Darwin's Screens

Darwin's Screens : Evolutionary Aesthetics, Time and Sexual Display in the Cinema

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Darwin's Screens addresses a major gap in film scholarship - the key influence of Charles Darwin's theories on the history of the cinema. Much has been written on the effect of other great thinkers such as Freud and Marx but very little on the important role played by Darwinian ideas on the evolution of the newest art form of the twentieth century. Creed argues that Darwinian ideas influenced the evolution of early film genres such as horror, the detective film, science fiction, film noir and the musical. Her study draws on Darwin's theories of sexual selection, deep time and transformation, and on emotions, death, and the meaning of human and animal in order to rethink some of the canonical arguments of film and cinema studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 14mm | 322.05g
  • Academic Monographs
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Print on Demand
  • 0522857094
  • 9780522857092
  • 1,423,498

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'What a wonderful book! Barbara Creed's wide-ranging study soars - to take on the evolutionary implications of the movies, spanning classic horror, to science fiction, to film noir.' - Professor Barbara Maria Stafford, University of Chicago, author of Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images
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About Barbara Creed

Barbara Creed is Professor of Cinema Studies and Head of the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.
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