Theatres of Human Sacrifice: From Ancient Ritual to Screen Violence / Edition 1

Theatres of Human Sacrifice: From Ancient Ritual to Screen Violence / Edition 1

by Mark Pizzato
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791462609

ISBN-13: 9780791462607

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Provides insight into the ritual lures and effects of mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, risks, and purposes of violent display.

Contemporary debates about mass media violence tend to ignore the long history of staged violence in the theatres and rituals of many cultures. In Theatres of Human Sacrifice, Mark Pizzato relates the

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Provides insight into the ritual lures and effects of mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, risks, and purposes of violent display.

Contemporary debates about mass media violence tend to ignore the long history of staged violence in the theatres and rituals of many cultures. In Theatres of Human Sacrifice, Mark Pizzato relates the appeal and possible effects of screen violence todayin sports, movies, and television newsto specific sacrificial rites and performance conventions in ancient Greek, Aztec, and Roman culture. Using the psychoanalytic theories of Lacan, Kristeva, and Zðizûek, as well as the theatrical theories of Artaud and Brecht, the book offers insights into the ritual lures and effects of current mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, purposes, and risks of violent display. Updating Aristotle’s notion of catharsis, Pizzato identifies a sacrificial imperative within the human mind, structured by various patriarchal cultures and manifested in distinctive rites and dramas, with both positive and negative potential effects on their audiences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791462607
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PROLOGOS

Tragedy in Melodrama
Theatre's Material Ghosts and Gods
Ethical Edges
A Sacrificial Imperative

PART ONE: CATHARSIS BETWEEN SACRIFICIAL CULTURES

1. Blood Sacrifice in Ancient Greece and Aztec America

Theatre within Ritual
Transcendental Savagery
Altar-Egos and Body Parts
From Solar to Proscenium Mirrors
The Bottom of the Frame
Animistic Psychology, Puppetry, and Dancing Hearts
Cathartic Encounters with the Real

2. Roman, Aztec, and NFL "Gladiators"

Sacrificial Shades
The Metaphysics of Script and Score
Im-mortal Dances, Costumes, and Props
Star Powers
Audience Participation and Alienation
Melodramatic or Tragic Catharsis

PART TWO: SCREENING REAL MONSTERS

3. Choral Edges in Frankenstein and Natural Born Killers

A Monstrous Gaze
Slices of Space and Time
Edges of Communion in Frankenstein
Violence in the House
Cruel Affect and A-Effect as Cathartic Cures
Choral Born Killers
Male and Female Monsters

4. Brechtian and Aztec Violence in Zoot Suit

Patriarchal Sacrifices
Brechtian Ixiptla Onscreen
Audience Effects of the Perverse Superego

5. Martyrs and Scapegoats in the Films of Scorsese and Coppola

Body and Blood Offerings
Between Animal and Divine
Lucifer Within
Sacrifices That Cannot Be Refused
The Sympathetic Inheritance of Evil
Postmodern Flower War

EXODOS

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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