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Avant Garde Critical Studies (2000) - New subjectivity in cinema: the Vertigo of Strange Days


  • article: New subjectivity in cinema. the Vertigo of Strange Days
  • author(s): Patricia Pisters
  • journal: Avant Garde Critical Studies (01/Jan/2000)
  • issue: volume 12, issue 1, page 283
  • journal ISSN: 0921-2515
  • publisher: Rodopi



Subjectivity is one of the central issues of twentieth-century philosophy, literature and art. Modernism, which "discovered" the subconscious, put an end to the belief in the Cartesian Subject as the autonomous centre of knowledge and self-consciousness. Instead, the subject became something uncontrollable, unreliable, incomplete and fragmentary. The attempts to recapture the unity of the subject led to the existential quest and the flight into ideology (nazism, commumism). Postmodernism, the cultural movement of the second half of the twentieth century, did not consider the subject any longer as an important category. Attention was focused on the "I" and the "Other", on dialogism and polyphonism (Bakhtin). Ideology lost its appeal and so did the "great" stories (Lyotard). In this issue of Avant-garde Critical Studies the problem of subjectivity in twentieth-century culture is discussed from various angles by specialists in the field of philosophy, literature, film, music and dance.