Washed in Blood: Male Sacrifice, Trauma and the Cinema (Hardback)
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Washed in Blood: Male Sacrifice, Trauma and the Cinema (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/12/2011
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Will Smith in I Am Legend . Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic . Charlton Heston in just about everything. Viewers of Hollywood action films are no doubt familiar with the sacrificial victim-hero, the male protagonist who nobly gives up his life so that others may be saved. Washed in Blood argues that such sacrificial films are especially prominent in eras when the nationaEURO"and American manhoodaEURO"is thought to be in crisis. The sacrificial victim-hero, continually imperiled and frequently exhibiting classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, thus bears the trauma of the nation. Claire Sisco King offers an in-depth study of three prominent cycles of Hollywood films that follow the sacrificial narrative: the earlyaEURO"toaEURO"mid 1970s, the midaEURO"toaEURO"late 1990s, and the midaEURO"toaEURO"late 2000s. From Vietnam-era disaster movies to post-9/11 apocalyptic thrillers, she examines how each film represents traumatized American masculinity and national identity. What she uncovers is a cinematic tendency to position straight white men as Americai?1/2s most valuable citizensaEURO"and its noblest victims.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813551593
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a timely book that alerts readers to the dangers of masculinist sacrificial films seemingly innocuous entertainment fare. King deals with the complex logics of trauma, sacrifice, and cinema, analyzing films that at once indulge audiences with the experience of vicarious trauma and suggest the problematic possibility of leaving traumatic injury behind.
--E. Ann Kaplan"author Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature" (08/08/2011)"
"Clear, concise, and compelling, Washed in Blood examines the recurring theme of injured national masculinity in cinema. Written in flowing prose, this book is not only excellent, but important."--Maurice Stevens "Ohio State University "
"This is a timely book that alerts readers to the dangers of masculinist sacrificial films--seemingly innocuous entertainment fare. King deals with the complex logics of trauma, sacrifice, and cinema, analyzing films that at once indulge audiences with the experience of vicarious trauma and suggest the problematic possibility of leaving traumatic injury behind."
--E. Ann Kaplan"author Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature" (08/08/2011)

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