Screening the Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold

De Valk, Mark (2016) Screening the Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 978-1-137-39917-5

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Inspired by Michel Foucault’s examination of state subjugation and control, this book considers post-structuralist notions of the ‘political technology of the body’ and 'the spectacle of the scaffold' as a means to analyse cinematic representations of politically-motivated persecution and bodily repression. Through a critique of sovereign power and its application of punishment ‘for transgressions against the state’, the collected works, assess the politicised-body via a range of cinematic perspectives. Imagery, character construction and narrative devices are examined in their account of hegemonic-sanctioned torture and suppression as a means to a political outcome. Screening The Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold elicits philosophical and cultural accounts of the ‘retrained’ body to deliberate on a range of politicised films and filmmakers whose narratives and mise-en-scène techniques critique corporeal subjugation by authoritarian factions.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: state power; subjugation; punishment of the (gendered) body; cinema; torture
Subjects: P Mass communications & documentation > P303 Film studies
P Mass communications & documentation > P313 Film production
Departments: Faculty of Arts > Department of Media and Film
Depositing User: Mark De Valk
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 15:32
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 15:56

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