I'm thinking about starting a new paper concerned with
history as a history of grounds, or backgrounds (as opposed to figures,
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 essay:
Times_New_RomanStam, 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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