From Self-portrait to Selfie: Representing the Self in Moving Image

Muriel Tinel Temple (Editor), Laura Busetta (Editor), Marlène Monteiro (Editor)

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Self-portraiture is a singular form within the broad field of first-person film and video - not so much an account of the filmmaker's intimate life as a representation of the artist at a given instant. With deep roots in the Western tradition of painting and literature, self-portraiture in the moving image can be considered to be a hybrid practice, not fitting into the traditional definition of documentary or fiction, as it breaks the boundaries of both genres. The investigative and self-reflexive stance of the self-portrait raises questions about intimacy, the appearance and corporeality of the subject and, more importantly, the medium itself. Against this backdrop, this book reassesses the significance of the self-portrait in the moving image and new media by exploring a varied and international body of works.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages253
ISBN (Print)9781788740616
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameNew Studies in European Cinema

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