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Perverse Spectators
Author: Janet Staiger

ISBN: 9780814781388
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 16 June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.88 x 2.11
Description:
A brief survey cannot do justice to Staiger's rich, rewarding work. The writing style is refreshingly lucid, even while she negotiates complicated ideas and diverse spectator positions.--JUMP CUTOne of the best contemporary American film scholars over the past decade. Janet Staiger points towards new directions which the study of cinema must consider in the coming years.--Henry Jenkins, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyFilm and television have never been more prevalent or watched than they are now, yet we still have little understanding of how people process and make use of what they see. And though we acknowledge the enormous role the media plays in our culture, we have only a vague sense of how it actually influences our attitudes and desires.In Perverse Spectators, Janet Staiger argues that studying the interpretive methods of spectators within their historical contexts is both possible and necessary to understand the role media plays in culture and in our personal lives. This analytical approach is applied to topics such as depictions of violence, the role of ratings codes, the horror and suspense genre, historical accuracy in film, and sexual identities, and then d...

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