Film and the Ethical Imagination
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.
First book to present a unified theory of what a visual ethics might involvePresents the new concept of a biovisual ethicsOffers a systematic account of the history of the ethical turn both in literature, film and visual cultureAdvances a new conceptualization of ethics in the cinema that is grounded in the imaginative worlds of the films themselves