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Imperial Affects: Sensational Melodrama and the Attractions of American Cinema
by Jonna Eagle
Rutgers University Press, 2017
Cloth: 978-0-8135-8303-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-8305-1 | Paper: 978-0-8135-8302-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.A3E24 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.436582

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Imperial Affects is the first sustained account of American action-based cinema as melodrama. From the earliest war films through the Hollywood Western and the late-century action cinema, imperialist violence and mobility have been produced as sites of both visceral pleasure and moral virtue. Suffering and omnipotence operate as twinned affects in this context, inviting identification with an American national subject constituted as both victimized and invincible—a powerful and persistent conjunction traced here across a century of cinema.
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