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“You will love in love camp 7”: genocidal violence, verisimilitude and the poetics of space

“You will love in love camp 7”: genocidal violence, verisimilitude and the poetics of space

Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 and Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 (2016) “You will love in love camp 7”: genocidal violence, verisimilitude and the poetics of space. In: 72nd Annual Meeting 2016: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice, 16 - 19 Nov 2016, New Orleans, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Emerging from the ‘Women in Prison’ genre of exploitation cinema, ‘Nazisploitation’ or ‘sadiconazista’ films of the late 1960s and 1970s utilized the backdrop of the Nazi concentration camps to tell eroticized stories of genocidal violence. In transforming human victimization into voyeuristic spectacle - whilst making simultaneous claims to verisimilitude - these films problematized notions of representation and entertainment. In this paper, we will unpack how the space of the concentration camp within this sub-genre is framed so as to privilege the scopophilic male gaze and the “to-be-looked-at-ness” of the female body (Mulvey, 1992). Broadening our focus to the contemporaneous ‘art house’ depictions of fascistic violence in Salò (1976) and The Night Porter (1974), we see how similar tropes are used to prompt ‘unpleasure’ in the audience. In attempting to represent the unrepresentable, we consider whether each of these films – be they ‘high’ art or ‘low’ culture - simply reproduce Schweickart’s (1986) notion of androcentric reading strategies.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime, genocide
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25541

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