Elena del Rio

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Elena del Rio
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Associate Professor of Film Studies
Institution or Organization
University of Alberta
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Elena del Río is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her essays on the intersections between cinema and philosophies of the body in the areas of technology, performance, and affect have been featured in journals such as Camera Obscura, Discourse, Science Fiction Studies, Studies in French Cinema, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Film-Philosophy, The New Review of Film and Television Studies, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, SubStance, and Deleuze Studies. She has also contributed essays to volumes on the films of Atom Egoyan, Rainer W. Fassbinder, and on the philosophy of film, and Deleuze and cinema. She is the author of Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: Powers of Affection (Edinburgh, 2008). Her current book project reexamines the phenomenon of violence in the cinema from the perspective of a Deleuzian ethics informed by Spinoza’s philosophy of the affects and Nietzsche’s philosophy of bodily forces.


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