The Crisis Of Political Modernism

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D.N. Rodowick offers a critical analysis of the development of film theory since 1968. He shows how debates concerning the literary principles of modernism—semiotics, structuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and feminism—have transformed our understanding of cinematic meaning. Rodowick explores the literary paradigms established in France during the late 1960s and traces their influence on the work of diverse filmmaker/theorists including Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Gidal, Laura Mulvey, and Peter Wollen. By exploring ...
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Overview


D.N. Rodowick offers a critical analysis of the development of film theory since 1968. He shows how debates concerning the literary principles of modernism—semiotics, structuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and feminism—have transformed our understanding of cinematic meaning. Rodowick explores the literary paradigms established in France during the late 1960s and traces their influence on the work of diverse filmmaker/theorists including Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Gidal, Laura Mulvey, and Peter Wollen. By exploring the "new French feminisms" of Irigaray and Kristeva, he investigates the relation of political modernism to psychoanalysis and theories of sexual difference. In a new introduction written especially for this edition, Rodowick considers the continuing legacy of this theoretical tradition in relation to the emergence of cultural studies approaches to film.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520087712
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/1994
  • Edition description: Pbk
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


D.N. Rodowick is Professor of English and Visual/Cultural Studies, and Director of the Film Studies Program, at the University of Rochester. His books include The Difficulty of Difference: Psychoanalysis, Sexual Difference and Film Theory (1991).
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii
Acknowledgments xxxi
1 The Discourse of Political Modernism 1
2 Modernism and Semiology 42
3 Ideology and Criticism 67
4 Formalism and "Deconstruction" 111
5 Anti-Narrative, or the Ascetic Ideal 126
6 Language, Narrative, Subject (1): The Critique of "Ontological" Modernism 147
7 Language, Narrative, Subject (2): Narration and Negativity 180
8 Sexual Difference 221
9 The Crisis of Political Modernism 271
Index 303
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