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Theorizing World Cinema

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This groundbreaking and innovative book is about the place of World Cinema in the cultural imaginary. It also repositions World Cinema in a wider discursive space than is usually the case and treats it as an object of theoretical enquiry, rather than as a commercial label. The editors and distinguished group of contributors, including Laura Mulvey, John Caughie, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, and Paul Julian Smith, offer a range of approaches and case studies whose organizing principle is the ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking and innovative book is about the place of World Cinema in the cultural imaginary. It also repositions World Cinema in a wider discursive space than is usually the case and treats it as an object of theoretical enquiry, rather than as a commercial label. The editors and distinguished group of contributors, including Laura Mulvey, John Caughie, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, and Paul Julian Smith, offer a range of approaches and case studies whose organizing principle is the developing idea of polycentrism as applied to cinema. They refine and redefine key concepts in film studies, including identification, representation, and identity; narrative and realism; allegory and the national project; auteurism and the popular; art and genre. They re-evaluate how cinema shapes and responds to the philosophical, cultural, and political effects of transnationalism and cosmopolitanism in the age of the moving image, and explore the interconnectedness of films produced worldwide, as well as the links between cinema and other visual cultural forms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848854932
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Tauris World Cinema Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lúcia Nagib is Centenary Professor of World Cinema & Director of the Centre for World Cinemas, University of Leeds. She is Series Editor of Tauris' World Cinema Series. Chris Perriam is Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Manchester. Rajinder Dudrah is Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies and Head of the Department of Drama, University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
• Notes on Contributors
• Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• The National Project
• ‘Morvern Callar, Art Cinema and the ‘Monstrous Archive’”
• ‘On Film and Cathedrals: Monumental Art, National Allegories and Cultural Warfare’ *  ‘A Theory of Cinema that Can Account for Indian Cinema’
• The Transnational Project
• ‘Transnational Cinemas: The Cases of Mexico, Argentina and Brazil’
• ‘Eduardo Noriega’s Transnational Projections’
• ‘From world cinema to World Cinema: Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time and Ashes of Time Redux’

The Diasporic Project
• ‘Beyond World Cinema?  The Dialectics of Diasporic Cinema’
• ‘Speaking in Tongues: Ang Lee, Accented Cinema, Hollywood’
• The Realist Project
• ‘From Realism to Neorealism’
• ‘Oshima, Corporeal Realism and the Eroticized Apparatus’
• ‘Realism of the Senses: A Tendency in World Cinema’
• ‘Rear Projection and the Paradoxes of Hollywood Realism’
• Index

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