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Simpson Center for the Humanities

James Tweedie

The Age of New Waves: Art Cinema and the Staging of Globalization (Oxford UP, 2013)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 4:00pm
Communications 202
"In The Age of New Waves, James Tweedie takes discrete new wave cinemas from France to Taiwan out of the local contexts that produced them and into which they are too frequently confined, and makes a case for understanding the new wave as a global phenomenon. The result is a brilliant analysis that contributes to national as well as international cinema studies, while rethinking key aspects of both. Tweedie's book itself represents a new wave of scholarship on national cinemas in the world."--Akira Mizuta Lippit, author of Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video

The Age of New Waves, which has won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, presents an alternative vision of global modernity as a series of transnational film movements. The book examines the origins of the concept of the “new wave” in 1950s France and the proliferation of new waves in world cinema over the past three decades, breaking with standard film industry narratives to articulate the key role of youth and cities in the development of new wave cinemas. It is one of the few books in English that explores the concept of mise-en-scène in any detail and uses it as a link between the various cinematic new waves.

James Tweedie is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Cinema Studies at the University of Washington. His areas of interest include globalization, modernist cinema, and twentieth-century film history. He serves on the Simpson Center’s Executive Board.