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Engaging Film Geographies of Mobility and Identity
978-0-7425-0884-2 • Hardback
March 2002 • $113.00 • (£70.00)
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Pages: 368
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/8
Edited by Tim Cresswell and Deborah Dixon
Contributions by Paul Beard; Ann Brigham; David B. Clarke; Mike Crang; Chris Curtis; Carl T. Dahlman; Marcus A. Doel; Naomi Dunn; John R. Gold; Robert Kendall; Scott Kirsch; Sallie A. Marston; Wolfgang Natter; Heather Norris Nicholson; Paul Robbins; Christiane Schönfeld; Laurel Smith; Chad Staddon; Ulf Strohmayer; Phil Taylor; Steve Vreithoff; Dick Winchell and Leo Zonn
Social Science | Human Geography
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Engaging Film is a creative, interdisciplinary volume that explores the engagements among film, space, and identity and features a section on the use of films in the classroom as a critical pedagogical tool. Focusing on anti-essentialist themes in films and film production, this book examines how social and spatial identities are produced (or dissolved) in films and how mobility is used to create different experiences of time and space. From popular movies such as 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Bulworth,' 'Terminator 2,' and 'The Crying Game' to home movies and avant-garde films, the analyses and teaching methods in this collection will engage students and researchers in film and media studies, cultural geography, social theory, and cultural studies.
Tim Cresswell and Deborah Dixon both teach in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Engaging Film
Part 2 Engaging Mobility
Chapter 4 Rethinking the Observer: Film, Mobility, and the Construction of the Subject
Chapter 5 Spectacular Violence, Hypergeography, and the Question of Alienation in Pulp Fiction
Chapter 6 Telling Travelers' Tales: The World through Home Movies
Part 7 Engaging Identity
Chapter 9 Lacan: The Movie
Chapter 10 Chips off the Old Ice Block: Nanook of the North and the Relocation of Cultural Identity
Chapter 11 Masculinity in Conflict: Geopolitics and Performativity in The Crying Game
Chapter 12 Smoke Signals: Locating Sherman Alexie's Narratives of American Indian Identity
Chapter 13 Pax Disney: The Annotated Diary of a Film Extra in India
Chapter 14 Modern Identities in Early German Film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Part 15 Engaging Pedagogy
Chapter 17 Practicing Film: The Autonomy of Images in Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
Chapter 18 The Real Thing? Contesting the Myth of Documentary Realism through Classroom Analysis of FIlms on Planning and Reconstruction
Chapter 19 On Location: Teaching the Western American Urban Landscape through Mi Vida Loca and Terminator 2
Chapter 20 "We Just Gotta Eliminate 'Em": On Whiteness and Film in Matewan, Avalon, and Bulworth
Chapter 21 Using Film as a Tool in Critical Pedagogy: Reflections on the Experience of Students and Lecturers
This is a remarkable book. It is a very readable volume of essays that substantiates the importance of film study in geography and geographic study of film.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Singularly smart, these essays excavate the dense spatialities—both fixed and destabilized—at work in the moving image. Cresswell and Dixon have compiled what is surely a landmark volume in cultural geography.
John Paul Jones III, University of Kentucky