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Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film

Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film

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Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film

By John Fullerton

The book offers new insights into the relation of film to the tradition of nineteenth-century optical transcription.

Publication date: 2014
Total pages: 282
ISBN: 9780 86196 701 8
Price: £ 30.00


Description

Film entered a heterogeneous media environment at the turn of the twentieth century, drawing on diverse media forms and practices. Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film considers the eighteenth-century topographical view, the early-nineteenth-century painted panorama, and the pictorial organisation of lithographs and photographs of Mexico made by nineteenth-century visitors to the country from Europe and North America. The introduction of the private photographic album and the illustrated press towards the end of the century transformed the space of the printed page, heralding the convergence of a variety of practices for reading and viewing still and moving images.

Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film re-conceptualises our understanding of the development of film as a medium embedded in nineteenth-century popular visual culture, stimulating the role of the imagination for readers who engaged with the printed word alongside engraved and, later, photographic and filmic images. The book offers new insights into the relation of film to the tradition of nineteenth-century optical transcription, highlighting practices that help characterise ‘cinema’ before the advent of cinema.

Contents

Acknowledgements


Introduction


Chapter One: To Mexico and Central America via Jerusalem, Thebes, and Baalbek: three panoramas after Catherwood


Chapter Two: The camera lucida, topographical representation, and the picturesque in early-nineteenth-century Britain and Mexico


Chapter Three: Investigating antiquities in Central America and Yucatán before the 1840s, and the reception of Stephens and Catherwood


Chapter Four: Picturing antiquities in Central America and Yucatán in the 1840s: Stephens and Catherwood


Chapter Five: Picturing Mexico in lithographs, photographs, and film


Epilogue

Notes

Select Bibliography

Illustrations

Index

Biography

John Fullerton, a professor in cinema studies at Stockholm University, has written extensively on early cinema, and is editor or co-editor of five volumes of original essays for John Libbey Publishing, including Nordic Explorations: Film Before 1930 and Screen Culture: History and Textuality.



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