D.N. Rodowick: “An Elegy for Theory”

Many of you probably already know of D.N. Rodowick’s essay, “An Elegy for Theory” (published in the journal October in 2007), but we wanted to mention it here in case some of you have yet to come across it. It’s a fascinating, thought-provoking discussion of the role of “theory” in film studies, which also includes a discussion of Cavell’s film philosophy in relation to the work of Gilles Deleuze.

Prof. Rodowick, who is Director of Graduate Studies for Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, has made a PDF of the essay available for free on his personal website. You can download it by clicking here.

Here is a preview of its first two pages:


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