WorldCat Identities

Grønstad, Asbjørn

Works: 7 works in 76 publications in 2 languages and 2,599 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PN1995.9.V5, 791.4301
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Asbjørn Grønstad
Transfigurations : violence, death and masculinity in American cinema by Asbjørn Grønstad( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Transfigurations: Violence, Death and Masculinity in American Cinema suggests a fundamental rethinking of the notion of violence in Hollywood cinema, and discloses the methodological and theoretical inadequacies of a series of common approaches to screen violence. More specifically, the book challenges the traditional understanding of the concept of memesis with regard to film fiction in general and film violence in particular. Transfigurations deconstructs the idea that the film image is a transparent entity, and proposes instead that filmicity is always opaque. In turn, this argument leads to the conclusion that all film fiction is amimetic, and that it entails processes of transfiguration rather representation, aesthetic theorization rather than mimetic reflection. By considering film violence not as a mirror but as a trope, this book shows how the violence in films may be interpreted as a discourse on death and masculinity."--Jacket
Screening the unwatchable : spaces of negation in post-millennial art cinema by Asbjørn Grønstad( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing the rise of extreme art cinema across films from Lars von Trier's The Idiots to Michael Haneke's Cache, Asbjorn Gronstad revives the debate about the role of negation and aesthetics, and reframes the concept of spectatorship in ethical terms. Screening the Unwatchable traces the rise of extreme art cinema across a range of films from Lars von Trier's The Idiots to Michael Haneke's Cache. Reviving the debate about the role of negation and aesthetics, the book argues that the recent turn in contemporary art cinema toward transgressive subjects provides a unique opportunity to reframe the concept of spectatorship in ethical terms. A key insight offered is that the gravitation toward previously taboo topics betrays an attempt to portray issues involving the body, sexuality and gender in a more truthful manner. At the same time, these films also seem to push the limits of representation to an unprecedented level, provoking feelings of discomfort and disorientation in the spectator. Asbjorn Gronstad explains why such disturbing experiences may still convey values essential to our shared visual culture
Ethics and images of pain by Asbjørn Grønstad( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in 3 languages and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few phenomena are as formative of our experience of the visual world as displays of suffering. But what does it mean to have an ethical experience of disturbing or traumatizing images? What kind of ethical proposition does an image of pain mobilize? How may the spectator learn from and make use of the painful image as a source of ethical reflection? Engaging with a wide range of visual media--from painting, theatre, and sculpture, to photography, film, and video--this interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading and emerging scholars of visual culture offers a reappraisal of the increasingly complex relationship between images of pain and the ethics of viewing. Ethics and Images of Pain reconsiders the persistent and ever pertinent nexus of aesthetics and ethics, the role of painful images as generators of unpredictable forms of affect, the moral transformation of spectatorship, the ambivalence of the witness and the representation of afflication as a fundamental form of our shared scopic experience. The instructive and illuminating essays in the collection introduce a phenomenological context in which to make sense of our current ecology of excruciating images, one that accentuates notions of responsibility, empathy, and imagination. Contributors trace the images of pain across a miscellany of case studies, and amongst the topics addressed are: the work of artists as disparate as Doris Salcedo, Anselm Kiefer and Bendik Riis; photographs from Abu Ghraib and Rwanda; Hollywood war films and animated documentaries; performances of self-immolations and incidents of police brutality captured on mobile phones
Cinema and Agamben : ethics, biopolitics and the moving image by Henrik Gustafsson( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the first collection of original essays that brings together a group of established and emerging scholars of film and visual culture for an innovative study of contemporary film theory and philosophy. Refracting current conceptions of the moving image through the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, these essays facilitate a unique multidisciplinary conversation that fundamentally rethinks the theory and praxis of cinema. In their resourceful analyses of the work of artists such as David Claerbout, Marcel Duchamp, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean Rouch, Richard Serra, Susanne Winterling and others, the authors put to use a number of the key concepts from Agamben's rich body of work: biopolitics, decreation, dispositif, gesture, the messianic, and profanation, to name a few. Sustaining the eminently interdisciplinary scope of Agamben's writing, the essays all bespeak the importance of Agamben's thought for forging new beginnings in film theory and for remedying the elegiac proclamations of the death of cinema so characteristic of the current moment. (EDITOR)
Cover scaping : discovering album aesthetics( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To become the self one is : a critical companion to Drude Krog Janson's A saloonkeeper's daughter( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interview with W.J.T. Mitchell by Asbjørn Grønstad( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Transfigurations : violence, death and masculinity in American cinema
Alternative Names
Grønstad, Asbjørn

Grønstad, Asbjørn Skarsvåg

Grönstad, Asbjörn Skarsvåg 1972-

Skarsvåg Grønstad, Asbjørn

English (71)

German (1)

Cover scaping : discovering album aesthetics