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L Guevarra <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 5 Oct 2007 11:10:01 -0700
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Dear Screen-L:

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations

Jonathan Auerbach is Professor of English at the University of 
Maryland, College Park and is the author of _Male Call: Becoming Jack 
London_ (1996) and _The Romance of Failure: First-Person Fictions of 
Poe, Hawthorne, and James_ (1989).

"_Body Shots_ is a provocative and compelling account of the 
centrality of corporeal movement and stillness to early cinema. 
Auerbach puts theory and history into productive conversation, 
significantly extending our knowledge of the contexts and strategies 
of cinema in its early years. It is an original and important 
book."-Lee Grieveson, author of _Policing Cinema: Movies and 
Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century-America_

This original and compelling book places the body at the center of 
cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for 
early audiences, the new medium's fascination rested on visual 
spectacle for its own sake. Instead, as Jonathan Auerbach argues, it 
was the human form in motion that most profoundly shaped early 
cinema. Situating his discussion in a political and historical 
context, Auerbach begins his analysis with films that reveal striking 
anxieties and preoccupations about persons on public display-both 
exceptional figures, such as 1896 presidential candidate William 
McKinley, and ordinary people caught by the movie camera in their 
daily routines. The result is a sharp, unique, and groundbreaking way 
to consider the turn-of-the-twentieth-century American incarnation of 
cinema itself.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Lolita Guevarra
Electronic Marketing Coordinator
University of California Press
Tel. 510.643.4738 | Fax 510.643.7127
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