Thursday, 4 August 2011

New JUMP CUT: Hollywood, Reframing, International Cinema, Documentary, Economics and Politics, Porn, Independent/Art/Avant-garde, Horror

Back, nicely bronzed, from its holiday, Film Studies For Free has lots of catching up to do. Let it begin with rushing you, below, the table of contents from the latest, utterly brilliant issue of Jump Cut, No. 53, summer 2011. 

There is SO much great reading here, much of it deeply politically committed, as is characteristic of this important journal. But please don't miss its marvellous book reviews section, including a look at recent books on film sound by Michael Chanan (thanks for tipping FSFF off about this latest issue, Michael!).

International cinema
Economics and cinema
Politics of media production and distribution
  • Clips, clicks and climax: notes on the relocation and remediation of pornography by Julian Hanich
    Moving-image pornography on the Internet has facilitated and intensified the masturbatory experience due to a double tendency toward privatization and individualization. This becomes particularly obvious when compared to the time when porn films were projected in theaters and consumed with other, mostly anonymous viewers.
  • The excess of porn: response to Julian Hanich by Magnus Ullén
    Considering the relation between pornography and different media is important, yes; but it will be difficult to historicize pornography without first historicizing the mode of reading that gave rise to the concept of porn in the nineteenth century.
  • Back to the Golden Age by Thomas Waugh
    This brief intervention in the current conversation about porn contextualizes the debate within the history of porn studies and Jump Cut’s contribution since the 1970s to a materialist-feminist understanding of sexual representation.
  • Porn: it’s not just about sex anymore by Nina K. Martin
    Porn's shift to online and mobile device mediums has de-stigmatized the term to the point of banality, linking "porn" to non-sexualized notions of excess.
  • Beyond porno chic by Jose B. Capino
    Internet porn viewing and spectatorship at adult video arcades are more similar than we imagine.
  • Pornography, technology, and masturbation: response to Julian Hanich by Peter Lehman
    Society hysterically fears the dangers of pornography and masturbation while academia represses it, and that aspect of the historically complex interaction between media, technology and porn is lost in the process.
  • Loin du Vietnam (1967), Joris Ivens and Left Bank documentary  by Thomas Waugh
    Far from Vietnam, the collective French film of 1967, produced in solidarity with the Vietnamese people under U.S. attack, is explored in relation to its historical context on three continents, to its coalitional politics and the solidarity genre in general, and to the forum it provided to one contributor, veteran communist filmmaker Joris Ivens.
  • Re-conceiving Misconception: birth as a site of filmic experimentation by Roxanne Samer
    This cultural history of Marjorie Keller's birth film Misconception (1977) seeks to release the film from past dichotomizing interpretative binds with the hope of opening it up to further future interpretations, re-looking and better appreciation.
  • Books on film sound review by Michael Chanan
    Two books about film sound come at their subject from completely different angles.
    • Mark Kerins, Beyond Dolby (Stereo), Cinema in the Digital Sound Age
    • Andy Birtwistle, Cinesonica: Sounding Film and Video
  • Iranian film opposing regimes of voyeurism review by Jyotika Virdi
    Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema by Negar Mottahedeh
    Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema is seen as a dynamic alternative to Hollywood's dominant voyeurism codes, while its narratives are displaced allegories that circumvent the state's modesty laws.
  • Darwin at the movies by David Andrews and Christine Andrews
    This review of Barbara Creed's book Darwin's Screens also examines the use of evolutionary ideas in the field of film studies.
  • Star Trek’s allegorical monomyth review by Elspeth kydd
    David Greven in Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films tackles complex issues within this large and elusive monomyth.
  • Nobody’s baby review by Kirsten Pike
    Babysitter: An American History by Miriam Forman-Brunell
    The book examines girls’ domestic labor in the U.S. and also offers significant insight into the contradictory ways that girls are imagined, debated, and targeted by experts, advisors, and creators of popular culture.
  • Sexual innocence and film: a look at scholarship on virginity review by Susan Ericsson
    Virgin Territory: Representing Sexual Inexperience in Film, edited by Tamar Jeffers McDonald
    How can virginity be depicted in fiction film and television beyond dialogue or narrative moments when the condition of virginity ends?
  • Documentary studies: news from the front line review by Russell Campbell
    Sociopolitical documentary comes under intensive scrutiny in a cluster of new books.
    Documentary: Witness and Self-Revelation by John Ellis
    Recording Reality, Desiring the Real by Elizabeth Cowie
    The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture by Belinda Smaill
    Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary by Jonathan Kahana
    The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film by Thomas Waugh
  • Documentary: intelligence and/or emotion? review by Chuck Kleinhans
    The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture by Belinda Smaill
    Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary by Jonathan Kahana
The last word
  • Crisis politics On crises and drastic neoliberal economic makeovers by the editors

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