Film Professor Amy Borden in "Screen Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display"
Author: School of Film
Posted: July 13, 2020
Amy E. Borden, Associate Professor of Film Studies, will publish "Shadows, Screens, Bodies, and Light: Reading the Discursive Shadow in the Age of American Silent Cinema" in issue 5.1 of Screen Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display. 

Dr. Borden considers how American periodicals wrote about the x-ray, still photos, and photochemical motion pictures as shadows revealing a discursive bridge among the three from the performance practice of ombromanie (shadowgraphy), which produced shadows of performing bodies wherein the body, light source, and impression created by the interaction of the first two are present alongside the performer. That organization of bodies and technology helps historians contextualize popular narratives of early cinema that suggested audiences believed motion pictures were real enough to jump off screen. The resulting images drag the profilmic event and the peculiarities of the medium into a cultural understanding of cinema’s potential to both represent and display life in motion.