Feeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film Studies by Tarja LaineFeeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film Studies by Tarja Laine

Feeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film Studies

byTarja Laine

Paperback | April 25, 2013

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There is an upsurge of interest in contemporary film theory towards cinematic emotions. Tarja Laine's innovative study proposes a methodology for interpreting affective encounters with films, not as objectively readable texts, but as emotionally salient events. Laine argues convincingly that film is not an immutable system of representation that is meant for (one-way) communication, but an active, dynamic participant in the becoming of the cinematic experience. Through a range of chapters that include Horror, Hope, Shame and Love - and through close readings of films such as The Shining, American Beauty and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Laine demonstrates that cinematic emotions are more than mere indicators of the properties of their objects. They are processes that are intentional in a phenomenological sense, supporting the continuous, shifting, and reciprocal exchange between the film's world and the spectator's world. Grounded in continental philosophy, this provocative book explores the affective dynamics of cinema as an interchange between the film and the spectator in a manner that transcends traditional generic patterns.
Tarja Laine is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is the author of Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema (2007).
Title:Feeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.5 inPublished:April 25, 2013Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1623561507

ISBN - 13:9781623561505

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Horror Overwhelming fear: The Shining Imprisoned in madness: Repulsion Chapter 2: Hope Morbid curiosity: The Vanishing Clairvoyant spectatorship: Don't Look Now Chapter 3: Trauma Death as entelechy: The Sea Inside Psychosis as refuge: Elementary Particles Psychosis as entrapment: Reprise Compassionate participation Chapter 4: Anguish Becoming rhythm Synaesthetic tactics: Dancer in the Dark Resonating sonic space: The Silence Chapter 5: Shame Suburban rebellion: American Beauty Unruly sociology: Borat Chapter 6: Anger Looking down with contempt: Elephant Hate as positive liberty: Hunger Friendship as resentment in solidarity: 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days Chapter 7: Love Cinema as seduction: Dangerous Liaisons Ironic abjection: Romance Authentic love: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

Laine's book remains strong and contains many valuable additions to the growing body of scholarly work on cinema and emotions. The book serves both as a good introduction to the debates regarding emotions and affects in cinema, while also pushing the field further, particularly in its synthesis of two often competing traditions.