Blurred Boundaries / Edition 1

Blurred Boundaries / Edition 1

by Bill Nichols
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253209005

ISBN-13: 2900253209008

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments when the traditional boundaries of fiction/nonfiction are truth/falsehood blur. Nichols argues that a history of social representation in film, television, and video requires an understanding of the fate of both contemporary and older work. Traditionally, film history and cultural studies sought to place films in a

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Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments when the traditional boundaries of fiction/nonfiction are truth/falsehood blur. Nichols argues that a history of social representation in film, television, and video requires an understanding of the fate of both contemporary and older work. Traditionally, film history and cultural studies sought to place films in a historical contest. Nichols proposes a new goal: to examine how specific works, old and new promote or suppress a sense of historical consciousness. Simultaneously, Blurred Boundaries radically alters the interpretive frameworks offered by neo-formalism and psychoanalysis: Comprehension itself becomes a social act of transformative understanding rather than an abstract mental process, while the use of psychoanalytic terms like desire, lack, or paranoia to make social points metaphorically yields to a vocabulary designed expressly for historical interpretation- such as project, intentionality, and the social imaginary. An important departure from prevailing trends in many fields. blurred Boundaries offers new directions for the study of visual culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900253209008
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

I. Embodied Knowledge and the Politics of Location
An Evocation
II. The Trials and Tribulations of Rodney King
III. At the Limits of Reality (TV)
IV. The Ethnographer’s Tale
V. Performing Documentary
VI. Eisenstein’s Strike and the Genealogy of Documentary
VII. Please, All you Good and Honest People
Film Form and Historical Consciouness

Notes
Index

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