Screenwriting Poetics and the Screen Idea

  • Ian W. Macdonald

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting book series (PSIS)

Table of contents

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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


A new, original investigation into how screenwriting works; the practices, creative 'poetics' and texts that serve the screen idea. Using a range of film, media and creative theories, it includes new case studies on the successful ITV soap Emmerdale, Hitchcock's first major screenwriter and David Lean's unfinished film, Nostromo. 


film media poetics screenwriting

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian W. Macdonald
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  1. 1.Institute of Communications StudiesUniversity of LeedsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Media & Culture Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-35191-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-39229-8
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