Film Theory: An Introduction to the Senses (2nd ed.)
This new and updated edition of Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (2015) has been extensively revised and rewritten throughout. It incorporates discussion of contemporary films like Her and Gravity, and includes a greatly expanded final chapter, which brings film theory fully into the digital age. A Companion website provides extracts from the Introduction, sample text from each chapter, video essays, and a list of further visual resources
German Cinema - Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory since 1945
Thomas Elsaesser, German Cinema - Terror And Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945 (Routledge, 2013) 352 pp.
In German Cinema – Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945 Thomas Elsaesser re-evaluates the meaning of the Holocaust for postwar German films and culture, while offering a reconsideration of trauma theory today. Elsaesser argues that Germany's attempts at "mastering the past" can be seen as both a failure and an achievement, making it appropriate to speak of an ongoing 'guilt management' that includes not only Germany, but Europe as a whole.
Additional Online Resources
A Companion Page to Film Theory - An Introduction (2nd edition, 2015)
Turnkey or Turnoff: Rebranding the Arts in A Popular Medium (video lecture), Grafics, Montreal, 2015
Manuals for Life: Harun Farocki on Work and Play (video lecture), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2015
Harun Farocki: Alex Alberro interviews Thomas Elsaesser (video), New York Artists Space, 2014
Cinema After Film (video lecture), Centre For the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, 2014
Film and Philosophy After Deleuze (video lecture), IKKM Weimar, 2012
The Cinema in the 21st century: Art form or Life form? (video), Kracauer Lecture, Frankfurt, 2012
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (video discussion), IKKM Weimar, 2012
Walter Benjamin, Global Cities and Living with Asymmetries (video lecture) Athens, Greece, 2011
Philip K. Dick, the Mind-Game Film and Retroactive Causality (brief summary here)
Migration and Motif - The Parapractic Memory of an Image (brief summary here)
Bergman's Persona (Criterion Collection)
About Thomas Elsaesser
Born in Berlin in 1943, I was educated at Heidelberg University and the University of Sussex (U.K.), where I received a B.A. in English Literature in 1966, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1971. After working as a film critic in Brighton, then London and editing the international film journal Monogram, I taught European Romanticism and Literary Modernism in Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia from 1972 onwards. In 1976 I initiated Film Studies at the University of East Anglia, chaired Film Studies until 1986, and was in charge of the Master's and Ph.D. programme in Cinema from 1980 to 1991.