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Hi James,

I too like using texts that aren't always "about" film.  Here are two that
immediately came to mind:

I often use Barthes' Camera Lucida to get students thinking about the
difference between "studium" and "punctum"--it's a helpful device for
getting them to think beyond plot.

I also like Berger's classic Ways of Seeing for getting them to begin
thinking about visual representation and ideology.

Cheers,
Jen

Jen Schneider, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies
Colorado School of Mines
Stratton Hall 406, 1005 14th St.
Golden, CO  80401
 
Ph:  303-273-3628
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] Books about film

For a new edition of How to Read a Film we're preparing a list of 100  
(or so) books everyone learning about the medium should read. Besides  
the obvious classics I'm looking for more obscure titles -- and not  
necessarily directly about film (or tv). (For example, I learned a  
lot about the language of film from Alexander Kira's sixties study,  
The Bathroom.)

If you have any suggestions for this list (even if it is your own  
work) I'd appreciate hearing them.

Thanks (and apologies for cross-posting).


JM

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