Film as Philosophy (Hardback)Bernd Herzogenrath (editor)
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Film and philosophy have much in common, and books have been written on film and philosophy. But can films be, or do, philosophy? Can they "think"? Film as Philosophy is the first book to explore this fascinating question historically, thematically, and methodically.
Bringing together leading scholars from universities across the globe, Film as Philosophy presents major new research that leads film studies and philosophy into a productive dialogue. It provides a uniquely sweeping, historical overview of the confluence of film and philosophy for more than a century, considering films from Jean Renoir, Lars von Trier, Jorgen Leth, David Lynch, Michael Haneke, and others; the written works of filmmakers who also theorized on the medium, including Sergei Eisenstein and Jean Epstein; and others who have written on cinema, including Hugo Munsterberg, Bela Balazs, Andre Bazin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, Stanley Cavell, Alain Badiou, Jacques Ranciere, and many more.
Representing a major step toward establishing a media philosophy that puts the status, role, and function of film into a new perspective, Film as Philosophy removes representational techniques from the center of inquiry, replacing these with the medium's ability to "think." Hence it accords film with "agency," and the dialogue between it and philosophy (and even neuroscience) is negotiated anew.
Contributors: Nicole Brenez, U of Paris 3-Sorbonne; Elisabeth Bronfen, U of Zurich; Noel Carroll, CUNY; Tom Conley, Harvard U; Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Institute of Technology; Gregory Flaxman, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Alex Ling, Western Sydney U; Adrian Martin, Monash U; John O Maoilearca, Kingston U, London; Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie U, Sydney; Murray Smith, U of Kent, Canterbury; Julia Vassilieva, Monash U, Melbourne; Christophe Wall-Romana, U of Minnesota; and Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 51 mm
"The essays in this superb collection show how contradictory and even imaginary the field is. Highly recommended."-CHOICE
"Film As Philosophy offers the reader a productive set of ideas for navigating today's post-everything landscape."-Leonardo
"This is a dense but very instructive volume for both novice and knowledgeable readers interested in the relation of film and philosophy. These essays offer a comprehensive range of theoretical accounts and genealogies that explore the film-philosophy encounter as one that elicits fruitful and open possibilities of thought." -European Journal of American Studies