Emergence of Cinematic Time by Mary Ann Doane
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Emergence of Cinematic Time
By Mary Ann Doane

The Emergence of Cinematic Time

Modernity, Contingency, the Archive

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Emergence of Cinematic Time by Mary Ann Doane

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Hailed as the permanent record of fleeting moments, the cinema emerged at the turn of the 19th century as an unprecedented means of capturing time - and this at a moment when disciplines from physics to philosophy, and historical trends from industrialization to the expansion of capitalism, were transforming the very idea of time. In a world that itself captures and reconfigures the passing moments of art, history and philosophy, Mary Ann Doane shows how the cinema, representing the singular instant of chance and ephemerality in the face of the increasing rationalization and standardization of the day, participated in the stucturing of time and contingency in capitalist modernity. At this book's heart is the cinema's essential paradox: temporal continuity conveyed through "stopped time", the rapid succession of still frames or frozen images. Doane explores the role of this paradox, and of notions of the temporal indeterminacy and instability of an image, in shaping not just cinematic time but also modern ideas about continuity and discontinuity, archivability, contingency and determinism, and temporal irreversibility. A compelling meditation on the status of cinematic knowledge, her book is also an inquiry into the very heart and soul of modernity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674007840
ISBN-10: 0674007840
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary Ann Doane

Mary Ann Doane is George Hazard Crooker University Professor of Modern Culture and Media and of English at Brown University.

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