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Cinema, Theory, and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture : Literature, Culture, Theory - Patrick McGee

Cinema, Theory, and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture

Literature, Culture, Theory

Paperback Published: 13th October 1997
ISBN: 9780521589086
Number Of Pages: 254

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This book explores the political significance of aesthetic analysis in the context of cultural studies. It applies the theories of Adorno, Derrida, and Lacan to film studies, and asks how political responsibility can be reconciled with the concept of the university as a democratic institution. Art and the university, Patrick McGee claims, share a common feature: they are commonly regarded as autonomous realms that resist the determination of economic and political interests, while still playing a crucial role in ethical and political discourse. Through detailed reference to Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game, McGee shows how film can be both a product and a critique of the culture industry. He goes on to analyse the function of the university in producing interpretations of such highly political art forms and in determining the limits of critical discussion. McGee links Adorno with Derrida to provide a new route through cultural studies and the claims of political criticism.

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"It should be added that whether in developing the shrewdly observed details of his close readings or in negotiating his rigorous theoretical discussions over a terrain well mined with jargon, McGee writes with exemplary clarity and personal engagement." MLN

Redeeming contradictions: from critical theory to cultural studies
Art as the absolute commodity: the intersubjectivity of mimesis in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
Sexual nations: history and the division of hope in The Crying Game
Deconstruction and responsibility: the question of freedom in the place of the undecidable
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ISBN: 9780521589086
ISBN-10: 0521589088
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 13th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.33