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Transfigurations

Violence, Death and Masculinity in American Cinema

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Transfigurations by Asbjorn Gronstad
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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. Gr�nstad 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.

Author Biography

[-]Asbj�rn Gr�nstad is professor of visual culture at the University of Stavanger, Norway.
Release date Australia
August 18th, 2008
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Illustrations
5 black and white illustrations
Imprint
Amsterdam University Press
Pages
288
Dimensions
160x240x18
ISBN-13
9789089640109
Product ID
3133661

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