The Great Gatsby and Ned Kelly: Telling national iconic stories through a transnational lens

Hawkes, Lesley (2016) The Great Gatsby and Ned Kelly: Telling national iconic stories through a transnational lens. In Kunze, Peter & Gaunson, Steven (Eds.) Australia and America Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmills Basingstoke. (In Press)


This chapter will examine how transnational film making allows national and iconic stories to shift outside their imposed national boundaries, freeing them from “nation building” constraints and predetermined ideological motivations. Each interpretation creates one more dimension to the story’s complexity and hybridity assuring its continuance and relevance into the future. Each new film version, and in the case of iconic stories, each new transnational film version, breathes new energy and life into the stories and also stops monolithic ownership of them. What is also of interest in this chapter is the judgement cast upon each of the retelling and adaptations of these iconic stories. Every adaptation is weighed up and judged against a mythic ideal, and as such, each always falls short of imagined expectations. But in a paradoxical fashion, it is this failure to capture that provides the impetus for the story’s future retellings.

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ID Code: 90474
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: transnational, cinema, stories, iconic national, great gatsby
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2015 00:26
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 05:01

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