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 ...

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Overview

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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Meet the Author


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
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
 
Foreword by Laura Mulvey
Introduction: James Lyons and John Plunkett
 
Section One: Culture, Aesthetics and the Influence of New Media
1.  Toys, Instruments, Machines: Why the Hardware Matters
      Ian Christie
2.  'The suppleness of everyday life': CGI, the Lumières, and Perception after Photography
      Damian Sutton
3.  'Wouldn't you rather be at home?' Electronic Media and the Anti-Urban Impulse
      William Boddy
4.  Breaking the Time Barrier with John Cage
      Charlie Gere
 
Section Two: Exploring Remediation; Old Formats into New
5.  From the Album Page to the Computer Screen: Collecting Photographs at Home
     Patrizia Di Bello
6.  The Return of Curiosity: The World Wide Web as Curiosity Museum
     Michelle Henning
7.  From Android to Synthespian: The Performance of Artificial life
     Dan North
8.  As Seen on TV: Kinaesthetic Crossover and the Animation of Social Dance Pedagogy
     Jonathan Bollen
 
Section Three: Media Consumption and Interactivity
9.  Depth, Colour, Movement: Embodied Vision and the Stereoscope
     John Plunkett
10. Penny Gaffs and Picture Theatres: Popular Perceptions of Britain's First Cinemas
     Andrew Shail
11. From Museum to Interactive Television: Organizing the Navigable Space of Natural-History Display
      James Bennett
12. Imaginary Spaces: User Participation in Networked Narrative Environments
      Andrea Zapp
 
Section Four: Visions of Convergence: Bringing Media Together
13. 'The Lady of Shalott': Optical Elegy
      Isobel Armstrong
14. Photographed Tableaux and Motion-Picture Aesthetics: Alexander Black's Picture Plays
      Kaveh Askari
15. DVDs, Video Games and the Cinema of Interactions
      Richard Grusin
16. From 'Nip/Tuck' to Cut/Paste: Remediating Cosmetic Surgery
      James Lyons
 
Notes
Index
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