Kristeva in Focus: From Theory to Film Analysis

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Berghahn Books, Jan 30, 2010 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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Dealing with some of the major themes in film narratives, this book draws on the theories of French psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva. It looks at how narratives have changed over time, and considers the sources of our variable reactions to themes and representations of horror, strangers, and love.

In addition to a selection of contemporary mainstream films, the major films for analysis are New Zealand "New Wave" films such as Alison Maclean's Kitchen Sink and Crush; Vincent Ward's Vigil; and Jane Campion's Sweety, An Angel at My Table, and The Piano.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Kristeva
1
Chapter 2 Horror Basic concepts
28
Chapter 3 Horror Specifying the circumstances
46
Chapter 4 Strangers Basic concepts
63
Chapter 5 Strangers Expansions
96
Chapter 6 Love Basic concepts
115
Chapter 7 Love Expansions
141
Chapter 8 The text of society and history
159
Chapter 9 Women and social change
184
Bibliography
209
Filmography
216
Index
219
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Katherine J. Goodnow is Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Media Studies, University of Bergen, and has published widely on museums and cultural diversity. She combines research with filmmaking and has produced television series and documentaries for Norwegian national broadcasters.

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