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This is the first sustained critique of the mockumentary. Fake documentaries mimic documentary genre expectations, unraveling the documentary's authority and dismantling understandings of identity, history, and nation. The interdisciplinary essays in "F Is for Phony" discuss a broad scope of works and explore issues raised by "fake docs" such as the fiction/documentary divide, the ethics of reality-based manipulation, and whether documentariness derives from form or reception. Defining the borderline between fact and fiction, the contributors reveal what fake documentaries imply and usually make explicit: that many documentaries lie to tell the truth, and that the truth is relative.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816642502
ISBN-10: 0816642508
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 20mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Alexandra Juhasz

Alexandra Juhasz is professor of media studies at Pitzer College. She is author of Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (Minnesota, 2001). Jesse Lerner is associate professor of media studies at Pitzer College.

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