Encounters with Bergson(ism) in Spain
Reconciling Philosophy, Literature, Film and Urban Space
By Benjamin Fraser
374 pp., 6 x 9, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9299-2
Published: February 2011
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Following an eclectic and interdisciplinary methodology that the French philosopher himself advocated, Fraser reconciles works by some of the most notable twentieth-century authors and critics with compelling aspects of Bergsonism. From novelists Pío Baroja, Miguel de Unamuno, Juan Benet and Belén Gopegui to filmmakers Víctor Érice (El sol del membrillo), Alejandro Amenábar (Abre los ojos) and Carlos Saura (Taxi), as well as urban theorists Henri Lefebvre and Manuel Delgado Ruiz, this work takes up philosopher Gilles Deleuze's call for a "return to Bergson," pushing past the established boundaries of interdisciplinary to what lies beyond.
Fans of Bergson from all disciplines will also be eager to read English translations of Bergson's lectures at the Ateneo in Madrid the 2nd and 6th of May 1916, included here as an appendix.
About the Author
Benjamin Fraser is assistant professor of Spanish at the College of Charleston.
For more information about Benjamin Fraser, visit the Author Page.