The Evolution of Film: Rethinking Film Studies

The Evolution of Film: Rethinking Film Studies

by Janet Harbord


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The Evolution of Film: Rethinking Film Studies by Janet Harbord

What does it do, and what do we do with it? This book examines the reasons why we should be studying film in the twenty-first century, connecting debates from philosophy, anthropology and digital media with historical concerns of film studies. With her fresh and innovative approach, Janet Harbord argues that film no longer represents particular cultures, but acts isomorphically showing us how the world works. Film here is action, energy, matter, moving across space to forge connections, provide encounters, and create schisms in our knowledge of others.

The book brings together key thinkers of the contemporary in an innovative exchange between film and theory. Marc Auge's concept of 'non-place' is brought to bear on, and disrupt, the category of national cinema. Manuel De Landa's notion of morphogenesis frames an understanding of film as a process of constant evolution. And the concept of inertia, from Paul Virilio's work, allows us to comprehend the different energies of film, discovering the present frame by frame. The Evolution of Film demonstrates how film is an anomalous yet critical medium, mediating relationships to place, technology and thought itself.

About the Author:
Janet Harbord is Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745634760
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

J. Harbord, Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Media, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction     1
One hundred years of film theory     14
Hollywood's last decade     41
Assemblage: editing space-time     66
The limits of translation: transnational film     93
Innocent monsters: film and other media     118
Inertia: on energy and film     146
Notes     173
References     184
Index     195

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