Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9789089640796 Published December 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada


Edited by Annie van den Oever

Edited by Annie van den Oever

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

278 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9789089640796 Published December 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Coined by the Russian formalist Victor Shklovsky in 1917, ostrannenie, or “making it strange”, has become one of the central concepts of modern artistic practice, ranging over movements that include Dada, postmodernism, epic theater, and science fiction, as well as our response to the arts. Ostrannenie has come to resonate deeply in film studies, where it entered into dialogue with the Brechtian concept of Verfremdung, the Freudian concept of the uncanny, and Derrida’s concept of différance

Striking, provocative, and incisive, the essays of the distinguished film scholars in this volume reveal the range and depth of a concept that for nearly a century has been changing the trajectory of theoretical inquiry.

Introduction: Ostran(n)enie as an "Attractive" Concept
    Annie van den Oever

Part I: Theory Formation: Ostranenie, the Avant-Garde and The Cinema of Attractions
The Gesture of Revolution or Misquoting as Device
    Yuri Tsivian
Ostranenie, "The Montage of Attractions" and Early Cinema's "Properly Irreducible Alien Quality"
    Annie van den Oever
Part II: Mutations and Appropriations: Alienation Theories and Terminologies
Ostranenie, Innovation, and Media History
    Frank Kessler
Knight's Moves: Brecht and Russian Formalism in Britain in the 1970s
    Ian Christie
Ostranenie in French Film Studies: Translation Problems and Conflicting Interests
    Dominique Chateau
Christian Metz and the Russian Formalists: A "Rendez-Vous Manqué"?
    Emile Poppe
Part III: Cognitive and Evolutionary-Cognitive Approaches to Ostranenie: Perception, Cognitive Gaps and Cognitive Schemes
Should I See What I Believe? Audiovisual Ostranenie and Evolutionary-Cognitive Film Theory
    Laurent Jullier
On Perception, Ostranenie, and Specificity
    László Tarnay
Estrangement and the Representation of Life in Art
    Barend van Heusden
The Perception of Reality as Deformed Realism
    Miklós Kiss
Part IV: Discussions: On Ostranenie, Différance, and the Uncanny
Conversation with András Bálint Kovács
    Laurent Jullier
Conversation with Laura Mulvey
    Annie van den Oever

General Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index of Names
Index of Film Titles
Index of Subjects
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