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Cinematic nihilism : encounters, confrontations, overcomings

Author: John Marmysz
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exposing and illustrating how an ongoing engagement with nihilistic alienation may contribute to, rather than detract from, the value of life, 'Cinematic Nihilism' both challenges and builds upon past scholarship that has scrutinised nihilism in the media, but which has generally over-emphasised its negative and destructive aspects. Through case studies of popular films, including 'Prometheus', 'The Dark Knight  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Marmysz
ISBN: 9781474438421 1474438423
OCLC Number: 1038187561
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2017.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Intro; Cinematic Nihilism; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Figures; Contents; Introduction: Plato's Nightmare; Part I Encounters; Introduction: Encounters; 1 Scotland as a Site of Nihilistic Sacrifice; 2 The Myth of Scotland as Nowhere in Particular; 3 Monstrous Masses: The Human Body as Raw Material; Part II Confrontations; Introduction: Confrontations; 4 From Night to Survival: Nihilism and the Living Dead; 5 The Lure of the Mob: Cinematic Depictions of Skinhead Authenticity; 6 Cultural Change and Nihilism in the Rollerball Films; Part III Overcomings; Introduction: Overcomings 7 The Abject Self: Apocalyptic Consequences of Self-Discovery in Fight Club8 Rooting for the Fascists in Avatar; 9 Yukio Mishima and the Return to the Body; Bibliography; Filmography; Index
Responsibility: John Marmysz.

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Exposing and illustrating how an ongoing engagement with nihilistic alienation may contribute to, rather than detract from, the value of life, 'Cinematic Nihilism' both challenges and builds upon past scholarship that has scrutinised nihilism in the media, but which has generally over-emphasised its negative and destructive aspects. Through case studies of popular films, including 'Prometheus', 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Dawn of the Dead' and 'The Human Centipede', and with chapters on Scotland's cinematic portrayal as both a site of 'nihilistic sacrifice' and as 'nowhere in particular', this book presents a necessary corrective, re-emphasising the constructive potential of cinematic nihilism and casting it as a phenomenon that need not be overcome.

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