Beyond the Rhetoric of Pain
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Beyond the Rhetoric of Pain presents a fresh, interdisciplinary approach to the current research on pain from a variety of scholarly angles within Literature, Film and Media, Game Studies, Art History, Hispanic Studies, Memory Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Law. Through the combination of these perspectives, this volume goes beyond the existing structures within and across these disciplines framing new concepts of pain in attitude, practice, language, and ethics of response to pain.
Comprised of fourteen unique essays, Beyond the Rhetoric of Pain maintains a common thread of analysis using a historical and cultural lens to explore the rhetoric of pain. Considering various methodologies, this volume questions the ethical, social and political demands pain makes upon those who feel, watch or speak it. Arranged to move from historical cases and relevance of pain in history towards the contemporary movement, topics include pain as a social figure, rhetorical tool, artistic metaphor, and political representation in jurisprudence.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Beyond the Rhetoric of Pain , 1 Visualising Pain: A History of Representations ofSuffering in Medical Texts, 2 Mirrors and Shadows: Photography as a Way of Sharing Pain Experience in Medical Pain Consultations, 3 Atrocity and the Pain in Law, 4 Choked by the Brutal Fact of Being: The Concept of Pain in the Early Works of Emmanuel Levinas, 5 ‘I Honestly Felt Sick’: Affect and Pain in Viewers’ Responses to Holocaust Films, 6 Memory Beyond the Anthropocene: The Tactile Rhetorics of Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia de la luz and El botón de nácar, 7 The Proper Name of Our Dispossession: Notes on Filming the Blood of the Martyrs of the Arab Revolutions, 8 ‘Needs to Be Done’: The Representation of Torture in Video Games and in Metal Gear Solid, Re-Representations of Forgiveness: The South African Rainbow, 10 Notes toward a Working Definition of Mopecore, 11 Pain and Writing: An Interview with Diamela Eltit, Introduced by La narrativa de Diamela Eltit: escritura antes que literatura, 12 Translating Pain
Berenike Jung is a lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. Previously, she worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Media Studies in Tübingen. She received her PhD in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick in 2016.
Stella Bruzzi, Director of Research for Film and Television Studies, has written the highly acclaimed New Documentary, amongst many other publications. In 2011 she was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.