Work in Cinema: Labor and the Human Condition

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Ewa Mazierska
Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 18, 2013 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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Cinema frequently depicts various types of work, but this representation is never straightforward. It depends on and reflects many factors, most importantly the place and time the film is made and the type of audience it addresses. In this volume, the contributors employ transnational and transhistorical perspectives to compare films from different countries, periods, and genres. Rather than prescribe a specific meaning of work, the collection explores its fuzzy edges, including sex work, criminal work, situations where the jobs' purpose is to reduce work, and other marginal types of labor. The contributors draw attention to the paradox that although there is seemingly less work to be done now than it was in the past, the central role of work in human life has not been challenged: it is seen as the human condition.

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Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Contemporary Cinema in the School of Journalism, Media, and Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She is author of over ten books, including European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory and Politics (2011), Masculinities in Polish, Czech and Slovak Cinema: Black Peters and Men of Marble (2009), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (with Laura Rascaroli, 2006). She edited a dossier on work and cinema for the journal Framework and is Principal Editor of Studies in Eastern European Cinema.

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