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Mapping Cinematic Norths

International Interpretations in Film and Television


Edited By Julia Dobson and Jonathan Rayner

Mapping Cinematic Norths presents an international range of research and enquiry into the significance, representation and manipulation of depictions of the ‘North’ in cinema and television. Northern landscapes, soundscapes, characters and narratives are defined and recognized as distinctive image-spaces within film and television. However, the ‘North’ is portrayed, exploited and interpreted in divergent ways by filmmakers and film audiences worldwide, and this volume sheds new light on these varying perspectives.

Bringing together the work of established and emerging academics as well as practising filmmakers, this collection offers new critical insights into the coalescence of North-ness on screen, exploring examples from Britain, Scandinavia, continental Europe, Australia and the United States. With contextual consideration and close readings, these essays investigate concepts of the North on film from generic, national, aesthetic, theoretical, institutional and archival perspectives, charting and challenging the representations and preconceptions of the idea of North-ness across cultural and cinematic heritages.

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LUIS ROCHA ANTUÑES is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim. He was previously a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen and Harvard University. His doctoral thesis addresses the multisensory film experience related to thermoception, nociception, the vestibular and proprioception. He is also the main researcher in a study of climate and Norwegian cinema (which has received a project grant from the Norwegian Research Council). He has published work in Essays in Philosophy and the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, and has work forthcoming for Routledge and University of Edinburgh Press.

LEE BROUGHTON is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Leeds where he is working on a research project titled ‘Interpreting Representations of “North” and “South” in the Spaghetti West’. He is the author of The Euro Western (I.B. Tauris, 2015). His other publications include ‘Upsetting the genre’s gender stereotypes: Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956) and the British out West’ in International Westerns (Scarecrow Press, 2014) and ‘Captain Swing the Fearless: A Turkish Film Adaptation of an Italian Western Comic Strip’ in Impure Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2014).

JACK CORTVRIEND is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Sheffield. His research explores space, place, realism and the everyday in contemporary British art cinema. His other interests include phenomenological film theory, the representation of masculinity in film, and television and contemporary documentary film. He also works part-time as...

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