By Frances Pheasant-Kelly
American cinema abounds with movies set in prisons, asylums, hospitals and different associations. instead of orderly locations of restoration and rehabilitation, those institutional settings come to be abject areas of keep watch over and repression during which grownup id is threatened as a story impetus. Exploring the abject via concerns as varied as racism, psychological affliction or the renovation of our bodies for organ donation, this ebook analyses various motion pictures together with 'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994), 'Full steel Jacket' (1987) and 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) via to cult motion pictures reminiscent of 'Carrie' (1976) and 'Bubba Ho-tep' (2002). by way of analysing scenes of horror and disgust in the context of abject area, Frances Pheasant-Kelly finds how threats to id happen in scenes of torture, horror and psychosexual repression and are resolved both notwithstanding dying or via stressful re-entry into the surface global. This readable and interesting journey of the abject within the establishment film...
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Extra resources for Abject Spaces in American Cinema. Institutional Settings, Identity and Psychoanalysis in Film
6 She also describes how involuntary bodily actions that arise in reaction to encountering the abject, such as gagging at the skin on the surface of milk, are ways of protecting the self from contamination. Indeed, like Douglas, Kristeva focuses on excluding the abject through maintaining homogeneous boundaries. Consequently, any transgression that ‘disturbs identity, system, order’,7 and that ‘does not respect borders, positions, rules’,8 is liable to abjection. 9 Maternal abjection is a particularly important facet of her work, Kristeva noting how, the abject confronts us ...
These two approaches are further dissonant in that Foucault is a critic of Freudianism and though Foucault’s concerns with ordering and discipline are similar to those of Freud and Kristeva, his ideas are essentially anti-psychoanalytic. For Foucault, Freudianism is rooted in a repression of sexuality, with perversion resulting from repression. In contrast, Foucault considers power to be a productive phenomenon, creating efficient, ordered subjects. The bringing together of two apparently irreconcilable approaches thus has various implications.
Inc. All Rights Reserved. Figure 3, The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) © Castle Rock Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Introduction: Institutions, Abjection and Subjectivity Fictional films set in institutions invariably feature scenes of violence, suicide, cruelty or escape, which seems inconsistent with the usual orderliness of real life institutions. Inevitably, however, the excessive control that pervades the on-screen institute leads to visual chaos and narrative disruption.
Abject Spaces in American Cinema. Institutional Settings, Identity and Psychoanalysis in Film by Frances Pheasant-Kelly