R. Bruce Elder: Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect (2013)

15 October 2016, dusan

“This book deals with the early intellectual reception of the cinema and the manner in which art theorists, philosophers, cultural theorists, and especially artists of the first decades of the twentieth century responded to its advent. While the idea persists that early writers on film were troubled by the cinema’s lowly form, this work proposes that there was another, largely unrecognized, strain in the reception of it. Far from anxious about film’s provenance in popular entertainment, some writers and artists proclaimed that the cinema was the most important art for the moderns, as it exemplified the vibrancy of contemporary life.

This view of the cinema was especially common among those whose commitments were to advanced artistic practices. Their notions about how to recast the art media (or the forms forged from those media’s materials) and the urgency of doing so formed the principal part of the conceptual core of the artistic programs advanced by the vanguard art movements of the first half of the twentieth century. This book, a companion to the author’s previous, Harmony & Dissent, examines the Dada and Surrealist movements as responses to the advent of the cinema.”

Publisher Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, 2013
Film and Media Studies series
ISBN 9781554586257, 1554586259
x+765 pages

Reviews: John W. Locke (Canadian J of Film Studies 2014), Robin Walz (Canadian J of History 2014), Bart Testa (U Toronto Quarterly 2015).


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4 Responses to “R. Bruce Elder: Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect (2013)”

  1. J on October 21, 2016 8:19 am

    I get a safety warning that the pdf might contain malware or virus when trying to download it. I have downloaded lots of pdfs from here in the past and have never seen this warning and my configurations are the same. Any ideas what could be wrong here?

  2. Tera on October 21, 2016 9:56 am

    I also got safety warning. Can you fix it?

  3. dusan on October 21, 2016 2:46 pm

    It seems that it has to do with the filesharing website ge.tt which this PDF links to. The website could have been reported after someone uploaded and shared malicious files. This PDF, however, has been scanned and is safe to use.

  4. dusan on October 21, 2016 9:25 pm

    For those who experience problems with downloading, try using other browser than Chrome. Here’s the result of a virus scan – the file itself is safe to use.

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