Bersani avec Kubrick Public Deposited

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  • Powell, Jeremy
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication
  • In this paper, Leo Bersani’s critical writings are brought to bear on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). Exploring ideas about coupling, relationality, subjectivity and cinema, in this paper Bersani’s account of aesthetic engagement is both affirmed and reinflected. Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage (1973), The Shining, and an online parody trailer called “Shining” are examined. These films reveal narrative cinema’s difficulties in mounting a potent critique of coupling. Bersani’s writings propose that cinema best offers not a critique of coupling, but a relational model for a mode of being in the world. This mode of being, enabled by “the communication of forms,” is an alternative to our usual mode, governed by “the enigmatic signifier.” However, we can survive in either of these modes only through an oscillation between the two.
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