The shape of spectatorship : art, science, and early cinema in Germany. / Scott Curtis.

By: Curtis, ScottMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksFilm and culture: Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia University Press, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (xv, 371 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0231508638; 9780231508636Subject(s): Motion pictures -- Aesthetics | Motion pictures in science -- GermanyGenre/Form: Electronic book.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Shape of spectatorship.DDC classification: 791.4 LOC classification: PN1993.5.G3Other classification: 791 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- Science's cinematic method: motion pictures and scientific research -- Between observation and spectatorship: medicine, movies, and mass culture -- The taste of a nation: educating the senses and sensibilities of film spectators -- The problem with passivity: aesthetic contemplation and film spectatorship -- Conclusion: toward a tactile historiography.
Summary: In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern conceptions of spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows specialists across disciplines as they debated and appropriated film for their own ends, negotiating the fascinating, at times fraught relationship between technology, discipline, and expert vision.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Introduction -- Science's cinematic method: motion pictures and scientific research -- Between observation and spectatorship: medicine, movies, and mass culture -- The taste of a nation: educating the senses and sensibilities of film spectators -- The problem with passivity: aesthetic contemplation and film spectatorship -- Conclusion: toward a tactile historiography.

In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern conceptions of spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows specialists across disciplines as they debated and appropriated film for their own ends, negotiating the fascinating, at times fraught relationship between technology, discipline, and expert vision.

In English.

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Scott Curtis is associate professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, director of the Communication Program at Northwestern University in Qatar, and president of Domitor, the international society for the study of early cinema.

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