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The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, And Ethnographic Spectacle
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ISBN 9780822318408
REGISTERED: 01/02/18
UPDATED: 04/20/21
The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, And Ethnographic Spectacle

This book explores early-twentieth-century representations of non-Western indigenous people in films ranging from the documentary to the spectacular to the scientific.


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  • The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, And Ethnographic Spectacle available on November 05 2015 from Indigo for 29.50
  • ISBN bar code 9780822318408 ξ3 registered November 05 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780822318408 ξ1 registered September 22 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780822318408 ξ2 registered August 06 2012
  • Product category is Fatimah Tobing Rony Performing Arts Film Entertainment The Third Eye Race Cinema And Ethnographic Spectacle Book

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Charting the intersection of technology and ideology, cultural production and social science, Fatimah Tobing Rony explores early-twentieth-century representations of non-Western indigenous peoples in films ranging from the documentary to the spectacular to the scientific. Turning the gaze of the ethnographic camera back onto itself, bringing the perspective of a third eye to bear on the invention of the primitive other, Rony reveals the collaboration of anthropology and popular culture in Western constructions of race, gender, nation, and empire. Her work demonstrates the significance of these constructions—and, more generally, of ethnographic cinema—for understanding issues of identity. In films as seemingly dissimilar as Nanook of the North, King Kong, and research footage of West Africans from an 1895 Paris ethnographic exposition, Rony exposes a shared fascination with—and anxiety over—race. She shows how photographic “realism” contributed to popular and scientific notions of evolution, race, and civilization, and how, in turn, anthropology understood and critiqued its own use of photographic technology. Looking beyond negative Western images of the Other, Rony considers performance strategies that disrupt these images—for example, the use of open resistance, recontextualization, and parody in the films of Katherine Dunham and Zora Neale Hurston, or the performances of Josephine Baker. She also draws on the work of contemporary artists such as Lorna Simpson and Victor Masayesva Jr., and writers such as Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin, who unveil the language of racialization in ethnographic cinema. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, innovative in theory and original in method, The Third Eye is a remarkable interdisciplinary contribution to critical thought in film studies, anthropology, cultural studies, art history, postcolonial studies, and women's studies.


References
    ^ (1996). The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, and Ethnographic Spectacle (revised Oct 2015)
    ^ (1996). 9780822318408, Duke University Press. (revised Jan 2014)
    ^ (2012). The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, And Ethnographic Spectacle Indigo. (revised Nov 2015)

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