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    Elaine Scarry, Michael Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’ and the structure of cruelty

    Bourke, Joanna (2019) Elaine Scarry, Michael Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’ and the structure of cruelty. Body and Society 25 (3), pp. 136-152. ISSN 1357-034X.

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    Haneke’s film ‘Funny Games’ is a reflection on the nature of pain and representation. I argue that the film closely follows Elaine Scarry’s arguments about the structure of torture. Further, by refusing to appeal to categories of generalization such as ‘sadism’ and ‘psychopathy’, Haneke undermines the process of finding meaning in violence. Haneke positions his audiences as more than just witnesses to torture, but active participants in cruelty.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
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    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 08:32
    Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 12:02


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