The Montage Principle

Eisenstein in New Cultural and Critical Contexts

This book of essays is quite unique in that it intervenes in a still contested area within many universities, that of the relevance of film to literature, critical theory, politics, sociology and anthropology. The essays were commissioned by Jean Antoine-Dunne whose research has explored the impact of Eisenstein’s aesthetics on different areas of modernist literature and drama. The essays in this collection use Eisenstein as a point of departure into divergent fields of analysis and are concerned with the principle of montage as a transforming idea. They gather within the pages of one work contributions from Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Richard Taylor, Paul Willemen and emerging scholars entering and altering the field of interdisciplinary scholarship, film and literature. These hitherto unpublished essays not only extend and elaborate on previous treatments of Eisenstein and montage in areas such as semiotics, film theory, and feminist film practice, but also introduce his work to areas which have not yet been considered in relation to Eisenstein and montage, such as Beckett scholarship, Caribbean aesthetics, Third Cinema, and debates around digital imagery. No other collection of essays has explored the idea of montage as a structuring cultural and critical principle and the elasticity of Eisenstein's legacy in quite this way.

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”…worthwhile reading for serious students of the work of this artist and aesthetician…” in: Film And Film Culture, Vol. 3, Sept.2004
Geoffrey NOWELL-SMITH: Eisenstein’s Aesthetics: Eisenstein in the 21st Century
i. Jean ANTOINE-DUNNE: Introducing Eisenstein’s Theory
ii. Jean ANTOINE-DUNNE and Paul QUIGLEY: General Introduction
1. Richard TAYLOR: Sergei Eisenstein: The Life and Times of a Boy from Riga
2. Arthur MCCULLOUGH: Eisenstein’s Regenerative Aesthetics: From Montage to Mimesis
3. Debbie GING: The Politics of Sound and Image: Eisenstein, Artifice and Acoustic Montage in Contemporary Feminist Cinema
4. Anne SHERIDAN: Healing the Rupture: The Influence of Eisenstein on the Work of Ritwik Ghatak
5. Jean-Antoine DUNNE: Time and Space in Their Indissoluble Connection: Towards an Audio-Visual Caribbean Aesthetic
6. Paula QUIGLEY: Eisenstein, Montage, and ‘filmic writing’
7. Paul WILLEMEN: Reflections on Eisenstein and Digital Imagery: Of Mice and Men
8. Jean ANTOINE-DUNNE: Beckett, Eisenstein and the Image: Making an Inside an Outside