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Towards a Feminist Cinematic Ethics

Claire Denis, Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Luc Nancy

Kristin Lené Hole

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Develops an account of non-normative feminist cinematic ethics and a fresh methodological approach to film-philosophy

Towards a Feminist Cinematic Ethics develops an account of non-normative ethics that can be used to think about filmmaking and viewing, using two philosophers—Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Luc Nancy, and the work of filmmaker Claire Denis. In an accessible and engaging manner, it offers new readings of Denis’ films, situating them within larger feminist, postcolonial and queer debates about identity and difference. Using a generative methodology, the book works towards a mutually challenging and productive relationship between cinematic ideas and philosophical concepts.

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Chapter 1 Encounters, Intrusions: Denis, Levinas, Nancy
Chapter 2 Film Interrupted: Denis, Nancy, and an Ethics of Sense
Chapter 3 Otherwise than Hollywood: Denis, Levinas, and An Aesthetic of Alterity
Chapter 4 Troubling the Body: Trouble Every Day, Dance, and the Non-Mythic Body

About the Author

Kristin Hole is a Lecturer in the School of Theater and Film at Portland State University.


Attuned to what Kristin Hole describes as Denis’s cinema of ‘affective reorientation’ and ‘shared vulnerability and responsibility’, Towards a Feminist Cinematic Ethics offers fascinating reflections on connections between Denis, Nancy and Levinas, while drawing productively on contemporary feminist philosophies of ethics, co-existence and the body. An insightful, imaginative and lucid study.

Laura McMahon, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

'A wondrous journey through the work of Denis, moving toward the cinematic ethics of its title in different ways in each chapter.'
- Sarah Cooper, King's College London, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

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