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Untimely Affects

Gilles Deleuze and an Ethics of Cinema

Nadine Boljkovac

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How do the practices of philosophy and film converge in ethical and political theory?

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Untimely Affects offers an ethical and aesthetic interweaving of philosophy and film analysis to discern how thought persists productively after the horrors of World War II.

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List of images
1. Art’s Resistance
2. Figures of Life
3. From depths and ashes
4. Mad Love
5. Signs without name
6. Of scars, smiles, and past-future signs

About the Author

Nadine Boljkovac (PhD, Cambridge) is Postdoctoral Fellow of Visual Culture & the Moving Image, Centre for Modernism Studies, UNSW. She was the Brown University 2012-13 Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow, a University of Edinburgh 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, and University of Aberdeen 2009-10 Film Teaching Fellow, and holds degrees in Theoretical, Critical, Historical Film Studies (York University Canada) and Cinema Studies and English (University of Toronto).


Boljkovac makes saliently clear the powerful force of attraction that brings Marker, Resnais and Deleuze into each other’s orbits. Readers will welcome close, sustained, and ever-rewarding readings of cinema, history, and philosophy on each and every page.

- Tom Conley, Harvard University

The philosophical ideas that inspire Boljkovac are extreme: happiness, love and madness at one end; pain, suffering and misery at the other. Cinema is her vehicle into a hope-filled future. Never a mechanical application of Deleuzian theory to key films by Marker and Resnais, Untimely Affects is important and inspiring.

- Adrian Martin, Associate Professor, Monash University

In a sensitive reading of Deleuze and through a moving appreciation of the works of Resnais and Marker, Nadine Boljkovac opens an urgent path for film and philosophy, where they answer the demand to respond ethically to the terrible events that continue to haunt our worlds.

- James Williams, University of Dundee

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