In Reframing Trauma in Contemporary Fiction Film, Tarja Laine provides insights into how cinema engages its spectator emotionally with the pathology of memory that lies at the heart of trauma. By arguing that cinema communicates the inability to process a traumatic event by means of its aesthetic specificity, Laine demonstrates that traumatic cinema can be an important source of ethical knowledge, both within and beyond the cinematic world. The films discussed in this book do not necessarily narrate trauma but embody that aspect of trauma which resists narrativization. This is why there are modes of affective engagement beyond storytelling by which spectators can meaningfully relate to trauma. Scholars of film studies, media studies, and philosophy will find this book of particular interest.
Tarja Laine is assistant professor of film studies at the University of Amsterdam and adjunct professor at the University of Turku.
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ghosts and Ghouls: The Haunting Memory of Trauma
Chapter 3: Victims and Villains: Traumatic Grief and the Roads of Payback
Chapter 4: Lovers and Liars: Performing Trauma
Chapter 5: Pariahs and Parasites: The Dark Satire of Useless Passion
Chapter 6: Clones and Clowns: Traumatic Bodies in Dystopian Settings
About the Author