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Lyotard's Philosophy of Film

Edited by Graham Jones, Ashley Woodward

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The first major survey of Lyotard’s contribution to film theory, combining his original essays with new critical works by leading scholars

This collection presents, for the first time in English, Jean-François Lyotard’s major essays on film: 'Acinema', 'The Unconscious as Mise-en-scène', 'Two Metamorphoses of the Seductive in Cinema' and 'The Idea of a Sovereign Film'. Then, eight critical essays by philosophers and film theorists examine Lyotard's film work and influence across two sections: 'Approaches and Interpretations' and 'Applications and Extensions'. These works are complemented by an introductory essay by leading French scholar Jean-Michel Durafour on Lyotard’s film-philosophy, an overview of Lyotard’s practical film projects written by his collaborators Claudine Eizykman and Guy Fihman, and the synopsis for a later film project Memorial Immemorial, which Lyotard proposed but was not produced.

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Susana Viegas and James Williams

Editor’s Introduction
Graham Jones and Ashley Woodward

Cinema Lyotard: An Introduction
Jean-Michel Durafour

The Unconscious as Mise-en-scène
Two Metamorphoses of the Seductive in Cinema
The Idea of a Sovereign Film

Imaginary Constructs? A Libidinal Economy of the Cinematographic Medium
Julie Gaillard
Lyotard, Gorgias and the Art of Seduction
Keith Crome
Authorisation: Lyotard’s Sovereign Image
Peter W. Milne

Discourse, Figure, Suture: Lyotard and Cinematic Space
Jon Hackett
On Dialogue as Performative Art Criticism
Vlad Ionescu
Give Me a Sign: An Anxious Exploration of Performance on Film, Under Lyotard’s Shadow
Kiff Bamford
How Desire Works: A Lyotardian Lynch
Graham Jones and Ashley Woodward
Aberrant Movement and Somatography in the Hysterical Films of Roméo Bosetti
Lisa Trahair

1. Lyotard’s Film Work
Claudine Eizykman and Guy Fihman
2. Memorial Immemorial
Jean-François Lyotard
3. Lyotard Filmography
4. Bibliography


About the Author

Graham Jones is Lecturer in Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Media and Communications at Federation University, Australia. He is the author of Lyotard Reframed (I.B.Tauris, 2013), co-author of Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage II (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), and co-editor of Acinemas: Lyotard’s Philosophy of Film (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). His research interests include French poststructuralist philosophy, phenomenology and cybernetics.

Ashley Woodward is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee and is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and Nihilism in Postmodernity: Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo (The Davies Group, 2009).


The authors in this collection identify the paradox that the other visual arts were a more pervasive reference for Lyotard himself than was film in developing his theories. Yet it was acinema, the most experimental uses of cinema that provided additional challenges for his unique theories of the figural. The contention of this book is one that I applaud - that Lyotard, a philosopher of drift and transformations of all forms, should be given more attention in any philosophy of film.

- Maureen Cheryn Turim, University of Florida

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