13 Oct 16

Mary Ann Doane examines the concept of scale and its increasing centrality to analysis of the work of the image in contemporary culture. Scale is a concept that crosses disciplines; it is a crucial construct in geography, art history, cartography, and music, among other practices and disciplines. Space and its representation have been central to the cinema, too, but the investigation of its ramifications in relation to spectatorship require further examination—of both intra-cinematic scale and, more broadly, the extra-cinematic scale of the national and the global, and its function in commodity capitalism.