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Abstracts of Papers and Posters Presented at the 2004 APCG Meeting, San Luis Obispo, California

Abstracts of Papers and Posters Presented at the 2004 APCG Meeting, San Luis Obispo, California Stuart C. Aitken, San Diego State University, saitken@mail.sdsu.edu. Encountering the Stoic Heart of Men Through Cinematic Spaces of Violence. With this essay, I focus on men's emotional involvement with violence through a discussion of leading men as victims of cinematic violence and the ways that this notion challenges the conventional wisdom from feminist film theory and elsewhere that male-scopic pleasure must center on control. My intent is not to resolve and subvert patriarchal ways of knowing, but to try to spin this two-sided Janus-coin so as to blur the edges and features that define it. I focus on leading men and cinematic contrivances between emotions and violence with intent, ultimately, on saying something about how masculinities are differentiated spatially. I begin with a brief and general discussion of the emotive experience of movie going. I then elaborate some conventional wisdom from feminist psychoanalytic studies that situates masculinity in terms that point to sadistic control and castration fear. This is followed with a fuller discussion of men and violence in cinema with intent to elaborate the multi-faceted complexity of representations that are, following Deleuze, best articulated from non-representational standpoints that focus on affect. The final part of the essay http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers University of Hawai'I Press

Abstracts of Papers and Posters Presented at the 2004 APCG Meeting, San Luis Obispo, California

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Stuart C. Aitken, San Diego State University, saitken@mail.sdsu.edu. Encountering the Stoic Heart of Men Through Cinematic Spaces of Violence. With this essay, I focus on men's emotional involvement with violence through a discussion of leading men as victims of cinematic violence and the ways that this notion challenges the conventional wisdom from feminist film theory and elsewhere that male-scopic pleasure must center on control. My intent is not to resolve and subvert patriarchal ways of knowing, but to try to spin this two-sided Janus-coin so as to blur the edges and features that define it. I focus on leading men and cinematic contrivances between emotions and violence with intent, ultimately, on saying something about how masculinities are differentiated spatially. I begin with a brief and general discussion of the emotive experience of movie going. I then elaborate some conventional wisdom from feminist psychoanalytic studies that situates masculinity in terms that point to sadistic control and castration fear. This is followed with a fuller discussion of men and violence in cinema with intent to elaborate the multi-faceted complexity of representations that are, following Deleuze, best articulated from non-representational standpoints that focus on affect. The final part of the essay

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Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast GeographersUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 8, 2005

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