Aesthetics and Film

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6641

Against the background of their respective aesthetic theories, this course will focus on Stanley Cavell's and Gilles Deleuze's philosophies of film. The central texts will be Cavell's The World Viewed, as well as his accounts of 30s comedies of remarriage and melodramas; for Deleuze, we will be reading Cinema 1: The Movement-Image and Cinema 2: The Time-Image. One hypothesis to be tested in the seminar will be whether these are, despite their differences, intransigently modernist conceptions of film, and what the implications of that might be for aesthetics generally.

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