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In 'Dying in Full Detail' Jennifer Malkowski explores digital media's impact on one of documentary film's greatest taboos: the recording of death. Despite technological advances that allow for the easy creation and distribution of death footage, digital media often fail to live up to their promise to reveal the world in greater fidelity. Malkowski analyzes a wide range of death footage, from feature films about the terminally ill (Dying, Silverlake Life, Sick), to surreptitiously recorded suicides (The Bridge), to #BlackLivesMatter YouTube videos and their precursors. Contextualizing these recordings in the long history of attempts to capture the moment of death in American culture, Malkowski shows how digital media are unable to deliver death "in full detail," as its metaphysical truth remains beyond representation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Capturing The “Moment”: Photography, Film, and Death’s Elusive Duration
  2. pp. 23-66
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  1. 2. The Art of Dying, on Video: Deathbed Documentaries
  2. pp. 67-108
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  1. 3. “A Negative Pleasure”: Suicide’s Digital Sublimity
  2. pp. 109-154
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  1. 4. Streaming Death: The Politics of Dying on Youtube
  2. pp. 155-200
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  1. Conclusion: The Nearest Cameras Can Go
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-254
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822373414
Related ISBN
9780822363002
MARC Record
OCLC
1103683280
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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