Nouveau livre: “Onscreen/Offscreen”, by Constantine Nakassis

Chères et chers collègues,

J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la parution de l’ouvrage Onscreen/Offscreen de notre collègue de l’Université de Chicago, Constantine Nakassis, spécialiste en anthropologie linguistique et sémiotique. Cet ouvrage inaugure la nouvelle collection « Studies in the Anthropology of Language, Sign, and Social Life » des éditions University of Toronto Press.

Je vous laisse le résumé anglais de l’ouvrage ci-dessous et surtout vous invite à télécharger gratuitement le texte complet en version PDF à l’adresse suivante :

Based on over a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Onscreen/Offscreen is an exploration of the politics and being of filmic images. The book examines contestations inside and outside the Tamil film industry over the question “what is an image?” Answers to this question may be found in the ontological politics that take place on film sets, in theatre halls, and in the social fabric of everyday life in South India, from populist electoral politics and the gendering of social space to caste uplift and domination. Bridging and synthesizing linguistic anthropology, film studies, visual studies, and media anthropology, Onscreen/Offscreen rethinks key issues across a number of fields concerned with the semiotic constitution of social life, from the performativity and ontology of images to questions of spectatorship, realism, and presence. In doing so, it offers both a challenge to any approach that would separate image from social context and a new vision for linguistic anthropology beyond the question of “language.”

Bien cordialement,

Alain Perusset

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