Meta-Morphing: Visual Transformation and the Culture of Quick-Change

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This volume explores what digital morphing means, both as a cultural practice specific to our times and as a link to a much broader history of images of human transformation.'

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Exposes the history and cultural meaning of digital morphing
Two thousand years ago, Ovid asked his readers to imagine metamorphoses in which men and women became flowers and beasts. Today, before our cinema-savvy eyes, people melt and re-form as altogether new creatures: they "morph." This volume explores what digital morphing means—both as a cultural practice specific to our times and as a link to a much broader history of images of human transformation.

Meta-Morphing ranges over topics that include turn-of-the-century "quick-change" artists, Mesoamerican shamanic transformation, and cosmetic surgery; recent works such as Terminator 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Heavenly Creatures, and Forrest Gump; and the transformations imagined by writers such as Kafka, Proust, and Burroughs. The contributors look not only at the technical wizardry behind digital morphing, but also at the history and cultural concerns it expresses.

Contributors: Roger Beebe; Scott Bukatman, Stanford U; Victoria Duckett; Kevin Fisher; Joseba Gabilondo, Bryn Mawr College; Marsha Kinder, USC; Norman Klein, California Institute of Arts; Louise Krasniewicz, UCLA; Angela Ndalianis, U of Melbourne; Matthew Solomon; Mark J. Wolf, Concordia U, Wisconsin.

Vivian Sobchack is professor of critical studies in the Department of Film and Television and associate dean of the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Vivian Sobchack is Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of "Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film "(1997) and "The Address of the Eye: A Phenomenology of Film Experience "(1992) and the editor of "Meta-Morphing: Visual Transformation and the Culture of Quick Change "(2000) and "The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television, and the Modern Event "(1996), among other books.

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