This chapter offers a critical discussion of the relationship between poststructuralism and film theory. I commence with a brief account of poststructuralism’s distinctive features (the critique of structuralist universalism, the championing of a philosophy of difference, and the shift from work to text). I then turn to the key poststructuralist thinkers such as Derrida and Deleuze, and explore why poststructuralist thinkers themselves may have eschewed reflecting on the medium. I then consider the critique of poststructuralist contribution to film theory, suggesting what elements of that critique remain pertinent. Finally, I consider Deleuze, the only poststructuralist thinker to have focused on cinema, and argue that much of his cinematic philosophy implies a critical distancing from the psycho-semiotic/poststructuralist approach to film theory.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave handbook of the philosophy of film and motion pictures|
|Editors||Noël Carroll, Laura T. Di Summa-Knoop, Shawn Loht|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- film theory