Temporality in American Filmic Autobiography

Cinema, Automediality and Grammatology with ‘Film Portrait’ and ‘Joyce at 34’


66,00 € *

1. Edition, 2018
510 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5684-2
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 187
Available: 08.10.2018

Keywords: amerikanischer Film, autobiographisches Schreiben, Kino, Autobiographie, Temporalität, Erzählen, Life Writing, Zeitlichkeit, 20. Jahrhundert, Hill, Jerome, Chopra, Joyce, Weill, Claudia, Automedialität


Drawing on grammatology, historical semantics and discourse theory, ‘Temporality in American Filmic Autobiography’ treats automediality in semiotic materiality and transmediality as processuality and relationality of agency at an intersection of auto/biography studies, film studies and media studies, reviews concepts of time in philosophy, sociology, cinema studies and narratology, and applies critical vocabularies of temporality and temporalization in an extended analysis of two classics of 1970s American filmic autobiography, ‘Film Portrait’ by Jerome Hill and ‘Joyce at 34’ by Joyce Chopra and Claudia Weill.

The study of film, time and self-processing develops the grammatology of cinema from contemporary positions on cinematic semiosis, temporality, and contingency, filmic and postfilmic cinema, documentary-style film, deixis across media, and the trace as critical vocabulary. Among supplementary tables, a chapter offers an overview of the canonization and transnationalization of cinematic autobiography in anglophone research.