1st Edition

Film and Ethics Foreclosed Encounters

By Lisa Downing, Libby Saxton Copyright 2010
    184 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    160 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Film & Ethics considers a range of films and texts of film criticism alongside disparate philosophical discourses of ethics by Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, Lacanian psychoanalysts and postmodern theorists.

    Introduction  Section 1: Representation and Spectatorship  Section 1 Introduction  1. 'Tracking Shots are a Question of Morality': Ethics, Aesthetics, Documentary  2. Testing Positive: Gender, Sexuality, Representation  3. The South looks back: Ethics, Race, Cultural Identity  4. Ethics, Spectatorship and the Spectacle of Suffering  5. Pornography and the Ethics of Censorship  Section 2: Theory, Ethics, Film  Section 2 Introduction  6. Blinding Visions: Levinas, Ethics, Faciality  7. Deconstructive Ethics: Derrida, Dryer, Responsibility  8. Foucault in Focus: Ethics, Surveillance, Soma  9. The Cinematic Ethics of Psychoanalysis: Futurity, Death Drive, Desire  10. What if we are Post-Ethical? Postmodernism's Ethics and Aesthetics


    Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Exeter. Her publications include Patrice Leconte (2004), From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve, ed. with Sue Harris (2007), and The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (2008).

    Libby Saxton is Lecturer in French and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is author of Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust (2008) and co-editor of Seeing Things: Vision, Perception and Interpretation in French Studies (2002).

    'A fascinating examination of the way film, film-makers and spectators face, ignore, accept and challange established, as well as unlikely and surprising ethical dilemmas. A brilliant, comprehensive overview accompanied by revealing detailed analysis' - Times Higher Education