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American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation

Jeffrey Geiger


American Documentary Film focuses on the extensive range and history of nonfiction filmmaking in the USA, investigating how documentary films have reflected varied and often competing visions of US culture, history, and national identity. Documentary has long been a negotiated and changing concept: a site of social, intellectual, and aesthetic investment keenly fought over and debated. In this sense documentary films also create a kind of public space: they act as sites for community-building, public expression, and social innovation; they contribute to the public sphere. This book distills ke ... More

Keywords: documentary film, motion pictures: United States, American studies, American history, film history, early cinema, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621477
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Geiger, author