Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture / Edition 1

Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture / Edition 1

by Alison Griffiths
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231116977

ISBN-13: 9780231116978

Pub. Date: 02/27/2002

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The ethical and ideological implications of cross-cultural image-making continue to stir debate among anthropologists, film scholars, and museum professionals. This innovative book focuses on the contested origins of ethnographic film from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, vividly depicting the dynamic visual culture of the period as it collided with the

Overview

The ethical and ideological implications of cross-cultural image-making continue to stir debate among anthropologists, film scholars, and museum professionals. This innovative book focuses on the contested origins of ethnographic film from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, vividly depicting the dynamic visual culture of the period as it collided with the emerging discipline of anthropology and the new technology of motion pictures. Featuring more than 100 illustrations, the book examines museums of natural history, world's fairs, scientific and popular photography, and the early filmmaking efforts of anthropologists and commercial producers to investigate how cinema came to assume the role of mediator of cultural difference at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231116978
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/27/2002
Series:
Film and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Part I: Precinema and Ethnographic Representation 1. Life Groups and the Modern Museum Spectator2. Science and Spectacle: Visualizing the Other at the World's Fair3. Knowledge and Visuality in Nineteenth-Century AnthropologyPart II: Early Ethnographic Film in Science and Popular Culture 4. The Ethnographic Cinema of Alfred Cort Haddon and Walter Baldwin Spencer5. "The World Within Your Reach'': Popular Cinema and Ethnographic RepresentationPart III: First Steps: The Museum and Early Filmmakers 6. Early Ethnographic Film at the American Museum of Natural History7. Finding a Home for Cinema in Ethnography: The First Generation of Anthropologist-Filmmakers in America8. Conclusion: The Legacy of Early Ethnographic Film

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