Emergence of Cinematic Time Modernity, Contingency, the Archive

ISBN-10: 0674007840

ISBN-13: 9780674007840

Edition: 2002

Authors: Mary Anne Doane

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Hailed as the permanent record of fleeting moments, the cinema emerged at the turn of the nineteenth century as an unprecedented means of capturing time--and this at a moment when disciplines from physics to philosophy, and historical trends from industrialization to the expansion of capitalism, were transforming the very idea of time. In a work that itself captures and reconfigures the passing moments of art, history, and philosophy, Mary Ann Doane shows how the cinema, representing the singular instant of chance and ephemerality in the face of the increasing rationalization and standardization of the day, participated in the structuring of time and contingency in capitalist modernity. At this book's heart is the cinema's essential paradox: temporal continuity conveyed through "stopped time," the rapid succession of still frames or frozen images. Doane explores the role of this paradox, and of notions of the temporal indeterminacy and instability of an image, in shaping not just cinematic time but also modern ideas about continuity and discontinuity, archivability, contingency and determinism, and temporal irreversibility. A compelling meditation on the status of cinematic knowledge, her book is also an inquiry into the very heart and soul of modernity.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 12/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

The Representability of Time
Temporality, Storage, Legibility: Freud, Marey, and the Cinema
The Afterimage, the Index, and the Accessibility of the Present
Temporal Irreversibility and the Logic of Statistics
Dead Time, or the Concept of the Event
Zeno's Paradox: The Emergence of Cinematic Time
The Instant and the Archive
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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