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Closed Circuits

Screening Narrative Surveillance

Garrett Stewart

Closed Circuits
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Garrett Stewart

296 pages | 1 line drawing | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780226201214 Will Publish December 2014
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226201498 Will Publish December 2014
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226201351 Will Publish December 2014
The recent uproar over NSA surveillance can obscure the fact that surveillance has been an indelible part of contemporary life for decades. And cinema has long been aware of its power—and potential for abuse.

In Closed Circuits, Garrett Stewart explores a panoply of films, from M and Rear Window to The Conversation and The Bourne Legacy, to analyze the ways in which cinema has articulated the concept of surveillance. While it has long been a mainstay of the thriller, surveillance, Stewart argues, speaks to something more foundational in the very work of the camera. The shared axis of montage and espionage— especially the way that point of view and editing techniques are designed to draw us in and make us forget  the omnipresence of the camera—offers an entry point to larger questions about the politics of an oversight regime that is increasingly remote and robotic, a global technopticon.

Dazzling in its breadth of reference, and far-reaching in its conclusions about both cinematic and real-world surveillance, Closed Circuits further confirms Garrett Stewart as among our leading theorists of narrative.
James Chandler, University of Chicago
“A remarkable book on the cinema of surveillance. It is as comfortable with settled masterpieces like M and Rear Window as it is with last week’s blockbuster, and it knows the difference between them.  Deeply informed by narrative theory, film theory, and media theory, the eye-opening arguments bear on issues of real moment in our time.”
Paul Young, Dartmouth College
“Long after the suspected deaths of both classical narration and apparatus theory, Stewart finds the subtle and self-effacing ontological gaps that twenty-first-century cinema opens anew between story and discourse, and parses out their consequences better than anyone else I’ve read.”
Dudley Andrew, Yale University
“An ‘embedded critic,’ Stewart infiltrates and exposes our treacherous screen culture, delivering reports on films that deploy arsenals of often camouflaged media. The surveillance mission of Closed Circuits succeeds, first because it is wide open to the edgiest films and theory from the celluloid era, and second because it takes such pleasure in engaging complex images, sounds, and stories—the very pleasures of cinema—in our digital age. With Stewart we can relish cinema anew even in the monstrous forms of post-human movies.”
Returns of Theory
Introduction Narrative Spycams—A Foreshortened View

1 The Prying “I” of Montage
2 Telescreen Prose
3 Feedback Loops of the Technopticon
4 In Plane Sight
5 The Othering of Lives
6 Digital Reconnaissance and Wired War
7 Retrospecular Eyes
8 Parallel World Editing

Postface On Mediation as Interface
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