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The Witch and the Hysteric: The Monstrous Medieval in Benjamin Christensen's Häxan

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ISBN: 9780692230152 Year: Pages: 84 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0074.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Performing Arts
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Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 Swedish/Danish film Häxan (known under its English title as Witchcraft Through the Ages) has entranced, entertained, shocked, and puzzled audiences for nearly a century. The film mixes documentary with fantasy, history with theatrics, religion and science, the medieval past and modern culture. This uncanny content is compounded by the film’s formal strangeness, a mixture of quasi-documentary with fictional episodes, illustrated lectures alongside docudrama recreations and dreamscapes. Is this a documentary, a horror flick, or both? In this chapbook, authors Doty and Ingham argue that the puzzle of Christensen’s Häxan might be unraveled by attending to the film’s provocative and paradoxical medievalism, its fantasmatic rendering of the witch as a medieval monster. Such monstrous medievalism, moreover, sheds considerable light on the politics of gender and culture once the witch is rendered a female figure in a time out-of-joint.

The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism. The Anxiety of Authority

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Book Series: Film Theory in Media History ISBN: 9789089647177 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_576930 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts
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Film criticism is in crisis. Dwelling on the many film journalists made redundant at newspapers, magazines, and other 'old media' in past years, commentators have voiced existential questions about the purpose and worth of the profession in the age of WordPress blogospheres and proclaimed the 'death of the critic'. Bemoaning the current anarchy of internet amateurs and the lack of authoritative critics, many journalists and academics claim that in the digital age, cultural commentary has become dumbed down and fragmented into niche markets. Mattias Freu, arguing against these claims, examines the history of film critical discourse in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States . He demonstrates that since its origins, film criticism has always found itself in crisis: the need to show critical authority and the anxieties over challenges to that authority have been longstanding concerns.

Anklang und Widerhall: Dostojewskij in medialen Kontexten

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Book Series: Jahrbuch der Deutschen Dostojewskij-Gesellschaft ISBN: 9783866884113 Year: Pages: 211 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
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Die Deutsche Dostojewskij-Gesellschaft (DDG) verfolgt das Ziel, das Werk Fjodor Michajlowitsch Dostojewskijs (1821-1881), des weltweit immer noch wirkmächtigsten russischen Autors, in Deutschland zu verbreiten und über aktuelle Trends vor allem der deutschsprachigen Dostojewskij-Rezeption zu informieren. Die Gesellschaft hat eine wichtige Scharnierfunktion zwischen Fachwissenschaft (Russischer bzw. Slawischer Philologie) einerseits und dem anhaltend großen Kreis deutschsprachiger Dostojewskij-Leserinnen und -Leser. Zur Zielgruppe gehören Hochschulinstitute und -dozenten ebenso wie Theologen, Psychologen, Philosophen, Mediziner, Gymnasiallehrer, Volkhochschuldozenten und andere interessierte Laien. Das Jahrbuch der DDG dient in erster Hinsicht der Publikation der Vorträge der Jahrestagungen der Gesellschaft, die stets einem bestimmten Themenkreis gewidmet sind. Daneben erscheinen in ihm aber auch neuere wissenschaftliche oder populärwissenschaftliche Abhandlungen zum Thema des jeweiligen Bandes oder zu Dostojewskij allgemein. In den fast drei Jahrzehnten seines Bestehens konnte sich das Jahrbuch als Forum der deutschsprachigen Dostojewskij-Forschung etablieren, das auch von Fachwissenschaftlern geschätzt und als Medium genutzt wird.

Film and the City: The Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema

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ISBN: 9781927356593 9781927356609 9781927356616 Year: Pages: 319 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781927356593.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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Most Canadians are city dwellers, a fact often unacknowledged by twentieth-century Canadian films, with their preference for themes of wilderness survival or rural life. Modernist Canadian films tend to support what film scholar Jim Leach calls “the nationalist-realist project,” a documentary style that emphasizes the exoticism and mythos of the land. Over the past several decades, however, the hegemony of Anglo-centrism has been challenged by francophone and First Nations perspectives and the character of cities altered by a continued influx of immigrants and the development of cities as economic and technological centers. No longer primarily defined through the lens of rural nostalgia, Canadian urban identity is instead polyphonic, diverse, constructed through multiple discourses and mediums, an exchange rather than a strict orientation. Taking on the urban as setting and subject, filmmakers are ideally poised to create and reflect multiple versions of a single city.Examining fourteen Canadian films produced from 1989 to 2007, including Denys Arcand’s Jésus de Montréal (1989), Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Léolo (1992), Mina Shum’s Double Happiness (1994), Clément Virgo’s Rude (1995), and Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (2007), Film and the City is the first comprehensive study of Canadian film and “urbanity”—the totality of urban culture and life. Drawing on film and urban studies and building upon issues of identity formation in Canadian studies, Melnyk considers how filmmakers, films, and urban audiences experience, represent, and interpret urban spatiality, visuality, and orality. In this way, Film and the City argues that Canadian narrative film of the postmodern period has aided in articulating a new national identity.

Humour and Laughter in History

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ISBN: 9783837628586 9783839428580 Year: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14361/transcript.9783839428580 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101952
Subject: History
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Humour can be used as a »weapon« or as a means of coping with problematic historical events, especially in times of war and crisis. The book presents examples from different cultures (Russia, Europe, USA), from different historical epochs (from the Napoleonic era up to the current time) and from different medias (caricature, journalism, film). By looking at the individual cases it becomes possible to recognize some general structural patterns and to gain a deeper insight into the »functioning« of humour and laughter.

In-situ Visualisierung von Oberflächendeformationen aufgrund von Marangoni-Konvektion während der Filmtrocknung

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ISBN: 9783731501480 Year: Pages: VIII, 205 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000037674 Language: GERMAN
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Chemical Engineering
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In the production of modern components, e.g. displays, complex substrates with e.g. conducting paths and pre-structuring are liquid coated and dried. The surfaces of such layers have to have a very well specified quality, usual. Thus it is necessary to avoid the formation of surface structures. This work presents the elementary mechanism and describes a technique for visualization to investigate surface deformations due to Marangoni-Convection during thin film drying.

Optomechatronics

ISBN: 9783038420019 9783038420088 Year: Pages: 276 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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The field of optomechatronics provides synergistic effects of optics, mechanics and electronics for efficient sensor development. Optical sensors for the measurement of mechanical quantities, equipped with appropriate electronic signal (pre)processing means have a wide range of applications, from surface testing, stress monitoring, thin film analysis to biochemical sensing. The aim of this special issue is to provide an overview of actual research and innovative applications of optomechatronics in sensors. Papers addressing, inter alia, optical sensor principles, fiber-optic sensors, electronic speckle pattern interferometry, surface analysis, thin film measurement, FGB sensors, and biochemical sensors are provided.

Visualisierungen von Kult

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ISBN: 9783205795162 Year: Pages: 450 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_477716 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 105
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“Visualizations of cult“ deals with the strategies of visual representations of cult as well as with concretisations of its visualization, in the perspective of historical and cultural studies. Cult is understood in a broad sense, describing modes of collective veneration and auratization, in religious, quasi-religious or trivial-profane connections. Cult practice and experience and their manifestations are treated under five aspects: (1) objects: staging of cult, (2) subjects: experiences of cult, (3) cult of persons, (4) spaces of cult, (5) manifestations of cult practice.

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