Description - The Memory of Tiresias by Mikhail Iampolski
This text attempts to develop a theory of cinematic intertextuality. It builds on the insights of semiotics and contemporary film theory and defines cinema as a chain of transparent mimetic fragments intermixed with what the author calls "textual anomalies". These challenge the normalization of meaning and seek to open reading out onto the field of cultural history, which is understood in texts as a semiotically active extract, already inscribed. Quotations obstruct mimesis and are consequently transformed in the process of semiosis, an operation defined as reading in an aura of enigma. By analyzing films he presents different strategies of intertextual readings.
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(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Mikhail Iampolski
Mikhail Iampolski teaches in the departments of Slavic and Comparative Literature and Russian Studies at New York University.