Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media / Edition 1

Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media / Edition 1

by David Rodowick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822327228

ISBN-13: 9780822327226

Pub. Date: 09/11/2001

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media D. N. Rodowick applies the concept of “the figural” to a variety of philosophical and aesthetic issues. Inspired by the aesthetic philosophy of Jean-François Lyotard, the figural defines a semiotic regime where the distinction between linguistic and plastic representation breaks

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In Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media D. N. Rodowick applies the concept of “the figural” to a variety of philosophical and aesthetic issues. Inspired by the aesthetic philosophy of Jean-François Lyotard, the figural defines a semiotic regime where the distinction between linguistic and plastic representation breaks down. This opposition, which has been the philosophical foundation of aesthetics since the eighteenth century, has been explicitly challenged by the new electronic, televisual, and digital media. Rodowick—one of the foremost film theorists writing today—contemplates this challenge, describing and critiquing the new regime of signs and new ways of thinking that such media have inaugurated.
To fully comprehend the emergence of the figural requires a genealogical critique of the aesthetic, Rodowick claims. Seeking allies in this effort to deconstruct the opposition of word and image and to create new concepts for comprehending the figural, he journeys through a range of philosophical writings: Thierry Kuntzel and Marie-Claire Ropars-Wuilleumier on film theory; Jacques Derrida on the deconstruction of the aesthetic; Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin on the historical image as a utopian force in photography and film; and Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault on the emergence of the figural as both a semiotic regime and a new stratagem of power coincident with the appearance of digital phenomena and of societies of control.
Scholars of philosophy, film theory, cultural criticism, new media, and art history will be interested in the original and sophisticated insights found in this book.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822327226
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/11/2001
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Presenting the Figural1
The Idea of the Figural1
Lyotard's Leap into the Void: The Aesthetic before the New Media4
Paradoxes of the Visual, or Philosophy after the New Media30
2Reading the Figural45
Rehearsing the Figural46
Foucault through Deleuze, or The Diagrammatics of Power49
Reading the Figural54
The End of Modernism64
3The Figure and the Text76
Film and the Scene of Writing76
"With dreams displaced into a forest of script"80
Hieroglyphics, Montage, Enunciation89
4The Ends of the Aesthetic107
5The Historical Image141
A Plea for the Dead141
Social Hieroglyphs and the Optics of History145
The Antinomic Character of Time153
Anteroom Thinking, or "The Last Things before the Last"162
6A Genealogy of Time170
Two Stories of 1968170
Two Audiovisual Regimes: The Movement-Image and Time-Image171
The Ends of the Dialectic and the Return of History: Hegel and Nietzsche177
Genealogy, Countermemory, Event186
7An Uncertain Utopia - Digital Culture203
An Image of Technological Abundance203
A Digression on Postmodernism206
Three Questions concerning Digital Culture210
An Impossible Ideal of Power227
Notes235
Bibliography259
Index269

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