Film and the Ethical Imagination

Authors: Gronstad, Asbjorn

  • First book to present a unified theory of what a visual ethics might involve
  • Presents the new concept of a biovisual ethics
  • Offers a systematic account of the history of the ethical turn both in literature, film and visual culture
  • Advances a new conceptualization of ethics in the cinema that is grounded in the imaginative worlds of the films themselves
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This book provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the turn to ethics in literature, film, and visual culture. It discusses the concept of a biovisual ethics, offering a new theory of the relation between film and ethics based on the premise that images are capable of generating their own ethical content. This ethics operates hermeneutically and materializes in cinema’s unique power to show us other modes of being. The author considers a wealth of contemporary art films and documentaries that embody ethical issues through the very form of the text. The ethical imagination generated by films such as The Nine Muses, Post Tenebras Lux, Amour, and Nostalgia For the Light is crucially defined by openness, uncertainty, opacity, and the refusal of hegemonic practices of visual representation.

About the authors

Asbjørn Grønstad is professor of visual culture in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, where he is also founding director of the Nomadikon Center for Visual Culture Studies. The author or editor of nine books and numerous articles, his latest publication is Seeing Whole: Toward an Ethics and Ecology of Sight (co-edited with Mark Ledbetter, 2016).

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Film and the Ethical Imagination is a wonderfully rich and intelligent book that is essential reading for anyone with an interest in questions of ethics and cinematic form. Introducing the concepts of bioscreens and biovisuality into the lexicon of film ethics, Grønstad offers an important new theory of screen ethics, one that shifts the emphasis away from content onto questions of aesthetic form, and that takes into consideration the serious ‘ramifications of our ecological entanglements’.” (Dr Tanya Horeck, Anglia Ruskin University)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

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    Pages 3-15

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  • From an Ethics of Transgression to a General Ethics of Form

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    Pages 17-21

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  • Optics as an Ethics

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    Pages 23-29

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  • The Return of Ethics in Literary Studies

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    Pages 31-43

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  • Screen Ethics before the Ethical Turn

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    Pages 45-51

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Film and the Ethical Imagination
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58374-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58374-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58373-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 260
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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