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Irritation of Life: The Subversive Melodrama of Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Lars von Trier


Loren, Scott; Metelmann, Jörg (2013). Irritation of Life: The Subversive Melodrama of Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Lars von Trier. Marburg: Schüren.

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ARRAY(0x5612909ba950) Irritation of Life explores the political and emotive potential of contemporary auteur cinema. Viewing the work of celebrated directors Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Lars von Trier through the film-historical lenses of melodrama and the avant-garde, Loren and Metelmann explain how convention and deviance interact to establish an aesthetics of irritation. Their densely illustrated readings of the three directors ultimately rehabilitate a question recurrent throughout the many discourses on the moving picture: what social impact might art forms like narrative film hope to achieve? This book suggests that subversive melodrama’s political work is characterized by processes of “empathetic unsettlement” (LaCapra), encouraging new perceptual cartographies in and beyond the cinema, or novel ways of seeing being. Exploration into these uncharted territories constitutes not an IMITATION OF LIFE but an Irritation of Life.

Abstract

ARRAY(0x5612909ba950) Irritation of Life explores the political and emotive potential of contemporary auteur cinema. Viewing the work of celebrated directors Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Lars von Trier through the film-historical lenses of melodrama and the avant-garde, Loren and Metelmann explain how convention and deviance interact to establish an aesthetics of irritation. Their densely illustrated readings of the three directors ultimately rehabilitate a question recurrent throughout the many discourses on the moving picture: what social impact might art forms like narrative film hope to achieve? This book suggests that subversive melodrama’s political work is characterized by processes of “empathetic unsettlement” (LaCapra), encouraging new perceptual cartographies in and beyond the cinema, or novel ways of seeing being. Exploration into these uncharted territories constitutes not an IMITATION OF LIFE but an Irritation of Life.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:aesthetics, Amour, attraction, avant-garde, Blue Velvet, Breaking the Waves, Brecht, Caché, cinema, Dancer in the Dark, David Lynch, discourse, Douglas Sirk, empathetic unsettlement, estrangement, ethics, genre, immersion, Inland Empire, irritation, LaCapra, Lars von Trier, Love, Melcholia, melodrama, Michael Haneke, modernism, Mulholland Drive, Mulvey, narrative, Night of the Hunter, postmodern, Schklowski, Shklovsky, spectacle, victim, victimhood, viscourse, visual culture, visuality, White Ribbon, woman’s film
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:12 Sep 2018 15:33
Last Modified:12 Sep 2018 15:35
Publisher:Schüren
Series Name:Marburger Schriften zur Medienforschung
Number of Pages:210
ISBN:978-3-89472-818-2
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/224954/

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