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Finding Ourselves at the MoviesPhilosophy for a New Generation$
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Paul Kahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164382

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164382.001.0001

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Love, Romance, and Pornography

Love, Romance, and Pornography

(p.128) Chapter 5 Love, Romance, and Pornography
Finding Ourselves at the Movies

Paul W. Kahn

Columbia University Press

This chapter demonstrates contemporary films' examination of familial anxieties, in which the same imaginative structures of representation and identity characterize both family and state. There exists an anxiety that the body cannot support any meaning beyond itself, and thus representation closes in on itself; such anxieties are conveyed through porn and horror films. The chapter also deals with the role of natality in politics and family, illustrating an analogy between a person's coming into being and the infant as the source of identity beyond interpretation. Citing films such as Children of the Corn, The Burning Plain, Rebel Without a Cause, Scream, and Rocky Horror Picture Show, the chapter explains how films remind us that in humanity's fears and anxieties, they may not be as modern as they think.

Keywords:   familial anxieties, representation, identity, porn, horror films, natality, interpretation

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