Violent Affect: Literature, Cinema, and Critique after Representation

Violent Affect: Literature, Cinema, and Critique after Representation

by Marco Abel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803224818

ISBN-13: 9780803224810

Pub. Date: 04/20/2009

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press


Violence: most of us would be happy if we never had to experience it, and many are driven by the belief that nonviolent spaces exist. In Violent Affect, however, Marco Abel starts from a different, potentially controversial assumption: namely that violence is all-pervasive by ontological necessity. In order to work through the implications of this…  See more details below

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Violence: most of us would be happy if we never had to experience it, and many are driven by the belief that nonviolent spaces exist. In Violent Affect, however, Marco Abel starts from a different, potentially controversial assumption: namely that violence is all-pervasive by ontological necessity. In order to work through the implications of this provocation, Abel turns to literary and cinematic works such as those by Don DeLillo, Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron, Patricia Highsmith, the Coen Brothers, and Robert DeNiro, contending that we do not even know what violent images are, let alone how they work and what they do.
 
Countering previous studies of violent images based on representational and, consequently, moralistic assumptions, which, Abel argues, inevitably reinforce the very violence they critique, Violent Affect instead turns to the concept of “affect” as a means to explain how violent images work upon the world. Arguing for what he calls a “masocritical” approach to violence, Abel’s analysis attends to the affects inherent to violent images with the goal of momentarily suspending judgment of them, thus allowing for new, unanswered critical questions about the issue of violence to emerge. Abel suggests that shifting from representational understandings of violence toward an account of its affective forces is a necessary step in developing more ethical tools to intervene in the world—for acting upon it for the betterment of the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803224810
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xvii
The Violence of Sensation: Miller's Crossing, Affect, and Masocriticism     1
Judgment Is Not an Exit: Representation, Affect, and American Psycho     29
Are We All Arnoldians?: A Conceptual Genealogy of Judgment     60
Serializing Violence: Patricia Highsmith's "Empirical" Pedagogy of Violence     87
Becoming-Violent, Becoming-DeNiro: Rendering Violence Visible on Screen     133
Don DeLillo's "In the Ruins of the Future": Violence, Pedagogy, and the Rhetoric of Seeing 9/11     182
Notes     227
Bibliography     257
Index     275

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