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Actor-Network Theory at the Movies

Reassembling the Contemporary American Teen Film With Latour

Authors: Sonnenberg-Schrank, Björn

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  • Constitutes the first book to translate Latour and Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to a practical application in film studies
  • Functions as an introduction to, and overview of the development and state-of-the art of both Latourian philosophy as well as American teen films
  • Introduces the notion of a flexible film semiotics that takes the films as artifacts in their own right, and not just as barometers for social and historical factors
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This book is one of the first to apply the theoretical tools proposed by French philosopher Bruno Latour to film studies. Through the example of the Hollywood Teen Film and with a particular focus on Actor-Network Theory (ANT), the book delineates how Teen Film has established itself as one of Hollywood’s most consistent and dynamic genres. While many productions may recycle formulaic patterns, there is also a proliferation of cinematic coming-of-age narratives that are aesthetically and politically progressive, experimental, and complex. The case studies develop a Latourian film semiotics as a flexible analytical approach which raises new questions, not only about the history, types and tropes of teen films, but also about their aesthetics, mediality, and composition. Through an exploration of a wide and diverse range of examples from the past decade, including films by female and African-American directors, urban and rural perspectives, and non-heteronormative sexualities, Actor-Network Theory at the Movies demonstrates how the classic Teen Film canon has been regurgitated, expanded, and renewed.


About the authors

Björn Sonnenberg-Schrank teaches in the English Department at the University of Cologne, Germany, and has written about American cinema, art, literature, objects, spaces, popular and counter culture(s).


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Actor-Network Theory at the Movies—Watching Twenty-First Century US Teen Films with Latour

    Pages 1-29

    Sonnenberg-Schrank, Björn

  • Circulating Reference: Making Over the Makeover

    Pages 31-84

    Sonnenberg-Schrank, Björn

  • Actants | Objects | Participation: Teen Film Ecologies

    Pages 85-136

    Sonnenberg-Schrank, Björn

  • Quasi-Object | Quasi-Subject: Technology, Drugs, Language, Ethnicity

    Pages 137-186

    Sonnenberg-Schrank, Björn

  • Visualization, Images and Inscriptions

    Pages 187-231

    Sonnenberg-Schrank, Björn

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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Actor-Network Theory at the Movies
Book Subtitle
Reassembling the Contemporary American Teen Film With Latour
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31287-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31287-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31286-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 255
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
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