50th Anniversary Issue

Screen Theorizing Today

Volume 50, number 1

Edited by Annette Kuhn

More than a special issue, Screen and Screen Theorizing Today celebrates Screen’s golden jubilee with 15 exciting new essays. Under the headings ‘Spectatorship and looking’, ‘The Screen Experience’, ‘After cinema’ and ‘Screen Cultures’, established and newer scholars in screen studies consider key theoretical issues now facing a discipline that has been formed in the past 50 years, and in whose creation Screen has played a central role. Screen studies has earned an established place in secondary, tertiary and continuing education curricula and now generates new research and scholarship of growing volume, diversity and quality. A substantial introductory essay sets these issues in the context of changes and developments in Screen and screen theorizing over the past half century.


ANNETTE KUHN: Screen and screen theorizing today

Part 1: Spectatorship and looking

ROB LAPSLEY: Cinema, the impossible, and a psychoanalysis to come

STEPHANIE MARRIOTT: The audience of one: adult chat television and the architecture of participation

VICKY LEBEAU: The arts of looking: D.W. Winnicott and Michael Haneke

RICHARD RUSHTON: Deleuzian spectatorship

Part 2: The screen experience

FRANCESCO CASETTI: Filmic experience

JOHN ELLIS: What are we expected to feel? Witness, textuality, and the audiovisual

MARTINE BEUGNET and ELIZABETH EZRA: A portrait of the twenty-first century

LAURA U. MARKS: Information, secrets, and enigmas: an enfolding-unfolding aesthetics for cinema

Part 3: After cinema

THOMAS ELSAESSER: Freud as media theorist: mystic writing-pads and the matter of memory

JI-HOON KIM: The post-medium condition and the explosion of cinema

ELIZABETH COWIE: Notes on documentary sounds and images in the gallery: the time and place of the real and of reality

DALE HUDSON and PATRICIA R ZIMMERMANN: Cinephilia, technophilia, and collaborative remix zones

Part 4: Screen cultures

CHARLES R. ACLAND: Curtains, carts, and the mobile screen

JOHN T. CALDWELL: Screen studies and industrial ‘theorizing’

LEE GRIEVESON: On governmentality and screens