Multimedia Histories: From the Magic Lantern to the Internet

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Multimedia Histories: From the Magic Lantern to the Internet is the first book to explore in detail the vital connections between today’s digital culture and an absorbing history of screen entertainments and technologies. Its range of coverage moves from the magic lantern, the stereoscope and early film to the DVD and the internet.

 

By reaching back into the innovative media practices of the nineteenth century, Multimedia Histories outlines many of the revealing continuities between nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century multimedia culture. Comprising some of the most important new work on multimedia culture and history by key writers in this growing field, Multimedia Histories will be an indispensable new sourcebook for the discipline. It will be an important intervention in rethinking the boundaries of Anglo-American film and media history.

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James Lyons is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of English at Exeter University; he is author of Selling Seattle: Representing Contemporary Urban America (2004) and co-editor of Quality Popular Television (2003).

 

John Plunkett is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature in the School of English at Exeter University; he is author of Queen Victoria: First Media Monarch (2003) and editor (with Andrew King) of Popular Print Media 1820-1900 (2004 and Victorian Print Media: A Reader (2005).

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Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
Acknowledgements     x
Notes on Contributors     xi
Foreword   Laura Mulvey     xv
Introduction   James Lyons   John Plunkett     xvii
Culture, Aesthetics and the Influence of New Media
Toys, Instruments, Machines: Why the Hardware Matters   Ian Christie     3
'The suppleness of everyday life': CGI, the Lumieres, and Perception after Photography   Damian Sutton     18
Wouldn't you rather be at home?' Electronic Media and the Anti-Urban Impulse   William Boddy     31
Breaking the Time Barrier with John Cage   Charlie Gere     43
Exploring Remediation: Old Formats into New
From the Album Page to the Computer Screen: Collecting Photographs at Home   Patrizia Di Bello     57
The Return of Curiosity: The World Wide Web as Curiosity Museum   Michelle Henning     72
From Android to Synthespian: The Performance of Artificial Life   Dan North     85
As Seen on TV: Kinaesthetic Crossover and the Animation of Social Dance Pedagogy   Jonathan Bollen     98
Media Consumption and Interactivity
Depth, Colour, Movement: Embodied Vision and the Stereoscope   John Plunkett     117
Penny Gaffs and PictureTheatres: Popular Perceptions of Britain's First Cinemas   Andrew Shail     132
From Museum to Interactive Television: Organizing the Navigable Space of Natural-History Display   James Bennett     148
Imaginary Spaces: User Participation in Networked Narrative Environments   Andrea Zapp     163
Visions of Convergence: Bringing Media Together
'The Lady of Shalott': Optical Elegy   Isobel Armstrong     179
Photographed Tableaux and Motion-Picture Aesthetics: Alexander Black's Picture Plays   Kaveh Askari     194
DVDs, Video Games and the Cinema of Interactions   Richard Grusin     209
From 'Nip/Tuck' to Cut/Paste: Remediating Cosmetic Surgery   James Lyons     222
Notes     235
Index     269
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