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New Testaments: Cognition, Closure, and the Figural Logic of the Sequel, 1660-1740
by Michael Austin (Goodreads Author)
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, popular works of literature attracted as they attract today sequels, prequels, franchises, continuations, and parodies. Sequels of all kinds demonstrate the economic realities of the literary marketplace. This represents something fundamental about the way human beings process narrative information. We crave narrative closure, b ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published November 17th 2011 by University of Delaware Press
(first published November 1st 2011)
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In order to demonstrate the relevancy of the book's ideas to today's readers, Austin starts and concludes this book by discussing the impulse to reopen narratives in cinema through the use of sequals. Even though Frankenstein and Dracula die in early films, sequals abound that bring these monsters back to fight another day, and another and another. Then he moves to his area of expertise to discuss why people desire sequals, and how the authors of that era of British literature used sequals and b ...more
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