Recording Reality, desiring the real

Cowie, Elizabeth (2011) Recording Reality, desiring the real. Visible Evidence . University of Minnesota press, Minnesota, USA, 296 pp. ISBN 9780816645497. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

An examination of the history of documentary film and its contemporary forms showing how it has been simultaneously understood as factual, as story, as art, and as political. The book addresses the seeming paradox between the pleasures of spectacle in documentary and its project of informing and educating. It asks, if documentary is the desire to know reality through its images and sounds, what kind of speaking, and speaking about, emerges in documentary and how are we engaged by it, to know and to identify? The book examines as range of and video art. It argues for documentary's central place in cinema as both an art form and a form of social engagement. It considers documentary spectatorship in relation to a psychoanalytic understanding of desire, trauma, and draws on Foucault's account of knowledge.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2994 Film Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Elizabeth Cowie
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 16:49
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 11:47
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31728 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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