Vision and Blindness in Film
ISBN 978-3-96317-144-4 (Print)
24,00 € (Print)
ISBN 978-3-96317-667-8 (ePDF)
19,00 € (ePDF)
ISBN 978-3-96317-677-7 (ePub)
19,00 € (ePub)
© Büchner-Verlag, Marburg, erschienen am 13. Februar 2019.
In order to understand »vision«, we have to look into concepts of blindness, both diegetically in typical film characters and in the representation of sight or lack thereof. A critical-historical investigation into theories of vision shows that the way we understand visuality today – scientifically and culturally – is very different from pre-modern notions and practices.
In this book, Dago Schelin explores categories such as active and passive vision, tactile visuality, as well as blind vision, and discusses them alongside a variety of movies that deal with vision and blindness.
Is there a connection between the filmmaker’s gaze and an older pre-Keplerian ontology of vision? What is the role of sound in vision? Are our eyes mere camcorders or might they be projectors? These and other questions comprise the fascinating journey on which this study embarks.
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»[The book] reflects Schelin’s transdisciplinary approach to film studies evoking film theorists such as Vivian Sobchack as well as philosophers from Aristotle through René Descartes to Michel Foucault und Jacques Derrida, but he’s most heavily indebted to Ivan Illich. Although there is an underlying historical aspect, ultimately, it is a highly academic, philosophical work, which can be summarized thus: seeing is learned«
Drew Bassett in: Zeitschrift MEDIENwissenschaft, Ausgabe 01/2020