Cinema Pain and Pleasure

Author: Steven Allen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137306696
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From Tattoo to Saw, this book considers mainstream cinema's representation of the viscerally dominated and marked body. Examining a shift in the late twentieth century to narratives that highlight subjection, endurance and willed-acquiescence, it probes the confluence of pain, pleasure and consent to analyse the implications of the change.

Body Gothic

Author: Xavier Aldana Reyes
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 1783160942
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Since the mainstreaming of horror in the 1970s, journalists have warned against the dangers of increasingly explicit forms of violent entertainment. Xavier Aldana Reyes takes a very different stance in Body Gothic by celebrating the transgressive qualities of visceral texts. He considers relevant popular literary and filmic movements of the past three decades and reads them as updates in a long Gothic tradition that goes back to the eighteenth century. The book contains case studies of key texts in splatterpunk, body horror, the new avant-pulp, the slaughterhouse novel, torture porn and surgical horror.

Scars and Wounds

Author: Nick Hodgin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319410245
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This book examines recent cinematic representations of the traumatic legacies of national and international events and processes. Whilst not ignoring European and Hollywood cinema, it includes studies of films about countries which have been less well-represented in cinematic trauma studies, including Australia, Rwanda, Chile and Iran. Each essay establishes national and international contexts that are relevant to the films considered. All essays also deal with form, whether this means the use of specific techniques to represent certain aspects of trauma or challenges to certain genre conventions to make them more adaptable to the traumatic legacies addressed by directors. The editors argue that the healing processes associated with such legacies can helpfully be studied through the idiom of ‘scar-formation’ rather than event-centred ‘wound-creation’.

Fascism and Millennial American Cinema

Author: Leighton Grist
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137595663
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This book examines a spate of American films released around the turn of the millennium that differently address the actuality or possibility of domestic fascism within the USA. The films discussed span a diversity of forms, genres and production practices, and encompass low- and medium-budget studio and independent releases (such as American History X, Stir of Echoes and The Believer), star and/or auteur vehicles (such as The Siege, Fight Club and American Beauty), and high-budget, high-concept science-fiction films and franchises (such as Starship Troopers, Minority Report, the Matrix and X-Men trilogies and the Star Wars prequels). Central to the book is the detailed analysis of the films, which is contextualized historically in relation to a period that saw the significant rise of the far Right. The book concordantly affords a wider insight into fascism and its various manifestations and how such have been, and continue to be, registered within American cinema.

Narratives of Place in Literature and Film

Author: Steven Allen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138499928
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Narratives of place link people and geographic location with a cultural imaginary through literature and visual narration. Contemporary literature and film often frame narratives with specific geographic locations, which saturate the narrative with cultural meanings in relation to natural and man-made landscapes. This interdisciplinary collection seeks to interrogate such connections to probe how place is narrativized in literature and film. Utilizing close readings of specific filmic and literary texts, all chapters serve to tease out cultural and historical meanings in respect of human engagement with landscapes. Always mindful of national, cultural and topographical specificity, the book is structured around five core themes: Contested Histories of Place; Environmental Landscapes; Cityscapes; The Social Construction of Place; and Landscapes of Belonging.

The Cutting Stich ins Herz

Author: James Hayman
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3641219698
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Skrupellose Ärzte, durchtriebene Mörder und ein knallhartes Ermittlerteam. Als die nackte Leiche eines 16-jährigen Mädchens gefunden wird, deren Herz mit chirurgischer Präzision entfernt wurde, hat das Grauen Portland, Maine, erreicht. Der Fall wird an Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe übergeben, der gerade von New York City in die vermeintliche Idylle der Kleinstadt gezogen ist, um ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Unter Hochdruck machen McCabe und seine Partnerin, die toughe Maggie Savage, sich an die Arbeit. Doch mit der Entführung einer weiteren Frau wird klar: Jemand stiehlt die Herzen schöner junger Frauen ...

Venus im Pelz illustriert

Author: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Publisher: Clap Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 1635378761
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Protagonist der Handlung ist Severin von Kusiemski, der seine Erfahrungen einem Freund in Form eines Manuskripts zu lesen gibt. Auslöser dieser Rahmenhandlung ist ein Traum dieses Freundes, in dem eine griechische Venus im christlichen Norden friert und sich in Pelze hüllen muss, und ein Gemälde in Severins Zimmer, das ihn in jungen Jahren in demütiger Haltung zu Füßen einer Venus im Pelz zeigt. Severin trifft als junger Mann Mitte zwanzig in einem Karpatenbad die junge und reiche Witwe Wanda von Dunajew, von deren Schönheit und Ähnlichkeit zur, schon seit seiner Kindheit verehrten, griechischen Venus er fasziniert ist. Den Heiratsantrag Severins will Wanda jedoch nicht annehmen und schlägt ihm stattdessen eine einjährige Probezeit vor.

Helle Tage

Author: Michael Cunningham
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641146895
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Eine furiose Hommage an eine einzigartige Stadt – an New York City. Der preisgekrönte Autor Michael Cunningham erzählt drei Geschichten aus drei Jahrhunderten, die auf raffinierte Weise miteinander verflochten sind, unter anderem durch die Verse Walt Whitmans, des großen romantischen Dichters Amerikas. Ein kunstvoller, immens vergnüglicher, ungewöhnlicher Roman über die verwundete amerikanische Seele und den unverbrüchlichen Lebensmut, der die Menschen dieser Stadt seit jeher prägt.