Cinema, Theory, and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture (Literature, Culture, Theory , No 24)

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Cinema, Theory, and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture (Literature, Culture, Theory , No 24)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 245 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521589086
  • DDC分類 791.4301

基本説明

Explores the political significance of aesthetic analysis in the context of cultural and film studies, and asks how political responsibility can be reconciled with the concept of the university as a democratic institution.

Full Description


This 1997 book explores the political significance of aesthetic analysis in the context of cultural studies. It applies the theories of Adorno, Derrida, and Lacan to film studies, and asks how political responsibility can be reconciled with the concept of the university as a democratic institution. Art and the university, Patrick McGee claims, share a common feature: they are commonly regarded as autonomous realms that resist the determination of economic and political interests, while still playing a crucial role in ethical and political discourse. Through detailed reference to Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game, McGee shows how film can be both a product and a critique of the culture industry. He goes on to analyse the function of the university in producing interpretations of such highly political art forms and in determining the limits of critical discussion. McGee links Adorno with Derrida to provide a new route through cultural studies and the claims of political criticism.

Table of Contents

1. Redeeming contradictions: from critical
theory to cultural studies
2. Art as the absolute commodity: the
intersubjectivity of mimesis in Adorno's
Aesthetic Theory
3. Sexual nations: history and the division of
hope in The Crying Game
4. Deconstruction and responsibility: the
question of freedom in the place of the
undecidable