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Theatres of human sacrifice : from ancient ritual to screen violence

Author: Mark Pizzato
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2005.
Series: SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Contemporary debates about mass media violence tend to ignore the long history of staged violence in the theatres and rituals of many cultures. In Theatres of Human Sacrifice, Mark Pizzato relates the appeal and possible effects of screen violence today - in sports, movies, and television news - to specific sacrificial rites and performance conventions in ancient Greek, Aztec, and Roman culture. Using the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Pizzato
ISBN: 0791462595 9780791462591 0791462609 9780791462607
OCLC Number: 54005548
Description: ix, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Prologos --
Tragedy in Melodrama --
Theatre's material ghosts and gods --
Ethical edges --
A sacrificial imperative --
pt. I. Catharsis between sacrificial cultures --
1. Blood sacrifice in ancient Greece and Aztec America --
Theatre within ritual --
Transcendental savagery --
Altar-egos and body parts --
From solar to proscenium mirrors --
The bottom of the frame --
Animistic psychology, puppetry, and dancing hearts --
Cathartic encounters with the real --
2. Roman, Aztec, and NFL "gladiators" --
Sacrificial shades --
The metaphysics of script and score --
Im-mortal dances, costumes, and props --
Star powers --
Audience participation and alienation --
Melodramatic or tragic catharsis --
pt. II. Screening real monsters --
3. Choral edges in Frankenstein and Natural born killers --
A monstrous gaze --
Slices of space and time --
Edges of communion in Frankenstein --
Violence in the house --
Cruel affect and A-effect as cathartic cures --
Choral born killers --
Male and female monsters --
4. Brechtian and Aztec violence in Zoot Suit --
Patriarchal sacrifices --
Brechtian Ixiptla onscreen --
Audience effects of the perverse superego --
5. Martyrs and scapegoats in the films of Scorsese and Coppola --
Body and blood offerings --
Between animal and divine --
Lucifer within --
Sacrifices that cannot be refused --
The sympathetic inheritance of evil --
Postmodern flower war --
Exodos.
Series Title: SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture.
Responsibility: Mark Pizzato.

Abstract:

"Contemporary debates about mass media violence tend to ignore the long history of staged violence in the theatres and rituals of many cultures. In Theatres of Human Sacrifice, Mark Pizzato relates the appeal and possible effects of screen violence today - in sports, movies, and television news - to specific sacrificial rites and performance conventions in ancient Greek, Aztec, and Roman culture. Using the psychoanalytic theories of Lacan, Kristeva, and Zizek, as well as the theatrical theories of Artaud and Brecht, the book offers insights into the ritual lures and effects of current mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, purposes, and risks of violent display.

Updating Aristotle's notion of catharsis, Pizzato identifies a sacrificial imperative within the human mind, structured by various patriarchal cultures and manifested in distinctive rites and dramas, with both positive and negative potential effects on their audiences."--Jacket.

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