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The Pulse in Cinema: The Aesthetics of Horror

Sharon Jane Mee


This book builds on Jean-François Lyotard’s concept of the dispositif, Gilles Deleuze’s work on sensation and Georges Bataille’s economic theory to conceptualise a pulse in cinema. Its aim is to rethink the affective force and economy of film spectatorship better understood by Lyotard’s concept of the dispositif than the formulation of the cinematic apparatus of 1970s film theory. The dispositif recognises the distribution of the pulse – the force of intensities in the body of the spectator and in the image – in terms of an energetic exchange and expenditure. Charting prototypes of the pulse i ... More

Keywords: film theory, film spectatorship, body horror, pulse, rhythm, affect, dispositif, Lyotard, Deleuze, Bataille

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474475846
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Jane Mee, author
University of New South Wales