Signatures of the Visible [NOOK Book]

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"The visual is essentially pornographic," writes Fredric Jameson, "films ask us to stare at the world as though it were a naked body." In Signatures of the Visible, one of America's most influential critics explores film and the culture surrounding it, interrogating the

relationship between the imaginative screen world and the historical world onto which it is projected. By seeking the historical dimension of the visual, Jameson evaluates the power of the filmic form as a vehicle for the critique of culture and ...

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Overview

"The visual is essentially pornographic," writes Fredric Jameson, "films ask us to stare at the world as though it were a naked body." In Signatures of the Visible, one of America's most influential critics explores film and the culture surrounding it, interrogating the

relationship between the imaginative screen world and the historical world onto which it is projected. By seeking the historical dimension of the visual, Jameson evaluates the power of the filmic form as a vehicle for the critique of culture and the diagnosis of social life. Jameson

pursues this investigation through readings of politics, class, allegory, magic realism, and "the historical" in such films as Diva, The Shining, and Dog Day Afternoon. Throughout the book, he is concerned with the relationship between the achievements and limits of contemporary film

theory itself, "a relationship," he argues, "which allows one to take the temperature of history itself."

that today, it is only through his kind of deconstructionist Marxism that one can really enjoy the taste of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Lumet...The magic of Jameson's writing, the je ne sais quoi which makes it an instant classic, is the unique combination of the highest

dialectical versatility with an almost adolescent sheer pleasure of devouring the classics of popular cinema (Slavoj Zizek)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135200213
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fredric Jameson is Director of the Graduate Program in Literature at Duke University.

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