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Cinematicity in Media History$
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Jeffrey Geiger and Karin Littau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676118

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676118.001.0001

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: Cinematicity and Comparative Media

: Cinematicity and Comparative Media

(p.1) Introduction: Cinematicity and Comparative Media
Cinematicity in Media History

Jeffrey Geiger

Karin Littau

Edinburgh University Press

The Introduction defines ‘cinematicity’ and provides a brief lineage of the term. It engages the idea that media inevitably bear each other’s traces, and that no medium may exhaustively be studied in isolation from others. It further signals a commitment to the comparative study of media, which abandons the compartmentalized approach of ‘structuring the study of media around individual media’ (Jenkins). Here intermediality becomes a useful concept for the environment in which this comparative labour is undertaken, since to study intermediality is to follow the intertwined histories and transformative relations between old and new, mechanical and electronic, analogue and digital, word-based and image-based media.

Keywords:   Motion pictures, Cinema, Pre-cinema, Media History, New Media, Intermediality, Cinematic perception, Modernity

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