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Blurred Boundaries

Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture

By Bill Nichols

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Format: Paperback, 187 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 1995
Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments when the traditional boundaries of fiction/nonfiction, truth and falsehood blur. Nichols argues that a history of social representation in film, television and video requires an understanding of the fate of both contemporary and older work. Traditionally, film history and cultural studies sought to place films in a historical context. Nichols proposes a new goal: to examine how specific works, old and new, promote or suppress a sense of historical consciousness. Examining work from Eisenstein's Strike to the Rodney King videotape, Nichols interrelates issues of formal structure, viewer response and historical consciousness. Simultaneously, Blurred Boundaries radically alters the interpretive frameworks offered by neo-formalism and psychoanalysis: Comprehension itself becomes a social act of transformative understanding rather than an abstract mental process while the use of psychoanalytic terms like desire, lack, or paranoia to make social points metaphorically yields to a vocabulary designed expressly for historical interpretation such as project, intentionality and the social imaginary. An important departure from prevailing trends in many fields, Blurred Boundaries offers new directions for the study of visual culture.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsI. Embodied Knowledge and the Politics of LocationAn EvocationII. The Trials and Tribulations of Rodney KingIII. At the Limits of Reality (TV)IV. The Ethnographer's TaleV. Performing DocumentaryVI. Eisenstein's Strike and the Genealogy of DocumentaryVII. Please, All you Good and Honest PeopleFilm Form and Historical ConsciounessNotesIndex

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1996

About the Author

BILL NICHOLS is Professor of Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University. He has edited two widely used anthologies, Movies and Methods I and II, and is the author of Ideology and the Image and Representing Reality.

EAN: 9780253209009
ISBN: 0253209005
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.78 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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