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English-language Literary Biopics in 2017-2019: the Problem of Genres’ Formulas

Student: Uliana Gurova

Supervisor: Irina Lagutina

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Cultural Studies (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

In this work literary biopics about J. D. Salinger «Rebel In the Rye» (dir. Danny Strong, 2017) and about J. R. R. Tolkien “Tolkien” (dir. Dome Karukoski, 2019) are analyzed to identify complex visual and symbolic methods of creating the image of each writer with the involvement of analyzing the image of writers in culture and working with biopic’s reception by critics and viewers. The research lean on the idea of biopic as technically reproduced product of mass-culture, therefore, conventional elements and structures of biopics are identified as “formulas” in Kawelti’s terms. As main theoretical and methodological frames theory of literature canon, biopics and literary biopics researches, semiotic approach to mass-culture analysis and theory of intertextuality are used.

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