Lovatt, Philippa (2011) Cinema's spectral sounds: Memory, history and politics. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.Due to Embargo and/or Third Party Copyright restrictions, this thesis is not available in this service.
Expanding on Robert Stam’s idea that sound and image tracks in film can ‘mutually jostle, undercut [and] haunt…each other’ creating what he calls a ‘heterochronic… cinema , this thesis argues that close analysis of a film’s sound design can sometimes reveal a break in the seamlessness of a film’s narrative and formal structure when sound and image are used asynchronously. Synthesising Stam’s formal approach with the theoretical framework of temporal critique put forward by Bliss Cua Lim in her study of the ghost film, this study demonstrates how, like the ghost figure, this use of ‘unruly’ sound can similarly disrupt the concept of time as linear and the nation-state as a stable, homogenous entity. Analysing the use of ‘spectral sound’ in a group of important films produced in cultures of censorship by Bahman Ghobadi, Jia Zhangke and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the thesis argues that film form can itself be political – creating a sense of temporal dislocation that ‘makes the present waver’. Alert to the ethical possibilities of listening to film, ‘Cinema’s Spectral Sounds’ argues that film sound can also play a crucial restorative role in that it can reposition oppressed memories and experiences centrally within the discourse of the present.
|Item Type:||Thesis (PhD)|
|Keywords:||cinema, sound, memory, history, politics, censorship, Thailand, Iran, China|
|Subjects:||N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general|
|Colleges/Schools:||College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies|
|Supervisor's Name:||Lovatt, Dr. Philippa|
|Date of Award:||2011|
|Embargo Date:||27 June 2015|
|Depositing User:||Dr Philippa Lovatt|
|Copyright:||Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.|
|Date Deposited:||09 Aug 2012|
|Last Modified:||10 Dec 2012 14:07|
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