European civil war films : memory, conflict and nostalgia

Kosmidou, SE ORCID: 2013, European civil war films : memory, conflict and nostalgia , Routledge, New York, London.

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This monograph examines the ways in which late twentieth-century European cinema deals with the neglected subject of civil war. Exploring a range of films about the Spanish, Irish, Former Yugoslavian, and Greek civil wars, this comparative and interdisciplinary study engages with contemporary debates in cultural memory and investigates the ways in which cinematic postmemory is problematic. Many of the films present an idealised past that glosses over the reality of these civil wars, at times producing a nostalgic discourse of loss and longing. Other films engage with the past in a melancholic fashion, while other films deal with the traumatic past in a Bakhtinean carnivalesque way. These cinematic discourses articulate contemporary concerns, especially the loss of ideology and a utopian political horizon in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989, a date that marks a significant break in European history and an accompanying paradigm shift in European cultural memory. Filmmakers examined include Trueba, Cuerda, Loach, Jordan, Kusturica, Dragojević, and Angelopoulos.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Hardback edition published August 2012. Paperback edition published January 2016.
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415523202
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Depositing User: S Kosmidou
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 13:09
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 20:43

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