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Thu, 20 May 2021 05:59:56 -0500
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Dear one and all,

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new monograph Emotional Ethics of The Hunger Games in the Palgrave Film Studies and Philosophy series, which I hope will be of interest. Please find below the description, table of contents, and several endorsements from the publisher’s website:

Many thanks for your consideration,

Best regards,

Tarja Laine

Book description: Emotional Ethics of The Hunger Games expands the ‘ethical turn’ in Film Studies by analysing emotions as a source of ethical knowledge in The Hunger Games films. It argues that emotions, incorporated in the thematic and aesthetic organization of these films, reflect a crisis in moral standards. As such they cultivate ethical attitudes towards such phenomena as totalitarianism, the culture of reality television, and the society of spectacle. The focus of the argument is on cinematic aesthetics, which expresses emotions in a way that highlights their ethical significance, running the gamut from fear through guilt and shame, to love, anger and contempt. The central claim of the book is that these emotions are symptomatic of some moral conflict, which renders The Hunger Games franchise a meaningful commentary on the affective practice of cinematic ethics.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Hunger Games as Dystopian Pageants of Bravery
Chapter 2: Between Fear and Hope
Chapter 3: Anger and Generosity
Chapter 4: The Many Forms of Love
Chapter 5: Survivor Shame and Guilt
Chapter 6: Dynamics of Contempt and Dignity
Chapter 7: Conclusion


“The Hunger Games movies have become iconic symbols for resistance across the globe. Tarja Laine proposes that this is not caused by their status as exciting cinematic spectacles, but by their engaging our emotions. Laine uses The Hunger Games as key texts for understanding our world, demonstrating that ethics do not originate from rational considerations, far removed from those mucky things called emotions. But rather that emotions are at the core of cinematic ethics.” (William Brown, Author of Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age)

“In this fresh, engaging, and insightful study of The Hunger Games film trilogy, Tarja Laine explores the crucial role that emotions play in appreciation of the ethical qualities of the movies. She forges productive dialogues between a range of film theory, scholarship on moral philosophy, and debates on ethics, as she performs a multi-layered investigation of the aesthetic qualities of the trilogy, the multiple emotions embodied in these qualities, and the philosophical-ethical insights that are in turn embedded in these emotions. The cinematic connection between emotions and ethics that emerges through Laine’s detailed textual analyses confronts us with complex moral dilemmas while enriching our aesthetic experience.” (Sarah Cooper, Professor, Film Studies Department, King's College London, UK)

“In this elegantly written exploration of the relationship between aesthetics and emotion in The Hunger Games trilogy, Tarja Laine illuminates the power of film to embody ethical conflict. Deftly interweaving film-philosophy and close analysis, Laine traces how these films mobilise complex emotions, nuancing our thinking about cinema and the spectator. Laine’s book takes The Hunger Games films seriously, demonstrating with verve why they matter.” (Catherine Wheatley, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, King’s College London, UK)

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