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Taking Place
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Taking Place argues that the relation between geographical location and the moving image is fundamental and that place grounds our experience of film and media. Its original essays analyze film, television, video, and installation art from diverse national and transnational contexts to rethink both the study of moving images and the theorization of place. Through its unprecedented and at times even obsessive attention to actual places, this volume traces the tensions between the global and the local, the universal and the particular, that inhere in contemporary debates on global cinema, television, art, and media.Contributors: Rosalind Galt, U of Sussex; Frances Guerin, U of Kent; Ji-hoon Kim; Hugh S. Manon, Clark U; Ara Osterweil, McGill U; Brian Price, U of Toronto; Linda Robinson, U of Wisconsin Whitewater; Michael Siegel; Noa Steimatsky, U of Chicago; Meghan Sutherland, U of Toronto; Mark W. Turner, Kings College London; Aurora Wallace, New York U; Charles Wolfe, U of California, Santa Barbara."
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Contents Introduction: The Matter of Places Elena Gorfinkel and John David Rhodes I. Cinematic Style and the Places of Modernity 1. From Venice to the Valley: California Slapstick and the Keaton Comedy Short Charles Wolfe 2. The Eclipse of Place: Rome's EUR from Rossellini to Antonioni John David Rhodes 3. Tales of Times Square: Sexploitation's Secret History of Place Elena Gorfinkel 4. Derek Jarman in the Docklands: The Last of England and Thatcher's London Mark W. Turner II. Place as Index of Cinema 5. The Cinecitta Refugee Camp, 1944-1950 Noa Steimatsky 6. Right Here in Mason City: The Music Man and Small Town Nostalgia Linda A. Robinson 7. When the Set Becomes Permanent: The Spatial Reconfiguration of Hollywood North Aurora Wallace 8. The Last Place on Earth? Allegories of Deplacialization in Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie Ara Osterweil III. Geopolitical Displacements 9. The Nonplace of Argento: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Roman Urban History Michael Siegel 10. The Placement of Shadows: What's Inside William Kentridge's Black Box/Chambre Noire? Frances Guerin 11. Into the "Imaginary" and "Real" Place: Stan Douglas's Site-Specific Film and Video Projection Ji-Hoon Kim 12. Doing Away with Words: Synaesthetic Dislocations in Okinawa and Hong Kong Rosalind Galt IV. (Not) Being There 13. Moving through Images Brian Price 14. Living Dead Spaces: The Desire for the Local in the Films of George Romero Hugh S. Manon 15. On the Grounds of Television Meghan Sutherland Acknowledgments Contributors Index

About the Author

John David Rhodes is senior lecturer in literature and visual culture at the University of Sussex. Elena Gorfinkel is assistant professor of art history and film studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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"For quite some time, scholars of the moving image have wrestled with the challenges posed by the concept of place within the study of cinema, television, and other images. At last, we have an anthology that advances interdisciplinary work on geography and the moving image on multiple fronts. This volume is an invaluable contribution to the ongoing work of understanding the geography of the image in the age of the cinema and beyond, and I recommend it highly." -Anna McCarthy, New York University "Taking Place turns critical attention to the ingredients of place in film, allowing us to regard a given film as a virtual archive of places. This emphasis is all the more welcome in the postmodern world, in which the massive reality of non-place and the hegemony of global space have become predominant. The book is a pioneering venture carried out with notable success." -Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook

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