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American Avant-Garde Cinema's Philosophy of the In-Between

Rebecca A. Sheehan

Abstract

Can films philosophize rather than simply represent philosophical ideas developed outside the cinematic medium? Taking up this question crucial to the field of film-philosophy, this book argues that the films of the American avant-garde indeed “do” philosophy, and it illuminates the ethical and political stakes of their aesthetic interventions. The author traces the avant-garde’s philosophy by developing a history and theory of its investment in dimensional, conceptual, and material in-betweens, clarifying how reflections on the creation and reception of images construct an ethics of perceptio ... More

Keywords: film-philosophy, American Avant-Garde Cinema, transcendentalism and film, aesthetics and philosophy, post-theory, time-image, Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, Ken Jacobs, Pat O’Neill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190949709
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190949709.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca A. Sheehan, author
Associate Professor of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University, Fullerton