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Imperial Affects: Sensational Melodrama and the Attractions of American Cinema

Jonna Eagle

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ISBN 10: 0813583039 / ISBN 13: 9780813583037
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Title: Imperial Affects: Sensational Melodrama and ...

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Binding: Hardback

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In American culture and history, a feeling of national identity and belonging have often derived from a sense of injury, vulnerability, and loss. Sympathy and aggression operate as twinned affects in such contexts, with representations of an assaulted national body animating identification with nationalist violence and its agents. In Imperial Affects, Jonna Eagle turns to the workings of American cinema to understand the power and persistence of these conjunctions, tracing the shifting dynamics of action and pathos as they structure representations of imperialist motion and violence across the twentieth century.


"Eagle skillfully juggles debates around the meaning and cultural relevance of melodrama, the relationship between sensationalism and modernity, and the cultural work done by the Western. This is a first-rate book that makes important contributions to film studies, American studies, and cultural studies more broadly."--Sarah Hagelin "author of Reel Vulnerability "

"Rich in historical and critical insights, Eagle vividly demonstrates why the intimate connection between melodrama and action/violence matters so profoundly for our thinking about the cinema, gender, race and nationalism."--Yvonne Tasker "author of Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema "

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