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Prof Ian James

Reader in Modern French Literature and Thought

I have worked extensively in contemporary French thought and its treatment of aesthetics and, in particular, on thinking about film and the visual image. I have published on Jean-Luc Nancy’s engagement with film via the work of the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and on Nancy’s philosophical treatment of the image. I have also written critical-philosophical pieces on the relation Paul Virilio’s thought to visual culture and taught a seminar on Virilio and surveillance for the Screen Media MPhil programme.

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Downing College
Regent Street


Tel: 01223 (3) 34852

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