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Adam Zachary Newton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263516

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.001.0001

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Ethics of Reading III

Ethics of Reading III

Cavell and Theater/Cinema

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(p.190) Chapter 6 Ethics of Reading III
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To Make the Hands Impure
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Adam Zachary Newton

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.003.0008

In Chapter 6, “Cavell and Theater/Cinema,” the recurrent question of embodiment is transposed to the situation of the audience--isolated sitting in the presence of others--through a discussion of Stanley Cavell’s aesthetic philosophy specific to the media of performance and personation, film and theater. The World Viewed, Cavell’s 1971 book on cinema, and “The Avoidance of Love,” his 1969 essay on King Lear, provide a new scaffold for an ethics of reading, reconceived as a drama of co-presence and witnessing.

Keywords:   Ethics, Theater, Cinema, Audience, Witnessing, Aesthetic, Philosophy, Stanley Cavell, Shakespeare, Martin Scorsese

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