Forthcoming Book: F is For Phony
Not sure why Hank's on the cover...however, this book contains a chapter by Catherine Benamou called �Realism as Artifice and the Lure of the Real in Orson Welles�s F for Fake (1973).� It looks pretty interesting...
The first sustained critique of the mockumentary.
Fake documentaries mimic documentary genre expectations, unraveling the documentary's authority and dismantling understandings of identity, history, and nation.
The interdisciplinary essays in F Is for Phony discuss a broad scope of works and explore issues raised by "fake docs" such as the fiction/documentary divide, the ethics of reality-based manipulation, and whether documentariness derives from form or reception.
F Is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing
Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors
Defining the borderline between fact and fiction, the contributors reveal what fake documentaries imply and usually make explicit: that many documentaries lie to tell the truth, and that the truth is relative.
Contributors: Steve Anderson, Catherine L. Benamou, Mitchell W. Block, Luis Bu�uel, Marlon Fuentes, Craig Hight, Charlie Keil, Alisa Lebow, Eve Oishi, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Gregorio C. Rocha, Jane Roscoe, Catherine Russell, Elisabeth Subrin.
Alexandra Juhasz is professor of media studies at Pitzer College.
Jesse Lerner is associate professor of media studies at Pitzer College.
Visible Evidence Series, volume 17
244 pages | 25 halftones | 7 x 10 | August 2006
ISBN 0-8166-4251-6 | Paperback $20.00
ISBN 0-8166-4250-8 | Cloth $60.00
University of Minnesota Press