Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media

Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media

by David Rodowick
     
 

Theorizes the concept of the figural as a way to get beyond the long held aesthetic distinction between plastic and linguistic arts, a distinction that will not work for film and new media.

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Overview

Theorizes the concept of the figural as a way to get beyond the long held aesthetic distinction between plastic and linguistic arts, a distinction that will not work for film and new media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822327110
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

D. N. Rodowick is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze’s Time Machine (also published by Duke University Press), The Difficulty of Difference: Psychoanalysis, Sexual Difference, and Film Theory and The Crisis of Political Modernism: Criticism and Ideology in Contemporary Film Theory.

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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