Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture (Film and Culture Series)
Alison Griffiths (Author)
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The ethical and ideological implications of cross-cultural image-making continue to stir debate among anthropologists, film scholars, and museum professionals. This innovative book focuses on the contested origins of ethnographic film from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, vividly depicting the dynamic visual culture of the period as it collided with the emerging discipline of anthropology and the new technology of motion pictures. Featuring more than 100 illustrations, the book examines museums of natural history, world's fairs, scientific and popular photography, and the early filmmaking efforts of anthropologists and commercial producers to investigate how cinema came to assume the role of mediator of cultural difference at the beginning of the twentieth century. 100 illus.
About the Author
Alison Griffiths is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York. The work on which this book is based won the Society for Cinema Studies dissertation prize.
- Contributor: Alison Griffiths
- Imprint: Columbia University Press
- ISBN13: 9780231116961
- Number of Pages: 528
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Columbia University Press
- Release Date: 2002-04-15
- Series: Film and Culture Series
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Alison Griffiths is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York. The work on which this book is based won the Society for Cinema Studies dissertation prize.
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