You Don't Want to Know: Cinephilia, Genre, Trauma

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:00pm
Hornbake NonPrint Media Library Room J

Visiting Lecturer in Italian and Brown University PhD candidate Mauro Resmini will present some of his recent research.
What is cinephilia today? How and why do we love cinema? This talk aims at defining the contours of a new “erotology of cinema” in contemporary film - one in which the encounter with trauma as the unrepresentable is not fetishistically avoided, but psychotically sought after. Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006) offers an example of the way in which the desires and anxieties underlying cinematic spectatorship articulate different types of cinephilia. This question is framed primarily in terms of genre, as the dimension of the fantastic – central in The Prestige – negotiates the traumatic import of our contemporary "discontents of civilization."

This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required.