Indiscretions : Avant-Garde Film, Video & Feminism

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Indiscretions follows the path of U.S. avant-garde film and video from the underground of the 1960s to the academy of the 1980s. Patricia Mellencamp creates a dialogue among theory, popular culture, and politics through inventive renderings of the films of Owen Land, Hollis Frampton, Ken Jacobs, Bruce Conner, Robert Nelson, Michael Snow, Yvonne Rainer, and Sally Potter, and videotapes by Ant Farm, TVTV, Michael Smith, William Wegman, and Cecelia more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 14.5mm | 381.02g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253205875
  • 9780253205872

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"... delightfully personal even though it is solidly academic and documented... a welcome and rare bridging of the theoretical and the practical explication of particular texts." Choice "... influenced by Foucault, by Deleuze and Guattari ... in a style that is passionate and inventive. The essays reflect the author's enthusiasm for a kind of filmmaking and criticism which sidesteps the cautious scholarly mode. Mellencamp is a theorist ... who enjoys taking liberties with theory ... one moment an academic spokeswoman on behalf of the avant garde; the next a feminist critic; then a raconteur bringing us tales from the underground; then a cultural archivist putting down in print otherwise undocumented past moments; and finally, a postmodern writer pursuing a 'rhizomatic' path ... Mellencamp is remembering a history which made an enormous contribution to present-day film culture." Angela McRobbie, Screen "Mellencamp takes a fresh look at the American avant-garde cinema ... a lively intellectual romp, moving rapidly from one concept to another ..." Cantrills Filmnotes " ... Mellencamp writes well, with flair and style, with a kind of feisty eclecticism." East-West Film Journal " ... an invigorating read; its devotion to the avant-garde is infectious; and its optimism fires hope for a bold and transgressive future for feminist cultural politics ..." Journal of Gender Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Prologue: Speaking Personally; 1. Historically Speaking; 2. Visionary Film and Sexual Difference; 3. Video Politics; 4. Surveillance and Simulation; 5. Theoretical Objects; 6. Postmodern TV; 7. Uncanny Feminism; 8. Last Scene in the Streets of Modernism; 9. Taking Cue from Ariadne; 10. Images of Language and Indiscreet Dialogues; 11. The Avant-Garde, the Everyday, and the Undergroundshow more

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