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[Commlist] New Book: The Structures of the Film Experience by Jean-Pierre Meunier

Thu Sep 26 20:34:28 GMT 2019

*Julian Hanich & Daniel Fairfax (eds.)*


*The Structures of the Film Experience by Jean-Pierre Meunier:*

*Historical Assessments and Phenomenological Expansions*

For the first time this volume makes Jean-Pierre Meunier’s insightful thoughts on the film experience available for an English-speaking readership. Introduced and commented by specialists in film studies and philosophy (Vivian Sobchack, Dudley Andrew, Jennifer Barker, Robert Sinnerbrink, Vinzenz Hediger and others), Meunier’s intricate phenomenological descriptions of the spectator’s engagement with fiction films, documentaries and home movies can reach the wide audience they have deserved ever since their publication in French in 1969.


  Julian Hanich

Julian Hanich <> is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen. He is the author of two monographs: /The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience/ (2018) and /Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers: The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear/ (2010).

  Daniel Fairfax

Daniel Fairfax <> is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at the Goethe Universität (Frankfurt), having completed his PhD at Yale University, and an editor of the online film journal /Senses of Cinema/. Fairfax has overseen the publication of two recent translated works, /Cinema Against Spectacle: Technique and Ideology Revisited/ by Jean-Louis Comolli (AUP, 2015), /Conversations with Christian Metz: Selected Interviews in Film Theory (1970-1991)/ (AUP, 2017).

The book is available for free download on JSTOR <>.

*Table of Contents*

Julian Hanich/Daniel Fairfax: Introduction

Julian Hanich/Daniel Fairfax: “Every Theory Needs a Reference to Lived Experience”: An Interview with Jean-Pierre Meunier

Part I: Jean-Pierre Meunier: /The Structures of the Film Experience: Filmic Identification/


Part One: Introduction to the General Structures of Experience

Chapter I: Perception

Chapter II: Identification

Part Two: The Film Experience

Chapter I: Filmic Consciousness Faced with its Object

Chapter II: Filmic Behavior, Identification

Chapter III: Towards Post-Filmic Behavior

General Conclusion

Part II: Critical Essays, Historical Assessments, Phenomenological Expansions

I: Placing Meunier in the History of Film Theory

Dudley Andrew: Stages of an Encounter with Filmic Identification

Daniel Fairfax: Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis: Jean-Pierre Meunier’s Theory of Identification in the Cinema

Robert Sinnerbrink: The Missing Link: Meunier on Imagination and Emotional Engagement

II: On the Home-movie Attitude

Vivian Sobchack: ‘Me, Myself, and I’: On the Uncanny in Home Movies

Marie-Aude Baronian: Remembering Cinema: On the /film-souvenir/

III: On Identification

Christian Ferencz-Flatz: You Talkin’ to Me? On Filmic Identification in Video-Selfies

Victor Fan: Illuminating Reality: Cinematic Identification Revisited in the Eyes of Buddhist Philosophies

Kate Ince: Whose Identification? A Brief Meditation on the Relevance of Jean-Pierre Meunier’s /The Structures of the Film Experience /to Contemporary Feminist Film Phenomenology

IV: Referentiality and Mediation

Guido Kirsten: Jean-Pierre Meunier’s Modalities of the “Filmic Attitude”: Towards a Theory of Referentiality in Cinematic Discourse

Florian Sprenger: Phenomenology, Immediacy, and Mediation: On Derrida, Meunier and Landgrebe

V: Phenomenological Expansions

Jennifer M. Barker: Cinema and Child’s Play

Vinzenz Hediger: Engines of the Historical Imagination: Towards a Phenomenology of Cinema as Non-Art

Julian Hanich: When Viewers Drift Off: A Brief Phenomenology of Cinematic Daydreaming

List of Illustrations

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