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What do images of the body, which recent poets and filmmakers have given us, tell us about ourselves, about the way we think and about the culture in which we live?
In his new book A Body of Vision, R. Bruce Elder situates contemporary poetic and cinematic body images in their cultural context.
Elder examines how recent artists have tried to recognize and to convey primordial forms of experiences. He proposes the daring thesis that in their efforts to do so, artists have resorted to gnostic models of consciousness. He argues that the attempt to convey these primordial modes of awareness demands a different conception of artistic meaning from any of those that currently dominate contemporary critical discussion. By reworking theories and speech in highly original ways, Elder formulates this new conception.
The works of Brakhage, Artaud, Schneeman, Cohen and others lie naked under Elder’s razor-sharp dissecting knife and he exposes the essence of their work, cutting deeply into the themes and theses from which the works are derived. His remarks on the gaps in contemporary critical practices will likely become the focus of much debate.
About the Author: R. Bruce Elder is an award-winning filmmaker and teaches media at Ryerson University. His book Harmony & Dissent (WLU Press, 2008) received the prestigious Robert Motherwell Book Prize and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. Rudolf Kuenzli described DADA, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect (WLU Press, 2013) as “that rare book that casts the early twentieth-century avant-garde in a very new light.”
Title: Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian ...
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Wilfred Laurier University Press, Waterloo, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. xviii, 483 p. 24 cm. Black cloth hardcover. Mylar-covered dustjacket gently faded at spine. Price label on rear of jacket. Elder is considered one of the most important avant-garde filmmakers in Canada and is one of very few authors to write serious critical interpretations of Canadian avant-garde film. Seller Inventory # 1539
Book Description Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0889209561 Item in good condition. Textbooks may not include supplemental items i.e. CDs, access codes etc. Seller Inventory # Z0889209561Z3
Book Description Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0889209561-2-4