By Jason Middleton
Despite the prominence of "awkwardness" as cultural buzzword and descriptor of a sub-genre of up to date movie and tv comedy, it has but to be competently theorized in educational movie and media experiences. Documentary’s Awkward Turn contributes a brand new severe paradigm to the sphere through providing an research of awkward moments in documentary movie and different reality-based media codecs. It examines tricky and disrupted encounters among social actors at the display, among filmmaker and topic, and among movie and spectator. those encounters are, after all, usually inter-connected. Awkward moments ensue while a longtime mode of illustration or reception is without warning challenged, stalled, or altered: whilst an interviewee by surprise confronts the interviewer, while an issue who have been cozy on digicam starts off to consider trapped within the body, while a movie perceived as a documentary seems to be a parodic mockumentary. This ebook makes obvious the ways that awkwardness connects and subtends a number transformative textual techniques, political and moral problematics, and modalities of spectatorship in documentary movie and media from the Seventies to the present.
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Documentary's Awkward Turn: Cringe Comedy and Media Spectatorship (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) by Jason Middleton