The time-critical sequel: an exploration of time through sequels’ temporal intertextuality

Pintado Zurita, Mariana (2022) The time-critical sequel: an exploration of time through sequels’ temporal intertextuality. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Film sequels have usually been looked down upon by fans and film critics alike, as well as overlooked by most film theorists. However, sequels provide a rich layering of intertextuality that create all kinds of new meanings worth looking into more closely. This dissertation investigates the type of sequels in which the passing of time, both inside and outside of the story, becomes a key feature of the films themselves. I focus on sequels that acknowledge, incorporate, and specifically reflect on the duration between one film and the other often with ten, twenty or even over thirty years passing between instalments. My research focuses on their use of temporality, developing the vocabulary to speak about them and how they convey the passage of time. I primarily analyse the character development and the longterm gaps, which, even if inconspicuous and until now ignored, play an essential part in the intertextuality of the films. When we look at these sequels in depth, we discover they provide a new way to look at narrative time closely related to real-life time. This intersection of the two allows for a new way to think about time and its effects in the long term, both regarding character development and the social contexts around them. This study provides a new perspective to look at sequels and the temporal intertextuality between them. My purpose is to define this type of sequel as a 'time-critical sequel' and show how they operate by enhancing an old story while telling a new one.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Supported by funding from the College of Arts Postgraduate Scholarships 2018/19.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Supervisor's Name: Barker, Professor Timothy and Holdsworth, Dr. Amy
Date of Award: 2022
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2022-83366
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2023 09:38
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2023 09:38
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.83366

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