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The aesthetics of violence in contemporary media.


The aesthetics of violence in contemporary media.

Symonds, Gwyn.

Continuum Publishing Group


309 pages




Symonds admits the topic of violence in the media has already received significant scholarly attention, but takes her analysis one step further by surveying its aesthetics. She redefines key terms about the graphic nature and authenticity of our presentations, and assesses how those definitions are linked to what we see in the media, She demonstrates how the debate on the effects of violence cannot be conducted without recognizing the contextual variety that characterizes the media by assessing the current literature and such output as The Passion of the Christ and "The Sopranos," illustrating the trajectory of media violence through the frame of representation, political violence and authenticity, voyeurism, the th756183 rics of the illegal female empowerment, sex and violence ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), righteous violence and the choreographed body, the edge of the sacred, and pixilated and animated violence in the hyperreal.

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Date:Feb 1, 2009
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