Engaging Film / Edition 344

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Engaging Film is a creative, interdisciplinary volume that explores the engagements among film, space, and identity and features a section on the use of films in the classroom as a critical pedagogical tool. Focusing on anti-essentialist themes in films and film production, this book examines how social and spatial identities are produced (or dissolved) in films and how mobility is used to create different experiences of time and space. From popular movies such as 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Bulworth,' 'Terminator 2,' and 'The Crying Game' to home movies and avant-garde films, the analyses and teaching methods in this collection will engage students and researchers in film and media studies, cultural geography, social theory, and cultural studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Scholars of geography from England, the US, Wales, and Ireland take mobility as an example of a filmic representation that lies at the core of the engagement between geography and film. They investigate a shift in the underlying epistemologies of geographic inquiry into film, in which representations are seen not as object but as social relations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
John Paul Jones III
Singularly smart, these essays excavate the dense spatialities—both fixed and destabilized—at work in the moving image. Cresswell and Dixon have compiled what is surely a landmark volume in cultural geography.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
This is a remarkable book. It is a very readable volume of essays that substantiates the importance of film study in geography and geographic study of film.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742508859
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 344
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Cresswell and Deborah Dixon both teach in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Engaging Film 1
Pt. I Engaging Mobility 11
2 Rethinking the Observer: Film, Mobility, and the Construction of the Subject 13
3 Spectacular Violence, Hypergeography, and the Question of Alienation in Pulp Fiction 32
4 Telling Travelers' Tales: The World through Home Movies 47
Pt. II Engaging Identity 67
5 Lacan: The Movie 69
6 Chips Off the Old Ice Block: Nanook of the North and the Relocation of Cultural Identity 94
7 Masculinity in Conflict: Geopolitics and Performativity in The Crying Game 123
8 Smoke Signals: Locating Sherman Alexie's Narratives of American Indian Identity 140
9 Pax Disney: The Annotated Diary of a Film Extra in India 159
10 Modern Identities in Early German Film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 174
Pt. III Engaging Pedagogy 191
11 Practicing Film: The Autonomy of Images in Les Amants du Pont-Neuf 193
12 The Real Thing? Contesting the Myth of Documentary Realism through Classroom Analysis of Films on Planning and Reconstruction 209
13 On Location: Teaching the Western American Urban Landscape through Mi Vida Loca and Terminator 2 226
14 "We Just Gotta Eliminate 'Em": On Whiteness and Film in Matewan, Avalon, and Bulworth 246
15 Using Film as a Tool in Critical Pedagogy: Reflections on the Experience of Students and Lecturers 271
Bibliography 297
Index 323
About the Contributors 329
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