TITLE

The aesthetics of pastiche in the work of Richard Linklater

AUTHOR(S)
Harrod, Mary
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Screen;Jan2010, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This essay examines the work of contemporary film director Richard Linklater in the light of the concept of pastiche. After beginning with a brief overview of recent scholarship on pastiche, both in culture as a whole and in cinema, it argues that it is a structuring mode in three Linklater films: Dazed and Confused (1993), Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). The purpose of the analysis is to assess both the films’ intellectual meaning and, specifically, the emotional resonance of the different varieties of pastiche they offer, in order to explore the affective possibilities associated with the mode. In this way, not only is it suggested that an understanding of the aesthetics of pastiche illuminates Linklater's films; conversely, examination of the rich and often innovatively conceived pastiche aesthetic that informs the director's work can be seen to open up understanding of the value and potentialities of pastiche itself.
ACCESSION #
52552875

 

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