IBNA- Film criticism book, 'Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game’ ‎‎(2015) by American academic Todd McGowan has been published in Persian and is ‎available to Iranian cineaste.‎
‎‘Psychoanalytic Film Theory’ available to Iranian cineaste
A lucid account of psychoanalytic theory and its relevance to the interpretation of the film text, the book is from the series of Film Theory in Practice printed by Bloomsbury Academic. It has been translated into Persian by Ali Ghasemi. No Publishing has released ‘Psychoanalytic Film Theory’ in 235 pages.
The Film Theory in Practice Series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with the interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of 'how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis.
The first book in the series, ‘Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game’, offers a concise introduction to psychoanalytic film theory in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Jean Renoir's classic film.
It traces the development of psychoanalytic film theory through its foundation in the thought of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan through its contemporary manifestation in the work of theorists like Slavoj Žižek and Joan Copjec.
This history will help students and scholars who are eager to learn more about this important area of film theory and bring the concepts of psychoanalytic film theory into practice through a detailed interpretation of the film.
Barbara Creed, Professor of Screen Studies at University of Melbourne, Australia comments on this book: “a brilliantly lucid account of psychoanalytic theory and its relevance to the interpretation of the film text. Todd McGowan presents a clear and rigorous explication of psychoanalytic theory in his illuminating textual analysis of Jean Renoir's ‘The Rules of the Game’, one of the cinema's greatest films. This is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the interpretation of films and fascinating reading for those with a particular interest in film as a form of public dreaming.”
Todd McGowan is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, USA. He is the author of 15 books, including ‘Universality and Identity Politics’ (2020), ‘Emancipation After Hegel’ (2019), and ‘Capitalism and Desire’ (2016).
He is the series editor of Film Theory in Practice (Bloomsbury), and co-series editor (with Slavoj Žižek and Adrian Johnston) of Diaeresis (Northwestern University Press). He is also the host of the podcast Why Theory (with Ryan Engley).
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