenwriter. The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, edited by David LaRocca, is the first collection of essays devoted to a rigorous philosophical exploration of Kaufman’s work by a team of capable and critical scholars from a wide range of disciplines. From political theorists to philosophers, classicists to theologians, professors of literature to filmmakers, the contributing authors delve into the heart of Kaufman’s innovative screenplays, offering not only original philosophical analyses but also extended reflections on the nature of film and film criticism.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Series: The Philosophy of Popular Culture

Part 1. On Being and Not Being One’s Self

Part 2. Being, or Trying to Be, with Others

Part 3. Being in the World, Partially

Introduction: Charlie Kaufman and Philosophy’s Questions

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pp. 1-20

On Being John Malkovich and Not Being Yourself

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pp. 46-65

The Divided Self: Kaufman, Kafka, Wittgenstein, and Human Nature

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pp. 66-88

Unauthorized Autobiography: Truth and Fact in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

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pp. 89-108

Me and You: Identity, Love, and Friendship in the Films of Charlie Kaufman

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pp. 111-131

I Don’t Know, Just Wait: Remembering Remarriage in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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pp. 132-154

Charlie Kaufman, Philosophy, and the Small Screen

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pp. 155-168

The Instructive Impossibility of Being John Malkovich

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pp. 169-190

Living a Part: Synecdoche, New York, Metaphor, and the Problem of Skepticism

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pp. 193-207

“There’s No More Watching”: Artifice and Meaning in Synecdoche, New York and Adaptation

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pp. 208-223

Human Nature and Freedom in Adaptation

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pp. 224-238

Nietzschean Themes in the Films of Charlie Kaufman

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pp. 254-268

Inconclusive Unscientific Postscript

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pp. 269-294

E-ISBN-13: 9780813133928
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813133911

Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: The Philosophy of Popular Culture
Series Editor Byline: Mark T. Conard See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 727845468
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman
Book Description:

From the Academy Award--winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Academy Award--nominated Adaptation (2002) to the cult classic Being John Malkovich (1999), writer Charlie Kaufman is widely admired for his innovative, philosophically resonant films. Although he only recently made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), most fans and critics refer to "Kaufman films" the way they would otherwise discuss works by directors Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, or the Coen brothers. Not only has Kaufman transformed our sense of what can take place in a film, but he also has made a significant impact on our understanding of the role of the screenwriter.

The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, edited by David LaRocca, is the first collection of essays devoted to a rigorous philosophical exploration of Kaufman's work by a team of capable and critical scholars from a wide range of disciplines. From political theorists to philosophers, classicists to theologians, professors of literature to filmmakers, the contributing authors delve into the heart of Kaufman's innovative screenplays, offering not only original philosophical analyses but also extended reflections on the nature of film and film criticism.

eISBN: 978-0-8131-3392-8

Subjects: Film Studies, Philosophy

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