Tony McKibbin writes for magazines and journals worldwide.

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The Leopard

The Purposive Properties of Film

The Leopard is Luchino Visconti’s most beautiful film but we offer this less as a comment to put on the film’s poster, more as a way of understanding Gilles Deleuze’s concluding quote on his few pages on Visconti in The Time-Image. “As Baroncelli put it, “the beautiful truly becomes a dimension in Visconti’; ‘it plays the role of the fourth dimension.&rsqu…


Jayne Anne Phillips

Familial Obligations and Feminist Freedoms

“Fiction simply is. It is self-evident reality. You either get it or you don't. Students are basically reading fiction for meaning. They are looking for why they are alive and what the point of anything is, and I think fiction answers those questions by not answering any particular question. People are what fiction is all about.” (Appalachian Journal) So offers Jayne Anne Phillips,…




1 It is well known that the water from the Caribbean makes its way into the rivers and lakes of Scotland. It is at least equally known that our bodies are eighty per cent water. As we get older that percentage decreases, but we might notice many of the people who seek asylum, who try to cross borders, struggle because of no more than twenty per cent of their body mass. The water travels freely thr…


Categorizing the Cognitive

Hawks and Doves

When looking at the work of cognitive film theory and criticism, at writers who sees similarities between the human mind and a computational one, we can notice there are those more inclined towards the analytical; others towards the empirical. When one of the cognitive practitioners, Gregory Currie, says “even we hawks are capable of ontological generosity” ('Film, Reality and Illu…

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