Film and Ethics
Routledge – 2009 – 160 pages
Film & Ethics considers a range of films and texts of film criticism alongside disparate philosophical discourses of ethics by Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, Lacanian psychoanalysts and postmodern theorists.
Introduction Section 1: Representation and Spectatorship Section 1 Introduction 1. 'Tracking Shots are a Question of Morality': Ethics, Aesthetics, Documentary 2. Testing Positive: Gender, Sexuality, Representation 3. The South looks back: Ethics, Race, Cultural Identity 4. Ethics, Spectatorship and the Spectacle of Suffering 5. Pornography and the Ethics of Censorship Section 2: Theory, Ethics, Film Section 2 Introduction 6. Blinding Visions: Levinas, Ethics, Faciality 7. Deconstructive Ethics: Derrida, Dryer, Responsibility 8. Foucault in Focus: Ethics, Surveillance, Soma 9. The Cinematic Ethics of Psychoanalysis: Futurity, Death Drive, Desire 10. What if we are Post-Ethical? Postmodernism's Ethics and Aesthetics
Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Exeter. Her publications include Patrice Leconte (2004), From Perversion to Purity: The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve, ed. with Sue Harris (2007), and The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (2008).
Libby Saxton is Lecturer in French and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is author of Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust (2008) and co-editor of Seeing Things: Vision, Perception and Interpretation in French Studies (2002).