Image and Identity Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture
"Image and Identity" examines the unique qualities of Canadian cinema, situating it within the broader spectrum of Canadian culture as a whole. Taking a genetic approach toward uncovering an answer to the ever-pressing Canadian question, In reality, More...
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Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
"Image and Identity" examines the unique qualities of Canadian cinema, situating it within the broader spectrum of Canadian culture as a whole. Taking a genetic approach toward uncovering an answer to the ever-pressing Canadian question, In reality, who are we? Bruce Elder explores the essential features of Canadian thought and the distinctive Canadian philosophical traditions that developed in response to our particular historical and geographical circumstances. Arguing that this rich yet largely neglected tradition is still reflected in much of our current artistic practice, Elder examines the Canadian documentary tradition, English-Canadian narrative filmmaking, and the works of our cinematic avant-garde. Focusing on the particular strengths of the avant-garde cinema, and providing in-depth analyses of the works of Michael Snow, Jack Chambers, David Rimmer, and many others, he demonstrates why these internationally celebrated Canadian artists have been at the forefront of the transition from modernist to postmodernist practices.
Filmmaker, author, and critic, R. Bruce Elderinspires and enjoys debate. His books include Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture(WLUP, 1989), A Body of Vision(WLUP, 1998), and The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Charles Olson(WLUP, 1999). His films have been exhibited internationally and his polemical piece, "The Cinema We Need," remains one of the most discussed pieces of writing on Canadian film. In 2007, R. Bruce Elder received the Governor General's Award in Media Arts. Elder is the program director at Ryerson for the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.