>I'm thinking about starting a new paper concerned with refiguring cinema's
>history as a history of grounds, or backgrounds (as opposed to figures, or
>foregrounds). The figure-ground relationship implied by any notion of
>mise-en-scene may be reversed. So this is like subversive reading
>of cinema, I suppose. What do people think? An avante-garde sort of
>criticism? Might not be publishable
>immediately, but it could be fun. Thoughts? Has it been done (if so
Oh yes, it has been done before. Most importantly, the
relationship foreground-background is racialized. Read the brilliant
Stam, Robert, and Louise Spence. "Colonialism, Racism, and
Representation: An Introduction." Movies and Methods. Vol. II.
Ed. Bill Nichols. Berkeley: U of California P, 1985. 632-649.
>Oh, and if you like the idea and decide to steal it from me, kindly cite me
>in some footnote.
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