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Cultural Studies Approaches in the Study of Eastern European Cinema

Spaces, Bodies, Memories

Editor(s): Andrea Virginás
Contributors: Zsolt Győri, Doru Pop, Katarína Mišiková, Claudiu Turcuș, Elżbieta Durys, Eszter Ureczky, Mihaela Ursa,

Book Description

The “spatial”, the “bodily”, and the “memory turn” in the humanities and cultural studies are well-canonized developments. These features of our being in the world are fundamental in the medium of cinema, which is an art of spaces, bodies, and memories, increasingly so today when the analogue platform has been running parallel with the digitalized method of filmmaking. The three nodal concepts define the tripartite structure of this volume, composed of an overview study and twelve case-studies of post-1989 Eastern European film and cinema. The overarching questions of space representation and construction, bodies on screen, issues of national identification in a postcolonial framework, and cinema as a form of cultural memory are explored through the lens of specific national cinemas or contemporary Croatian, Hungarian, Polish, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, and Romanian films. In addition to investigating the cohesive forces that mark the postcommunist Eastern European region as a coherent cultural entity in its cinematic representations, the volume also stands as a witness to the importance of transnational approaches.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0059-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0059-7
Date of Publication: 01/12/2016
Pages / Size: 301 / A5
Price: £57.99


Andrea Virginás is Associate Professor in the Media Department of Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her research concerns film cultures in mainstream and peripheral contexts, focusing on film genres and production issues, as well as feminist film and cultural trauma theory. She has published three volumes and a large number of studies, reviews and criticism focusing on film history and the theory of small and mainstream cinemas.