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Histories of the future: mapping the avant-garde

Christie, Ian (2008) Histories of the future: mapping the avant-garde. Film History 20 (1), pp. 6-13. ISSN 0892-2160.

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The history of avant-garde film in the twentieth century can be defined by a widely accepted canon of major works and artists, although the function of this canon changed between the pre-World War II pioneer period and the 1960s, when avant-garde film emerged as a challenge to conventional narrative. A more dialectical conception of the avant-garde, proposed by Peter Wollen, has since served to unite different traditions, until recent concerns have emerged about the very idea of a film-based canon. New studies have emphasised the importance of networks and of contexts of presentation as perhaps greater than the film-texts themselves. More varied contemporary forms of access to avant-garde film may eventually supersede the traditional Modernist canon.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 08:55
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