The Literature of Hollywood

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This module offers students an overview of literary representations of Hollywood, spanning from the 1920s to the modern day. It will analyze the various genres within the literature of Hollywood, including the cautionary tale, insider story, and celebrity memoir, as well as tracing changing conceptions of Hollywood as industry and physical space. The module will examine the relationship between film-historical fact and fictional representation; and it will also incorporate two film adaptations to explore how Hollywood responded to and transformed its representation in literature.


  • a presentation (20%);
  • a research essay of 6,000 words (80%)

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of:

  1. the breadth of literary works chronicling the Hollywood experience;
  2. the relationship between literary and cinematic storytelling;
  3. the film-historical contexts that inspired key works;
  4. the mythology generated by Hollywood as such, and how literature contributes to this cultural phenomenon.


Dr. Ana Salzberg


The course will normally be run by one fortnightly two-hour seminar, with the support of an office hour.