Trauma Cinema

Disremembering incest or the Holocaust is a survival strategy par excellence . gay subTRAUMA CINEMA Films do not exactly " theorize " memory processes , but alongside psychological writing on trauma and memory ( and alongside the mass ...

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.

Eco Trauma Cinema

This chapter is wagered on that very proposition, that Australian cinema is linchpin to Australia's sense of ecotrauma, and that thinking about eco-trauma will account for some of the eccentricities in Australian cinema.

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.

The Horrors of Trauma in Cinema

As explained above, this anthology comprises an up-close examination of international trauma cinema as a reaction to and critical reflection upon the violence of mankind. Trauma cinema is not merely a psychoanalyst's couch for the ...

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.

Clint Eastwood s Cinema of Trauma

Essays on PTSD in the Director's Films Charles R. Hamilton, Allen H. Redmon. eastwood reveals in the first 90 seconds of Sully that the uncirculated story of flight 1549 involved the trauma Sully (Tom Hanks) experienced after his heroic ...

Author: Charles R. Hamilton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476630427

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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Throughout his directorial career, Clint Eastwood’s movies have presented sympathetic narratives of characters enduring personal trauma as they turn to violence to survive calamity or sustain social order—a choice that leaves them marginalized rather than redeemed. In this collection of new essays, contributors examine his films—from The Outlaw Josey Wales to Sully—as studies on PTSD that expose the social conditions that tolerate or trigger traumatization and (in his more recent work) imagine a way through individual and collective trauma.

Aesthetics Ethics and Trauma in the Cinema of Pedro Almodovar

From this perspective, as I explained in the Introduction, Almodóvar's early cinema would seem to emphasise and ... the kind of fragmented narrative structure associated with what Janet Walker refers to as 'trauma cinema'.15 I contend, ...

Author: Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474400114

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

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Reconceptualising Almodóvar's films as theoretical and political resources, this innovative book examines a neglected aspect of his cinema: its engagement with the traumatic past, with subjective and collective memory, and with the ethical and political meanings that result from this engagement.

The Trauma Question

The trauma paradigm pervades Western culture, yet once more the cultural theory of trauma in cinema tends to privilege a specific Modernist aesthetic and a narrow canon of films. ForJoshua Hirsch, a post-traumatic cinema of the ...

Author: Roger Luckhurst

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136015021

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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In this book, Roger Luckhurst both introduces and advances the fields of cultural memory and trauma studies, tracing the ways in which ideas of trauma have become a major element in contemporary Western conceptions of the self. The Trauma Question outlines the origins of the concept of trauma across psychiatric, legal and cultural-political sources from the 1860s to the coining of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1980. It further explores the nature and extent of ‘trauma culture’ from 1980 to the present, drawing upon a range of cultural practices from literature, memoirs and confessional journalism through to photography and film. The study covers a diverse range of cultural works, including writers such as Toni Morrison, Stephen King and W. G. Sebald, artists Tracey Emin, Christian Boltanski and Tracey Moffatt, and film-makers David Lynch and Atom Egoyan. The Trauma Question offers a significant and fascinating step forward for those seeking a greater understanding of the controversial and ever-expanding field of trauma research.

Social Trauma and Telecinematic Memory

Ann Kaplan and Ban Wang (eds), Trauma and Cinema. Cross-Cultural Explorations. (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008), 14–15. 7. Janet Walker, “The Vicissitudes of Traumatic Memory and the Postmodern History Film” in Trauma and ...

Author: Pelin Başcı

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319597225

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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This book explores responses to authoritarianism in Turkish society through popular culture by examining feature films and television serials produced between 1980 and 2010 about the 1980 coup. Envisioned as an interdisciplinary study in cultural studies rather than a disciplinary work on cinema, the book advocates for an understanding of popular culture in discerning emerging narratives of nationhood. Through feature films and television serials directly dealing with the coup of 1980, the book exposes tropes and discursive continuities such as “childhood” and “the child”. It argues that these conventional tropes enable popular debates on the modern nation’s history and its myths of identity.

Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies

comparison to the relationship between trauma and memory. Trauma plays a large role in Cinema, Memory, Modernity and Millennial Cinema, as does the idea that trauma and memory studies can function as frameworks for global and ...

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.

Trauma Culture

But since this is the first chapter in which I discuss cinema and trauma, it is appropriate to briefly address debates ongoing in cinema studies about the new interest in trauma. These debates bear some relation to the general concerns ...

Author: E. Ann Kaplan

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813541167

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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It may be said that every trauma is two traumas or ten thousand-depending on the number of people involved. How one experiences and reacts to an event is unique and depends largely on one's direct or indirect positioning, personal psychic history, and individual memories. But equally important to the experience of trauma are the broader political and cultural contexts within which a catastrophe takes place and how it is "managed" by institutional forces, including the media. In Trauma Culture, E. Ann Kaplan explores the relationship between the impact of trauma on individuals and on entire cultures and nations. Arguing that humans possess a compelling need to draw meaning from personal experience and to communicate what happens to others, she examines the artistic, literary, and cinematic forms that are often used to bridge the individual and collective experience. A number of case studies, including Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism, Marguerite Duras' La Douleur, Sarah Kofman's Rue Ordener, Rue Labat, Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, and Tracey Moffatt's Night Cries, reveal how empathy can be fostered without the sensationalistic element that typifies the media. From World War II to 9/11, this passionate study eloquently navigates the contentious debates surrounding trauma theory and persuasively advocates the responsible sharing and translating of catastrophe.

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.