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Screening the Tortured Body

The Cinema as Scaffold

Editors: de Valk, Mark (Ed.)

  • Explores notions of state power, subjugation and punishment of the (gendered) body
  • Examines current cultural debates over the efficacy of torture 
  • Considers how cinema has built a constituency for torture
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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, herein, assess the polticised-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.

About the authors

Mark de Valk is the Programme Leader and a Senior Lecturer in Film Production at The University of Winchester. His personal filmmaking includes working with essay film practices and experimental techniques across documentary and drama forms.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    de Valk, Mark

    Pages 1-5

  • Tortured Spectators: Massacred and Mucosal

    MacCormack, Patricia

    Pages 9-24

  • Torture Porn: The American Sadistic Disposition in the Post-9/11 Horror Genre

    Kerner, Aaron

    Pages 25-49

  • Discipline… But Punish!: Foucault, Agamben and Torture Porn’s Thanotopolitical Scaffold

    Aldana-Reyes, Xavier

    Pages 51-69

  • The Expectational Body: The Becoming of the Tortured Vampire Horde in Daybreakers

    Bacon, Simon

    Pages 71-88

Buy this book

eBook £58.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39918-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39917-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Screening the Tortured Body
Book Subtitle
The Cinema as Scaffold
Editors
  • Mark de Valk
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39918-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39918-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39917-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 342
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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