The Plague of Fascination: Public Lecture by Prof. Murrary Pomerance

Date/Time: Mon 23 Apr / 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Room B215, Building B, 900 Dandenong Road

School of Media, Film and Journalism 
Public Lecture

The Plague of Fascination: Public Lecture by Prof. Murrary Pomerance

This talk will explore some historical roots and contemporary outcomes of a widespread cultural bias against spectatorial rapture in response to cinema: performance and its vicissitudes; the suspicion of pleasure and its substitution by “cinephilia”; illumination as manipulation of belief; asceticism and effect. 

Murray Pomerance is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University and the author of numerous volumes, most recently The Man Who Knew Too Much (BFI 2016) and Moment of Action: Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Rutgers 2016).  His books A Dream of Hitchcock and Cinema, If You Please: The Memory of Taste, the Taste of Memory are forthcoming near the end of 2018.  He has edited or co-edited Close-Up, Hamlet Lives in Hollywood, Cinema and Modernity, A Little Solitaire, and more than two dozen other books.  He edits the “Horizons of Cinema” series at SUNY Press and “Techniques of the Moving Image” at Rutgers.

Monday 23 Apr

05:00pm – 6:30pm

Monash University 
Room B215 
Building B, 900 Dandenong Road  
Caulfield Campus

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