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I am legend as American myth : race and masculinity in the novel and its film adaptations

Author: Amy J Ransom
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend has spawned a series of horror and science fiction films. This reexamination of Matheson's novel situates the tale of one man's attitude about killing racialized "others" within its orginal post-World War II context. The author analyzes several film adaptations, with a focus on the casting and interpretations protagonist Robert Neville"--
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Named Person: Richard Matheson; Richard Matheson; Richard Matheson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy J Ransom
ISBN: 9781476668338 1476668337
OCLC Number: 1014159261
Description: vii, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: I am legends: adapting Richard Matheson's last man novel to the screen --
Richard Matheson's I am legend: the trauma of World War II and the decline of western "right" --
Visualizing apocalypse through compromised masculinity: Vincent Price as the last man on Earth --
The last white man on earth: Charlton Heston in The omega man --
The color of the new hero: Will Smith in I am legend --
Conclusion: I am legend as American myth.
Responsibility: Amy J. Ransom.

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Over the decades, Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend has spawned a series of iconic horror and science-fiction films. This reexamination of Matheson's original novel situates its tale of a  Read more...

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