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The Cinematic Body : Theory Out of Bounds - Steven Shaviro

The Cinematic Body

Theory Out of Bounds

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In "The Cinematic Body", Steven Shaviro proposes a radical new approach to film viewing. Moving between Jerry Lewis and Andy Warhol, between Fassbinder's gay sex icons and George Romero's flesh-eating zombies, "The Cinematic Body" cuts across disciplinary boundaries and seeks to engage new currents in critical thought. Shaviro radically critiques the Lacanian model currently popular in film theory and film studies, arguing against that model's obsessive emphasis on the phallus, castration anxiety, sadistic mastery, ideology, and the structure of the signifier. "The Cinematic Body", wide in its breadth and variety of scope, is not, however, exclusively a contribution to film studies. Shaviro also provides a broad range of insights on issues of popular culture, postmodernism, the politics of the body, the construction of masculinity and of homo-/heterosexualities, and the aesthetics of masochism. In addition, "The Cinematic Body" intervenes in current debates about the nature and uses of pornography, serving as a manifesto for new forms of cultural expression. In this volume, Shaviro effectively communicates a sense of the inescapable ambivalences and intensities of contemporary culture, thus affirming a thoroughly postmodern sensibility. This book introduces "Theory Out of Bounds" - a series that encourages transdisciplinary exploration and destabilizes traditional boundaries between disciplines, nations, genders, races, humans, and machines. Steven Shaviro is the author of "Passion and Excess: Blanchot, Bataille, and Literary Theory" and of several articles on the politics of difference, libidinal economy, and theories of sexuality. This book is intended for those interested in literary theory, film theory, and philosophy.

Film Theory and Visual Fascinationp. 1
Appendix: Deleuze and Guattari's Theory of Sexualityp. 67
Contagious Allegories: George Romerop. 83
Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewisp. 107
Bodies of Fear: David Cronenbergp. 127
Masculinity, Spectacle, and the Body of Querellep. 159
Warhol's Bodiesp. 201
A Note on Bressonp. 241
Conclusionsp. 255
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780816622948
ISBN-10: 0816622949
Series: Theory Out of Bounds
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 26th July 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.35 x 17.48  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.46