Incorporating Images

Film and the Rival Arts

Princeton University Press Band 300

Brigitte Peucker

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Film, a latecomer to the realm of artistic media, alludes to, absorbs, and undermines the discourses of the other arts--literature and painting especially--in order to carve out a position for itself among them. Exposing the anxiety in film's relation to its rival arts, Brigitte Peucker analyzes central issues involved in generic boundary crossing as they pertain to film and situates them in a theoretical framework. The figure of the human body takes center stage in Peucker's innovative study, for it is through this figure that the conjunction of literary and painterly discourses persistently articulates itself. It is through the human body, too, that film's consciousness of itself as a hybrid text and as a "machine for simulation" makes itself deeply felt.

In films ranging from Weimar cinema through Griffith, Hitchcock, and Greenaway, Peucker probes issues in aesthetics problematized by Diderot and Kleist, among others. She argues that the introduction of movement into visual representation occasioned by film brings with it an underlying tension suggestive of castration and death. Peucker goes on to demonstrate how the encounter between narrative and image is both gendered and sexualized, rendering film a "monstrous" hybrid. In a final section, she explores in specific cinematic texts the permeable boundary between the real and representation, suggesting how effects such as tableau vivant and trompe l'oeil figure sexuality and death.

Originally published in 1995.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 240
Erscheinungsdatum 14.07.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-691-60067-3
Verlag University Presses
Maße (L/B/H) 23,4/15,6/1,3 cm
Gewicht 371 g

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  • List of Illustrations Ch. 1Movement, Fragmentation, and the Uncanny Unnatural Conjunctions: The Heterogeneous Text "Its Strange Mixture of the Natural and the Artificial": The Presence of Kleist "Bits of Bodies": The Fragmented Text Man and the Cinema Machine: Magician, Psychoanalyst, Scientist: The Case of Dr. Caligari Fritz Lang, the Apparatus, and the Fissured Text Magician and Surgeon "Knife Phobia" "Doing It with Scissors": Dismemberment in Hitchcock Ch. 2Monstrous Births: The Hybrid Text Miscegenation and the Sister Arts: Griffith's Broken Blossoms Hitchcock's "Half-Caste" Murnau Cinematic Vampirism Painting and Repression Herzog's Unassimilable Bodies Witchcraft, Vision, and Incest: Dreyer's Day of Wrath The Phantom of the Cinema: Body and Voice Ch. 3Incorporation: Images and the Real Trompe l'Oeil Effects Cinema and the Real Body Language: Kleist's and Rohmer's Marquise Hitchcock as Pygmalion Wings of Desire: Reality, Text, Embodiment Kleist, Tableau Vivant, and the Pornographic Fassbinder's Cinema of Mixed Modes: Tableau Vivant and the Real Incorporation in Greenaway Painful Images Afterword: Ut pictura poesis Notes Index