Annie van den Oever

Ostrannenie (‘making it strange’) has become one of the central concepts of modern artistic practice, ranging over movements including Dada, postmodernism, epic theatre, and science fiction, as well as our response to arts. Coined by the ‘Russian Formalist’ Viktor Shklovsky in 1917, ostrannenie has come to resonate deeply in Film Studies, where it entered into dialogue with the Brechtian concept of Verfremdung, the Freudian concept of the uncanny and Derrida's concept of différance. Striking, provocative and incisive, the essays of the distinguished film scholars in this volume recall the range and depth of a concept that since 1917 changed the trajectory of theoretical inquiry.European Film Studies ­ ‘The Key Debates is a new film series from Amsterdam University Press edited by Annie van den Oever (the founding editor), Ian Christie and Dominique Chateau. The editors’ ambition is to uncover and track the process of appropriation of critical terms in film theory in order to give the European film heritage the attention it deserves. With contributions from Ian Christie, Yuri Tsivian, Dominique Chateau, Frank Kessler, Laurent Jullier, Miklós Kiss, Annie van den Oever, Emile Poppe, László Tarnay, Barend van Heusden, András Bálint Kovács, and Laura Mulvey, this important study is a wonderful piece of imaginative yet rigorous scholarship.

Introduction: Ostran(n)enie as an“Attractive” Concept
PART I Theory Formation Ostranenie,the Avant-Garde and The Cinema of Attractions
The Gesture of Revolution or Misquoting as Device1
Ostranenie, “The Montage of Attractions”and Early Cinema’s “Properly Irreducible Alien Quality”
Part II Mutations and Appropriations Alienation Theories and Terminologies
Ostranenie, Innovation, and Media History1
Knight’s Moves: Brecht and Russian Formalism in Britain in the 1970s
Ostranenie in French Film Studies:Translation Problems and Conflicting Interests
Christian Metz and the Russian Formalists: A “Rendez-vous Manqué”?
Part III Cognitive and Evolutionary-Cognitive Approaches to Ostranenie Perception,Cognitive Gaps and Cognitive Schemes
Should I See What I Believe?Audiovisual Ostranenie and Evolutionary-Cognitive Film Theory
On Perception, Ostranenie, and Specificity
Estrangement and the Representation of Life in Art
The Perception of Reality as Deformed Realism
Part IV Discussions On Ostranenie,Différance, and the Uncanny
Conversation with András Bálint Kovács
Conversation with Laura Mulvey
General Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index of Names
Index of Film Titles
Index of Subjects
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