When planes fall out of the sky : the war body on screen

Redmond, Sean 2008, When planes fall out of the sky : the war body on screen. In Randell, Karen and Redmond, Sean (ed), The war body on screen, Continuum, New York, N. Y., pp.22-35.

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Title When planes fall out of the sky : the war body on screen
Author(s) Redmond, SeanORCID iD for Redmond, Sean orcid.org/0000-0002-1460-8610
Title of book The war body on screen
Editor(s) Randell, Karen
Redmond, SeanORCID iD for Redmond, Sean orcid.org/0000-0002-1460-8610
Publication date 2008
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 15
Start page 22
End page 35
Total pages 14
Publisher Continuum
Place of Publication New York, N. Y.
Summary I can’t keep my eyes off the war body, even though in the repeated seeing of it I feel nauseous: implicated in, and affected by, its painful coming into being. In this age of the War on Terror, wherever I look, wherever I am directed to look by the all-seeing “vision machines” that “illuminate” our identities (Virilio 1994, 70), the body of the soldier, terrorist, hostage, and victim come into troubling view. These war bodies are real in the ontological and phenomenological sense; they are also metaphoric, simulated, and discursive. In this chapter I will define and explore the complex ways in which these three articulating axis—war, in its militaristic and ideological sense; the screen, in all its multifaceted forms and contexts; and the body, individual and social—conjoin and synthesize, disintegrate and dislocate, in a phantasmagoric but simultaneously desperately real collision of power, desire, and control. My main contention will be that the war body on screen is a “sickening” creation that we have desired into being, so that we may feel, better understand, and be taken over by its terror. This terror of living ultimately helps ensure our docility, a docility required by the late capitalist nation-state; it also reconnect us to our bodies in profoundly moving and potentially challenging ways.
ISBN 9780826428226
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2008, Continuum
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