Spectatorship cuts a lucid and provocative path through the dense undergrowth of the debate on spectatorship.
It both revisits the classics of Hollywood and explores films from beyond the mainstream, such as "Dogme 95". Film, like all visual culture, offers the possibility, and the pleasure, of seeing things we would not normally be able to see.
Cinema makes a spectacle of the everyday and turns the spectacular into commonplace. But, what does it actually mean that spectatorship involves our sharing in or witnessing the private or intimate acts of others, or that it depends upon our enjoyment of events that often represent a gross break with legal or social mores?
About the Author
Michele Aaron lectures on film in the American and Canadian Studies department at the University of Birmingham. She is the editor of New Queer Cinema : A Critical Reader and has published various articles on spectatorship.
"[A] fascinating assessment of a tricky, important issue." -- "Empire"
|The birth of the spectator||p. 5|
|Spectatorship and difference : gender and the rub of submission||p. 24|
|Spectatorship as masochism : the pleasure of unpleasure||p. 51|
|Ethics and spectatorship : response, responsibility and the moving image||p. 87|
Series: Short Cuts
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 139
Published: 8th February 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 15.8 x 1.039
Weight (kg): 0.252