Beyond the Individual Body

Spinoza's Radical Enactivism and You Were Never Really Here

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Abstract

Since the emergence of embodied cognitive theories, there has been an ever-growing interest in the application of these theories to media studies, generating a large number of analyses focusing on the affective and intellectual features of viewers’ participation. The body of the viewer has become the central object of study for film and media scholars, who examine the conceptual physicality of the viewing experience by associating body states with parallel intellectual and moral constructions. In this article, I contribute to the study of embodied cognition and cinema by drawing upon Baruch Spinoza's philosophy, especially from his process-based notion of the body. I will put this ecological and dynamic concept of the body in connection with recent studies on enactive cognition, and define a radical enactivist approach to be applied in the discussion of the experiential dynamics of Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here.

Contributor Notes

Francesco Sticchi has a PhD in Film Studies from Oxford Brookes University. He works as Associate Lecturer at the same institution and at the SAE Institute, and recently authored the book Melancholy Emotion in Contemporary Cinema: A Spinozian Analysis of Film Experience (Routledge, 2019). He has also published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is interested in the experiential use of Mikhail Bakhtin's chronotope, and he is currently working on an affective-ethical approach to examine how contemporary media culture addresses the concept of precarity. Email: francescosticchi@gmail.com

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