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Film as transformative play in the art of Tracey Moffatt

Summerhayes, Catherine


This paper explores Gadamer's concept of transformative play in the context film. It relates Gadamer's discussion of the work of art as play to Gregory Bateson's idea of play as experimental, communicative behaviour and to Victor Turner's concept of liminality and film as a liminoid phenomenon. These ideas are used to analyse Tracey Moffatt's film beDevil (1993). With this film, Moffat challenges racial stereotypes in Australian society. She presents a narrative that consists of three 'ghost...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002-12-15
Type: Journal article
Source: INTER Sections: The journal of global communications and culture
Access Rights: Open Access


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