Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order (Paperback)

Understanding the American Avant-Garde Cinema (Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media)

By James Peterson

Wayne State University Press, 9780814324578, 232pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1994

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In spite of the difficulty of most American avant-garde films, one can read volumes and find almost no mention of how to view these films. Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order addresses precisely this question: how-and to what extent-can viewers make sense of American avant-garde films? It is a controversial book that examines the implicit assumptions of traditional scholarship, advocates on alternative to dominant approaches to the avant-garde cinema, and questions some long-standing clich's about the history of the avant-garde.

About the Author

James Peterson is a writer and scholar living in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.