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Title: Tactile moves : an archaeology of the sense of touch through French cinema
Author: Scott, S. J. N.
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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My thesis explores the ways cinema engages with the sense of touch. I concentrate on two periods of technological change in French cinema in order to investigate film’s tactile nature from an historical standpoint. The cinematic experience alters with the emergence of new technology both within and outside the moving images. Society’s perception of the senses also modifies with time. I ask how cinema’s relation to touch developed with social changes. My thesis is concerned with grounding touch within film theory and history by engaging with the history and philosophy of the senses. My first chapter examines the motif of the hand, exploring how its image may have altered within the two periods studied. Considering the hand as a representative for touch, I look at how its image was affected by the emergence of sound cinema. I consider the connection of the sense of touch to the senses of sight and hearing. Chapter Two explores how the cinematic representation of the body is related to changes in the history of the senses. I analyse, in particular, the filmic discourse on the two World Wars. Chapter Three investigates the technological transformations of the screen. I explore how Avant-Garde cinema of the late 1920s experimented with the screen, and what changes the widescreen processes brought to films and cinema theatres. Chapter Four considers cinema is an imprint, and is concerned with notions of memory and trace.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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