Melodrama After the Tears
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Melodrama After the Tears
Subtitel
New Perspectives on the Politics of Victimhood
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€ 115,00
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9789089646736
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Hardback
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336
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Engels
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Introduction I. Cultures of Suffering and Cinematic Identities Victimhood and Melodrama: Modern, Political and Militant Thomas Elsaesser When is Melodrama 'Good'? Mega-Melodrama and Victimhood Linda Williams Melodrama and War in Hollywood Genre Cinema Hermann Kappelhoff Race Interactions: Melodrama and the Ambiguities of Colorism Christof Decker The Purloined Letter: Ophuls after Cavell Ulrike Hanstein II. Modernity and the Melodramatic Self The Melodrama of Self Eva Illouz Rousseau's Nightmare Vincent Kaufmann 'Emotional Suffering' as Universal Category? Victimhood and the Collective Imaginary Jorg Metelmann III. Collective Traumas and National Melodramas III.1 Legacies of 9/11 The Abu Ghraib Archive W. J. T. Mitchell, with an introduction by Scott Loren The Melodramatic Style of American Politics Elisabeth Anker Tears of Testimony: Glenn Beck and the Conservative Moral Occult Scott Loren III.2 Holocaust Legacies The Cultural Construction of the Holocaust Witness as a Melodramatic Hero Amos Goldberg Nation and Emotion: The Competition for Victimhood in Europe Ulrich Schmid Perspectives Interview with Christine Gledhill Scott Loren and Jorg Metelmann
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Jörg Metelmann, Scott Loren (red.)

Melodrama After the Tears

New Perspectives on the Politics of Victimhood

De onderstaande tekst is niet beschikbaar in het Nederlands en wordt in het Engels weergegeven.
Melodrama, it is said, has expanded beyond the borders of genre and fiction to become a pervasive cultural mode. It encompasses distinct signifying practices and interpretive codes for meaning-making that help determine the parameters of identification and subject formation. From the public staging of personal suffering or the psychologization of the self in relation to consumer capitalism, to the emotionalization and sentimentalization of national politics, contributions to this volume address the following question: If melodramatic models of sense-making have become so culturally pervasive and emotionally persuasive, what is the political potential of melodramatic victimhood and where are its political limitations?

This volume represents both a condensation and an expansion in the growing field of melodrama studies. It condenses elements of theory on melodrama by bringing into focus what it recognizes to be the locus for subjective identification within melodramatic narratives: the victim. On the other hand, it provides an expansion by going beyond the common methodology of primarily examining fictive works - be they from the stage, the screen or the written word - for their explicit or latent commentary on and connection to the historical contexts within which they are produced. Inspiration for the volume is rooted in a curiosity about melodramatic forms purported to increasingly characterize aspects of both the private and the social sphere in occidental and western-oriented societies.
Redacteurs

Jörg Metelmann

Dr. Scott Loren and Prof. Dr. Jörg Metelmann teach Film and Media Studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 2013 they published the monograph Irritation of Life: The Subversive Melodrama of Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Lars von Trier

Scott Loren

Dr. Scott Loren and Prof. Dr. Jörg Metelmann teach Film and Media Studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 2013 they published the monograph Irritation of Life: The Subversive Melodrama of Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Lars von Trier