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Violating Time History, Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema by Christina Lee

Violating Time History, Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema


Violating Time History, Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema by Christina Lee

This book investigates the portrayal of time in cinema and explores how it comments on the present. Violating Time investigates 'time' as a defining factor which influences how events both real and imagined are represented in motion pictures, employing the metaphor of cinema as time machine.The book explores the complexity of nonlinear and disrupted cinematic time - the delayed period between the actual recording of an event and its eventual public viewing; the recreation of an historical event years after it has occurred; the formation of shared memories; a nostalgic return to retro in the postmodern era; and, manipulation of the clock in time travel movies to alter the course of events and create new cultural geographies of time, space and experience. Violating Time investigates the politics of tactical remembering and forgetting - the selective editing of time and narrative - not only as acts of subversion but also of creative potential and empowerment. The book argues that representations of the past and projections of the future are not isolated commentaries of a romantic yesterday or grand visions of tomorrow. Rather, they evoke the preoccupations and anxieties of the present, whether it is the skepticism of nostalgic kitsch (as seen in The Royal Tenenbaums ) or the projected post-millennial fears of disappearing histories and mutating pasts, manufactured memories and loss of identity (as in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 2046 ).


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About the Author

Christina Lee is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

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Publication date

1st November 2008


Christina Lee

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


256 pages


Film theory & criticism



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