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Ecce HomoThe Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure$
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Kent L. Brintnall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226074696

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226074719.001.0001

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Suffering Triumph

Suffering Triumph

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Ecce Homo

Kent L. Brintnall

University of Chicago Press

This chapter attends to representations of violence—specifically, violence generated by and directed against male bodies—in Hollywood action films. Linking the “violence” of action films with the trauma of war, however tangentially, may appear as obscene and problematic as Bataille's celebratory turn to mystical self-annihilation in the midst of World War II, but a connection between the action genre's pleasures and those “drawn [from] the combat aspect of war” can be seen. This chapter then considers some of the clearest examples of the male-body-in-pain's ambiguity. Featuring narratives of the suffering but triumphant hero, and containing spectacular displays of the male body, action films present all the issues and questions that motivate this study.

Keywords:   violence, male bodies, action films, war, self-annihilation

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