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In many senses, viewers have cut their teeth on the violence in American cinema: from Anthony Perkins slashing Janet Leigh in the most infamous of shower scenes; to the 1970s masterpieces of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Francis Ford Coppola; to our present-day undertakings in imagining global annihilations through terrorism, war, and alien grudges. Transfigurations brings our cultural obsession with film violence into a renewed dialogue with contemporary theory. GrAcnstad argues that the use of violence in Hollywood films should be understood semiotically rather than viewed realistically; Tranfigurations thus alters both our methodology of reading violence in films and the meanings we assign to them, depicting violence not as a self-contained incident, but as a convoluted network of our own cultural ideologies and beliefs.aquot;Cut and Shuffle.aquot; Cinema: The ... Santner, Eric L. Stranded Objects: Mourning, Memory, and Film in Postwar Germany. Ithaca: ... New York: E.P. Dutton, 1968. a€” Rev. of ... An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism. 1988.

Author:Asbjørn Grønstad
Publisher:Amsterdam University Press - 2008


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