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Deleuze, Altered States and Film

Written by Anna Powell

Deleuze, Altered States and Film Synopsis

Deleuze, Altered States and Film offers a typology of altered states, defining dream, hallucination, memory, trance and ecstasy in their cinematic expression. The book presents altered states films as significant neurological, psychological and philosophical experiences. Chapters engage with films that simultaneously present and induce altered consciousness. They consider dream states and the popularisation of alterity in drugs films. The altered bodies of erotic arousal and trance states are explored, using haptics and synaesthesia. Cinematic distortions of space and time as well as new digital and fractal directions are opened up. Anna Powell's distinctive re-mapping of the film experience as altered state uses a Deleuzian approach to explore how cinema alters us by 'affective contamination'. Arguing that specific cinematic techniques derange the senses and the mind, she makes an assemblage of philosophy and art, counter-cultural writers and filmmakers to provide insights into the cinematic event as intoxication. The book applies Deleuze, alone and with Guattari, to mainstream films like Donnie Darko as well as arthouse and experimental cinema. Offering innovative readings of 'classic' altered states movies such as 2001, Performance and Easy Rider, it includes 'avant-garde' and 'underground' work. Powell asserts the Deleuzian approach as itself a kind of altered state that explodes habitual ways of thinking and feeling.

Deleuze, Altered States and Film Press Reviews

An extremely well-timed and influential intervention into the field. -- David Martin-Jones, University of St Andrews Senses of Cinema Anna Powell does three valuable things in this book. First, she provides a lucid introduction to Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of film. Second, she puts this philosophy to work, showing how it is useful for the understanding of particular films. And third, she vividly recalls for us the altered states to which film, at its best, gives us access. -- Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University This book is a valuable contribution to the growing field of Deleuzian film studies. By combining precise film analysis with insightful conceptual thinking, Anna Powell demonstrates how a Deleuzian approach of cinema provides a deep understanding of the ways in which (digital) cinema alters our minds. -- Patricia Pisters, University of Amsterdam An extremely well-timed and influential intervention into the field. Anna Powell does three valuable things in this book. First, she provides a lucid introduction to Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of film. Second, she puts this philosophy to work, showing how it is useful for the understanding of particular films. And third, she vividly recalls for us the altered states to which film, at its best, gives us access. This book is a valuable contribution to the growing field of Deleuzian film studies. By combining precise film analysis with insightful conceptual thinking, Anna Powell demonstrates how a Deleuzian approach of cinema provides a deep understanding of the ways in which (digital) cinema alters our minds.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780748649358
Publication date: 17th February 2012
Author: Anna Powell
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages

About Anna Powell

Anna Powell is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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