Synopses & Reviews
The philosophical systems of Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze and Slavoj Žižek are formidable in their own right. Lacanian psychoanalysis has had a long history of developmental application to cinema studies, Žižek being one of its primary exponents. Deleuzian cinematic studies develop a schizoanalysis of cinema, which both challenges as well as supplements these past developments. The essays within this collection explore the possibilities and potentialities of all three positions, presenting encounters that are, at times contradictory, at other times supportive, as well as complementary. The collection thereby enriches the questions that are being raised within contemporary cinematic studies.
"This impressive collection of essays explores the critical insights of three major theorists of cinema, psychoanalysis, and philosophy . . . Nine essays by leading scholars . . . constitute the collection, with an excellent introduction by editor jagodzinski. The rich essays cover the terrain of cinematic studies from both the psychoanalytic and schizoanalytic perspectives, exploring the intersections between cinema and philosophy in such areas as ethics, identity politics, love, trauma, and perception. Particularly noteworthy is the essay by Todd McGowan on Deleuze and Jean-Luc Godard's films. This volume will be very useful to students and film studies scholars, as well as those interested in philosophy and psychoanalysis and the rich possibilities opened up by their conceptual intersections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - CHOICE
"This is a wonderfully innovative and insightful collection, containing work from scholars of the highest calibre exploring the intersections between cinema, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Psychoanalyzing Cinema demonstrates the rarely discussed connections between Lacan, Deleuze, and Žižek, producing startling film-philosophical insights into the nature of our existence - in a universe conceived of as light or metacinema; in relation to time, trauma and national identity; ethics; love; perception; ideology; politics; and zombie apocalypse." - David Martin-Jones, senior lecturer in Film Studies, director of the Centre for Film Studies, University of St. Andrews, and author of Deleuze and World Cinemas
"The relationship between psychoanalysis and schizoanalysis remains one of the most tantalizing, and least resolved, questions in contemporary film theory. With this collection, which brings together notable scholars from both sides of the equation, editor Jan Jagodzinski has provided arguably the first rigorous reckoning with the cinematic conjunction of Lacan and Deleuze." - Gregory Flaxman, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Brings together and compares/contrasts the writing/influence of the two most important theorists in film studies today: Gilles Deleuze and Slavoj Zizek.
About the Author
jan jagodzinski is a professor of Visual Art and Media Education in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. His most recent books include Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media (2004); Music in Youth Culture: A Lacanian Approach (2005); Youth to Television and Youth Culture: Televised Paranoia (2008); Art and Education in an Era of Designer Capitalism: Deconstructing the Oral Eye (2010); Misreading Postmodern Antigone: Marco Bellocchio's Devil in the Flesh (Diavolo in Corpo) (2011); and Arts Based Research: A Critique and Proposal (with Jason Wallin, 2013).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Lacanian\/Deleuzian - jan jagodzinski * PART I: TOPOLOGICAL ENCOUNTERS * Signifier | signified vs. actual | virtual: Lacan, Deleuze and the Projective Screen - Hanjo Bressemmen * On the Possibilities of Political Art: How Zizek Misreads Deleuze and Lacan - Robert Samuels * Hitchcock's Fantasy: Real or Reality? - Patricia Pisters * PART II: CINEMATIC ENCOUNTERS * Television´s Supernatural: Desire and Production, Immanence and Death in Cinema´s Spectral Subjectivities - Gayle Gorman * Vicissitudes of the Father: Power and Pleasure in the Films of P.T. Anderson - Paul S. Eisenstein * Symbolic Discontinuities in the Coen Brothers - K. Daniel Cho * PART III: AFFECTIVE ENCOUNTERS * Affective Men - Felicity Colman * "What's Love Got to Do with Narcissism?: Kim, Ki-duck's Time (Shi-gan)" - MeeRa Lee * Crazy Love - Sheila Kunkle * PART IV: ENCOUNTERS OF THE REAL * The Real: Lynch, Lacan, Deleuze and Functions of the Uncanny - Frida Beckman and Gregory Flaxman * Tearing a Real image: Deleuze's Subversion of Cinematic Sense and the Sense of Lacan's Subversion - Fabio Vighi * Occasioning the Real: Lacan, Deleuze, and Cinematic Structuring of Sense - Emanuelle Wessels * PART V: POLITICAL AND PRODUCTIVE ENCOUNTERS * Dynamic Biopolitics and Biocinema (Marx, Deleuze, Lacan) - A . Kiarina Kordela * Godard between Psychoanalysis and Its Enemies - Todd McGowan * "Who will Survive and What will be Left of Them?": Violence, Sensation, and Living Death in Horror Film - Jason Wallin