Spectatorship and Film Theory

The Wayward Spectator

Authors: Comanducci, Carlo

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  • Offers a rereading of 1970s psychoanalytic film theory which attempts to overcome some of its traditional limitations without dismissing its core political concerns
  • Foregrounds theory as an internal aspect of everyday spectatorship and as an element of the spectator’s “waywardness” rather than as an instrument for the explanation and normalisation of film experience
  • Contributes to a theory of film experience by arguing for an intimate connection between the theory of spectatorship and a queer understanding of subjectivity
  • Redraws the relation between spectatorship and film theory from the standpoint of Jacques Rancière’s discussion of politics and emancipation, combining it with an alternative understanding of the role of psychoanalysis in film studies
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This book interrogates the relation between film spectatorship and film theory in order to criticise some of the disciplinary and authoritarian assumptions of 1970s apparatus theory, without dismissing its core political concerns. Theory, in this perspective, should not be seen as a practice distinct from spectatorship but rather as an integral aspect of the spectator’s gaze. Combining Jacques Rancière’s emancipated spectator with Judith Butler’s queer theory of subjectivity, Spectatorship and Film Theory foregrounds the contingent, embodied and dialogic aspects of our experience of film. Erratic and always a step beyond the grasp of disciplinary discourse, this singular work rejects the notion of the spectator as a fixed position, and instead presents it as a field of tensions—a “wayward” history of encounters.

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Carlo Comanducci teaches at Vistula University, Warsaw, Poland. He writes on cinema and spectatorship, psychoanalytic theory, anarchy and the politics of aesthetics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spectatorship and Film Theory
Book Subtitle
The Wayward Spectator
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96743-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96743-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96742-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 208
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