Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity

Boothroyd, Dave (2007) Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity. In: Symbolism: an international annual of critical aesthetics. AMS Press Inc., New York, pp. 7-28. ISBN 9780404635671

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This article draws on Deleuze's thinking of the image to develop a materialist aesthetic of the heroin film and explores the continuuum between the phenomenon of heroin and the images ordinarily held to variously represent it. As an alternative to understanding cinema on the basis of 'representation', it appeals to the deleuzian idea of the whole (Le Tout)as 'metacinema' to expose how the modernity of narcotics (in aprticulat heroin) is charcaterized by extensive 'narcotic effects' which are discernible and felt throughout modern culture and society across a range of cultural forms.

Keywords:aesthetics, Gilles Deleuze, Drugs
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:12 Aug 2014 11:38

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