Cinema and Nation

Cinema and Nation

Cinema and Nation

Cinema and Nation

Synopsis

Ideas of national identity, nationalism and transnationalism are now a central feature of contemporary film studies, as well as primary concerns for film-makers themselves. Embracing a range of national cinemas including Scotland, Poland, France, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Germany and America, Cinema and Nation considers the ways in which film production and reception are shaped by ideas of national belonging and examines the implications of globalisation for the concept of national cinema.In the first three Parts, contributors explore sociological approaches to nationalism, challenge the established definitions of 'national cinema', and consider the ways in which states - from the old Soviet Union to contemporary Scotland - aim to create a national culture through cinema. The final two Parts address the diverse strategies involved in the production of national cinema and consider how images of the nation are used and understood by audiences both at home and abroad.

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Asu Aksoy is a researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is currently working on the implications of Turkish satellite television for the Turkish immigrant communities in Europe.

Sally Banes is Marian Hannah Winter Professor of Theatre History and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her books include Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance (Wesleyan University Press, 1986), Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theater 1962-64 (Duke University Press, 1995), Writing Dance in the Age of Postmodernism (Wesleyan University Press, 1994), Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage (Routledge, 1998) and Subversive Expectations: Performance Art and Pamtheater in New York 1976-85 (University of Michigan Press, 1998), and she is the director of the documentary video The Last Conversation: Eisenstein's Carmen Ballet. She is past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars.

Tim Bergfelder is Lecturer in Film Studies and German at the University of Southampton, UK. He has previously taught film at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany and the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Noël Carroll is the Monroe C. Beardsley Professor of the Philosophy of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he is the president of the American Society for Aesthetics. His books include The Philosophy of Horror (Routledge, 1990), A Philosophy of Mass Art (Clarendon Press, 1997), Interpreting the Moving Image (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 1999). He is the screenwriter for the documentary video The Last Conversation: Eisenstein's Carmen Ballet.

Sumita S. Chakravarty teaches in the Media Studies program and in the Graduate Faculty at New School University, New York. She is the author of National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987 (University of Texas Press; OUP-Delhi, 1996) and editor of The Enemy Within: The Films ofMrinal Sen (Flicks Books, 2000). She is part of the editorial collective of Immediacy, a new online journal devoted to a discussion of art, media and culture in the new millennium. Her current research includes a study of

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