How does comedy in film attempt cultural criticism? How does cinema use its own visual technology to reflect on and critique its power within both politics and visual culture?
Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film addresses these questions in detail as it argues for the centrality of comedy in film as a means of staging cultural criticism. Focusing on the powerful and sustained shifts in visual culture that cinema helped to generate, foster and question in the twentieth century, it examines the issues of technology that allow film comedies to engage in self-reflexive cultural criticism and to produce and critique the use of visual technology within US and global cultural politics.
Grounded in the theoretical writings of thinkers such as Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, Friedrich Kittler and Jacques Derrida in relation to repetition, automation, material systems of information media, the level of address in a communicative act, and the shifting role of the image, this book considers comedy as integral for a critical engagement of the constructs of culture. It brings a new perspective to comedy in film, invaluable to students and scholars in Film Studies.
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Ryan Bishop is Professor of Global Art and Politics at Winchester School of Art and Co-Director of the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media at the University of Southampton. He co-edits Cultural Politics (Duke UP) with John Armitage and Doug Kellner, and he edits the book series Theory Now for Polity Press. His research areas include critical theory, art, media, literary studies, technology, urbanism and militarisation of daily life.
Table of Contents
1 American Film Comedy and Cultural Critique
2 The Feeding Machine and Feeding the Machine: Silence, Sound and the Technologies of Cinema
3 The Constitution of the Real: Documentary, Mockumentary, and the Status of the Image
4 Parody: Targeting Cinema's Narrative Technics
5 The Unspeakable and Political Satire: Performance, Perception, and Technology
6 Conclusion: Between the Machine and the Event: Film Comedy