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Unwatchable

Author: Nicholas Baer; Maggie Hennefeld; Laura Horak; Gunnar Iversen
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We all have images that we find unwatchable, whether for ethical, political, or sensory-affective reasons. From news coverage of terror attacks to viral videos of police brutality, and from graphic horror films to incendiary artworks that provoke mass boycotts, many of the images in our media culture strike as beyond the pale of consumption. Yet what does it mean to proclaim a media object "unwatchable":  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Baer; Maggie Hennefeld; Laura Horak; Gunnar Iversen
ISBN: 0813599598 9780813599595 081359958X 9780813599588
OCLC Number: 1034614813
Description: viii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : envisioning the unwatchable / Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Gunnar Iversen --
Unwatchable / W.J.T. Mitchell --
The gaze from within / Boris Groys --
The unwatchable and the unwatchable / Stefano Harney, Fred Moten --
Melting into visibility / Alenka Zupančič --
Pro forma / Meghan Sutherland --
Terminal radiance / Jonathan Crary --
Unwatched/unmanned : drone strikes and the aesthetics of the unseen / Poulomi Saha --
Breakaway / Alex Bush --
The watchability of the unwatchable : television disaster coverage / Meir Wigoder --
The incommensurable / Peter Geimer --
Not seeing is believing : the unwatchable in advocacy / Leshu Torchin --
Even if she had been a criminal : a past unwatched / Frances Guerin --
Deframing evidence : a transmission from los ingrávidos / Federico Windhausen --
Alan Kurdi's body on the shore / Emily Regan Wills --
Held helpless in the breach : on American history X / Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa --
The flash of history : on the unwatchable in Get Out / Jared Sexton --
Nothing is unwatchable for all / Alexandra Juhasz --
Empathy. Complicity. / Michael Boyce Gillespie --
Entertainment value / Alok Vaid-Menon --
Holocausts, hallowe'en, and headdresses / Alec Butler --
Unwitnessable : outrageous ableist impersonations and unwitnessed everyday violence / Danielle Peers --
The two unwatchables / Asbjørn Grønstad --
Real horrorshow / Akira Mizuta Lippit --
Asymmetries of desire : Salò, or the 120 days of Sodom / Mauro Resmini --
Unstomachable : irréversible and the extreme cinema tradition / Mattias Prey --
Unwatchability by choice : Isou's Venom and Eternity / Christophe Wall-Romana --
The refusal of spectacle : Debord's Howls for Sade / Kenneth Berger --
Warhol's Empire : unwatched and unwatchable / J. Hoberman --
Warhol's Empire / Noël Carroll --
Watching paint dry / Erika Balsom --
"Peekaboo" : thoughts on (maybe not) seeing two horror films / Vivian Sobchack --
Why I cannot watch / B. Ruby Rich --
Apotropes / Genevieve Yue --
I am curious (butterball) / Susie Bright --
At the threshold to the void / Bill Nichols --
Restoring blood money / Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi --
Turning Garbo watchable : from Swedish bread bun to Hollywood goddess / Jan Olsson --
Twilight of the dead / Philipp Stiasny, Bennet Togler --
"Sad!" : why I won't watch Antichrist / Jonathan Rosenbaum --
Transforming nihilism / Nathan Lee --
Oh, inventiveness! Oh, imaginativeness! Precious cinema and its discontents : a rant / Julian Hanich --
The biopic is an affront to the cinema / Jeffrey Sconce --
White men behaving sadly / Jack Halberstam --
"You is kind, you is smart, you is important" : or, why I can't watch The Help / Brandy Monk-Payton --
Two tables and a ladder : WCGW? / Mel Y. Chen --
TV Trumps / Lynne Joyrich --
The once and future Hillary : why I won't watch a TV miniseries about the 2016 U.S. presidential election / Abigail de Kosnik --
Why we can't take a joke / Raúl Pérez --
The Bridge and unteachable films / Jennifer Malkowski --
Squirming in the classroom : fat girl and the ethical value of extreme discomfort / Katariina Kyrölä --
What is an "unwatchable" film? (with reference to Amour and Still Alice) / E. Ann Kaplan --
Watch at your own peril / Barbara Hammer --
Sects, fries, and videotape / Samuel England --
Off watch / Rebecca Schneider.
Responsibility: edited by Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Gunnar Iversen.

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