Contemporary European Cinema: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis

1st Edition

Betty Kaklamanidou, Ana M. Corbalán

Routledge
December 12, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 198 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138564404 - CAT# Y381595
Series: The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture

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Summary

This book offers a range of accounts of the state of "European Cinema" in a specific sociopolitical era: that of the global economic crisis that began in 2008 and the more recent refugee and humanitarian crisis. With the recession having become a popular theme of economic, demographic, and sociological research in recent years, this volume examines representations of the crisis and its attendant market instability and mistrust of neoliberal political systems in film. It thus sheds light on the mediation, reimagination, and reformulation of recent history in the depiction of personal, cultural, and political memories, and raises new questions about crisis narratives in European film, asking whether the theoretical notion of "national" cinema is less or more powerful during moments of sociopolitical turbulence, and investigating the kinds of cultural representations and themes that characterize the narratives of European documentary and fictional films from both small and large national markets.

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