[D-G] new Deleuze and cinema book

edelrio at ualberta.ca edelrio at ualberta.ca
Mon Jun 8 15:52:40 PDT 2009

Apologies for possible multiple mailings.

A new book by Elena del Río: Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance:  
Powers of Affection, Edinburgh University Press, 2008 (US distribution  
by Columbia University Press, 2009), 248 pages.

Available at: amazon.com (copies at half-price), amazon.ca,  
euppublishing.com, etc.


Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance will be of interest to any  
scholars and students of film concerned with bodily aspects of cinema,  
whether from a Deleuzian, a phenomenological, or a feminist perspective.

This book offers a unique reconsideration of the performing body that  
privileges the notion of affective force over the notion 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, Elena  
del Río 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, Claire Denis, and David Lynch. Key to the  
book’s engagement with performance is a consistent attention to the  
body’s powers of affection. Grounding her analysis in these powers,  
del Río shows the insufficiency of former theoretical approaches in  
accounting for the transformative and creative capacities of the  
moving body of performance.


•	The first study of the interface between Deleuzian theory and film  

•	A sustained consideration of the links between the body of  
performance and the body of affect.

•	A reevaluation of central concepts in earlier film theory—from  
fetishistic spectacle and performativity to Brechtian distanciation,  
sadomasochism, and narcissism.

•	An analysis of the relation of the performative body to a feminist politics.

•	New readings of classical melodramas as well as contemporary  
independent cinemas.

Elena del Río is associate professor of film studies at the University  
of Alberta.

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