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George Butte Publishes New Book on Fiction and Film

by Laurie Laker ’12

Colorado College Professor of English George Butte has published a new book, “Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film.”

The culmination of more than a decade’s worth of research, the book – Butte’s second – offers a new understanding of how fiction and film narratives use particular techniques to create, represent, and bring about the experience of community. Studying texts and titles ranging from Henry James, to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan tales, to the Coen brothers’ classic “Raising Arizona,” to “(500) Days of Summer” by English major Marc Webb ’96, Butte examines narratives that represent insight and blindness, as well as love and loss, highlighting each connection and disconnection in a discussion of technique.

Butte’s new work, which already is earning impressive reviews, represents the published extension of much of his classroom teaching at Colorado College. An expert in narrative theory across multiple genres of literature and film, Butte teaches a wide variety of classes at CC from introductory classes in film and literary theory to the 19th-century British novel to senior seminars on narratology.

“This book demonstrates what is best about teaching at Colorado College – the chance to extend one’s reach, to experiment, to learn anew,” says Butte.

“When I first came to the college, it would never have occurred to me to write about film, or narrative theory, or the Peter Pan stories.”

Joining CC in 1974, Butte holds a Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; he was also a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford from 1968-1970. He has served as chair and associate chair of the Department of English on multiple occasions, and on the review committees for both the Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarship programs in the Colorado region.

“Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film” is published by Ohio State University Press, 2017.