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The status of the image in film theory

Quigley, Paula (1999) The status of the image in film theory. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94594) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:94594)

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This dissertation argues that a modem sensibility has dominated film theory since the 1970s, resulting in the imposition of the discursive order onto the film image. As an alternative, I propose a postmodern approach to film; postmodern in the sense elaborated by Jean-François Lyotard, not as a temporal indicator, but as a figure, inscribing the possibility of a radical revision of discourse in and against itself. In addition to the works of Lyotard, I engage with the works of Benjamin and Adomo, Barthes and Metz, Baudry, Kuntzel and Mulvey, and Ropars-Wuilleumier and Brunette & Wills. Throughout, I pay particular attention to the privileged place writing has occupied in film theory, both in its literal sense, and as a critical activity that operates at the expense of figurative representation.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94594
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Uncontrolled keywords: Literature screenwriting cinema
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
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