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Must film be fiction?

McGrath, Ann

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Primarily, we historians write books - and academic articles,' Yale historian Dr Jay Gitlin said in a history documentary we made together in 2006 called A Frontier Conversation. On our 'Exchanging Histories' tour in the Northern Territory, the high-achieving American historian grew hostile to the camera. She said it made her uncomfortable; she could not see its purpose and vowed to have nothing to do with film again. Most academic historians are trained to research and deliver in text....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcGrath, Ann
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-22T23:07:35Z
dc.date.available2015-03-22T23:07:35Z
dc.identifier.issn1839-2954
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13009
dc.description.abstractPrimarily, we historians write books - and academic articles,' Yale historian Dr Jay Gitlin said in a history documentary we made together in 2006 called A Frontier Conversation. On our 'Exchanging Histories' tour in the Northern Territory, the high-achieving American historian grew hostile to the camera. She said it made her uncomfortable; she could not see its purpose and vowed to have nothing to do with film again. Most academic historians are trained to research and deliver in text. Although many have been developing innovative websites, most teach students to critique and deliver only by writing. Film and history courses are popular, but they are more often taught in art history, communications and media studies than in history programs. Most historians have had nothing to do with film and television productions. Those who have are still licking their wounds - usually because their advice was unheeded. Film fictionalisations made them feel that their professional integrity had been cheaply compromised.
dc.format9 pages
dc.publisherGriffith University
dc.rights© Griffith University
dc.sourceGriffith Review
dc.source.urihttp://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=386648082002794;res=IELLCC
dc.subjectHistorical films
dc.subjectTourism
dc.subjectCriticism
dc.subjectInterpretation
dc.subjectHistory--Study
dc.subjectTeaching
dc.titleMust film be fiction?
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume24
dcterms.dateAccepted2009
dc.date.issued2009
local.publisher.urlhttps://griffithreview.com/
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationMcGrath, Ann, Australian Centre for Indigenous History, School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage114
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage122
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