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MAGIC LENS

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE VISUAL ARTS
IN THE NARRATIVE WORLD OF CARLOS FUENTES

 

by

 

LANIN A. GYURKO

(University of Arizona, USA)

 

                                                                

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Coatlicue Goes to Hollywood.’ By Carlos Mal Pacheco (2009).
Reproduced with Permission.

Cover Design by Rosana Sánchez
 and Carlos Mal Pacheco ©
 

ISBN: 978-1-931948-98-2

 2010


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Dr. MABUSE
  
Beautiful but jejeune Countess Told seeking escape from her effete husband
through relationships with both Mabuse and Wenk
.
 


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Dr. MABUSE
  
Mabuse as histrionic,
   proletarian rabble-rouser.
 

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CITIZEN KANE
 
Kane’s marriage of convenience to escalate political ambitions.
The apparent closeness of husband and wife is evanescent.

  
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                                                                      CITIZEN KANE
                             
              Kane's image endlessly multiplied to signify
                                                complexity and futility of his existence.
 

 

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                                                                     CITIZEN KANE
                             
  What is more significant: Kane the man or Kane the image?
                             Incessant purveyor of images as politician, friend, and husband.
 



 
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                                                               CITIZEN KANE
                                                     “This is our home, Susan.”
                                             Monumentality as a devouring force.
 


 
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                                          DAS KABINETT DES Dr. KALIGARI
                “Du muss Caligari werden''
: the power
of the ancient medical text
 
                                 over the maniacal psychiatrist. Words can kill.
 

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                                                                  CASABLANCA
  
                                           French Resistance fighter cut down
 
                                        under poster of Marshall Philippe Pétain.

 

         This latest work by Lanin A. Gyurko  explores the enormous influence of the Visual Arts, particularly World Film, from the Silent Era through Film Noir to the present, on the complex and intriguing works of the foremost Mexican and Latin American author Carlos Fuentes, the founder of the Latin American Boom Novel.

 
        Magic Lens is a landmark work that thoroughly examines the impact of German Expressionist Film of the l920s, including masterworks by Fritz Lang and Robert Wiene, on Fuentes's major narratives. The Neo Gothic Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles and considered to be one of the greatest films of all times, has thematically, structurally, and stylistically influenced Fuentes's outstanding work, La muerte de Artemio Cruz.

        Magic Lens will be  fundamental to film buffs, to Latin American scholars interested in how Fuentes's keen sociopolitical vision is complemented by his dedication to the visual image, and to everyone interested in the way that the mystery, wonder and power of the cinema enhance the verbal images developed by the novelist.

         Magic Lens is accompanied by many stills of epic films like Dr. Mabuse, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Citizen Kane, and the classic films of Humphrey Bogart, including Casablanca.

X + 550 Pages + 130 Photos. Bibliography and Index.

 

Dr. LANIN A. GYURKO

Recipient of the

 Outstanding Achievement Award

 below  the great bell
 of the USS Arizona
sunk at Pearl Harbor.


USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL, HAWAII, 1962

The bell was rung in April of 2009
 seven times in honor of the 1,177 valiant crewmen
 who lost their lives on December 7th, 1941.

 Said Dr. Lanin A. Gyurko:
'It was a great and moving event to have the bell rung
 in honor of the
Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients'

 

 

Dr. LANIN A. GYURKO

Recipient of the

 Outstanding Achievement Award

At The Outstanding

Achievement Award Ceremony

 With

 Dr. ROBERT N. SHELTON,

President of

 The University of Arizona

(USA)

 

Professor Lanin A. Gyurko is Professor of Cinema Studies and Latin American Literatures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, where he also directs the Mexican and Mexican American Literature and Culture Program.

      Professor Lanin A. Gyurko has authored four books on the works of Carlos Fuentes, including three: The Shattered Screen: Myth and Demythification in the  Art of Carlos Fuentes and Billy Wilder, published by the University Press of the South in 2009;  Magic Lens. The Transformation of the Visual Arts in the Narrative World of Carlos Fuentes, published by University Press of the South in 2010; and Spellbound: Alfred Hitchcock and Carlos Fuentes, to be published by University Press of the South in 2012.

Professor Lanin A. Gyurko is also the author of two extensive monographs and more than sixty essays on the narrative  dramatic, and essayistic art of Carlos Fuentes. Dr. Gyurko has also published extensively on Argentine literature, including Julio Cortazar and Jorge Luis Borges. His acclaimed book, Twilight Zone. Reality and Fantasy in the Narrative Art of Julio Cortazar, was published by University Press of the South in 2011. Dr. Gyurko is currently preparing a second volume on Cortazar entitled, Blow-Up: Julio Cortazar and World Film, to be published by University Press of the South in 2013.

Professor Lanin A. Gyurko was honored in 2009 by the publication Studies in Honor of Lanin A. Gyurko, a book of essays written by his former Ph.D. students at Arizona, now Professors, Chairs of Departments and Deans at universities throughout the United States and Mexico.

Professor Lanin A. Gyurko, in 2009, received the Outstanding Achievement Award, granted by the University of Arizona Student Union Council.

 

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