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By Frances Pheasant-Kelly

American cinema abounds with movies set in prisons, asylums, hospitals and different associations. instead of orderly locations of restoration and rehabilitation, those institutional settings come to be abject areas of regulate and repression within which grownup identification is threatened as a story impetus. Exploring the abject via concerns as varied as racism, psychological ailment or the renovation of our bodies for organ donation, this e-book analyses quite a number movies together with 'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994), 'Full steel Jacket' (1987) and 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) via to cult movies reminiscent of 'Carrie' (1976) and 'Bubba Ho-tep' (2002). through studying scenes of horror and disgust in the context of abject house, Frances Pheasant-Kelly finds how threats to id take place in scenes of torture, horror and psychosexual repression and are resolved both even though loss of life or via tense re-entry into the surface global. This readable and interesting journey of the abject within the establishment movie can be immensely useful to scholars of movie reviews, severe thought and Cultural Studies.

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The spatial division between whites and blacks emerges in several further scenes, signified through the mise-en-scène. In a meeting about the future of the team when Yoast announces that he is ‘stepping down’ for a season, white Americans, united behind Yoast, occupy a warmly lit scene in the local bar. A parallel scene, but shot out in the street at night, shows black solidarity behind Boone, whom they regard as a saviour. ’ However, when blacks and whites come together there is inevitable disorder.

While the political body rather than the individual is perhaps more salient to discussions of racial discord, it is still appropriate here to consider visceral reactions to the abject, as Kristeva initially postulated. This is relevant to the perceived violation of the individual manifested in this film and in racism discourses. Bodily contamination is certainly suggested in Remember the Titans. Thus, I shall examine racism through the transgression of personal and national boundaries in which the ‘foreigner’ or stranger is seen as abject.

Their normative heterosexual relationship appears to be unstable and difficult and pivots obsessively around Hargenson’s appearance (both cosmetic and sexual). Hargenson, in particular, is malevolent, and represents the threat of the castrating vagina dentata46 through the visual and narrative emphasis on her mouth. This is suggested in the car scene with Billy Nolan in which she is both seductive and aggressive. She repeatedly and unnecessarily applies her lipstick, and there are frequent close-up shots of her open mouth.

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