Of Empire and the City: Remapping Early British Cinema

Cinquegrani, Maurizio (2014) Of Empire and the City: Remapping Early British Cinema. Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, 319 pp. ISBN 978-3-0343-0823-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book explores the cinematic representation of the city in British film from 1895 to 1914, featuring depictions of London, Glasgow, Dublin, Delhi and other British colonial cities. The author argues that the films are not only an invaluable record of the economic, social and cultural life of these cities but also that the spatial organization of these urban areas, and the cinematic representations of them, were shaped by the ideology and activity of imperialism. The pioneer camera operators who made these early films often put forward an imperialist ideology by paying particular attention to the cinematic representation of monumental and ceremonial spaces, modern communication and transport within the city and between the city and the empire. Of Empire and the City establishes connections between these cities and their cinematic representation by means of continuous motifs and themes, including modernity, Orientalism, spectatorship and the imperial subject. The book makes a unique contribution to studies of early film, British urban history and the history of the British Empire. «This is a highly original and genuinely groundbreaking piece of scholarship on early British cinema. Very little work on this subject to date has sought to contextualise films of the 1890s and 1900s within the broader field of the history of imperialism. Cinquegrani's book systematically corrects this ‘blind spot’, and in its use of a wide range of ideas and methodologies […] it offers a compelling new model for future scholarship on British cinema of the silent era.» (Dr Jon Burrows, Associate Professor, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick)

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: early silent cinema empire urban
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Maurizio Cinquegrani
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2015 09:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50335 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cinquegrani, Maurizio: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5893-2132
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