Department of English

Congratulations to Donna Kornhaber

Mon, September 11, 2017
Congratulations to Donna Kornhaber
Book cover for Wes Anderson: A Collector's Cinema

… on the publication of her new book, Wes Anderson: A Collector’s Cinema, by the University of Illinois Press. In this piece, Donna Kornhaber approaches Wes Anderson’s style as the necessary product of the narrative and thematic concerns of such works as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here, she figures Anderson’s stylistic excess as the creation of a curator, “a prime mover who artfully and conscientiously arranges diverse components” to tell the story of characters lost amidst complexities and histories of their own making manifested in their affective surroundings. “As Kornhaber shows, Anderson's films offer nothing less than a fascinating study in the sensation of belonging--told by characters who possess it the least.”

Donna Kornhaber is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Charlie Chaplin, Director.

 

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