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Screening the Tortured Body : The Cinema as Scaffold, Hardback Book

Screening the Tortured Body : The Cinema as Scaffold Hardback

Edited by Mark De Valk


Inspired by Michel Foucault's examination of state subjugation and control, this book considers post-structuralist notions of the 'political technology of the body' and 'the spectacle of the scaffold' as a means to analyse cinematic representations of politically-motivated persecution and bodily repression.

Through a critique of sovereign power and its application of punishment 'for transgressions against the state', the collected works, herein, assess the polticised-body via a range of cinematic perspectives.

Imagery, character construction and narrative devices are examined in their account of hegemonic-sanctioned torture and suppression as a means to a political outcome.

Screening The Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold elicits philosophical and cultural accounts of the 'retrained' body to deliberate on a range of politicised films and filmmakers whose narratives and mise-en-scene techniques critique corporeal subjugation by authoritarian factions.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 342 pages, 17 Tables, color; 17 Illustrations, color; 8 Illustrations, black and white; XVII, 342 p.
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9781137399175



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