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Transcultural Montage.


Transcultural Montage

Edited by Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev

Berghahn Books


326 pages



In anthropological writing, exhibition making, and filmmaking, montage has traditionally been viewed as "a disruptive principle that potentially could pollute the direct correspondence between scholarly representations and the social world," and create a barrier to understanding human life across cultural boundaries. Willerslev and Suhr, however, argue that the "destabilization and rupture of our common-sense perception" created through montage is actually a means for transcending cultural boundaries, and might be used to push social theory beyond the visible to the invisible. They present 16 chapters by 20 international anthropologists, filmmakers, photographers, and exhibition designers who describe their experiments in montage and theorize on its significance in their work. The 16 contributions are organized into sections exploring montage as an analytic, in writing, in film, and in museum exhibitions. Each section begins with an introductory overview of the theoretical, analytic, and aesthetic questions addressed in the contributions, and summary of key issues covered in each of the chapters. The book closes with an afterward by George E. Marcus (anthropology, UC-Irvine)--whose 1994 article on "The Cinematic Metaphor of Montage" sets the antecedent for this book--in which Marcus considers the use of montage over the past 20 years. Illustrated with b&w and color photographs.

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Date:Apr 1, 2014
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