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Travel Ideals in Film


Edited By Gemma Blackwood and Andrew McGregor

This volume examines representations and explorations of travel ideals in contemporary international cinema. It assembles work from a diverse range of academic fields including anthropology, sociology, ethnography, cinema, culture, tourism, communication and language studies, with contributions from international experts such as Mary Louise Pratt of New York University, whose work on ‘contact zones’ continues to provide the framework for scholarship on travel writing around the world. The volume explores the link between filmed spaces and real locations, with one of the fundamental dynamics being the investigation of filmmaking itself, and in particular the notion that cultural authenticity may be sought and found by filming ‘on location’. Also examined are the notions of fantasy and exoticism that arise through an idealisation of the locations themselves and their transformational impact on the protagonists who travel there. Such is the impact of motion pictures on contemporary culture that these travel ideals in film will inevitably influence our understanding of cities, regions, nations and cultures; indeed, the world around us and our role in it.
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Edited byAndrew McGregor & Philippe Met

The Film Cultures series publishes high quality academic research in the field of Film Studies with an emphasis on cinema as a medium for the representation and interpretation of cultural identities throughout the world. The editors seek to encourage diversity in the theoretical backgrounds represented in the series, and invite submissions of monographs, collected papers and conference proceedings covering a broad range of film-related research disciplines.

Vol.  1

Karsten Forbrig & Antje Kirsten (éds)„Il était une fois en RDA…“. Une rétrospective de la DEFA. Analyses & Documentations.2010. ISBN 978-3-0343-0030-8

Vol.  2

Andrew McGregorFilm Criticism as Cultural Fantasy.The Perpetual French Discovery of Australian Cinema.2010. ISBN 978-3-0343-0053-7

Vol.  3

David-Alexandre WagnerDe la banlieue stigmatisée à la cité démystifiée.La représentation de la banlieue des grands ensembles dans le cinéma français de 1981 à 2005.2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0509-9

Vol.  4

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