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Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters Hardcover – 9 Sep 2009
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In recent years, film scholarship has become increasingly preoccupied by ethical questions and filmmakers have responded in a variety of ways to the challenge of adequately representing identity, difference and the relationship between self and other. This book sets out to address and redress this oversight in current thinking on cinema - a reluctance to view the moving image in explicitly ethical terms. On the one hand, the book revisits existing film theory in order to articulate its ethical content; on the other, it forges new connections between an eclectic corpus of films and recent strands of ethical thought by Lacan, Levinas, Derrida and A iA ek. In an academic climate in which ethical concerns are gaining critical currency, this is the first book to establish dialogue between the phenomenology of cinema and ethical thought.
About the Author
Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Exeter. Her publications include Patrice Leconte (2004), From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve, ed. with Sue Harris (2007), and The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (2008).
Libby Saxton is Lecturer in French and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is author of Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust (2008) and co-editor of Seeing Things: Vision, Perception and Interpretation in French Studies (2002).
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