Filmic Representation and the Spectator’s Experience

Edited by Dominique Chateau


Edited by Dominique Chateau

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9789089643179 Published February 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

With the rise of French and Italian New Wave cinema, the concept of subjectivity came to the forefront of film criticism and theory. The subjective camera allows for the audience to experience film in a wholly different way, manipulating or enriching viewers and forcing them to engage with film as a medium. Subjectivity advances the debate over its role in the history, philosophy, and culture of cinema. This engaging, multifaceted study of a single, controversial concept addresses the New Wave movement and also expands its focus to include a variety of genres within the rapidly changing medium of film. With a diverse array of contributors including Vivian Sobchack, Francesco Casetti, Laura Marcus, Jose Moure, and many other prominent film theorists, this engaging collection of essays both challenges and enhances our understanding of film history. Subjectivity is essential reading for film scholars, media theorists, and fans of the French and Italian new wave.

Introduction: Rethinking Subjectivity in Film
      Dominque Chateau

Part I: From Mind to Film, from Film to Mind
The Cinema as Art of the Mind: Hugo Münsterberg, First Theorist of Subjectivity in Film 
     José Moure
The Representation of Experience in Cinema
      Gregory Currie
Beyond Subjectivity: The Film Experience
      Francesco Casetti
Part II: Ways of Expressing Subjectivity
The Man Who Wasn’t There: The Production of Subjectivity in Delmer Daves’ Dark Passage
      Vivian Sobchak
From Aesthetic Experience to the Loss of Identity, in Three Steps
      Pere Salabert
Robert Bresson and the Voices of an Inner World: “I” Can Never Be “You,” or the Impossible Identification
      Céline Scemama
The Silence of the Lenses: Blow Up and the Subject of Photography
      Pierre Taminiaux
Part III: Subjectivity and Epistemology of Film Studies
Beyond Subjectivity. Bakhtin’s Dialogism and the Moving Image
      Karl Sierek
Imaginary Subject
      Jacinto Lageira
A Philosophical Approach to Subjectivity in Film Form
      Dominique Chateau
Part IV: Conversation: Subjectivity in Artistic Coupling
Conversation with Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki
      Marina Gržinić

General Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index of Names
Index of Film Titles
Index of Subjects
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