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The Documentary : Politics, Emotion, Culture

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Belinda Smaill proposes an original approach to documentary studies, examining how emotions such as pleasure, hope, pain, empathy, nostalgia or disgust are integral both to the representation of selfhood in documentary, and to the way documentaries circulate in the public sphere.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 221 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2010 ed.
  • VII, 221 p.
  • 0230237517
  • 9780230237513
  • 1,131,142

About Belinda Smaill

BELINDA SMAILL is a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.show more

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'Smaill's excellence lies in knowing what she's doing: examining how emotion is both presented and evoked in and by documentary for political ends. This fluid conception of politics is deeply imbricated with feminist and other movement politics that assume affect is part of political motion, something that incorporates the agenda of change. That movement might be uncertain, in need of constant correction, but it is also affirmative and embodied, in the maker, in the film, and in the audience and social world.' Chuck Kleinhans, Jump Cut 'Smaill covers very diverse subject material in an engaging and accessible manner. Her references extend far beyond the world of the big screen: rather than furrow through documentary film theory, the author draws on multidisciplinary sources to explore the idea of emotion, including the psychoanalytical perspectives of Melanie Klein and the linguistic articulations of Elaine Scarry.' - New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8.1show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements PART I: DOCUMENTARY AND PLEASURE Introduction: Representation and Documentary Emotions Pleasure and Disgust: Desire and the Female Porn Star PART II: PAIN AND THE OTHER Injury, Identity and Recognition - Rize and Fix : The Story of an Addicted City Women, Pain and the Documentaries of Kim Longinotto PART III: THE LABOUR OF AUTHORSHIP: CARING AND MOURNING Loss and Care: Asian Australian Documentary Civic Love and Contemporary Dissent Documentary PART IV: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: HOPE AND NOSTALGIA Children, Futurity and Hope: Born into Brothels Nostalgia, Historical Time and Reality Television: The Idol Series Epilogue Notes Indexshow more

Review Text

'Smaill's excellence lies in knowing what she's doing: examining how emotion is both presented and evoked in and by documentary for political ends. This fluid conception of politics is deeply imbricated with feminist and other movement politics that assume affect is part of political motion, something that incorporates the agenda of change. That movement might be uncertain, in need of constant correction, but it is also affirmative and embodied, in the maker, in the film, and in the audience and social world.' Chuck Kleinhans, Jump Cut 'Smaill covers very diverse subject material in an engaging and accessible manner. Her references extend far beyond the world of the big screen: rather than furrow through documentary film theory, the author draws on multidisciplinary sources to explore the idea of emotion, including the psychoanalytical perspectives of Melanie Klein and the linguistic articulations of Elaine Scarry.' - New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8.1show more

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