n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - German Cinema - terror and trauma: cultural memory since 1945, Thomas Elsaesser : book review

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1020-1491



The renowned and prolific Thomas Elsaesser has published extensively on film history and theory, from studies of German cinema (silent German cinema, New German Cinema, the cinema of the Weimar republic, German ) to the operation of postmodernism as mourning work. Such is the range of Elsaesser's scholarship that to refer to him as a film historian would be utterly restrictive for a film scholar who recently delivered an incisive introduction to Bela Tarr's apocalyptic masterpiece and has developed an intriguing line of thought around post-heroic narratives. Rather, Elsaesser is a media archaeologist , a prolific writer on German cinema, American cinema, silent cinema and cinema technologies.

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