Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media / Edition 1

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Violence has been a topic of continued concern within American culture and society. Although there have been numerous sociological and historical studies of violence and its origins, there is relatively little systematic analysis of violence within media representation, even as this issue becomes preeminent within public discourse. This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape, using various methodologies to suggest the implications of the increasing obsession with violence for postmodern civilization.
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This theoretically sophisticated collection of critical essays is the only one of its kind that treats the issue of violence in cinema on an international scale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814327425
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Sharrett is an associate professor of communications at Seton Hall University. He is the editor of Crisis Cinema: The Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodem Narrative Film (Maisonneuve Press, 1993).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
Pt. I Gore Culture
1 American Psycho/sis: The Pure Products of America Go Crazy 23
2 The Grayness of Darkness: The Honeymoon Killers and Its Impact on Psychokiller Cinema 41
3 Serial Killers, True Crime, and Economic Performance Anxiety 65
4 Jeffrey Dahmer and Media Cannibalism: The Lure and Failure of Sacrifice 85
5 The Politics of Apocalypse in the Cinema of Serial Murder 119
Pt. II Gender Violence and Male Madness
6 Small Ceremonies: Ritual in Forrest Gump, Natural Born Killers, Seven, and Follow Me Home 147
7 Raging Bully: Postmodern Violence and Masculinity in Raging Bull 175
8 I Married Rambo: Spectacle and Melodrama in the Hollywood Action Film 199
9 Mutilating Mel: Martyrdom and Masculinity in Braveheart 227
Pt. III The Image as Policeman and the Violence of Vision
10 Aliens, Nomads, Mad Dogs, and Road Warriors: Tabloid TV and the New Face of Criminal Violence 249
11 Touching Scenes and Finishing Touches: Blindness in the Slasher Film 275
12 The Technology of Homicide: Constructions of Evidence and Truth in the American Murder Film 301
Pt. IV Otherness, Aliens, and Trauma on the Transnational Scene
13 The Trauma Is Out There: Historical Disjunctions and the Posttraumatic Narrative as Process in The X-Files 319
14 Alien/Nation: Invasions, Abductions, and the Politics of Identity 345
15 Category 3: Sex and Violence in Postmodern Hong Kong 361
16 Knocked around in New Zealand: Postcolonialism Goes to the Movies 381
17 Woo's Most Dangerous Game: Hard Target and Neoconservative Violence 397
Afterword: Sacrificial Violence and Postmodern Ideology 413
Selected Bibliography 435
Contributors 441
Index 445
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