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Cinematicity in Media History

Edited by Jeffrey Geiger, Karin Littau

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Highlights the complex ways in which media anticipate, interfere with and draw on one other

In a world where change has become the only constant, how does the perpetually new relate to the old? How does cinema, itself once a new medium, relate both to previous or outmoded media and to what we now refer to as New Media?

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About the Author

Jeffrey Geiger is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, where he founded the Centre for Film Studies in 2001. Books include Facing the Pacific: Polynesia and the U.S. Imperial Imagination (2007), American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation (2011), the co-edited Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (expanded edition 2013), and Cinematicity in Media History. His essays have appeared in many books, and journals such as Film International, Third Text, African American Review, Cinema Journal, and PMLA.

Karin Littau is Director of Research in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. She is the author of Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies, and Bibliomania (2006; reprinted 2008), The Routledge Concise History of Literature and Film (forthcoming), and co-editor of two issues of Comparative Critical Studies: Inventions: Literature and Science (2005) and Cinematicity (2009). Recent publications include an article on cross-media for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (2011) and on media philosophy in New Takes in Film-Philosophy (2011).


'Postgraduate students and scholars in Film and Media Studies will certainly appreciate the full extent of the pioneering work that has been accomplished in this collection...The concept of cinematicity developed here is compelling, and surely encourages a redefinition of how cinema ‘makes itself felt’ across media forms (photography and literature for instance) and platforms (such as gaming)'

- Guillaume Lecomte, Kelvingrove Review (May 2014)

- Guillaume Lecomte, Kelvingrove Review

‘An inviting, interdisciplinary collection of essays on the question of what it has meant to interact with moving images in the modern era…Whether one is a specialist in Film/Media Studies, literature, modern cultural history, or the history of media technology, one will find that the themes invite rather than discourage trans-disciplinary participation, and, just as crucially, that the writing is compact and accessible across areas of concentration.’

- Andrew Behrendt, Apparatus
'A volume that peers deep into the non-linear chronology of cinematic history. It explores the often fluent boundaries between different media and finds patterns and similarities that not many would detect otherwise.'
- Lara Perski, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

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