Synopses & Reviews
Although Gilles Deleuze is one of Franceandrsquo;s most celebrated twentieth-century philosophers, his theories of cinema have largely been ignored by American scholars. Film theorist D. N. Rodowick fills this gap by presenting the first comprehensive study, in any language, of Deleuzeandrsquo;s work on film and images. Placing Deleuzeandrsquo;s two books on cinemaandmdash;The Movement-Image
and The Time-Image
andmdash;in the context of French cultural theory of the 1960s and 1970s, Rodowick examines the logic of Deleuzeandrsquo;s theories and the relationship of these theories to his influential philosophy of difference.
Rodowick illuminates the connections between Deleuzeandrsquo;s writings on visual and scientific texts and describes the formal logic of his theory of images and signs. Revealing how Deleuzian views on film speak to the broader network of philosophical problems addressed in Deleuzeandrsquo;s other booksandmdash;including his influential work with Fandeacute;lix Guattariandmdash;Rodowick shows not only how Deleuze modifies the dominant traditions of film theory, but also how the study of cinema is central to the project of modern philosophy.
andldquo;Anglo-American critics have not yet begun to plumb the riches of Deleuzeandrsquo;s investigation into cinema, and David Rodowick, well versed in philosophy and cinema studies, is the perfect person to bring these important works into focus for the American critical establishment. This book will become a standard work for anyone who wants to learn about Deleuze on cinema and about Deleuze more generally.andrdquo;andmdash;Dana Polan, University of Pittsburgh
andldquo;Deleuze is now coming to be seen in the anglophone world for what the French have long known him to beandmdash;someone who is perhaps the most productive and important philosophical thinker of this century. And Rodowick has a flair for making genuinely illuminating connections between Deleuzeandrsquo;s cinema books and his other works.andrdquo;andmdash; Kenneth Surin, Duke University
An introduction to Deleuze’s theory of cinema, from a leading American film theorist.
About the Author
D. N. Rodowick is Professor of English and Visual/Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.