In addition to contributions from prominent film scholars Laura Rascaroli, Timothy Corrigan, and Laura Marks, the volume is proud to showcase the work of six faculty members of the Film Studies Program of the University of Maryland (Luka Arsenjuk, Caroline Eades, Oliver Gaycken, Elizabeth Papazian, Mauro Resmini, Eric Zakim) on a key topic in scholarly research on film and media today.
Description of contents:
With its increasing presence in a continuously evolving media environment, the essay film as a visual form raises new questions about the construction of the subject, its relationship to the world, and the aesthetic possibilities of cinema. In this volume, authors specializing in various national cinemas (Cuban, French, German, Israeli, Italian, Lebanese, Polish, Russian, American) and critical approaches (historical, aesthetic, postcolonial, feminist, philosophical) explore the essay film and its consequences for the theory of cinema while building on and challenging existing theories. Taking as a guiding principle the essay form's dialogic, fluid nature, the volume examines the potential of the essayistic to question, investigate, and reflect on all forms of cinema—fiction film, popular cinema, and documentary, video installation, and digital essay. The volume argues that the essayistic in film—as process, as experience, as experiment—opens the road to key issues faced by the individual in relation to the collective, but can also lead to its own subversion, as a form of dialectical thought that gravitates towards crisis.