Like a Film: Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera, and Canvas

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Routledge, 1993 - Art - 267 pages
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In this collection of theoretical writings on film, photography and art, Timothy Murray examines relations between artistic practice, sexual and racial politics, theory and cultural studies. Like a Film investigates how the cinematic apparatus has invaded the theory of culture, as a way of weaving together the disparate psycho-political fabrics of cultural production, psychoanalysis and politically-marked subject positions. Murray analyzes the impact of cinematic perceptions and productions on a wide array of cultural practices: experimental art - from the film-making of Yvonne Rainer and Derek Jarman to Laurence Olivier's Othello; social and political narratives of feminism, homosexuality, race and ecology; the representational and visual theory of Lyotard, Torok, Barthes, Ropars-Wuilleumier, Zizek, Silverman and Laplanche; and articulations of history from the Renaissance visions of Shakespeare and Caravaggio to modern sexual and political fantasy. Murray suggests that the many destabilizing traumas of culture remain accessible to us because they are structured so much like a film.

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