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The Cinematic Body (Theory Out of Bounds)
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on 2 August 2014
This book has a very peculiar design, with half of each page left completely blank. Sadly, the text itself is similarly lacking in substance. Academic film theory has been in a cul-de-sac for several decades. Shaviro believes he has found a way forward by embracing the ideas of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. His account of their joint work is accurate; but his understanding of the theories he is rejecting, notably Lacan's psychoanalysis, is sketchy at best, and his ventures into the philosophical background to these ideas is inaccurate. This would matter less if he had anything genuinely fresh to say about the films he discusses. But his analyses lack detail, and his style of writing never deviates from the typical prose of American academic publications. Seekers of a new approach to the study of film will need to look elsewhere.
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