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    Hollywood flatlands: animation, critical theory and the avant-garde

    Leslie, Esther (2004) Hollywood flatlands: animation, critical theory and the avant-garde. London, UK: Verso. ISBN 9781844675043.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: With ruminations on drawing, colour and caricature, on the political meaning of fairy-tales, talking animals and human beings as machines, Hollywood Flatlands brings to light the links between animation, avant-garde art and modernist criticism. Focusing on the work of aesthetic and political revolutionaries of the inter-war period, Esther Leslie reveals how the animation of commodities can be studied as a journey into modernity in cinema. She looks afresh at the links between the Soviet Constructivists and the Bauhaus, for instance, and those between Walter Benjamin and cinematic abstraction. She also provides new interpretations of the writings of Siegfried Kracauer on animation, shows how Theodor Adorno’s and Max Horkheimer’s film viewing affected their intellectual development, and reconsiders Sergei Eisenstein’s famous handshake with Mickey Mouse at Disney’s Hyperion Studios in 1930.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Research Centre: Contemporary Literature, Centre for, Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIH)
    Depositing User: Esther Leslie
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 10:42
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:42
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5582

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