Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Psychomotor Aesthetics – Movement and Affect in Modern Literature and Film - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Modern Literature and Film

Ana Hedberg Olenina


In the late 19th century, neurophysiology introduced techniques for detecting somatic signs of psychological processes. Scientific modes of recording, representing, and interpreting body movement as “expressive” soon found use in multiple cultural domains. Based on archival materials, this study charts the avenues by which physiological psychology reached the arts and evaluates institutional practices and political trends that promoted interdisciplinary engagements in the first quarter of the 20th century. In mapping the emergence of a paradigm it calls “psychomotor aesthetics,” this book unco ... More

Keywords: embodiment, physiological psychology, psychologism, kinesthetic empathy, Soviet avant-garde film, performance, Futurist poetry, Russian Formalism, psychotechnics, spectator studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190051259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190051259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ana Hedberg Olenina, author
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies, Arizona State University

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.