Carnal Thoughts Embodiment and Moving Image Culture

ISBN-10: 0520241290

ISBN-13: 9780520241299

Edition: 2004

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In these innovative essays, Vivian Sobchack considers the key role our bodies play in making sense of today's image-saturated culture. Emphasizing our corporeal rather than our intellectual engagements with film and other media,Carnal Thoughtsshows how our experience always emerges through our senses and how our bodies are not just visible objects but also sense-making, visual subjects. Sobchack draws on both phenomenological philosophy and a broad range of popular sources to explore bodily experience in contemporary, moving-image culture. She examines how, through the conflation of cinema and surgery, we've all "had our eyes done"; why we are "moved" by the movies; and the different ways in which we inhabit photographic, cinematic, and electronic space.Carnal Thoughtsprovides a lively and engaging challenge to the mind/body split by demonstrating that the process of "making sense" requires an irreducible collaboration between our thoughts and our senses.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sensible Scenes
Breadcrumbs in the Forest: Three Meditations on Being Lost in Space
Scary Women: Cinema, Surgery, and Special Effects
What My Fingers Knew: The Cinesthetic Subject, or Vision in the Flesh
The Expanded Gaze in Contracted Space: Happenstance, Hazard, and the Flesh of the World
"Susie Scribbles": On Technology, Techne, and Writing Incarnate
The Scene of the Screen: Envisioning Photographic, Cinematic, and Electronic "Presence"
Responsible Visions
Beating the Meat / Surviving the Text, or How to Get Out of the Century Alive
Is Any Body Home? Embodied Imagination and Visible Evictions
A Leg to Stand On: Prosthetics, Metaphor, and Materiality
Inscribing Ethical Space: Ten Propositions on Death, Representation, and Documentary
The Charge of the Real: Embodied Knowledge and Cinematic Consciousness
The Passion of the Material: Toward a Phenomenology of Interobjectivity
Index
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