Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier by Bonnie HonigPolitics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier by Bonnie Honig

Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

EditorBonnie Honig, Lori J. Marso

Paperback | October 7, 2016

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Lars von Trier's intense, disturbing, and sometimes funny films have led many to condemn him as misogynist or misanthropic. The same films inspire this collection's reflections on how our fears and desires regarding gender, power, race, finitude, family, and fate often thwart -- and sometimesfeed -- our best democratic aspirations. The essays in this volume attend to von Trier's role as provocateur, as well as to his films' techniques, topics, and storytelling. Where others accuse von Trier of being cliched, the editors argue that he intensifies the "cliches of our times" in ways thatdirect our political energies towards apprehending and repairing a shattered world.The book is certainly for von Trier lovers and haters but, at the same time, political, critical, and feminist theorists entirely unfamiliar with von Trier's films will find this volume's essays of interest. Most of the contributors tarry with von Trier to develop new readings of major thinkers andwriters, including Agamben, Bataille, Beauvoir, Benjamin, Deleuze, Euripides, Freud, Kierkegaard, Ranciere, Nietzsche, Winnicott, and many more. Von Trier is both central and irrelevant to much of this work. Writing from the fields of classics, literature, gender studies, philosophy, film andpolitical theory, the authors stage an interdisciplinary intervention in film studies.
Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor in the Departments of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University. Lori J. Marso is Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at Union College.
Title:Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von TrierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:October 7, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190600179

ISBN - 13:9780190600174

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