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Title: Encounters in authenticity : documentary film and the 'authentic' restaurant
Author: Giesman, Holly
ISNI:       0000 0004 6346 3950
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2014
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This PhD thesis is the product of practice-­‐based research in which I used reflexive documentary filmmaking—along with reflection on and theorization of that practice—to engage with issues of authenticity and mediation in documentary. I confront a particular conundrum that has enduring resonance for documentary scholars and filmmakers: How do we reconcile claims and expectations of authenticity in documentary with the fact of mediation? My work puts this fundamental documentary dilemma into a new context and offers a different way of engaging with it—experientially and from a unique perspective. I explored this dilemma in practice through the process of making a documentary film, and I sought insight from those who also deal with issues of authenticity and mediation but in a completely different context—in the foreign national restaurant in London. The resulting film Eating Cultures—the practice component of this thesis—constructs a relationship between the meal in the restaurant and the documentary film based around the metaphors of “eating cultures” and “mediating worlds”. The written thesis then contextualizes and reflects on the practice and develops these themes—considering the documentary dilemma within the broader contemporary context of cultural globalization, making new cross-­‐disciplinary connections with tourism and food studies scholarship, further articulating and theorizing the metaphors of “eating cultures” and “mediating worlds”, and finally suggesting additional cross-­‐disciplinary relevance within cultural cosmopolitanism scholarship.
Supervisor: Chanan, Michael ; Marvin, Garry ; Colusso, Enrica Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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