Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place

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Global changes in capital, power, technology and the media have caused massive shifts in how we define home and community, leaving redrawn territories and globalized contexts.

This interdisciplinary study of the media brings together essays by accomplished

critics to discuss the way film, television, music, and computer and electronic media are shaping identities and cultures in an increasingly globalized world. Ranging from intensely personal to highly theoretical, the contributors explore our complex negotiation of "home" and homeland"

in a postmodern world. Contributors: Homi Bhabha, Thomas Elsaesser, Rosa Linda Fregoso, Teshome H. Gabriel, George Lipsitz, Margaret Morse, David Morley, John Peters, Patricia Seed, Ella Shohat, and Vivian Sobchack.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415919463
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hamid Naficy is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Rice University. He is the author of The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles (1993).

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Table of Contents

preface: arrivals and departures
1 framing exile: from homeland to homepage 1
pt. 1 traveling concepts
2 exile, nomadism, and diaspora: the stakes of mobility in the western canon 17
pt. 2 synesthetic homing
3 "is any body home?": embodied imagination and visible evictions 45
4 home: smell, taste, posture, gleam 63
5 the intolerable gift: residues and traces of a journey 75
6 the key to the house 85
pt. 3 cinematic modes of production
7 ethnicity, authenticity, and exile: a counterfeit trade? german filmmakers and hollywood 97
8 between rocks and hard places: the interstitial mode of production in exilic cinema 125
pt. 4 mediated collective formations
9 bounded realms: household, family, community, and nation 151
10 recycling colonialist fantasies on the texas borderlands 169
11 "home is where the hatred is": work, music, and the transnational economy 193
12 by the bitstream of babylon: cyberfrontiers and diasporic vistas 213
notes on contributors 233
index 237
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