Despite claims about the end of history and the death of cinema, visual media continue to contribute to our understanding of history and history-making. In this book, Marcia Landy argues that rethinking history and memory must take into account shifting conceptions of visual and aural techlogies. With the assistance of thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Cinema and Counter-History examines writings and films that challenge prevailing tions of history in order to explore the philosophic, aesthetic, and political stakes of activating the past. Marshaling evidence across European, African, and Asian cinema, Landy engages in a counter-historical project that calls into question the certainty of visual representations and unmoors tions of a history firmly anchored in truth.
Marcia Landy is Distinguished Professor of English/Film Studies, with a Secondary Appointment in French and Italian, at University of Pittsburgh. She is author of Stardom, Italian Style: Screen Performance and Personality in Italian Cinema (IUP, 2008).