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Screen Culture

History and Textuality

Edited by: John Fullerton

Publication date: 2004
Total pages: 278 + xviii
ISBN: 0 86196 645 7
Price: £ 22.50


Screen Culture: History and Textuality explores the impact of digital culture on the discipline of film and television studies. Whether the notion of screen culture is used to designate the technological platforms common to present-day digital media, or whether it refers to the support material on which moving images have historically been projected, scanned or displayed, Screen Culture: History and Textuality is primarily concerned with the intermedial appraisal of film, television and digital culture. Included are discussions of the interrelation of film and television with the nineteenth-century panorama, the ?dissolving views? of lantern technologies, radiophony, and the present-day immersive views provided by internet technologies and large-scale film presentations such as IMAX.

The anthology includes fifteen previously unpublished essays by Richard Abel, William Boddy, Ben Brewster, Douglas Gomery, Alison Griffiths, Vreni Hockenjos, Jan Holmberg, Arne Lunde, Peter Lunenfeld, Charles Musser, Jan Olsson, Barry Salt, Michele L. Torre, William Uricchio, Malin Wahlberg, and is edited by John Fullerton, an associate professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University, and finalist in the 2001 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Awards. His previous publications for John Libbey Publishing include Celebrating 1895: The Centenary of Cinema (1998), and in the Stockholm Studies in Cinema series, Nordic Explorations: Film Before 1930 (1999) and Moving Images: From Edison to the Webcam (2000).


Introduction, by John Fullerton

1. Rethinking film history through the textual
Towards a history of theatrical culture: imagining an integrated historyof stage and screen, by Charles Musser
‘Garbo Talks!’: Scandinavians in Hollywood, the talkie revolution, and thecrisis of foreign voice, by Arne Lunde
Artaud’s radio: avant-gardism and the event of mediated sound, by Malin Wahlberg
Vitagraph films: a touch of real class, by Barry Salt
The Vitagraph fragments in the Library of Congress paper prints collection, by Ben Brewster
Filtering culture: symbolism, modernity and gender construction inEvgenii Bauer’s films, by Michele L. Torre
Pressing inroads: metaspectators and the nickelodeon culture, by Jan Olsson
Finding the French on American screens, 1910-14, by Richard Abel

2. Rethinking textuality through technological change
Re-discovering the challenge of textual instability: new media?s lessonsfor old media historians, by William Uricchio
The perfect machine: Hollis Frampton, avant-garde cinema and the promiseof digital media, by Peter Lunenfeld
The sciopticon in Sweden: history and literary imagination, by Vreni Hockenjos
‘The largest picture ever executed by man’: panoramas and the emergenceof large-screen and 360-degree technologies, by Alison Griffiths Remote control: contextualising a modern device, by Jan Holmberg
Rethinking how TV came to the USA, by Douglas Gomery
Touching content: virtual advertising and digital television’s recalcitrantaudience, by William Boddy

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