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Toward a Theory of Popular Culture

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

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...Culture as Functionality If we are asked to believe that all literature is “ideology,” in the crude sense that its dominant intention (and then our only response) is the communication or imposition of “social” or “political” meanings...

Text and Spectacle in The Matrix Franchise

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

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...Conceptualizing the Spectacle Aesthetic Understood in its totality, the spectacle is both the outcome and the goal of the dominant mode of production. It is not something added to the real world—not a decorative element, so to speak...

The Cinematic Real: Image, Text, Culture

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

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...The Spectacle Aesthetic, Or the Cinematic Real In talking about cinema, I have been talking about life as well; however, I do not want to make too many claims. I am not arguing that this perspective offers in some sense a better view...

A Notion of Film Aesthetics

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

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...Engaging the Aesthetic Impulse Contemporary cultural formations have been theorized through postmodern ideas of fragmentation, distillation, and a “politics of difference” that has questioned fixed notions of identity and subjectivity. How...

Coda. From Doubt to Acknowledgment, or: The Philosophical Significance of Skepticism Films Revisited

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The coda wraps up this book’s journey through the problematic yet fascinating relation between film, philosophy, and skepticism. In lieu of a conclusion, and as a call for continuing film-philosophical reflection, it takes up Stanley...

Tools for Philosophical Film Analysis

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 8 develops tools for philosophical film analysis. The chapter claims that film-philosophical discourse has, so far, neglected methodological issues concerning the philosophical analysis of films. The approach presented here roughly...

Varieties of Skepticism Films

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 7 uses a wide range of film examples for developing the typology of skepticism films, which adapts Davidson’s model of triangulation and broadly distinguishes between external world skepticism films, self-knowledge skepticism films,...

(Not) Knowing My World: External World Skepticism Films. A Comparative Analysis of The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor, and The Truman Show

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 9 and chapter 10 analyze selected skepticism films in detail by focusing on external world skepticism films and self-knowledge skepticism films. The goal is to understand in a better way the literary and filmic influences as well...

Introduction: The Hyperreal Theme in 1990s’ American Cinema

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The dominant mood of mainstream American cinema in the 1980s has come to be associated with Robin Wood’s critique in his influential essay, “Papering the Cracks: Fantasy and Ideology in the Reagan Era.” In that seminal work, Wood described...

Evoking the Oracle: Visual Logic of Screen Worlds

Animated Landscapes : History, Form and Function

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Imagine if humans were different in form: one very long leg and one very short. At first glance this might seem just a permutation, one of the many possible arrangements of a body, but with further consideration it can lead to a world so...