Affectless empathy, embodied imagination, and "The Killer Inside Me"

Stadler, Jane (2013) Affectless empathy, embodied imagination, and "The Killer Inside Me". Screening the Past, 37 .

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Author Stadler, Jane
Title Affectless empathy, embodied imagination, and "The Killer Inside Me"
Formatted title
Affectless empathy, embodied imagination, and The Killer Inside Me
Journal name Screening the Past
ISSN 1328-9756
Publication date 2013-10-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Total pages 17
Editor Adrian Martin
Place of publication Wodonga, VIC Australia
Publisher La Trobe University
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Is it possible for an emotionless psychopath such as Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (played by Casey Affleck), the mild-mannered murderer in Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me (2010), to experience empathy? This article analyses the interface between the spectator and the screen in this potent film, a crime thriller adapted from Jim Thompson’s brutal novel of the same title (1952). It tests the characteristics, boundaries and significance of cinematic empathy by examining the narrative’s central character, and it questions how the audience’s epistemological alignment with this deranged protagonist complicates responses to the film. In this way The Killer Inside Me furnishes a limit case or thought experiment about empathy’s affective, cognitive and ethical dimensions.
Keyword Empathy
Affect
Film spectatorship
Phenomenology
Cognitive film theory
Mirror neurons
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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