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My book, Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction, has a very short 
section on ethnographic film that might give your student, if read with 
the introductory chapters (also very short!) a good handle on what the 
problem is. That might be a nice unforbidding overview for a business 
student. The bibliography, including direction to worrks by Jay Ruby, the 
MacDougalls and Faye Ginsburg, should further direct him.

Pat Aufderheide, Professor and Director 
Center for Social Media, School of Communication
American University 
3201 New Mexico Av. NW, #330
Washington, DC 20016-8080
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Re: [SCREEN-L] query on documentary

It's an older text, but Bill Nichols' IDEOLOGY AND THE IMAGE had a useful 
section on ethnographic film and the context of the book as a whole might 
be helpful to your student.

Don Larsson
"Only connect!"   --E.M. Forster

Donald F. Larsson, Professor
English Department, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] query on documentary

i have a student who wants to do an extended term paper on "documentary 
and representation" -- a topic about which i know precious little since 
all my work is on fiction film . . . i'm wondering if anyone on the list 
can direct me to some useful introductions to the topic or explorations of 
it accessible to a general reader

i should point out that my student, although very bright and dedicated, is 
studying business -- and is taking my cinema class simply to satisfy a 
requirement -- which means that she has no background in these areas, or 
even in the conventions of liberal arts inquiry . . . so i'm hoping for 
something that, while not dumbing down a complex topic, is written so that 
with effort  beginners can make sense of it

thanks in advance for suggestions


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