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Neo-noir dialectics and the subject of crisis.

Vighi, Fabio ORCID: 2016. Neo-noir dialectics and the subject of crisis. Ricci, Gabriel R., ed. The Persistence of Crititcal Theory., Vol. 8. Culture & Civilization., New York: Routledge, (10.4324/9781315133782)

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This chapter focuses on key aspects of the lesser known Night Moves and of the later Blade Runner in order to attempt to unravel the dialectical core of the neo-noir constellation. It highlights the elementary discrepancy between Adorno's dialectic and Hegel's dialectic. While Adorno's project in critical theory and negative dialectics is dualistic, Hegel's dialectic affirms the ontological, self-propelling incompleteness of the One, where subject and substance are speculatively identical. The main feature of Adorno's concept of the dialectic emerges from his conviction that there exists a fundamental and inerasable discrepancy between thought's compulsion to identify and the persistence of a material dimension in the object that by definition escapes identification. Ridley Scott's Blade Runner provides us with a precise filmic depiction of the dialectic, for its visionary allure delivers an image of the subject caught in a radically self-alienating loop.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781315133782
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 14:45

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