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Visual Anthropology in Sardinia


Silvio Carta

Visual Anthropology in Sardinia explores the technique, style and methodology of documentary films about Sardinia, investigating how such films construct different experiences and identities, and reflecting on the advantages of the medium of documentary film over written ethnographic texts.
Following a discussion of theoretical developments in the area of visual anthropology in the twentieth century, the author turns to case studies of documentary filmmaking related to Sardinia from the fascist era onwards, offering a survey of the particular and somewhat peculiar filmic ethnographic discourse established in relation to Sardinia, which has been constructed to a large extent as an ‘Other’ to peninsular Italy. The subject is a complex one, ranging across the fields of film studies, anthropology, literary and cultural studies and, to some extent, philosophy. The book enriches scholarship not only on the cultural construction of Sardinia in the popular, political and intellectual imaginary and in its relation to Italy, but also on visual epistemologies and the ethics and practice of ethnographic filmmaking.
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With its focus on new critical, theoretical, and cultural developments in contemporary film studies, this series develops rigorous analytical debate within an innovative, multidisciplinary, and transnational approach to European cinema.

Through a mixture of edited collections and single-authored volumes, the series aims both to re-evaluate established critical thought and to identify and explore new trends and theories that will inform cinema studies over the coming decades. It provides an international forum for lively and controversial debate embracing all aspects of European cinema from a broad range of theoretical perspectives. The New Studies in European Cinema series thus makes a key contribution to a subject whose importance to contemporary culture and identity is fundamental.

Vol. 1 William Hope (ed.) Italian Cinema. New Directions. 2005. ISBN 3-03910-282-6 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7209-3

Vol. 2 Wendy Everett & Axel Goodbody (eds) Revisiting Space. Space and Place in European Cinema. 2005. ISBN 3-03910-264-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7193-3

Vol. 3 David Montero Thinking Images. The Essay Film as a Dialogic Form in European Cinema. 2012. ISBN 978-3-0343-0730-7

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