Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture

Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture

by Alison Griffiths
     
 

To explore how early 20th-century Americans encountered images of native peoples, Griffiths (City U. of New York-Baruch College) traces complex relationships between cinema, anthropology, and turn-of-the-century visual culture within the intellectual milieu of the young discipline of anthropology and the arena of popular entertainment. The study is revised from her… See more details below

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To explore how early 20th-century Americans encountered images of native peoples, Griffiths (City U. of New York-Baruch College) traces complex relationships between cinema, anthropology, and turn-of-the-century visual culture within the intellectual milieu of the young discipline of anthropology and the arena of popular entertainment. The study is revised from her dissertation for New York University (no date noted). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231116961
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/27/2002
Series:
Film and Culture Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Pt. IPrecinema and Ethnographic Representation
1Life Groups and the Modern Museum Spectator3
2Science and Spectacle: Visualizing the Other at the World's Fair46
3Knowledge and Visuality in Nineteenth-Century Anthropology86
Pt. IIEarly Ethnographic Film in Science and Popular Culture
4The Ethnographic Cinema of Alfred Cort Haddon and Walter Baldwin Spencer127
5"The World Within Your Reach": Popular Cinema and Ethnographic Representation171
Pt. IIIFirst Steps: The Museum and Early Filmmakers
6Early Ethnographic Film at the American Museum of Natural History255
7Finding a Home for Cinema in Ethnography: The First Generation of Anthropologist-Filmmakers in America283
8Conclusion: The Legacy of Early Ethnographic Film312
Notes331
Filmography415
Bibliography421
Index451

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