Academic journal article Film & History

Note from Editor-in-Chief

Academic journal article Film & History

Note from Editor-in-Chief

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This issue of the journal ("The Poetics of Feeling") addresses the question of how the moving-image arts design emotions into feelings-particularly in extreme cases, as emotions take shape amidst the outer chaos of revolution and war or the inner chaos of hate and grief. Can love, for example, escape ideology, transcending the vast social, political, and material forces that ''stage" experience? The first paper in this issue, by Crystal Downing ("Staging Ideology and Love in Good Bye, Leninf7), explains how love, with elaborate counter-staging, just might pull it off. Or can love sink so far into unreality that it forsakes the real altogether-and is there anything wrong with that? Tony Hughes-d'Aeth ("Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Love") examines three disturbing versions of the problem. What about anger? What happens when the "style" of an art is so deliberately detached from its history that it redesigns hostility-toward both women and history-as aesthetic delight? When do facts matter to art? Katherine Farrimond (''Postfeminist Noir") investigates what might be concealed-psychologically and historically-by the posture of style. And, finally, how might the most sublime of emotions-awe-be dismantled and reconstructed as contempt, almost by accident? …

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