The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses

The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses

by David MacDougall
     
 

"Embracing, generous, thought-full. David MacDougall weaves together Robbe-Grillet and Robert Flaherty, early cinema and indigenous media, films of childhood and colonial postcards to offer a fresh, compelling case for the primacy of film in the study of culture. Across a range of examples, he asks us to consider what form of knowledge cinema conveys incisively

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"Embracing, generous, thought-full. David MacDougall weaves together Robbe-Grillet and Robert Flaherty, early cinema and indigenous media, films of childhood and colonial postcards to offer a fresh, compelling case for the primacy of film in the study of culture. Across a range of examples, he asks us to consider what form of knowledge cinema conveys incisively that written work grasps imperfectly. MacDougall stands as one of the great creators of, and commentators on, film working today."—Bill Nichols, author of Introduction to Documentary and Representing Reality

"This is a marvelous book, free of cant and jargon, by one of the most distinguished and reflective nonfiction filmmakers in the world today. Replete with implications for a whole host of intellectual disciplines and cultural practices, inside and outside the academy, it is an enormously exciting work."—Lucien Taylor, Film Study Center, Harvard University

"This is a terrific book, one whose arguments are provocative, thoughtful, and illuminating. Without question, it represents an important contribution to the present and future possibilities of visual anthropology in ways that are visionary and exciting, and that will be of interest to people interested in anthropology and documentary—fields in which David MacDougall is well known."—Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History, New York University

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ISBN-13:
9780691121567
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David MacDougall's films have won numerous international awards, including the Film Prize of Cinema du Reel and the Earthwatch Film Award. He is the author of "Transcultural Cinema" (Princeton) and is currently ARC Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

INTRODUCTION: Meaning and Being 1

PART I: MATTER AND IMAGE 11

CHAPTER 1: The Body in Cinema 13

CHAPTER 2: Voice and Vision 32

PART II:IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD 65

CHAPTER 3: Films of Childhood 67

CHAPTER 4: Social Aesthetics and the Doon School 94

CHAPTER 5: Doon School Reconsidered 120

PART III:THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION 145

CHAPTER 6: Photo Hierarchicus:
Signs and Mirrors in Indian Photography 147

CHAPTER 7: Staging the Body: The Photography of Jean Audema 176

PART IV:THE ETHNOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION 211

CHAPTER 8: The Visual in Anthropology 213

CHAPTER 9: Anthropology's Lost Vision 227

CHAPTER 10: New Principles of Visual Anthropology 264

Filmography 275

Bibliography 283

Index 299

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