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CMS.840 At the Limit: Violence in Contemporary Representation (MIT) CMS.840 At the Limit: Violence in Contemporary Representation (MIT)

Description

This course focuses on novels and films from the last twenty-five years (nominally 1985–2010) marked by their relationship to extreme violence and transgression. Our texts will focus on serial killers, torture, rape, and brutality, but they also explore notions of American history, gender and sexuality, and reality television—sometimes, they delve into love or time or the redemptive role of art in late modernity. Our works are a motley assortment, with origins in the U.S., France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Japan and South Korea. The broad global era marked by this period is one of acceleration, fragmentation, and late capitalism; however, we will also consider national specificities of violent representation, including particulars like the history of racism in the United States, This course focuses on novels and films from the last twenty-five years (nominally 1985–2010) marked by their relationship to extreme violence and transgression. Our texts will focus on serial killers, torture, rape, and brutality, but they also explore notions of American history, gender and sexuality, and reality television—sometimes, they delve into love or time or the redemptive role of art in late modernity. Our works are a motley assortment, with origins in the U.S., France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Japan and South Korea. The broad global era marked by this period is one of acceleration, fragmentation, and late capitalism; however, we will also consider national specificities of violent representation, including particulars like the history of racism in the United States,

Subjects

violence | violence | serial | serial | killer | killer | psycho | psycho | masculinity | masculinity | white | white | sex | sex | rape | rape | assault | assault | underclass | underclass | boredom | boredom | repetition | repetition | America | America | Ellis | Ellis | Palahniuk | Palahniuk | fight | fight | club | club | Cooper | Cooper | frisk | frisk | Sontag | Sontag | pain | pain | ultraviolence | ultraviolence | squib | squib | metaphor | metaphor | Fargo | Fargo | Coen | Coen | Benjamin | Benjamin | commodities | commodities | blankness | blankness | beast | beast | Manson | Manson | portraits | portraits | signs | signs | Henry | Henry | Se7en | Se7en | Pitt | Pitt | Fincher | Fincher | desire | desire | fragmentation | fragmentation | television | television | TV | TV | reality | reality | culpability | culpability | Bazin | Bazin | Resevoir | Resevoir | Tarantino | Tarantino | postmodern | postmodern | gore | gore | cartoon | cartoon | humor | humor | Oldboy | Oldboy | Haneke | Haneke

License

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CMS.840 At the Limit: Violence in Contemporary Representation (MIT)

Description

This course focuses on novels and films from the last twenty-five years (nominally 1985–2010) marked by their relationship to extreme violence and transgression. Our texts will focus on serial killers, torture, rape, and brutality, but they also explore notions of American history, gender and sexuality, and reality television—sometimes, they delve into love or time or the redemptive role of art in late modernity. Our works are a motley assortment, with origins in the U.S., France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Japan and South Korea. The broad global era marked by this period is one of acceleration, fragmentation, and late capitalism; however, we will also consider national specificities of violent representation, including particulars like the history of racism in the United States,

Subjects

violence | serial | killer | psycho | masculinity | white | sex | rape | assault | underclass | boredom | repetition | America | Ellis | Palahniuk | fight | club | Cooper | frisk | Sontag | pain | ultraviolence | squib | metaphor | Fargo | Coen | Benjamin | commodities | blankness | beast | Manson | portraits | signs | Henry | Se7en | Pitt | Fincher | desire | fragmentation | television | TV | reality | culpability | Bazin | Resevoir | Tarantino | postmodern | gore | cartoon | humor | Oldboy | Haneke

License

Content within individual OCW courses is (c) by the individual authors unless otherwise noted. MIT OpenCourseWare materials are licensed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike). For further information see https://ocw.mit.edu/terms/index.htm

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