- 'Vengeance is Mine': Heroes from the Movie-Powerhouse of Emotions
- Aesthetic Investigations
- Volume | Issue number
- 1 | 1
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
In this text I am guided by an interest in cinema as a well-understood machine of emotions which creates a common sense. From this perspective I approach the subject matter of heroism, using the emotions linked to vengeance as a connection between heroism and the cinematic production of common sense. In so doing, I put forward several theses for discussion: that film - like art in general - is a medium which founds community; that such a founding of community essentially occurs via the dimensions of emotion, in our case the dimension of a specific aesthetic emotion; that the hero is a figure emerging from the founding of community; and, finally, that feelings of vengeance - like figures of heroism - are made present in cinema in a representative way.
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