Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema by Tarja Laine

Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema

byTarja Laine

Paperback | August 14, 2007

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Shame and Desire defines the contemporary cinematic experience in terms that go beyond the visual. Adopting an intersubjective perspective on film studies, the author maintains that the dialectical poles of subject and object, seeing and being seen no longer seem to be valid. We are now surrounded by images that look back at us provocatively, seductively, indifferently; and not only in movies, but also in art, television, the city, in chance encounters, and in our private relationships.
Taking her cue from Jean-Paul Sartre, the author shows how emotions exemplify the way in which we are ‘forced’ to see ourselves through the eyes of others, unable to escape an identity that is imposed upon us from the outside but nevertheless resides ‘in the flesh’ – in the affective operations of the body and the senses. To illustrate her account of the intersubjective dynamics and affective bonds of cinema, the author explores the contemporary aesthetic investment in the emotional in the work of filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke and Eija-Liisa Ahtila.
This book proposes an insight into the ways in which we are engaged with visual displays and the look with which they respond to our looking.
The Author: Tarja Laine is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the Media Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam.
Title:Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, CinemaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:8.66 X 5.91 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.66 X 5.91 X 0.68 inPublished:August 14, 2007Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9052010625

ISBN - 13:9789052010625

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Table of Contents

Contents: Emotions and the cinematic experience – Sartrean intersubjectivity – Contemporary European cinema – Embodied spectatorship.

Editorial Reviews

« […] Shame and Desire is a significant contribution to our understanding of the emotional response to film.»
(William Brown, Studies in European Cinema)