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Title Unwatchable / Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Gunnar Iversen
Published New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2019]
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction: Envisioning the Unwatchable / Baer, Nicholas / Hennefeld, Maggie / Horak, Laura / Iversen, Gunnar -- Part I. Violence and Testimony -- 1. Theorizing the Unwatchable -- Unwatchable / Mitchell, W. J. T. -- The Gaze from Within / Groys, Boris -- The Unwatchable and the Unwatchable / Harney, Stefano / Moten, Fred -- Melting into Visibility / Zupančič, Alenka -- Pro Forma / Sutherland, Meghan -- 2. Spectacles of Destruction -- Terminal Radiance / Crary, Jonathan -- Unwatched/Unmanned: Drone Strikes and the Aesthetics of the Unseen / Saha, Poulomi -- Breakaway / Bush, Alex -- The Watchability of the Unwatchable: Television Disaster Coverage / Wigoder, Meir -- 3. Bearing Witness -- The Incommensurable / Geimer, Peter -- Not Seeing Is Believing: The Unwatchable in Advocacy / Torchin, Leshu -- Even If She Had Been a Criminal: A Past Unwatched / Guerin, Frances -- Deframing Evidence: A Transmission from Los ingrávidos / Windhausen, Federico -- Alan Kurdi’s Body on the Shore / Regan Wills, Emily -- 4. Visual Regimes of Racial Violence -- Held Helpless in the Breach: On American History X / Wolukau-Wanambwa, Stanley -- The Flash of History: On the Unwatchable in Get Out / Sexton, Jared -- Nothing Is Unwatchable for All / Juhasz, Alexandra -- Empathy .Complicity / Boyce Gillespie, Michael -- 5. Spectacularization and Resistance -- Entertainment Value / Vaid-Menon, Alok -- Holocausts, Hallowe’en, and Headdresses / Butler, Alec -- Unwitnessable: Outrageous Ableist Impersonations and Unwitnessed Everyday Violence / Peers, Danielle -- Part II. Histories and Genres -- 6. The Tradition of Provocateurs -- The Two Unwatchables / Grønstad, Asbjørn -- Real Horrorshow / Mizuta Lippit, Akira -- Asymmetries of Desire: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom / Resmini, Mauro -- Unstomachable: Irréversible and the Extreme Cinema Tradition / Frey, Mattias -- 7. Enduring the Avant-Garde -- Unwatchability by Choice: Isou’s Venom and Eternity / Wall-Romana, Christophe -- The Refusal of Spectacle: Debord’s Howls for Sade / Berger, Kenneth -- Warhol’s Empire: Unwatched and Unwatchable / Hoberman, J. -- Warhol’s Empire / Carroll, Noël -- Watching Paint Dry / Balsom, Erika -- 8. Visceral Responses to Horror -- 2Peekaboo3: Thoughts on (Maybe Not) Seeing Two Horror Films / Sobchack, Vivian -- Why I Cannot Watch / Rich, B. Ruby -- Apotropes / Yue, Genevieve -- 9. Pornography and the Question of Pleasure -- I Am Curious (Butterball) / Bright, Susie -- At the Threshold to the Void / Nichols, Bill -- 10. Archives and the Disintegrating Image -- Restoring Blood Money / Rongen-Kaynakçi, Elif -- Turning Garbo Watchable: From Swedish Bread Bun to Hollywood Goddess / Olsson, Jan -- Twilight of the Dead / Stiasny, Philipp / Togler, Bennet -- Part III. Spectators and Objects -- 11. Passionate Aversions -- 2Sad!3: Why I Won’t Watch Antichrist / Rosenbaum, Jonathan -- Transforming Nihilism / Lee, Nathan -- Oh, Inventiveness! Oh, Imaginativeness! Precious Cinema and Its Discontents: A Rant / Hanich, Julian -- The Biopic Is an Affront to the Cinema / Sconce, Jeffrey -- 12. Tedious Whiteness -- White Men Behaving Sadly / Halberstam, Jack -- 2You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is Important3; or, Why I Can’t Watch The Help / Monk-Payton, Brandy -- Two Tables and a Ladder: WCGW? / Y. Chen, Mel -- 13. Reality Trumpism -- TV Trumps / Joyrich, Lynne -- The Once and Future Hillary: Why I Won’t Watch a TV Miniseries about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / De Kosnik, Abigail -- 14. Pedagogy and Campus Politics -- Why We Can’t Take a Joke / Pérez, Raúl -- The Bridge and Unteachable Films / Malkowski, Jennifer -- Squirming in the Classroom: Fat Girl and the Ethical Value of Extreme Discomfort / Kyrölä, Katariina -- 15. The Triggered Spectator -- What Is an 2Unwatchable3 Film? (With Reference to Amour and Still Alice) / Kaplan, E. Ann -- Watch at Your Own Peril / Hammer, Barbara -- Sects, Fries, and Videotape / England, Samuel -- Off Watch / Schneider, Rebecca -- Acknowledgments -- Filmography -- Bibliography -- Notes on Contributors -- Index
Summary We all have images that we find unwatchable, whether for ethical, political, or sensory and affective reasons. From news coverage of terror attacks to viral videos of police brutality, and from graphic horror films to transgressive artworks, many of the images in our media culture might strike us as unsuitable for viewing. Yet what does it mean to proclaim something 2unwatchable3: disturbing, revolting, poor, tedious, or literally inaccessible? With over 50 original essays by leading scholars, artists, critics, and curators, this is the first book to trace the 2unwatchable3 across our contemporary media environment, in which viewers encounter difficult content on various screens and platforms. Appealing to a broad academic and general readership, the volume offers multidisciplinary approaches to the vast array of troubling images that circulate in global visual culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Finding Aid Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 07. Sep 2019)
Subject Image (Philosophy)
Mass media and the arts.
Representation (Philosophy)
Visual communication -- Psychological aspects
Visual perception -- Philosophy
Image (Philosophy)
Mass media and the arts.
PERFORMING ARTS / General.
Representation (Philosophy)
Visual communication -- Psychological aspects.
Visual perception -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Baer, Nicholas, editor
Hennefeld, Maggie, editor
Horak, Laura, editor.
Iversen, Gunnar, editor.
Lippit, Akira
Malkowski, Jennifer
Mitchell, W.J.T
Monk-Payton, Brandy
Moten, Fred.
Nichols, Bill.
Olsson, Jan.
Peers, Danielle
Perez, Raul
Resmini, Mauro
Rich, B. Ruby.
Rongen-Kaynakçi, Elif.
Rosenbaum, Jonathan.
Saha, Poulomi.
Schneider, Rebecca.
Sconce, Jeffrey
Sexton, Jared.
Sobchack, Vivian
Stiasny, Philipp.
Sutherland, Meghan.
Togler, Bennet
Torchin, Leshu.
Vaid-Menon, Alok.
Wall-Romana, Christophe.
Wigoder, Meir.
Wills, Emily.
Windhausen, Federico
Wolukau-Wanambwa, Stanley.
Yue, Genevieve.
Zupancic, Alenka
ISBN 0813599601
0813599628
9780813599601
9780813599625