Homay King, Leo Bersani and Kaja Silverman discuss King’s new book, “Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier” 6:30 on Wednesday, October 6, at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Posted September 29th, 2010 at 2:04 pm.

Please join us for a lively conversation among Homay King, Leo Bersani and Kaja Silverman about King’s new book, Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier. In this book, which was published by Duke University Press, King argues that the fantasy of an inscrutable East is not merely a side note to film history, but rather a kernel of otherness at the heart of Hollywood cinema. Throughout the history of narrative film, Orientalist objects and signs have borne the burden of explanation for riddles that escape the Western protagonist, or cannot be otherwise resolved by the plot. The conversation will take place at 6:30 on Wednesday, October 6, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. It will be followed by refreshments, and a book signing.

Homay King is Associate Professor of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, Leo Bersani is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California at Berkeley, and Kaja Silverman is the Keith L. Sachs and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. All three have written extensively on film and art.

Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA
www.icaphil.org

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