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Modernism and MagicExperiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult$
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Leigh Wilson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627691

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.001.0001

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‘Disney Against the Metaphysicals’:Eisenstein, Pound, Ectoplasm and the Politics of Animation

‘Disney Against the Metaphysicals’:Eisenstein, Pound, Ectoplasm and the Politics of Animation

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(p.135) 5 ‘Disney Against the Metaphysicals’:Eisenstein, Pound, Ectoplasm and the Politics of Animation
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Modernism and Magic
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Leigh Wilson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.003.0006

This chapter considers ectoplasm in relation to the materiality of film, and ask what this materiality does to questions of mimesis. It looks at Ezra Pound's conflicted attitude to film, via both his critical writing and The Cantos, and compares it to the aesthetics and politics of Sergei Eisenstein, in particular in his writings on Disney. For both, the filmic and the ectoplasmic incarnate central questions of the relation between representation and the world, but to very different effect. The chapter argues that in the end the politics of each depend on the extent to which they allow representation to be ectoplasmic.

Keywords:   Ectoplasm, Film, Ezra Pound, The Cantos, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Walt Disney, Fascism, Marxism

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