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The Shape of SpectatorshipArt, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany$
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Scott Curtis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231134033

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231134033.001.0001

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The Problem with Passivity

The Problem with Passivity

Aesthetic Contemplation and Film Spectatorship

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(p.193) 4 The Problem with Passivity
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The Shape of Spectatorship
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Scott Curtis

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231134033.003.0005

Chapter Four examines debates about the aesthetic value of the cinematic experience in Germany from 1907 to 1914. It argues that intellectuals were most concerned about film’s implications for aesthetic contemplation, and that these pre-WWI debates should reconfigure our understanding of later theories of contemplation and distraction.

Keywords:   film, aesthetics, contemplation, distraction, Einfühlung, empathy

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