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Brechtian Cinemas
Brechtian Cinemas (March 2017)
Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, Peter Watkins, and Lars von Trier
Nenad Jovanovic - Author

Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.

In Brechtian Cinemas, Nenad Jovanovic uses examples from select major filmmakers to delineate the variety of ways in which Bertolt Brecht’s concept of epic/dialectic theatre has been adopted and deployed in international cinema. Jovanovic critically engages Brecht’s ideas and their most influential inte...(Read More)
 
 
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination (March 2017)
David N. Stamos - Author

Explores the science and creative process behind Poe’s cosmological treatise.

In 1848, almost a year and a half before Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of forty, his book Eureka was published. In it, he weaved together his scientific speculations about the universe with his own literary theory, theology, and philosophy of science. Although Poe himself considered it to be his magnum opus, Eureka has mostly bee...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World
Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World (October 2016)
Silence, Ethics, Imagination, and Poetic Ontology
Glen A. Mazis - Author

Assesses Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to ethics as calling for a poetic interplay between perception and imagination, and between silence and solidarity, that reveals our place in the world, and our obligations to ourselves and others.

Before his death in 1961, Merleau-Ponty worried about what he saw as humanity’s increasingly self-enclosed and manipulative way of experiencing self, others, and the w...(Read More)
 
 
The Tragedy of Philosophy
The Tragedy of Philosophy (September 2016)
Kant's Critique of Judgment and the Project of Aesthetics
Andrew Cooper - Author

Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.

In The Tragedy of Philosophy Andrew Cooper challenges the prevailing idea of the death of tragedy, arguing that this assumption reflects a problematic view of both tragedy and philosophy—one that stifles the profound contribution that tragedy could provide to philosophy today. To build this case, Cooper presents a novel reading ...(Read More)
 
 
Encounters with Godard
Encounters with Godard (June 2016)
Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics
James S. Williams - Author

A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film aesthetics and ethics.

Encounters with Godard takes the reader on a personal voyage into the sensory pleasures and polyphonic rhythms of Jean-Luc Godard’s multimedia work since the late 1970s, from his feature films and video essays to his published writings, art books, and media perfor...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception
Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception (April 2016)
Duane H. Davis - Editor
William S. Hamrick - Editor

Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience.

This collection of essays brings together diverse but interrelated perspectives on art and perception based on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Although Merleau-Ponty focused almost exclusively on painting in his writings on aesthetics, this collection also considers...(Read More)
 
 
The Flesh of Images
The Flesh of Images (October 2015)
Merleau-Ponty between Painting and Cinema
Mauro Carbone - Author
Marta Nijhuis - Translator

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

In The Flesh of Images, Mauro Carbone begins with the point that Merleau-Ponty’s often misunderstood notion of “flesh” was another way to signify what he also called “Visibility.” Considering vision as creative voyance, in the visionary sense of creating as a particular presence ...(Read More)
 
 
Wonder
Wonder (May 2015)
A Grammar
Sophia Vasalou - Author

Synthesizes the most important recent work on wonder and brings a number of disciplines into conversation.

Wonder has been celebrated as the quintessential passion of childhood. From the earliest stages of our intellectual history, it has been acclaimed as the driving force of inquiry and the prime passion of thought. Yet for an emotion acknowledged so widely for the multiple roles it plays in our lives, wonder ha...(Read More)
 
 
How to Escape
How to Escape (November 2014)
Magic, Madness, Beauty, and Cynicism
Crispin Sartwell - Author

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Philosopher, music critic, and syndicated columnist Crispin Sartwell has forged a distinctive and fiercely original identity over the years as a cultural commentator. In books about anarchism, art and politics, Native American and African American thought and culture, Eastern spirituality, and American transcendentalism, Sa...(Read More)
 
 
B Is for Bad Cinema
B Is for Bad Cinema (March 2014)
Aesthetics, Politics, and Cultural Value
Claire Perkins - Editor
Constantine Verevis - Editor

Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.

B Is for Bad Cinema continues and extends, but does not limit itself to, the trends in film scholarship that have made cult and exploitation films and other “low” genres increasingly acceptable objects for critical analysis. Springing from discussions of taste and value in film, these original essays ma...(Read More)
 
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