publication . Other literature type . Article . 2015

Ghosts of the City: A Spectrology of Cinematic Spaces

Petra Löffler;
  • Published: 01 Sep 2015
  • Publisher: Scholarworks @ Umass Amherst
Abstract
This paper investigates how, in early cinema, in-between spaces were created that were receptive to scenes of haunting. Adopting Derrida’s notions of a hauntology and a spectrology it argues for a genuine productivity of cinematic space that is able to build ghostly environments without incorporating an actual specter. This productivity is described as ‘making appear’ and ‘making act’. Furthermore, the paper explains how, in the era of silent cinema, cinematic techniques were used to create scenes of haunting.
Subjects
free text keywords: Arts and Humanities, Film and Media Studies, Early Cinema, Cinematic Space, Hauntology, Environment, Specter, Language and Literature, P, Communication. Mass media, P87-96
Communities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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