Brian Price

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Associate Professor of Cinema Studies

Undergraduate Appointment: Department of Visual Studies (UTM)
Graduate Appointment: Cinema Studies Institute (St. George)

Contact

brian.price@utoronto.ca
905-828-3757
CCT 3024, UTM

Education

PhD, New York University, Cinema Studies, 2003
MA, New York University, Cinema Studies, 1996
BA, University of Maryland at College Park, English, 1994

Biography

Brian Price works at the intersection of film and philosophy. He is especially interested in the aesthetic dimension of moral and political philosophy, particularly as those modes of inquiry are expanded by the varied forms of the moving image, avant-garde and popular, and the history of film theory. He has also taught and written extensively on questions about ontology, color, categorization, French cinema, avant-garde film, and the history of film theory. Price is the author of two books, A Theory of Regret (Duke, 2017) and Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics (Minnesota, 2011) and is currently completing a book entitled “Assayas and Political Seriousness.” He is also the co-editor of two volumes, On Michael Haneke (Wayne State University, 2010) and Color, the Film Reader (Routledge, 2006). Along with John David Rhodes and Meghan Sutherland, he is a founding editor of World Picture. In addition, current research projects include a theory of shame and the contingency of norms, an inquiry into the relation between value and wonder, as well as a study of the aesthetic dimension of political will.

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate
    • CIN203H5 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
    • CIN204H5 The Films of Martin Scorsese
    • CIN303H5 Global Auteurs
    • CIN306H5 The Comedic Image
    • CIN307H5 Movement
    • CIN401H5 Film Noir and the Problem of Style
    • CIN401H5 Colour
    • CIN402H5 Avant-Garde Film and Video
  • Graduate
    • Adorno and Media Theory
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy and the Moving Image
    • The Image of Equality: Jacques Rancière’s Film Philosophy
    • Cinema and Moral Perfectionism: Stanley Cavell
    • Colour and the Moving Image
    • The Thought if Film: Cinema and Mind

Books

A Theory of Regret (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017)

Neither God Nor Master: Robert Bresson & Radical Politics  (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Co-editor, with John David Rhodes, On Michael Haneke (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010).

Co-editor, with Angela Dalle Vacche, of Color, The Film Reader (New York and London: Routledge, 2006).

Selected Essays

“The Displacement Project,” Discourse, 2016, 38:2, 235-245.

“Eternally Early,” in New Silent Cinema, eds. Katherine Groo and Paul Flaig (New York: Routledge, 2015).

“The Steady Unsteadiness of Theory: On D.N. Rodowick’s Elegy for Theory,” New Review of Film and Television, October 2014, 12 (4): 463-480.

“What Persists in Iconoclasm,” The Third Rail, Issue 2 (Spring 2014): Download PDF.

“Aesthetic Inequality and Political Seriousness,” World Picture 9 (Summer 2014:
http://worldpicturejournal.com/WP_9/Price.html

“Concept,” in Encyclopedia of Film Theory, eds. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), 104-111.

“Specificity, Medium I,” in Encyclopedia of Film Theory, eds. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), 436-446.

“The Green Screen (Slightly Toxic)” in Apologies: Stephen G. Rhodes, ed. Raphael Gygax (Zurich: Migros Museum and JRP/Rangier Books, 2013), 43-54.

“Color, Melodrama, and the Problem of Interiority,” Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
  ed. Brigitte Peucker (London: Blackwell, 2012), 159-180.

“Moving through Images,” in The Place of the Moving Image, eds. John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011), 299-316.

 “Color, Melodrama, and the Problem of Interiority,” Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ed. Brigitte Peucker (London: Blackwell, forthcoming, Spring 2012): 159-180.

“Moving through Images,” in The Place of the Moving Image, eds. John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011): 299-316.

“Bureaucracy and Visual Style,” Michael Haneke, ed. Roy Grundmann (London: Blackwell, 2010): 301-320.

“Art/Cinema and Cosmopolitanism Today,” in Global Art Cinema, eds. Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010): 109-124.

“Pain and the Limits of Representation,” expanded and reprinted in On Michael Haneke, eds. Brian Price and John David Rhodes (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010): 35-50.

“Heidegger and Cinema,” in European Film Theory, ed. Temenuga Trifonova (New York and London: Routledge, 2008): 108-121.

“The Latest Laocoon: Medium Specificity and the History of Film Theory,” in Handbook of Film and Media Studies, ed. Robert Phillip Kolker (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008): 38-82.

“Color, the Formless, and Cinematic Eros,” reprinted in Color, the Film Reader, eds. Angela Dalle Vacche and Brian Price (London and New York: Routledge, 2006): 76-87.

Links

World Picture Journal
Cinema Studies Institute


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