hh.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Deconstructing Essentialism and Revising Historiography: The Function of Metareference in Black British Filmmaking
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Contexts and Cultural Boundaries (KK).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0068-8063
2011 (English)In: The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanation / [ed] Werner Wolf, Katharina Bantleon and Jeff Thoss, New York: Rodopi, 2011, p. 341-355Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article describes the function of the metareferential turn in black British filmmaking of the 1980s. Metaisation is here a result of the impact of European art cinema (Godard, Paradjanov, Kluge) as well as of Third Cinema practice and of the ‘essay film’ represented by Alain Resnais, Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard. Using the examples of Handsworth Songs and Seven Songs for Malcolm X by the Black Audio Film Collective, directed by John Akomfrah, as well as Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston and The Attendant, this article outlines five functions of metareference. First, it can be regarded as a means to counter and reflect on the absences in the visual archive in Britain and of questioning the master narrative of British historiography. Second, it is used as a way of transgressing the boundaries of representation and of escaping the fruitless debate about negative and positive stereotypes. Third, metaisation is employed as an artistic strategy in order to inscribe oneself as an auteur into film historiography. Fourth, it can be regarded as a means of escaping the critical label of the social realist filmmaker who deals with the representation of black experiences. Finally, metaisation contributes to a reconceptualisation of the works in terms of both media theory and the essay film.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Rodopi, 2011. p. 341-355
Series
Studies in Intermediality, ISSN 1871-8787 ; 5
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-5848ISBN: 9789401200691 ISBN: 9401200696 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-5848DiVA, id: diva2:352397
Available from: 2010-09-20 Created: 2010-09-20 Last updated: 2015-05-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Authority records BETA

Brunow, Dagmar

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Brunow, Dagmar
By organisation
Contexts and Cultural Boundaries (KK)
Studies on Film

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 193 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf