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Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema

Todd McGowan


This book takes as its starting point the emergence of a temporal aesthetic in cinema that arose in response to the digital era. Linking developments in cinema to current debates within philosophy, the book claims that films that change the viewer’s relation to time constitute a new cinematic mode: atemporal cinema. In atemporal cinema, formal distortions of time introduce spectators to an alternative way of experiencing existence in time—or, more exactly, a way of experiencing existence out of time. The book draws on contemporary psychoanalysis, particularly Jacques Lacan, to argue that atemp ... More

Keywords: cinema, digital era, atemporal cinema, time, drive, desire, chronological time, repetition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816669950
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd McGowan, author