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History and Film : A Tale of Two Disciplines - Eleftheria Thanouli

History and Film

A Tale of Two Disciplines

Paperback Published: 18th October 2018
ISBN: 9781501340772
Number Of Pages: 288

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History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines addresses the representation of history in cinema, a much-argued debate on the need to understand cinematic history in its own terms and develop a certain vocabulary for discussing historical films, their relation to public history, and their impact on public historical consciousness.

Eleftheria Thanouli does this by changing the agenda altogether - combining a macro-level perspective with a micro-level one in order to argue that cinematic history is the dominant form of historiography in the 20th century, as it succeeded in remediating and repurposing the key formal, rhetorical, and ideological practices of 19th-century professional historiography.

With case studies ranging from The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful, to The Fog of War and The Last Bolshevik, Thanouli bridges the gap between history and film studies and lays the foundations for a new visual historiography.

About the Author

Eleftheria Thanouli is Professor in Film Theory at the School of Film at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is the author of Post-Classical Cinema: An International Poetics of Film Narration (2009) and Wag the Dog: A Study on Film and Reality in the Digital Age (2013).

Industry Reviews

A deft and authoritative book with great case studies (especially for those interested in cinematic representations of war), this book should define the film/history debate for years to come. Summing Up: Essential. * CHOICE *
In my many years of work in this field, I can think of no other study that involves this level of intellectual sophistication in both theories of history and of the visual media, and certainly none which has grappled so successfully with the contentious issues surrounding the question of rendering the human past on screen. * Robert A Rosenstone, Professor Emeritus of History, California Institute of Technology, USA *
A comprehensive and rigorous study, Thanouli's fine work enriches our understanding of the historical film as a powerful agent of contemporary thinking about the past. Bringing sophisticated readings of historiography and film theory together, Thanouli critically integrates the two disciplines in a way that will undergird future research. A major scholarly accomplishment. * Robert Burgoyne, author of Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at US History (revised edition, 2010) *
Eleftheria Thanouli's new book reconceptualizes and reframes one of the most vexing questions in the history of film studies - that of the relationship between written and visual narratives. The scope of History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines extends and enriches the semantics of the field as established by Andre Bazin, Marc Ferro, Robert Rosenstone, and Hayden White. Yet it goes further by incorporating new problematics and fresh approaches which make it the most innovative contemporary contribution to the study of filmic history by addressing the representation of history in historical films, fiction film, and documentary and by exploring dimensions of historical emplotment in various written narratives. From the early Soviet experiments to contemporary imaginative narratives, Thanouli's book investigates thoroughly and conclusively the complex relations between narrative and visual forms and re-interprets their links and disjunctures. It will be the study for standard reference for many years to come. * Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Modern Greek Studies, University of Sydney, Australia *

Introduction: History and film: A Tale of Two Disciplines

Part I: Theory

1: The Archaeology of the Debate: Cinema and Literature as Analogies for History

2: The Problem of Medium Specificity

3: The Theory and Practice of History

Part II: Forms of Cinematic History

4: The Poetics of History and the Historical Poetics of Film

5: Types of Cinematic History: Fiction

6: Types of Cinematic History: Nonfiction

Conclusion: Filmic History in the 20th Century: A Successful Performance of Failure




ISBN: 9781501340772
ISBN-10: 1501340778
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th October 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.47

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