A kiss in the tunnel: Dialectics, phenomenology and sexual representation

Tuck, G. (2008) A kiss in the tunnel: Dialectics, phenomenology and sexual representation. In: Philosophy and Film/Film and Philosophy, Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol and UWE, Bristol, July 2008.

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Abstract

Starting with early ‘kissing-films’, this paper argued that a phenomenological analysis is best suited to help us to understand how film ‘thinks and feels’ about sex. Cinematic representations are neither simply empirical truths nor idealised concepts, but a complex revelation of the possibilities and limitations of the lived body that address us at both the perceptual and conceptual level, as raw visceral experiences and complex presentations of social situations. In particular, I argued that the complex dialectic between the overt and the implied, the mimetic and the metaphoric and the banal and the profound that we find in contemporary cinema is visible at the very outset of filmmaking.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:A print version of this paper will form part of the introduction to Greg Tuck's monograph Philosophy, Cinema and Sex due out in 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords:early cinema, sexuality, phenomenology
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:11207
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:27 Aug 2010 09:13
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:03

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