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Screening Torture: Media Representations of State Terror and Political Domination

Fabiola Fernandez Salek


Before 9/11, films addressing torture outside of the horror/slasher genre depicted the practice in a variety of forms. In most cases, torture was cast as the act of a desperate and depraved individual, and the viewer was more likely to identify with the victim rather than the torturer. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, scenes of brutality and torture in mainstream comedies, dramatic narratives, and action films appear for little other reason than to titillate and delight. In these films, torture is devoid of any redeeming qualities, represented as an exercise in brutal sensele ... More

Keywords: torture, 9/11, film, television, state terror, brutality, political domination

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153591
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabiola Fernandez Salek, editor
York College - CUNY

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Front Matter

Screening Torture

Michael Flynn and Fabiola F. Salek

Part I Torture and the Implications of Masculinity

3 It’s a Perfect World

Michael Flynn and Fabiola F. Salek

Part II Torture and the Sadomasochistic Impulse

4 Lust, Caution

Chris Berry

6 Beyond Susan Sontag

Alfred W. McCoy

Part III Confronting the Legacies of Torture and State Terror

8 “Accorded a Place in the Design”

Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg

9 Confessing Without Regret

Livia Alexander

Part IV Torture and the Shortcomings of Film

12 Doing Torture in Film

Marnia Lazreg

End Matter