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We all have images that we find unwatchable, whether for ethical, political, or sensory and affective reasons. From news coverage of terror attacks to viral videos of police brutality, and from graphic horror films to transgressive artworks, many of the images in our media culture might strike us as unsuitable for viewing. Yet what does it mean to proclaim something unwatchable: disturbing, revolting, poor, tedious, or literally inaccessible? With over 50 original essays by leading scholars, artists, critics, and curators, this is the first book to trace the unwatchable across our contemporary media environment, in which viewers encounter difficult content on various screens and platforms. Appealing to a broad academic and general readership, the volume offers multidisciplinary approaches to the vast array of troubling images that circulate in global visual culture.
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"By posing a seemingly modest questionwhat visual experiences in our media-saturated world are 'unwatchable?'the editors of this remarkable volume have elicited an astonishing range of intensely felt responses. They reveal the most potent anxieties of our troubled times, forcing us to attend to what we cannot bear to witness directly." -- Martin Jay * author of Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought * "This thoughtfully curated anthology of short essays comes at a classical aesthetic problem with a fresh sense of historical urgency and from a number of truly new, often surprising directions. Radically extending the conceptual reach of its title, Unwatchable offers readers real traction on core questions in media and cultural studies surrounding taste, identity, and embodied experience as it navigates deftly across the dizzying landscape of contemporary spectatorship." -- Sianne Ngai * author of Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting * "A compelling foray into the bio- and necropolitics of spectacle, suffering, and violence. The short pieces in this weighty collection linger uncomfortably, highlighting the incommensurability of the unwatchable and the unthinkable." -- Jasbir K. Puar * author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times * "While many edited anthologies boast interdisciplinarity and intermediality, Unwatchable stands out for the astounding reach of the media and discourses marshalled under its theme. Its implications are manifold, evidence that 'unwatchable' is more than just an aesthetic category. Unwatchables editors suggest that the currently unobservable, whether expressly repudiated or involuntarily rendered invisible, will surely linger and haunt the public imagination for yearsif not generationsto come." * Film Quarterly * New Books Network: New Books in Popular Culture -- New Books in film podcast interview withNicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Gunnar Iversen * New Books Network - New Books in Film * "Confronting the Unwatchable," by Maggie Hennefeld and Nicholas Baer https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/confronting-the-unwatchable/#! * Los Angeles Review of Books * "A substantial collection of essays, bristling with anxiety about the social impact of the kind of mediations broadcasting the news requires of us daily." * Times Literary Supplement * "The tone of the writing is refreshingsometimes experimental and at others painfully reflective. Readers embark on deeply personal and highly politicised journeys with contributors, recalling harrowing moments from cinematic, televisual, world, and personal history." * Moveable Type * "Unwatchable is a powerful, potent collection because of its mission to crack our fingers apart just a little bit wider to see more of what we're averse to. Look for this book." * Jump Cut * "The anthology is an impressive collection of essays written by over fifty scholars and artists working on issues in film and media studies from a variety of disciplines and professional (as well as personal) perspectives, each of whom attempts to struggle with sharing what it means for something to be 'unwatchable' for them. Researchers on related issues in film, media, gender, politics, and philosophy broadly construed will find much that is both new and old to consider anew and to reconsider, while those new to such debates may find another space within which to theorize." * Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism * "This anthology does nothing less than challenge us to grapple with the criteria and ramifications of the unwatchable. It does not offer any one-dimensional or easily digestible answers to the complex questions raised in individual contributions. Though its richness and variety, it instead makes possible a deeper understanding of the concept of the

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NICHOLAS BAER is a collegiate assistant professor in the humanities and Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago in Illinois. He is the coeditor of the award-winning The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 19071933. MAGGIE HENNEFELD is an assistant professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the author of Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes. LAURA HORAK is an associate professor of film studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of the award-winning Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 19081934 (Rutgers University Press). GUNNAR IVERSEN is a professor of film studies at Carleton University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books.


Contents Introduction: Envisioning the Unwatchable Part I: Violence and Testimony Theorizing the Unwatchable 1. W. J. T. Mitchell, Unwatchable 2. Boris Groys, The Gaze from Within 3. Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Unwatchable and the Unwatchable 4. Alenka Zupani, Melting Into Visibility 5. Meghan Sutherland, Pro Forma Spectacles of Destruction 6. Jonathan Crary, Terminal Radiance 7. Poulomi Saha, Unwatched/Unmanned: Drone Strikes and the Aesthetics of the Unseen 8. Alex Bush, Breakaway 9. Meir Wigoder, The Watchability of the Unwatchable: Television Disaster Coverage Bearing Witness 10. Peter Geimer, The Incommensurable 11. Leshu Torchin, Not Seeing is Believing: The Unwatchable in Advocacy 12. Frances Guerin, Even If She Had Been a Criminal: A Past Unwatched 13. Federico Windhausen, Deframing Evidence: A Transmission from Los ingrvidos 14. Emily Regan Wills, Alan Kurdis Body on the Shore Visual Regimes of Racial Violence 15. Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Held Helpless in the Breach: On American History X 16. Jared Sexton, The Flash of History: On the Unwatchable in Get Out 17. Alexandra Juhasz, Nothing is Unwatchable for All 18. Michael Boyce Gillespie, Empathy. Complicity. Spectacularization and Resistance 19. Alok Vaid-Menon, Entertainment Value 20. Alec Butler, Holocausts, Halloween, and Headdresses 21. Danielle Peers, Unwitnessable: Outrageous Ableist Impersonations and Unwitnessed Everyday Violence Part II: Histories and Genres The Tradition of Provocateurs 22. Asbjrn Grnstad, The Two Unwatchables 23. Akira Lippit, Real Horrorshow 24. Mauro Resmini, Asymmetries of Desire: Sal, or the 120 Days of Sodom 25. Mattias Frey, Unstomachable: Irrversible and the Extreme Cinema Tradition Enduring the Avant-Garde 26. Christophe Wall-Romana, Unwatchability by Choice: Isous Venom and Eternity 27. Kenneth Berger, The Refusal of Spectacle: Debords Howls for Sade 28. J. Hoberman, Warhols Empire: Unwatched and Unwatchable 29. Nol Carroll, Warhol's Empire 30. Erika Balsom, Watching Paint Dry Visceral Responses to Horror 31. Vivian Sobchack, Peekaboo: Thoughts on (Maybe Not) Seeing Two Horror Films 32. B. Ruby Rich, Why I Cannot Watch 33. Genevieve Yue, Apotropes Pornography and the Question of Pleasure 34. Susie Bright, I Am Curious (Butterball) 35. Bill Nichols, At the Threshold to the Void Archives and the Disintegrating Image 36. Elif Rongen-Kaynaki, Restoring Blood Money 37. Jan Olsson, Turning Garbo Watchable: From Swedish Bread Bun to Hollywood Goddess 38. Philipp Stiasny and Bennet Togler, Twilight of the Dead Part III: Spectators and Objects Passionate Aversions 39. Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sad!: Why I Wont Watch Antichrist 40. Nathan Lee, Transforming Nihilism 41. Julian Hanich, Oh, Inventiveness! Oh, Imaginativeness! Precious Cinema and Its Discontents: A Rant 42. Jeffrey Sconce, The Biopic is an Affront to the Cinema Tedious Whiteness 43. Jack Halberstam, White Men Behaving Sadly 44. Brandy Monk-Payton, You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important or, Why I Can't Watch The Help 45. Mel Y. Chen, Two Tables and a Ladder: WCGW? Reality Trumpism 46. Lynne Joyrich, TV Trumps 47. Abigail De Kosnik, The Once and Future Hillary: Why I Won't Watch Any Fictionalizations of the 2016 Election Pedagogy and Campus Politics 48. Ral Prez, Why We Cant Take a Joke 49. Jennifer Malkowski, The Bridge and Unteachable Films 50. Katariina Kyrl, Squirming in the Classroom: Fat Girl and the Ethical Value of Extreme Discomfort The Triggered Spectator 51. E. Ann Kaplan, What is an Unwatchable Film? (With Reference to Amour and Still Alice) 52. Barbara Hammer, Watch at Your Own Peril 53. Samuel England, Sects, Fries, and Videotape 54. Rebecca Schneider, Off Watch Acknowledgments Filmography Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index