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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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Between Observation and Spectatorship

Between Observation and Spectatorship

Medicine, Movies, and Mass Culture

(p.90) 2 Between Observation and Spectatorship
The Shape of Spectatorship

Scott Curtis

Columbia University Press

Chapter Two examines the use of film as a medical research tool in Germany from the 1890s to 1914. It argues that the advocacy and use of film by medical researchers displayed their ideals and practices of medical observation—especially with regard to their management of the passing of time—which also explains their vociferous condemnation of mass spectatorship of “the movies.”

Keywords:   Film, Medicine, medical observation, spectatorship, experiment, temporality

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