Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television

Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television : Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects

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Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television: Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects, by Agustin Zarzosa, challenges the long-standing definition of melodrama as a cultural mode that anxiously proclaims the existence of a defunct moral order in a post-sacred world. Arguing that the central concern of melodrama is not morality but suffering, this book offers an alternative conception of melodrama as an apparatus that shapes suffering and redistributes its visibility.show more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
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  • 0739172530
  • 9780739172537

About Agustin Zarzosa

Agustiin Zarzosa is assistant professor of cinema studies at Purchase College.show more

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With this provocative book, Agustin Zarzosa provides an important intervention for thinking about how film images have political affects. Eschewing the often tired repertoire of genre categorization, Zarzosa develops a refreshingly different theory of the melodramatic image; one that could also be extended to other image analysis. Clear examples and rich arguments connect core notions of melodrama with key theorists of the melodramatic mode, to give original readings of films and television series. A must-read book for all interested in developments in film and television theory, and philosophy of film. -- Felicity J. Colman, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Manchester Metropolitan Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. The Outwitted Critic Chapter 1. Modalities of Melodrama Chapter 2. Affect, Affection, Affectation Chapter 3. Diagnosing Suffering Chapter 4. Trafficking in Sacred Objects Chapter 5. Sacrifice and the Animal Melodrama Chapter 6. The Excesses of the Posthuman Melodrama Chapter 7. The Outside and the Coincidence Machine Conclusion. Tragedy and Melodramashow more

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