Picturing Mexico

Picturing Mexico

From the Camera Lucida to Film
Edited by John Fullerton
Distribution: Global except United Kingdom
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Format: Hardback 34 color illus., 161 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96701-8
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Film entered a heterogeneous media environment at the turn of the 20th century, drawing on diverse media forms and practices. Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film considers the 18th-century topographical view, the early-19th-century painted panorama, and the pictorial organisation of lithographs and photographs of Mexico made by nineteenth-century visitors to the country from Europe and North America. The introduction of the private photographic album and the illustrated press towards the end of the century transformed the space of the printed page, heralding the convergence of a variety of practices for reading and viewing still and moving images.

Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film re-conceptualises our understanding of the development of film as a medium embedded in 19th-century popular visual culture, stimulating the role of the imagination for readers who engaged with the printed word alongside engraved and, later, photographic and filmic images. The book offers new insights into the relation of film to the tradition of 19th-century optical transcription, highlighting practices that help characterise "cinema" before the advent of cinema.

Author Bio

John Fullerton is Professor of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: To Mexico and Central America via Jerusalem, Thebes, and Baalbek: three panoramas after Catherwood
Chapter Two: The camera lucida, topographical representation, and the picturesque in early-nineteenth-century Britain and Mexico
Chapter Three: Investigating antiquities in Central America and Yucatán before the 1840s, and the reception of Stephens and Catherwood
Chapter Four: Picturing antiquities in Central America and Yucatán in the 1840s: Stephens and Catherwood
Chapter Five: Picturing Mexico in lithographs, photographs, and film

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