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Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times The Work of Life in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility

By Carl Peters Copyright 2022
    132 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book looks at Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, Modern Times (1936), through the lens of film aesthetics, structure, and post-modern perspective.

    The naïve Tramp character of Modern Times is often seen as the embodiment of a revolutionary reaction to his age. However, this study of the film shows that it is not only difficult but also impossible to accept the long-established critical reception of Chaplin’s film and its characters in our own "Post-modern Times." Drawing from extensive research and bringing post-modern context to the film through a comparative analysis of Todd Phillips’s Joker (2019), the book introduces how exhilarating a comprehensive study of film can be for engaged viewers.

    Illustrating that a detailed filmic reading of Modern Times can be a guide, or an extended case study, for analysing culture, this book will be of interest to students and teachers in film studies, literary studies, and the visual arts.

    Preface: The Art of Seeing

    Chapter I: Work

    Chapter II: Life

    Chapter III: A Comedian Sees the World

    Postscript: Meanwhile


    Carl Peters is a scholar, curator, and author of bpNichol Comics (2002); textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett (2011); and Studies in Description, the first annotated study of the entire text of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (2016).