The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture (Paperback)
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The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 221 Pages / Published: 01/01/2010
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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.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349314911
Number of pages: 221
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2010


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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 8.1

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