Since I've seen the book pop up in a couple of places, I guess its now safe to share the cover, which I saw a draft of last month but did not know if it'd been approved for sure (many thanks to William Todd for permission to use his amazing painting--which conveys so much of the spirit of the project).
Flickers of Film is an ambivalent polemic about the uses of nostalgia for the fading medium of film in an cinematic age where the production and distribution of movies are increasingly dependent upon digital technologies. Although the dependence on nostalgia can serve as a reassuring aesthetic guide through this period of profound technological change, it can also cloud many of the distressing economic shifts within the movie industry that are representative of larger changes in the post-industrial era of late capitalism.
The book is now up on Amazon and Goodreads. Spread the word.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Self-Theorizing Nostalgia
1 I’ll (Always) Be Back: Virtual Performances; or, The Cinematic Logic of Late Capitalism
2 They Saw No Future: New Nostalgia Movies and Digital Exhibition
3 Digital Decasia: Preserving Film, Database Histories, and the Potential Value of Reflective Nostalgia
4 Going Home . . . for the First Time: Pixar Studios, Digital Animation, and the Limits of Reflective Nostalgia
5 TRON Legacies: Disney and Nostalgia Blockbusters in the Age of Transmedia Storytelling
6 Game (Not) Over: Video-Game Pastiche and Nostalgic Disavowals in the Postcinematic Era
Conclusion: On Clouds and Be Kind Rewind
FYI: I forgot to pass along that I published an essay in January (originally written in the summer of 2013) that contains material from both the introduction and the second chapter. Its located here--just a heads up, the revised versions in the book are much stronger.
Looks like a late December release.