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Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais's Night and Fog Paperback – 3 Mar 2014


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"A radical new look at Resnais's pioneering film about the Nazi Holocaust. Leading experts in French cinema, art history, Holocaust studies and trauma theory confront the film's racial dimension, clarifying both its historical anchorage and lasting significance. This well-edited volume is an important addition to the scholarship on Resnais." * Sandra Hebron, Nigel Floyd and Ginette Vincendeau, Best Moving Image Book Award committee " - much of enormous value can be learned from those [contributors] who seek new ways to understand this still elusive, still compelling work [Night and Fog] - these essays are whetstones to sharpen one's thinking." * Cineaste "One should not consider [this volume] simply as yet another book on Night and Fog; we are rather dealing with a series of studies on the theme of memory in film, on the historiography and the multiples links between film and reality - The reader who is looking for reflections and inspirations on memory and film will find substantial elements in the Introduction, which perhaps is the most accomplished part with regard to the theoretical framework. But the volume as a whole suggests a multitude of perspectives that the reader, already familiar with this film, would certainly recognize, hold on to, explore or linger over." * H-France Review

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Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds. From 2004 - 7 she directed a research project on Holocaust Survivors and Migratory Subjectivity. She works on difference, trauma and aesthetics in relation to art, cinema and visual culture in the 20th century. Forthcoming is After-Affect/After- Image: Trauma and Aesthetic Inscription in the Virtual Feminist Museum (Manchester University Press, 2012). Max Silverman is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Leeds. He has written on cultural memory, representations of the Holocaust, post-colonial theory and cultures, and immigration, race and nation in France. He has recently published a book on the connections between the Holocaust and colonialism in the French and Francophone cultural imaginary entitled Palimpsestic Memory: The Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film (Berghahn, 2013).

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