The World Otherwise: Global Visions of Early Cinema

Presented by Michael Allan, associate professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oregon.

Operators working on behalf of the Lumière Brothers film company between 1896-1903 recorded films at sites from Algiers to Berlin to Tokyo. They also pictured the world anew, whether framing a street scene in Alexandria or offering a close-up of a passing face in Jerusalem. The Lumière Brothers’ broader vision was to bring the world to the world, and they imagined a global network of films easily circulated beyond the constraints of language and literacy. Allan is the editor of the journal Comparative Literature and author of In the Shadow of World Michael Allan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oregon Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt (Princeton 2016, Co-Winner of the MLA First Book Prize).

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Wednesday, March 31 at 1:00pm

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