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Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures / Edition 1

Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures / Edition 1

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Minerva’s Night Out presents series of essays by noted philosopher and motion picture and media theorist Noël Carroll that explore issues at the intersection of philosophy, motion pictures, and popular culture.

  • Presents a wide-ranging series of essays that reflect on philosophical issues relating to modern film and popular culture
  • Authored by one of the best known philosophers dealing with film and popular culture
  • Written in an accessible manner to appeal to students and scholars
  • Coverage ranges from the philosophy of Halloween to Vertigo and the pathologies of romantic love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405193894
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Noël Carroll is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. A former journalist, screenwriter, and President of the American Society for Aesthetics, Carroll is the author of 16 books, including Art in Three Dimensions (2010), On Criticism (2009), The Philosophy of Motion Pictures (Blackwell, 2008), Beyond Aesthetics (2001), A Philosophy of Mass Art (1999), and Interpreting the Moving Image (1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Philosophy and the Popular Arts 1

Section I The Philosophy of Mass Art 7

1 The Ontology of Mass Art 9

2 Modernity and the Plasticity of Perception 29

3 The Ties that Bind: Characters, the Emotions, and Popular Fictions 40

4 Character, Social Information, and the Challenge of Psychology 64

Section II The Philosophy of Motion Pictures 83

5 Movies, the Moral Emotions, and Sympathy 85

6 The Problem with Movie Stars 106

7 Cinematic Narrative 122

8 Cinematic Narration 133

9 Psychoanalysis and the Horror Film 145

Section III Philosophy and Popular Film 159

10 Philosophical Insight, Emotion, and Popular Fiction: The Case of Sunset Boulevard 161

11 Vertigo and the Pathologies of Romantic Love 183

12 What Mr Creosote Knows about Laughter 194

13 Memento and the Phenomenology of Comprehending Motion Picture Narration 203

Section IV Philosophy and Popular TV 221

14 Tales of Dread in The Twilight Zone: A Contribution to Narratology 223

15 Sympathy for Soprano 234

16 Consuming Passion: Sex and the City 247

Section V Philosophy on Broadway 267

17 Art and Friendship 269

18 Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, or The Justification of Literature 276

Section VI Philosophy across Popular Culture 289

19 The Fear of Fear Itself: The Philosophy of Halloween 291

20 The Grotesque Today: Preliminary Notes toward a Taxonomy 302

21 Andy Kaufman and the Philosophy of Interpretation 324

Index 348

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Noël Carroll is America’s greatest philosopher of popular art, and Minerva’s Night Out is the definitive collection of his work on the subject. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the interpretation of popular culture.”

William Irwin, General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

“What is astonishing here is not just the versatility, but the interpretive power, Carroll's ability to find philosophical themes in subjects ranging from Yasmina Reza to Hitchcock to Halloween.” 

—Joan Acocella of The New Yorker

“In these probing, subtle, and entertaining reflections on cinema, television, and theatre, Noël Carroll once more proves himself our foremost philosopher of popular art.”

—David Bordwell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Noël Carroll's omnivorous interest in all the arts—fine, popular, mass—always undergirded by sturdy philosophical analysis is on display in this excellent collection. I'm glad to recommend it."

—Ted Cohen, University of Chicago

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