Fields Of Vision / Edition 1

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Overview

Filmed images dominate our time, from the movies and TV that entertain us to the news and documentary that inform us and shape our cultural vocabulary. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, Fields of Vision is a path-breaking collection that inquires into the power (and limits) of film and photography to make sense of ourselves and others. As critics, social scientists, filmmakers, and literary scholars, the contributors converge on the issues of representation and the construction of visual meaning across cultures.

From the dismembered bodies of horror film to the exotic bodies of ethnographic film and the gorgeous bodies of romantic cinema, Fields of Vision moves through eras, genres, and societies. Always asking how images work to produce meaning, the essays address the way the "real" on film creates fantasy, news, as well as "science," and considers this problematic process as cultural boundaries are crossed. One essay discusses the effects of Hollywood's high-capital, world-wide commercial hegemony on local and non-Western cinemas, while another explores the response of indigenous people in central Australia to the forces of mass media and video. Other essays uncover the work of the unconscious in cinema, the shaping of "female spectatorship" by the "women's film" genre of the 1920s, and the effects of the personal and subjective in documentary films and the photographs of war reportage.


In illuminating dark, elided, or wilfully neglected areas of representation, these essays uncover new fields of vision.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520085244
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Devereaux is Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Roger Hillman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern European Languages, both at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
1 An Introductory Essay 1
2 The National 21
3 The Modernist Sensibility in Recent Ethnographic Writing and the Cinematic Metaphor of Montage 35
4 Experience, Re-presentation, and Film 56
5 Photography and Film: Figures in/of History 77
6 Modernism and the Photographic Representation of War and Destruction 94
7 Horror and the Carnivalesque: The Body-monstrous 127
8 Barrymore, the Body, and Bliss: Issues of Male Representation and Female Spectatorship in the 1920s 160
9 Narrative, Sound, and Film: Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun 181
10 Novel into Film: The Name of the Rose 196
11 The Subjective Voice in Ethnographic Film 217
12 Mediating Culture: Indigenous Media, Ethnographic Film, and the Production of Identity 256
13 The Pressure of the Unconscious upon the Image: The Subjective Voice in Documentary 292
14 Robert Gardner's Rivers of Sand: Toward a Reappraisal 311
15 Cultures, Disciplines, Cinemas 329
Contributors 341
Index 345
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