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Film and the Ethical Imagination

  • Asbjorn Gronstad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 3-15
    3. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 23-29
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      Pages 31-43
    5. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 45-51
    6. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 75-83
    7. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 85-99
  3. Imagination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 103-117
    3. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 119-135
    4. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 137-150
    5. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 151-160
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      Pages 161-167
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      Pages 169-180
    8. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 181-205
    9. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 207-218
    10. Asbjørn Grønstad
      Pages 219-239
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 241-260

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the turn to ethics in literature, film, and visual culture. It discusses the concept of a biovisual ethics, offering a new theory of the relation between film and ethics based on the premise that images are capable of generating their own ethical content. This ethics operates hermeneutically and materializes in cinema’s unique power to show us other modes of being. The author considers a wealth of contemporary art films and documentaries that embody ethical issues through the very form of the text. The ethical imagination generated by films such as The Nine Muses, Post Tenebras Lux, Amour, and Nostalgia For the Light is crucially defined by openness, uncertainty, opacity, and the refusal of hegemonic practices of visual representation.

Keywords

Ethics art cinema aesthetics imagination ecology of images film theory Levinas Shirin Amour The Nine Muses Leviathan Post Tenebras Lux Nostalgia For the Light This is Not a Film

Authors and affiliations

  • Asbjorn Gronstad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information Science and Media StudiesUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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