University of Portsmouth and the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries invites you to join us to celebrate a new publication. Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema – Text, Paratext and Home Video Culture, written by Visual Culture Lecturer Simon Hobbs.
The book is based on Simon’s PhD thesis which he studied at Portsmouth. Now Simon Hobbs is a Lecturer in Visual Culture at the University of Portsmouth. He has published in the areas of extreme art film, exploitation film and paratextual studies. His work has appeared in Transnational Cinemas and Cine-excess, as well as various edited collections.
Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema: Text, Paratext and Home Video Culture examines the phenomenon of extreme cinema through an in-depth application of paratextual theory.
Renowned theorist Jonathan Gray said of it;
‘’In a deft move, Hobbs looks outside the films of extreme art cinema themselves to determine how their para-textual surroundings play starring roles in establishing “extremity” or relative lack thereof. The result is a refreshing and perceptive consideration of film cultures and textualities.”
– Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Using paratextual theory to address the accusations of gimmickry often directed towards extreme art films, Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema: Text, Paratext, and Home Video Culture focuses upon the DVD and Blu-ray object, analysing how sleeve designs, blurbs, and special features shape the identity of the film and prepare the audience for a particular type of cinematic experience.
The book discusses the complex interactions that take place on these commercial artifacts, the ways they communicate to both ‘highbrow’ and ‘lowbrow’ audiences, and the manner in which they breach tradition taste distinctions. Including case studies of features like Cannibal Holocaust, Funny Games and Antichrist, the book
explores the complicated dichotomies between art and exploitation films to present a fluid history of extreme art cinema.
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