Brooks Landon's book is wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and near state-of-the-art. It concerns science fiction film and, toward the end, almost becomes SF in its provocative speculations on the future of such film. His study is really two books in one. The first part argues that most criticism of SF film has been inadequate because it is based on literary rather than film-specific standards. The second argues that SF film will soon become either obsolete or be totally transformed through new computer technology. What ties them together is the author's concern with what might be called the SF ethos or SF thinking, so that science fiction can be seen to encompass not only SF in print, film, TV and comic books, but has become all-pervasive in contemporary culture. At present, Landon argues that SF film may have exhausted itself as a genre but new electronic technology--computer animation, interactive narratives, and virtual reality--promises to radically transform SF film and possibly create a synthesis of the divergent trends of SF literature and film. Production technology has become the new story, one more interesting than the narrative it ostensibly supports. Landon believes we are at the threshold of a new age, similar to the pioneer years of filmmaking a hundred years ago.
One of the great constants in the history of the SF film has been the ambivalent depiction of women — assigning them ... The roots of aesthetic ambivalence run deep and its flowering in the SF film is almost an inescapable extension of ...
Author: Brooks Landon
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
First published in 1998, this volume dwells upon the socio-political problem of "under-representation" at great length within the context of immigration through analysis of Turkish immigrants within the "cosy" country of Denmark on the European Periphery. The main purpose has been to show the fictitious and constructed character of the identities that are normally presupposed and taken for granted. Bülent Diken attempts to "defamiliarize" the familiar notions of the "immigrant" and what is taken for granted in the field of immigration. To counter this, Diken allows the "immigrant" to speak throughout interviews. In addition, the study dwells on local and central state policies and planning. This requires a merger of social theory with research on immigration as well as (social and physical) planning, in this case in a Danish context with an examination on how the application of planning and urban politics are oriented toward immigrants. Together with an interest in political and discursive "strategies", the "tactics" used by immigrants in coping with these strategies are focused on at length.
But wasn't modernity itself (understood as modernity-as-ambivalence or aesthetic modernity) concerned with malices of modernity and wasn't it reflexive towards itself? To be sure it was. As mentioned above, aesthetic modernism had ...
Author: Bülent Diken
Category: Social Science
Exemplary Ambivalence fills a critical gap within studies of 19th-century Spanish America as it explores the inconsistencies of exemplary texts and emphasizes the forms, sources, and implications of creole ideological and narrative multiplicity. This interdisciplinary study examines creole writing subjectivities and ethnic fictions within the construction of national, aesthetic, and gendered cultural identities, highlighting the dynamic relationship between exemplary discourse and readers as active interpretive agents.
The imbrication of the aesthetic, moral, and scientific elements in this narrative proffer a more subtle idea of the Spanish American modernist subject than many readings have thus far identified: this subject is not the nationalistic ...
Author: Elisabeth L. Austin
Publisher: Lexington Books
Ambivalent Transnational Belonging in American Literature discusses the extent to which transnational concepts of identity and community are cast within nationalist frameworks. It analyzes how the different narrative perspectives in texts by Olaudah Equiano, Catharina Maria Sedgwick, Henry James, Jamaica Kincaid, and Mohsin Hamid shape protagonists’ complex transnational subjectivities, which exist between or outside national frameworks but are nevertheless interpellated through the nation-state and through particular myths about liberal, sentimental, or cosmopolitan subjects. The notion of ambivalent transnational belonging yields insights into the affective appeal of the transnational as a category of analysis, as an aesthetic experience, and as an idea of belonging. This means bringing the transnational into conversation with the aesthetic and the affective so we may fully address the new conceptual challenges faced by literary studies due to the transnational turn in American studies.
The notion of ambivalence has been theorized at length in recent works in critical theory, including projects on typologies, projects in the field of aesthetics, projects on the sovereign modern subject, and postmodern and ...
Author: Silvia Schultermandl
Category: Literary Criticism
The focus of this volume is the prose work of the Austrian-Jewish writer Albert Drach (1902-1995). The author explores Drach's critique of totalitarian culture by examining his representations of power and powerlessness, identity and difference, along with cultural processes of exclusion. Drawing on areas as diverse as psychoanalysis, the grotesque and post-colonial theory, this study identifies a significant discursive difference between Drach's shorter fictional prose and the Holocaust trilogy. Drach's highly original linguistic dexterity, his much-discussed 'protocol style', offers a sophisticated critique of the relationship between power, insubordination and capitulation. This is the first English language study dedicated to the complex prose of Albert Drach. It is of interest to students and scholars of Austrian literature, German-Jewish literature as well as Exile and Holocaust Studies.
The reader is confronted in many different forms by the aesthetics of the inert as Drach paints a disturbing picture of the far-reaching consequences of totalitarian culture. Far from the ambivalence of identity usually portrayed in the ...
Author: Mary Cosgrove
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Category: Literary Criticism
And there is one mode in which , provided the opus is a good one , there is nearly always ambivalence : parody . In the early twenties one critic noted the ambivalence inherent in parody , as well as the fact that its presence there has ...
Author: J. Peter Williams
Going beyond photography as an isolated medium to engage larger questions and interlocking forms of expression and historical analysis, Ambivalent gathers a new generation of scholars based on the continent to offer an expansive frame for thinking about questions of photography and visibility in Africa. The volume presents African relationships with photography—and with visibility more generally—in ways that engage and disrupt the easy categories and genres that have characterized the field to date. Contributors pose new questions concerning the instability of the identity photograph in South Africa; ethnographic photographs as potential history; humanitarian discourse from the perspective of photographic survivors of atrocity photojournalism; the nuanced passage from studio to screen in postcolonial digital portraiture; and the burgeoning visual activism in West Africa. As the contributors show, photography is itself a historical subject: it involves arrangement, financing, posture, positioning, and other kinds of work that are otherwise invisible. By moving us outside the frame of the photograph itself, by refusing to accept the photograph as the last word, this book makes photography an engaging and important subject of historical investigation. Ambivalent‘s contributors bring photography into conversation with orality, travel writing, ritual, psychoanalysis, and politics, with new approaches to questions of race, time, and postcolonial and decolonial histories. Contributors: George Emeka Agbo, Isabelle de Rezende, Jung Ran Forte, Ingrid Masondo, Phindi Mnyaka, Okechukwu Nwafor, Vilho Shigwedha, Napandulwe Shiweda, Drew Thompson
“Studio Photography and the aesthetics of citizenship in the Gambia, West africa.” in Sensible Objects: Colonialism, Museums and Material Culture, edited by elizabeth edwards, chris Gosden, and ruth B. Phillips, 61–86. new York: Berg, ...
Author: Patricia Hayes
Publisher: Ohio University Press
True Emotions discusses several key problems in emotion research. The question about the true nature of emotions focuses on the role of cognition in human emotions at different levels of analysis: functional role, types of processes and representations, and neural implementation. Truth to the self, or authenticity, has two meanings, psychological and normative, where the latter is analyzed as coherence between the evaluative content of an emotion and the subject’s internally justified beliefs and values. Truth to the world is argued to be a matter of correct evaluative representation of the emotional object on the one hand, and the existence of the object, or the actuality or accurate probability of the represented situation on the other hand. Finally, authenticity and truth are applied to analyses of the authenticity of occupational emotions and the constitution of sentimental values, respectively. Recommended reading for philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and gender researchers.
Nevertheless, de Sousa emphasises the importance of taking at least an aesthetic interest in authenticity, regardless of whether such ... In this disengaged, aesthetic context, ambivalence is at home, as Pugmire (2005) points out.
Author: Mikko Salmela
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
First and foremost , he sees decadence , and the aesthetic movement associated with it , as wholly negative ... The ambivalence of decadence , its implicit rebellion and potentially liberating component , is therefore invisible to him .
Author: Andrea Lee Hattersley
Category: Decadence (Literary movement)
Chinese Martial Arts films have captured audiences' imaginations around the world. In this wide-ranging study, Hunt looks at the mythic allure of the Shaolin Temple, the 'Clones' of Bruce Lee, gender-bending swordswomen, and the knockabout comedy of Sammo Hung, bringing new insights to a hugely popular and yet critically neglected genre. 12 photos.
Sci - fi and kung fu hinge in different ways on what Brooks Landon ( 1992 ) calls ' the aesthetics of ambivalence ' , an ambivalence predicated on the paradox of cinematic trickery ( accepting the ' fake ' as ' real ' ) and a seemingly ...
Author: Leon Hunt
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Category: Performing Arts