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Cinema, Theory, and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture (Literature, Culture, Theory)

Cinema, Theory, and Political Responsibility in Contemporary Culture (Literature, Culture, Theory)

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Patrick McGee
Cambridge University Press, 8/14/1997
EAN 9780521589086, ISBN10: 0521589088

Paperback, 252 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

This 1997 book explores the political significance of aesthetic analysis in the context of cultural studies. It applies the theories of Adorno, Derrida, and Lacan to film studies, and asks how political responsibility can be reconciled with the concept of the university as a democratic institution. Art and the university, Patrick McGee claims, share a common feature: they are commonly regarded as autonomous realms that resist the determination of economic and political interests, while still playing a crucial role in ethical and political discourse. Through detailed reference to Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game, McGee shows how film can be both a product and a critique of the culture industry. He goes on to analyse the function of the university in producing interpretations of such highly political art forms and in determining the limits of critical discussion. McGee links Adorno with Derrida to provide a new route through cultural studies and the claims of political criticism.

1. Redeeming contradictions
from critical theory to cultural studies
2. Art as the absolute commodity
the intersubjectivity of mimesis in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
3. Sexual nations
history and the division of hope in The Crying Game
4. Deconstruction and responsibility
the question of freedom in the place of the undecidable
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