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Female Authorship and the Documentary ImageTheory, Practice and Aesthetics$
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Boel Ulfsdotter and Anna Backman Rogers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419444

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419444.001.0001

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A Politics of Nearness: Uses of Montage and Haptics in Documenting Cultural Experiences of Communities of India

A Politics of Nearness: Uses of Montage and Haptics in Documenting Cultural Experiences of Communities of India

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(p.107) 6. A Politics of Nearness: Uses of Montage and Haptics in Documenting Cultural Experiences of Communities of India
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Female Authorship and the Documentary Image
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Aparna Sharma

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419444.003.0008

The essay focuses on the applications, epistemological and political implications of montage and haptics in documentary practice. The author argues that documenting local cultures and cultural practices constitutes a critical departure from dominant ideological and political discourses surrounding the northeast region of India resulting in it being viewed as the distant other of the nation. The author concludes that a ‘move towards haptics leads to a documentary practice that is less motivated towards normative techniques of interpretation and exposition, and by contrast places viewers in partial and sensory encounters with the life-worlds of the subjects they encounter.’

Keywords:   Montage technique, Haptic visuality, India, Cultural representation, Tradition-modernity

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