Deleuze and Cinema

Deleuze and Cinema : The Aesthetics of Sensation

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Film theory has for so long been concerned with sociological, empirical and psychoanalytic approaches that its place within our aesthetic sensibilities seems to have been forgotten. Deleuze and Cinema aims to bring back debates about film as an art form - as part of an aesthetic process which incorporates the 'bodies' of our material, technological and molecular worlds. While much film theory has looked at desire in terms of (visual and spectator) pleasure, Barbara Kennedy suggests, in this provocative new study, that these different perceptions of 'body' are responsible, as well as the brain/mind, for the ways in which visual elements of colour, movement, rhythm and sensation are acquired within, through and beyond our consciousness. Film is visceral, vital and dynamic, and wider frameworks of understanding are needed to explain these aesthetic resonances. Deleuze and Cinema asks: how can we begin to understand the cinematic experience as one of material capture, processuality and movement - as opposed to a spectator/text relationship - where desire and pleasure are part of a complex 'aesthetics of sensation'?
Through discussions of Orlando, The English Patient, Romeo and Juliet, Strange Days and Leon the book offers a new and creative collusion between Deleuzian philosophy - specifically Deleuze's ideas about desire, pleasure, sensation, affect and 'becoming-woman' - and contemporary film studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 20mm | 539.77g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748611347
  • 9780748611348

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: Discovering the Beautiful Stranger...; Part One; 1 From Micro-politics to Aesthetics; 2 From Oedipal Myths... to New Interventions; Part Two; 3 From Abstract Machines to Deleuzian Becomings; 4 Constituting Bodies - from Subjectivity and Affect to the Becoming-woman of the Cinematic; 5 Towards an Aesthetics of Sensation; Part Three; 6 Orlando - Deleuzian Landscapes of Immanence; 7 The English Patient - Deleuzian Landscapes of Immanence; 8 Romeo and Juliet - Deleuzian Sensations; 9 Strange Days - Deleuzian Sensations; 10 Reconfiguring Love... A Deleuzian Travesty?; Leon and a Molecular Politics via the Girl and the Child; Bibliography; Filmography; Index.
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Kennedy treats the artistry of cinema in a fresh and engaging way. This is a superb foray into the emergent area of Deleuzian inspired film-philosophy. -- Scope
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About Barbara M. Kennedy

Barbara Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Staffordshire.
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