Dekalog 5: On Dogville

Dekalog 5: On Dogville


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On Dogville is the result of the lively debates prompted by Lars von Trier's film amongst its wide and diverse public. The essays in the volume have been written by authors from across Europe interested in different theoretical approaches and perspectives, ranging from philosophy and ethics to film history, critical theory, gender and media studies, and linguistics. The volume presents the reader with a plurivocal account of the film's context and its relevance to the discussions on various topical issues in contemporary culture. Each chapter focuses on one or more aspects of the film, building on specific concepts and theoretical frames such as the Marxist paradigm of objectification, Girard's theory of violence, Deleuze's philosophy of film, the theological category of grace, the concept of integrity, Wittgenstein's reflections on 'seeing-as' and aspect change, and, finally, feminist critique to Jakobson's linguistic theories. While providing stimulating and at times diverging readings of the film, the thoroughly trans-disciplinary dialogue between the chapters also offers new methodological tools, making the film's complexity and relevance come alive in the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231163118
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: Dekalog , #5
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sara Fortuna teaches Philosophy of Language at the Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome and is associate member at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. She has published widely across many areas of philosophy and linguistics.

Laura Scuriatti is Professor of Literature at ECLA of Bard, Liberal Arts University, Berlin (Germany). She is the editor of Berlin Babylon (2004) and the co-editor of The Exhibit in the Text: The Museological Practices of Literature (2009).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Notes on Contributors ix

Preface Sara Fortuna Laura Scuriatti 1

Dogville and the Problem of Objectification Laura Scuriatti 8

The Idiot's Tragedy Sergio Benvenuto 22

Dogville, or the Arrogance of Grace: Notes on Cinema as Theatre Brunella Antomarini 38

Bingo! The Spiritual Automaton in Lars Von Trier's Dogville Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky 51

'Your Eyes Shall be Opened and Ye Shall be as Gods': The Director as Serpent in Dogville Carmen Dell' Aversano 67

Integrity and Grace Maximilian de Gaynesford 81

Dogville's 'Illustration': Ambiguous Images, Filmic Plurilingualism and Ethics Sara Fortuna 97

The Dekalog Interview: Lars Von Trier Sara Fortuna Laura Scuriatti 117

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