Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of a New Past (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History)

Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of a New Past (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History)

By: Robert A. Rosenstone (editor)Paperback

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In Revisioning History thirteen historians from around the world look at the historical film on its own terms, not as it compares to written history but as a unique way of recounting the past. How does film construct a historical world? What are the rules, codes, and strategies by which it brings the past to life? What does that historical construction mean to us? In grappling with these questions, each contributor looks at an example of New History cinema. Different from Hollywood costume dramas or documentary films, these films are serious efforts to come to grips with the past; they have often grown out of nations engaged in an intense quest for historical connections, such as India, Cuba, Japan, and Germany. The volume begins with an introduction by Robert Rosenstone. Part I, "Contesting History," comprises essays by Geoff Eley (on the film Distant Voices, Still Lives), Nicholas B. Dirks (The Home and the World), Thomas Kierstead and Deidre Lynch (Eijanaika), and Pierre Sorlin (Night of the Shooting Stars). Contributing to Part II, "Visioning History," are Michael S. Roth (Hiroshima Mon Amour), John Mraz (Memories of Underdevelopment), Min Soo Kang (The Moderns) and Clayton R. Koppes (Radio Bikini). Part III, "Revisioning History" contains essays by Denise J. Youngblood (Repentance), Rudy Koshar (Hitler: A Film from Germany), Rosenstone (Walker), Sumiko Higashi (Walker and Mississippi Burning), and Daniel Sipe (From the Pole to the Equator).

About Author

Robert A. Rosenstone is Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology.


AcknowledgmentsIntroduction31Distant Voices, Still Lives: The Family Is a Dangerous Place: Memory, Gender, and the Image of the working Class172The Home and the World: The Invention of Modernity in Colonial India443Eijanaika: Japanese Modernization and the Carnival of Time644The Night of the Shooting Stars: Fascism, Resistance, and the Liberation of Italy775Hiroshima Mon Amour: You Must Remember This916Memories of Underdevelopment: Bourgeois Consciousness/Revolutionary Context1027The Moderns: Art, Forgery, and a Postmodern Narrative of Modernism1158Radio Bikini: Making and Unmaking Nuclear Mythology1289Repentance: Stalinist Terror and the Realism of Surrealism13910Hitler: A Film from Germany: Cinema, History, and Structures of Feeling15511From the Pole to the Equator: A Vision of a Worldless Past17412Walker and Mississippi Burning: Postmodernism Versus Illusionist Narrative18813Walker: The Dramatic Film as (Postmodern) History202Notes215List of Contributors243Film Credits247Index249

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  • ISBN13: 9780691025346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780691025346
  • weight: 369
  • ISBN10: 0691025347
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

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