Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde / Edition 1

Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde / Edition 1

by Bill Nichols
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520227328

ISBN-13: 9780520227323

Pub. Date: 10/31/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

"Finally, after all these years, a book from a major American academic press about a major figure from the American film avant-garde! Leave it to Bill Nichols, whose books on documentary have been a major service to the field of independent cinema, to offer us not only a new set of readings of Maya Deren by Annette Michelson, Maureen Turim, Lucy Fischer, Jane

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"Finally, after all these years, a book from a major American academic press about a major figure from the American film avant-garde! Leave it to Bill Nichols, whose books on documentary have been a major service to the field of independent cinema, to offer us not only a new set of readings of Maya Deren by Annette Michelson, Maureen Turim, Lucy Fischer, Jane Brakhage Wodening, and others but also to retrieve from obscurity Deren's own Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film. It's about time!"—Scott MacDonald, author of "The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films About Place"

"If you thought Maya Deren equals Meshes of the Afternoon, this volume demands you junk that reductionist view to join a more expansive, significant exhumation of her legacy deploying an exhilarating multiplicity of methodologies and concerns. This wide-ranging, virtuoso volume torques the myths and legends clouding Deren to restore her as a major force in oppositional American film culture, on par with Vertov, Eisenstein, and Godard."—Patricia R. Zimmerman, author of States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520227323
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/31/2001
Edition description:
First Edition, Includes the complete text of An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form, a
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Poetics and Savage Thought21
The Modernist Poetics of Maya Deren47
The Ethics of Form77
Maya Deren Herself105
Aesthetic Agencies in Flux131
Moving the Dancers' Souls151
Maya Deren179
"The Eye for Magic"185
Maya Deren's Ethnographic Representation of Ritual and Myth in Haiti207
Seeing Double(s)237
Maya Deren and Me261
AppAn Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film267
List of Contributors323
Index327

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