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Extreme Cinema: Affective Strategies in Transnational Media

Aaron Kerner and Jonathan Knapp


Extreme Cinema surveys post-millennial trends in transnational cinema—particularly in its highly stylized treatment of explicit sex and violence. In many cases these cinematic embellishments skirt narrative motivation or even impede narrative progression, favoring instead the possibility to elicit an affective response in the spectator: physical sensation separate from cognition and emotion. As a result, in many instances extreme cinema is not governed according to narrative conventions (narrative arcs driven by character motivation), and instead emphasizes spectacles. If not episodic in struc ... More

Keywords: Affect, Sensation, Explicit, Abjection, Disgust, Arousal, Pain, Laughter, New French Extremity, Asia Extreme

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402903
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Kerner, author

Jonathan Knapp, author