Film Philosophy Series Launch

Posted by Claire Jarvis, Senior Commissioning Editor

Ashgate is delighted to announce the launch of a new series – Film Philosophy at the Margins.

MacCormackEdited by Patricia MacCormack (author of Cinesexuality and Posthuman Ethics), this series picks up on the burgeoning field of ‘film philosophy’ – the shift from film analysis and explication to bringing together film with philosophy – and coalesces it with films, genres and spectator theory.

The film philosophy which underpins this series is primarily Continental philosophy, rather than the more dominant field of cognitive film philosophy, utilizing increasingly attractive philosophers for film theory such as Deleuze, Guattari, Ranciere, Foucault, Irigaray and Kristeva.

This series will establish a refined and sophisticated methodology for re-invigorating issues of alterity both in the films chosen and the means by which Continental philosophers of difference can paradigmatically alter ways of address and representation that lifts this kind of theory beyond analysis and criticism to help rethink the terrain of film theory itself.

This is an interdisciplinary series, with each publication appealing not only film scholars and non-academics interested in film, but a variety of disciplines which connect with the larger philosophical questions being addressed.

The first book in the series will be Ruth McPhee’s Female Sexuality in Contemporary Western Cinema due out in 2014.

Both Patricia and I are actively looking for new proposals for the series, so if you’d like further information, please email me at cjarvis@ashgatepublishing.com. I will also be attending the Film Philosophy conference taking place in Amsterdam in July if you’re attending and would like to arrange a face-to-face meeting.

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