Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures / Edition 1

Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures / Edition 1

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Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures / Edition 1

Minerva’s Night Out presents series of essays bynoted philosopher and motion picture and media theorist NoëlCarroll that explore issues at the intersection of philosophy,motion pictures, and popular culture.

  • Presents a wide-ranging series of essays that reflect onphilosophical issues relating to modern film and popularculture
  • Authored by one of the best known philosophers dealing withfilm and popular culture
  • Written in an accessible manner to appeal to students andscholars
  • Coverage ranges from the philosophy of Halloween toVertigo and the pathologies of romantic love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405193894
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Noël Carroll is a Distinguished Professor ofPhilosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. A former journalist,screenwriter, and President of the American Society for Aesthetics,Carroll is the author of 16 books, including Art in ThreeDimensions (2010), On Criticism (2009), ThePhilosophy of Motion Pictures (Blackwell, 2008), BeyondAesthetics (2001), A Philosophy of Mass Art (1999), andInterpreting the Moving Image (1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Philosophy and the Popular Arts 1

Section I The Philosophy of Mass Art 7

1 The Ontology of Mass Art 9

2 Modernity and the Plasticity of Perception 29

3 The Ties that Bind: Characters, the Emotions, and PopularFictions 40

4 Character, Social Information, and the Challenge of Psychology64

Section II The Philosophy of Motion Pictures 83

5 Movies, the Moral Emotions, and Sympathy 85

6 The Problem with Movie Stars 106

7 Cinematic Narrative 122

8 Cinematic Narration 133

9 Psychoanalysis and the Horror Film 145

Section III Philosophy and Popular Film 159

10 Philosophical Insight, Emotion, and Popular Fiction: The Caseof Sunset Boulevard 161

11 Vertigo and the Pathologies of Romantic Love 183

12 What Mr Creosote Knows about Laughter 194

13 Memento and the Phenomenology of Comprehending Motion PictureNarration 203

Section IV Philosophy and Popular TV 221

14 Tales of Dread in The Twilight Zone: A Contribution toNarratology 223

15 Sympathy for Soprano 234

16 Consuming Passion: Sex and the City 247

Section V Philosophy on Broadway 267

17 Art and Friendship 269

18 Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, or The Justificationof Literature 276

Section VI Philosophy across Popular Culture 289

19 The Fear of Fear Itself: The Philosophy of Halloween 291

20 The Grotesque Today: Preliminary Notes toward a Taxonomy302

21 Andy Kaufman and the Philosophy of Interpretation 324

Index 348

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Noël Carroll is America’s greatest philosopherof popular art, and Minerva’s Night Out is thedefinitive collection of his work on the subject. This book isessential reading for anyone interested in the interpretation ofpopular culture.”

William Irwin, General Editor of TheBlackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

“What is astonishing here is not just the versatility, butthe interpretive power, Carroll's ability to find philosophicalthemes in subjects ranging from Yasmina Reza to Hitchcock toHalloween.” 

—Joan Acocella of The New Yorker

“In these probing, subtle, and entertaining reflections oncinema, television, and theatre, Noël Carroll once more proveshimself our foremost philosopher of popular art.”

—David Bordwell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Noël Carroll's omnivorous interest in all thearts—fine, popular, mass—always undergirded by sturdyphilosophical analysis is on display in this excellent collection.I'm glad to recommend it."

—Ted Cohen, University of Chicago

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