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Phenomenology’s Material Presence

Video, Vision and Experience

Phenomenology’s Material Presence draws on recent work in phenomenology, embodiment, and cinema and extends the field by examining metaphysical presence in postcolonial cinema. Where other scholarship has assimilated insight from individual phenomenological thinkers, Phenomenology’s Material Presence utilizes the methods of these thinkers—Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty—to produce a richly textured and poetic essay that brings them into conversation. Through a meditation on three experimental videos by Trinidadian filmmaker Robert Yao Ramesar, this book makes the case that video performs an act of phenomenological inquiry. Phenomenology’s Material Presence extends our theorizing in both film studies and philosophy.

96 pages | 24 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2010

Film Studies

Media Studies

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Table of Contents




Phenomenology’s Aims and Methods

Phenomenology’s Material Presence

Chapter 1: Acts of Consciousness

Performing the Reduction

Memory and Dream

Movement, Memory and Consciousness

“The Thetic Role of Consciousness”

Chapter 2: Being and Consciousness

The “Concretion of Visibility”

Possession, Embodiment and Consciousness

Ecstasis, Temporality and the Dasein

Chapter 3: Being, Consciousness and Time

The Enfoldment in Time

Being, Consciousness and Time





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