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Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Bonnie Honig and Lori J. Marso


Lars von Trier’s intense, disturbing, and sometimes funny films have led many to condemn him as misogynist or misanthropic. The same films inspire this collection’s reflections on how our fears and desires regarding gender, power, race, finitude, family, and fate often thwart – and sometimes feed – our best democratic aspirations. The essays in this volume attend to von Trier’s role as provocateur, as well as to his films’ techniques, topics, and storytelling. Where others accuse von Trier of being clichéd, the editors argue that he intensifies the “clichés of our times” in ways that direct ou ... More

Keywords: Lars von Trier, tragedy, morality, Kant, causality, freedom, Dogme 95, political reactions, political theory, film theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190600181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie Honig, editor
Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science, Brown University

Lori J. Marso, editor
Professor of Political Science, Union College

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Bonnie Honig and Lori J. Marso

1 An Invitation from Lars von Trier

Translated by Troels Skadhauge and Lars Tønder

II Woman/Nymph

III Fate/Martyr

6 Broken by God

James Martel

IV Young Americans

8 “Young Americans”

Paul Apostolidis

9 Three Emancipations

Elisabeth R. Anker

10 Face Value

Tony Cokes

12 A Philopoetic Engagement

Michael J. Shapiro

VI Thinking/Melancholia

17 The Gravity of Melancholia

Christopher Peterson

18 Melancholia and US

William E. Connolly

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