Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9789089642820 Published March 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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Figuring the Past

Period Film and the Mannerist Aesthetic

Belén Vidal

Belén Vidal

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9789089642820 Published March 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9789089642813 Published December 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This innovative analysis of period film presents a new way to examine the ways in which contemporary cinema recreates the historical past. Exploring the relationship between visual motifs and cultural representation, Figuring the Past is a selection of detailed case studies that explore three key figures—the house, the tableau, and the letter. Belen Vidal proposes a new aesthetic framework for the study of period film, looking at a number of important auteurs in the genre, including James Ivory, Martin Scorsese, and Jane Campion. This handsomely illustrated book seeks to position this popular but often understudied genre in its proper place within the academic discipline of cinema studies.
Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction—Period Film and the Mannerist Moment
    Fragments and Figures
    An International Genre
    Mannerism: The Possibilities of a Conservative Aesthetic
Chapter 1—A Poetics of Figuration
    The Belated Moment of Mannerism
    Pastiche and the Reality Effect
    From the Figurative to the Figural
    Classical/Post-classical: Adaptation, Film Writing and the Technological Narrative
    Credits Roll: The Figure as Threshold
Chapter 2—Present in the Past: The House
    Nostalgia Interrupted: The House and its Ghosts
    Home and (Dis)Inheritance: Howards End
    The Collector and the House-Museum: The Golden Bowl and the End of Period
    Melodrama and the Descriptive Mode: The Age of Innocence
    Fidelity to the Past and the Melancholic Imagination: Woman as Ghost
    The House of Mirth or, Time and Woman
Chapter 3—Time and the Image: The Tableau
    Still Images/Moving Narratives: The Tableau Effect
    The Shot-Tableau: From Pregnant Moment to Hieroglyph
    The Portrait as Fetish
    Portraits and Tableaux in the Feminist Imagination
    Deframings: The Portrait of a Lady
    Double-Framing the Mythologies of the Female Artist: Artemisia
    Vision, Blindness and the Displacement of Trauma
    The Governess or, the Women in Camera
Chapter 4—The Scene of Writing: The Letter
    Textual Erotics: Reading the Letter as Object and Figure
    The Letter that Arrives Too Late: Figuration and Melodramatic Temporality
    Letters and Spatial Displacement
    The Love Letter and the Queer Encounter: Onegin
    Imaginary Landscapes of Loss: To Those Who Love
    Truncated Narratives, Textual Possibilities: Atonement and the Interrupted Histories of the European Period Film
Conclusion—Second Sight: Reviewing the Past, Figuring the Present

Notes
Bibliography
Index of Film Titles
Index of Names and Subjects

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