- Offensive Films
While most critics have been quick to dismiss such films as mere shock-fests (if they even bother to talk about them at all), Brottman argues that these movies tell us quite a bit about who we are as a society, what makes us anxious, and what taboos we truly believe cannot be crossed. Part anthropology, part psychoanalysis, Offensive Films vivisects these movies in order to figure out just what about them is so offensive, obscene, or bizarre. In the end, Brottman proves that these films, shunned from the cinematic canon, work on us in sophisticated ways we often choose to remain unaware of.
Mikita Brottman is Professor in the Department of Language, Literature and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of Car Crash Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) and Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor (Analytic Press, 2004), among other books.
Consistently witty and intelligent, informed by a cheerful nihilism. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
--Science Fiction Studies
For those called to be diagnostic morticians of a sick culture. Not recommended for the faint.