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Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: Powers of Affection

Elena del Rio


This book offers a unique reconsideration of the performing body that privileges the notion of affective force over that of visual form at the centre of former theories of spectacle and performativity. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of the body, and on Deleuze-Spinoza's relevant concepts of affect and expression, the author examines a kind of cinema that she calls ‘affective-performative’. The features of this cinema unfold via detailed and engaging discussions of the movements, gestures and speeds of the body in a variety of films by Douglas Sirk, Rainer W. Fassbinder, Sally Potter, C ... More

Keywords: affective force, Gilles Deleuze, visual form, spectacle, performativity, Douglas Sirk, Sally Potter, Claire Denis, David Lynch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635252
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elena del Rio, author