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(I) A treatise on Shakespeare is incubating. Contents forthcoming.

(II) Producing The Promise of Freedom and Equality: Cultural Capital in Cinematic Circulation, Movement, and Thought. The textual project now contains 110,000 words. The endeavor finds creative inspiration in Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of history, in Pierre Bourdieu’s social theory, in Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of cinema, in Fredric Jameson’s political economy, in Jacques Lacanian-Slavoj Žižekian theoretical psychoanalysis, in Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory, and in Jacques Rancière’s idea of “indisciplinarity” and “the equality of intelligence” (adapted from Joseph Jacotot). The study aims both to differentiate new forms of emancipatory cultural capital in the cinematographic gesture and image, and to find new non–sadistic and non-authoritative ways of inhabiting the cinematic frame. This would be in the service of a new utopian form of circulating and movement force, ‘un-power’. Objects analyzed include gestures, ideas, movies, and scenes from the following vanguard global auteurs: D.W. Griffith, Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, Orson Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alain Resnais, Chantal Akerman, and Terrence Malick.