Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film

Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film

by Amy Herzog

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Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film by Amy Herzog

Musical spectacles are excessive and abstract, reconfiguring time and space and creating intense bodily responses. Amy Herzog's engaging work examines those instances where music and movement erupt from within more linear narrative frameworks. The representational strategies found in these films are often formulaic, repeating familiar story lines and stereotypical depictions of race, gender, and class. Yet she finds the musical moment contains a powerful disruptive potential. Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same investigates the tension and the fusion of difference and repetition in films to ask, How does the musical moment work? Herzog looks at an eclectic mix of works, among which several refrains circulate: their reliance on clichés, rewriting of cultural narratives, and hallucinatory treatment of memory and history. Drawing on the work of Gilles Deleuze, she explores all of these dissonances as productive forces, and in doing so demonstrates the transformative power of the unexpected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816660889
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 01/08/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy Herzog is assistant professor of media studies and coordinator of the Film Studies Program at Queens College, CUNY.

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