History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines

A Tale of Two Disciplines
Bloomsbury Academic USA (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 18. Oktober 2018
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 288 Seiten
978-1-5013-4077-2 (ISBN)
History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines addresses the representation of history in the cinema, a much-argued debate on the need to understand cinematic history in its own terms and develop a certain vocabulary for discussing historical films, their relation to public history and their impact on public historical consciousness. Elefteria Thanouli does this by changing the agenda altogether - combining a macro-level perspective with a micro-level one in order to argue that cinematic history is the dominant form of historiography in the 20th century, as it succeeded in remediating and repurposing the key formal, rhetorical and ideological practices of 19th-century professional historiography. With case studies ranging from The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful, to United 93 and The Last Bolshevik, Thanouli succeeds in writing the first book to bridge the gap between history and film studies.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
978-1-5013-4077-2 (9781501340772)
1501340778 (1501340778)
Eleftheria Thanouli is Assistant Professor in Film Theory at the Film Department at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. She is the author of Post-Classical Cinema: An International Poetics of Film Narration (2009).
Introduction: History and film: A Tale of Two Disciplines

Part I: Theory
1: The Archaeology of the Debate: Cinema and Literature as Analogies for History
2: The Problem of Medium Specificity
3: The Theory and Practice of History

Part II: Forms of Cinematic History
4: The Poetics of History and the Historical Poetics of Film
5: Types of Cinematic History: Fiction
6: Types of Cinematic History: Nonfiction

Conclusion: Filmic History in the 20th Century: A Successful Performance of Failure

A comprehensive and rigorous study, Thanouli's fine work enriches our understanding of the historical film as a powerful agent of contemporary thinking about the past. Bringing sophisticated readings of historiography and film theory together, Thanouli critically integrates the two disciplines in a way that will undergird future research. A major scholarly accomplishment. * Robert Burgoyne, author of Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at US History (revised edition, 2010) * In my many years of work in this field, I can think of no other study that involves this level of intellectual sophistication in both theories of history and of the visual media, and certainly none which has grappled so successfully with the contentious issues surrounding the question of rendering the human past on screen. * Robert A Rosenstone, Professor Emeritus of History, California Institute of Technology, USA * Eleftheria Thanouli's new book reconceptualises and reframes one of the most vexing questions in the history of film studies - that of the relationship between written and visual narratives. The scope of History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines extends and enriches the semantics of the field as established by Andre Bazin, Marc Ferro, Robert Rosenstone and Hayden White. Yet it goes further by incorporating new problematics and fresh approaches which make it the most innovative contemporary contribution to the study of filmic history by addressing the representation of history in historical films, fiction film and documentary and by exploring dimensions of historical emplotment in various written narratives. From the early Soviet experiments to contemporary imaginative narratives Thanouli's book investigates thoroughly and conclusively the complex relations between narrative and visual forms and re-interprets their links and disjunctures. It will be the study for standard reference for many years to come. * Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Modern Greek Studies, University of Sydney, Australia *

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