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Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations [Hardcover]

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This volume addresses the relation of trauma to transnational modern mass media. The first of its kind, Trauma and Cinema provides ten essays which explore the ways trauma works itself out in images in (and as) film, photography, and video, as media in global cultural flows. The focus of the 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 the 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.

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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   282
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.58 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  9622096247  
ISBN13  9789622096240  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! E. Ann Kaplan is Professor of English and the first Director of the Humanities Institute, State University of New York, Stony Brook. She is also a widely published author.

E. Ann Kaplan has an academic affiliation as follows - State University of New York at Stony Brook State University of New Yo.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > General
3Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism
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Trauma and Denial  Jan 4, 2007
Considering the two greatest events in human history, so far, are the great ice melts of 13-11,000 BCE and Hiroshima/Nagasaki, it is perhaps the ultimate in narcissism or denial to not address the threat and trauma underwhich the human race has been living since August 1945 and the threat of global extinction of all life and civilization as we know it. If one is to discuss Trauma Culture and the Politics of Terror--remember the image of the "mushroom cloud" spilling off the lips of politicians after 9/11--then one should find reference to it in the index of this book and in its content. In a superficial list, I count 58 films that directly or indirectly allude to the BOMB. In all fairness, perhaps Kaplan has reserved the threat of the nuclear annihilation topic for a future publication. What she does discuss at length is the "Jewish" Holocaust, which may be important to her as a Jewish person, but it pales against the threat that looms and permeates all levels of life and politics on this planet. Kaplan is altogether too well-informed to be unaware of this issue in the very terms she discusses in this book. Remote and cultural trauma are themes of leading edge concern; therefore, her book is valuable. As far as it goes, it does make an important contribution to the discussion, but one awaits an equally dispassionate and focused treatment on film, film noir, on Womand in the Dunes, Black Rain by Teshigara Hiroshi (1964); Black Rain by Ibuse Masuji (1969); the late Kurosawa's Rapsody in August and his Rashomon; or the Children of Hiroshima (Genbako no ko), Never Forget the Children of Nagasaki by Tasaka Tomotaka, or the 9 hour trilogy by Kobayashi Masaki, to say nothing of Godzilla, On the Beach, Dr. Strangelove, Fail Safe, and of course Walt Disney's Our Freind the Atom, the archetypal example of denial and dissociation exceeded only by the Bush administrations label of "Junk Science" for global warming. I look forward to E. Ann Kaplan's next book.

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