The Horrors of Trauma in Cinema

experiences of 'trauma' and horror, as well as actions of terror and violence? How does the cultural engagement with 'traumata' in horror films affect the question of self-definition and the 'othering' of collective identities?

Author: Michael Elm

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443868518

Category: History

Page: 355

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This volume explores the multifaceted depiction and staging of historical and social traumata as the result of extreme violence within national contexts. It focuses on Israeli-Palestinian, German and (US) American film, and reaches out to cinematic traditions from other countries like France, Great Britain and the former USSR. International and interdisciplinary scholars analyze both mainstream and avant-garde movies and documentaries premiering from the 1960s to the present. From transnational and cross-genre perspectives, they query the modes of representation – regarding narration, dramaturgy, aesthetics, mise-en-scène, iconology, lighting, cinematography, editing and sound – held by film as a medium to visualize shattering experiences of violence and their traumatic encoding in individuals, collectives, bodies and psyches. This anthology uniquely traces horror aesthetics and trajectories as a way to reenact, echo and question the perpetual loops of trauma in film cultures. The contributors examine the discursive transfer between historical traumata necessarily transmitted in a medialized and conceptualized form, the changing landscape of (clinical) trauma theory, the filmic depiction and language of trauma, and the official memory politics and hegemonic national-identity constructions.

Trauma and Cinema

This volume addresses the relation of trauma to transnational modern mass media.

Author: E. Ann Kaplan

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622096240

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

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This volume addresses the relation of trauma to transnational modern mass media. The first of its kind, Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations provides ten essays which explore the ways trauma works itself out as media — in images in (and as) film, photography, and video — in global cultural flows. The focus of our volume on the matrix of trauma, visual media and modernity seeks to engage and go beyond current tendencies in trauma studies. The book discusses how trauma presented in the media spills over national boundaries and can be found in images across divergent cultures in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and America. From the Holocaust to the Chinese Cultural Revolution, from Taiwan’s colonial experience to the catastrophe of Hiroshima, from attempted annihilation of Australian Aborigines to attempted reconciliation in South Africa, these essays offer the reader a plethora of images of trauma for comparison and contrast.

Trauma Cinema

Couching Resistance: Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 1993. ———. “Trauma Cinema: False Memories and True Experience.” Screen 42, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 211–16. ———.

Author: Janet Walker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520241756

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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'Trauma Cinema' focuses on a new breed of documentary films that adopt catastrophe as their subject matter & trauma as their aesthetic. Walker uses incest & the Holocaust as a double thematic focus & fiction films as a point of comparison.

Eco Trauma Cinema

Film. Funny Games. Dir. Michael Haneke. Warner, 2007. Film. Gelder, Ken. “Introduction: The Field of Horror.” In The Horror Reader. ... Film. Kaplan, E. Ann and Ban Wang, Eds. Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations.

Author: Anil Narine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317649427

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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Film has taken a powerful position alongside the global environmental movement, from didactic documentaries to the fantasy pleasures of commercial franchises. This book investigates in particular film’s complex role in representing ecological traumas. Eco-trauma cinema represents the harm we, as humans, inflict upon our natural surroundings, or the injuries we sustain from nature in its unforgiving iterations. The term encompasses both circumstances because these seemingly distinct instances of ecological harm are often related, and even symbiotic: the traumas we perpetuate in an ecosystem through pollution and unsustainable resource management inevitably return to harm us. Contributors to this volume engage with eco-trauma cinema in its three general forms: accounts of people who are traumatized by the natural world, narratives that represent people or social processes which traumatize the environment or its species, and stories that depict the aftermath of ecological catastrophe. The films they examine represent a central challenge of our age: to overcome our disavowal of environmental crises, to reflect on the unsavoury forces reshaping the planet's ecosystems, and to restructure the mechanisms responsible for the state of the earth.

Trauma and Cinema

The book discusses how trauma presented in the media spills over national boundaries and can be found in images across divergent cultures in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and America.

Author: E. Ann Kaplan

Publisher:

ISBN: 9622099793

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The book discusses how trauma presented in the media spills over national boundaries and can be found in images across divergent cultures in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and America.

Trauma Cinema

Trauma Cinema focuses on a new breed of documentary films and videos that adopt catastrophe as their subject matter and trauma as their aesthetic.

Author: Janet Walker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520937937

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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Trauma Cinema focuses on a new breed of documentary films and videos that adopt catastrophe as their subject matter and trauma as their aesthetic. Incorporating oral testimony, home-movie footage, and documentary reenactment, these documentaries express the havoc trauma wreaks on history and memory. Janet Walker uses incest and the Holocaust as a double thematic focus and fiction films as a point of comparison. Her astute and original examination considers the Hollywood classic Kings Row and the television movie Sybil in relation to vanguard nonfiction works, including Errol Morris's Mr. Death, Lynn Hershman's video diaries, and the chilling genealogy of incest, Just, Melvin. Both incest and the Holocaust have also been featured in contemporary psychological literature on trauma and memory. The author employs theories of post traumatic stress disorder and histories of the so-called memory wars to illuminate the amnesias, fantasies, and mistakes in memory that must be taken into account, along with corroborated evidence, if we are to understand how personal and public historical meaning is made. Janet Walker’s engrossing narrative demonstrates that the past does not come down to us purely and simply through eyewitness accounts and tangible artifacts. Her incisive analysis exposes the frailty of memory in the face of disquieting events while her joint consideration of trauma cinema and psychological theorizing radically reconstructs the roadblocks at the intersection of catastrophe, memory, and historical representation.

Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies

Aware that aspects of trauma cinema are found in many genres and national cinemas, she defines trauma cinema in relation to its content and structure. She writes: By trauma cinema I mean a group of films that deal with a ...

Author: Anna Lisa Tota

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134477562

Category: Social Science

Page: 570

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The Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies offers students and researchers original contributions that comprise the debates, intersections and future courses of the field. It is divided in six themed sections: 1)Theories and Perspectives, 2) Cultural artefacts, Symbols and Social practices, 3) Public, Transnational, and Transitional Memories 4) Technologies of Memory, 5) Terror, Violence and Disasters, 6) and Body and Ecosystems. A strong emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary breadth of Memory Studies with contributions from leading international scholars in sociology, anthropology, philosophy, biology, film studies, media studies, archive studies, literature and history. The Handbook addresses the core concerns and foundations of the field while indicating new directions in Memory Studies.

Theorising Media and Conflict

A considerable amount of literature on post-conflict trauma in cinema has focused on this category, which supposes a conception of trauma cinema as an entirely different form of film. Walker (2005:19) writes on the genre of 'trauma ...

Author: Philipp Budka

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789206838

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

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Theorising Media and Conflict brings together anthropologists as well as media and communication scholars to collectively address the elusive and complex relationship between media and conflict. Through epistemological and methodological reflections and the analyses of various case studies from around the globe, this volume provides evidence for the co-constitutiveness of media and conflict and contributes to their consolidation as a distinct area of scholarship. Practitioners, policymakers, students and scholars who wish to understand the lived realities and dynamics of contemporary conflicts will find this book invaluable.

Unfinished Business

See, for example, Blake, The Wounds of Nations; Hirsch, Aerimage; Kaplan, Trauma Culture; Kaes, Shell Shock Cinema; Kaplan and Wang, eds, Trauma and Cinema; King, Washed in Blood; Lowenstein, Shocking Representation; McIntosh and ...

Author: Dana Renga

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442615588

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 265

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Unfinished Business is the first book to examine Italian mafia cinema of the past decade. It provides insightful analyses of popular films that sensationalize violence, scapegoat women, or repress the homosexuality of male protagonists. Dana Renga examines these works through the lens of gender and trauma theory to show how the films engage with the process of mourning and healing mafia-related trauma in Italy. Unfinished Business argues that trauma that has yet to be worked through on the national level is displaced onto the characters in the films under consideration. In a mafia context, female characters are sacrificed and non-normative sexual identities are suppressed in order to solidify traditional modes of viewer identification and to assure narrative closure, all so that the image of the nation is left unblemished.

The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema

As I chart in detail in the next chapter, the powerful incoherence of the child's trauma in these art films challenges linear narratives of national progression – so bound to childhood's Francoist function – a process selfconsciously ...

Author: Jessica Balanzategui

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048537792

Category: Art

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This book illustrates how global horror film images of children re-conceptualised childhood at the beginning of the twenty-first century, unravelling the child's long entrenched binding to ideologies of growth, futurity, and progress. The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema analyses an influential body of horror films featuring subversive depictions of children that emerged at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and considers the cultural conditions surrounding their emergence. The book proposes that complex cultural and industrial shifts at the turn of the millennium resulted in potent cinematic renegotiations of the concept of childhood. In these transnational films-largely stemming from Spain, Japan, and America-the child resists embodying growth and futurity, concepts to which the child's symbolic function is typically bound. By demonstrating both the culturally specific and globally resonant properties of these frightening visions of children who refuse to grow up, the book outlines the conceptual and aesthetic mechanisms by which long entrenched ideologies of futurity, national progress, and teleological history started to waver at the turn of the twenty-first century.