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Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema

Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema

by Russell J.A. Kilbourn


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Since its inception, cinema has evolved into not merely a 'reflection' but an indispensable index of human experience - especially our experience of time's passage, of the present moment, and, most importantly perhaps, of the past, in both collective and individual terms. In this volume, Kilbourn provides a comparative theorization of the representation of memory in both mainstream Hollywood and international art cinema within an increasingly transnational context of production and reception. Focusing on European, North and South American, and Asian films, Kilbourn reads cinema as providing the viewer with not only the content and form of memory, but also with its own directions for use: the required codes and conventions for understanding and implementing this crucial prosthetic technology - an art of memory for the twentieth-century and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415520300
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/16/2012
Series: Routledge Advances in Film Studies
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Russell J.A. Kilbourn is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Return of Memory as Film 1: No Escape from Time: Memory and Redemption in the International Postwar Art Film 2: The ‘Crisis’ of Memory: ‘Traumatic Identity’ in the Contemporary Memory Film 3: ‘Global Memory’: Cinema as Lingua Franca and the Commodification of the Image 4: The Eye of History: Memory, Surveillance and Ethicality in the Contemporary Art Film 5: ‘Prosthetic Memory’ and Transnational Cinema: Globalized Identity and Narrative Recursivity in City of God Conclusion: Remembering to Forget: The Catachreses of Modernity Notes Bibliography Index

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