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The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Alice Maurice


Focusing on American cinema, The Cinema and Its Shadow argues that “race” has defined and supplemented the cinematic apparatus since the earliest motion pictures, and especially at times of transition and technological vulnerability. In particular, the book explores how racialized bodies and the rhetoric of race difference became central to the working out of specifically cinematic problems: the problem of the stationary camera, the problem of developing narrative form, the problem of realism, the problem of synchronizing image and sound, and, perhaps most fundamentally, the problem of the abs ... More

Keywords: Cinema, Race, Technology, Body, Shadow, Rhetoric, Image, Performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816678044
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Maurice, author