Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film / Edition 1

Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film / Edition 1

by Linda Williams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813521335

ISBN-13: 9780813521336

Pub. Date: 12/28/1994

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The essays in this volume represent some of the best new thinking about the crucial relations between visual representation in film and human subjectivity. No amount of empirical research into the sociology of actual audiences will displace the desire to speculate about the effects of visual culture, and especially moving images, on viewing subjects. These notions

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The essays in this volume represent some of the best new thinking about the crucial relations between visual representation in film and human subjectivity. No amount of empirical research into the sociology of actual audiences will displace the desire to speculate about the effects of visual culture, and especially moving images, on viewing subjects. These notions of spectatorship, however hypothetical, become extremely compelling metaphors for the workings of vision within the institution of cinema. Viewing Positions examines the tradition of a centered, unitary, distanced, and objectifying spectator's gaze; investigates the period when film spectatorship as an idea began; and analyses gender- and sexuality-based challenges to the homogeneous classical theory of spectatorship. It makes available critical understandings of spectatorship that have, until now, largely eluded cinema studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813521336
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Rutgers Depth of Field Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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