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Like a Film : Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera and Canvas - Timothy Murray

Like a Film

Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera and Canvas

Hardcover Published: 26th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415077330
Number Of Pages: 280

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In "Like A Film, " Timothy Murray investigates how the cinematic apparatus has invaded the theory of culture, weaving together the disparate psycho-political' fabrics of cultural production, psychoanalysis and politically marked subject positions. The book analyzes the impact of the apparatus on a wide range of cultural practices: experimental art, from the film-making of Yvonne Rainer and Derek Jarman to Laurence Olivier's "Othello;" social and political narratives of race, sexuality, feminism and ecology; the visual theory of Lyotard, Torok, Barthes, Zizek, Silverman and Laplanche; articulations of history from the Renaissance visions of Shakespeare and Caravaggio to modern sexual and political fantasy. Murray suggests that the many destabilizing traumas of culture remain accessible to us because they are structured so much like film.
Responding directly to multicultural debates over the value of theory and the aim of artistic practice, "Like A Film" addresses questions of cultural identity, the role of Continental psychoanalysis and philosophy, and the ideological importance of artistic form.

List of figures
Introduction: Ideological fantasy in reverse projectionp. 1
Like a film: Reopening the case of the missing penis with Rainer, Silverman and Torokp. 25
Photo-Medusa: Roland Barthes Incorporatedp. 65
Dirty stills: Arcadian retrospection, cinematic hieroglyphs, and blackness run riot in Olivier's Othellop. 101
Dirtier still? Wistful gazing and homographic hieroglyphs in Jarman's Caravaggiop. 124
What's happening? Lyotard writes artp. 175
Allegorizing 'Content': Metaphysical contradictions in the Harrisons' Lagoon Cyclep. 207
On the linep. 237
Bibliographyp. 240
Indexp. 256
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ISBN: 9780415077330
ISBN-10: 0415077338
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 26th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1