File spoon-archives/phillitcrit.archive/phillitcrit_2000/phillitcrit.0004, message 8

Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 23:48:14 -0400
Subject: Re: PLC: Electric Animal

Peter Rugh wrote:

<The book sounds interesting, but possiblylimited in audience - so, I 
am curious.>

I cannot speak to your other questions, but I think this book will not 
have a "limited" audience.  I think what Lippit is trying to do what 
Anne Friedberg did in _Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern_ 
(1994), Lisa Cartwright did in _Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine's 
Visual Culture_ (1995), and Paul Virillo did in _War and Cinema: The 
Logistics of Perception_ (1997), just to name a few cultural theorists 
who examined other economies that developed concurrent to film (not 
necessarily cause and effect, but possibly simultaneous coincidences)-- 
although Lippit states in a message to another listserve that her film 
discussion is limited to the last chapter.

A postscript on animals: the Century for 20th Century Studies at 
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee just had annual spring conference, 
this year's theme was "Representing Animals."  They also had a number 
of speakers and various colloquia on this topic earlier in the year.  I 
wonder if other institutions/scholars are doing work in this area?

Alexa Champion

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