Flesh Cinema: The corporeal turn in American avant-garde film by Ara OsterweilFlesh Cinema: The corporeal turn in American avant-garde film by Ara Osterweil

Flesh Cinema: The corporeal turn in American avant-garde film

byAra Osterweil

Paperback | August 31, 2014

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Flesh Cinema explores the groundbreaking representation of the body in experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on sexually explicit films by Andy Warhol, Barbara Rubin, Stan Brakhage, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono and Paul Sharits, this book demonstrates how experimental cinema notonly transformed American visual culture, but also the lives of those who created it. By situating these films and related artworks against the backdrop of the civil rights, feminist and sexual liberation movements, Flesh Cinema investigates how the social politics of the era not only impacted theirproduction, but continue to inform their meaning today. In doing so, the book approaches avant-garde cinema as a practice of vital negotiations between large-scale social transformations and the contingencies of everyday life. Drawing upon archival materials, unpublished letters and interviews, as well as gossip and rumour, this book provides a rich account of the intimate artistic collaborations that inspired these provocative films. Merging close readings of films with historical and biographical analysis, the authorargues that queer forms of friendship were essential to the innovative representations of bodies on-screen. Even as these artists pioneered new ways of using the medium of cinema to explore eccentric forms of embodiment, they struggled to define more equitable ways of being and working together. Providing a fresh take on avant-garde cinema for film and art scholars, as well as an adventurous guide for the uninitiated, Flesh Cinema invites readers to see the cinematic body through a new, kaleidoscopic lens.
Ara Osterweil is an Assistant Professor of Film and Cultural Studies in the English Department at McGill University.
Title:Flesh Cinema: The corporeal turn in American avant-garde filmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:August 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719091918

ISBN - 13:9780719091919

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Table of Contents

1. Saint Barbara: The Apocryphal, Ecstatic Cinema of Barbara Rubin
2. Andy Warhol, Porn Realist
3. Stan Brakhage, Acts of Seeing
4. Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joys
5. Yoko Ono's Body Count
6. Paul Sharits, Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Editorial Reviews

"Delving into the familiar and the more obscure works of the American avant garde film of the 60's, Ara Osterweil's Flesh cinema offers an entirely new take. Love, friendship, sex are the key components of this study which revels in the messy and interconnected lives of its film artists.Writing with joy and verve Osterweil brings this period wonderfully alive." --Linda Williams, Professor in Film and Media and Rhetoric at University of California Berkeley