Corporeality in Early Cinema

Viscera, Skin, and Physical Form

Edited by Marina Dahlquist, Doron Galili, Jan Olsson and Valentine Robert

Published by: Indiana University Press

370 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 69 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253033659
  • Published: October 2018


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  • 9780253033680
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Corporeality in Early Cinema inspires a heightened awareness of the ways in which early film culture, and screen praxes overall are inherently embodied. Contributors argue that on- and offscreen (and in affiliated media and technological constellations), the body consists of flesh and nerves and is not just an abstract spectator or statistical audience entity.

Audience responses from arousal to disgust, from identification to detachment, offer us a means to understand what spectators have always taken away from their cinematic experience. Through theoretical approaches and case studies, scholars offer a variety of models for stimulating historical research on corporeality and cinema by exploring the matrix of screened bodies, machine-made scaffolding, and their connections to the physical bodies in front of the screen.