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BRITISH RURAL LANDSCAPES ON FILM. Paul Newland. Manchester University Press, 2016. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 238 pp. ISBN 9780719091575 In English.
Publisher's description: British Rural Landscapes on Film is the first book to exclusively deal with cinematic representations of the British countryside. It offers original insights into how rural areas in Britain have been represented on film, from the silent era, through both world wars, and on into the twenty-first century. It balances new scholarly articles with interviews with two key contemporary British filmmakers (Patrick Keiller and Gideon Koppel). The contributors to British Rural Landscapes on Film demonstrate that the countryside has provided Britain (and its constituent nations and regions) with a dense range of spaces in which contested cultural identities have been (and continue to be) worked through. The diverse collection of essays in this book draw on a range of popular and alternative films and genres in order to demonstrate how far film representations come to shape - and be shaped by - the material and embodied circumstances of what we might think of as 'lived' rural experience. They also show how representations of British rural landscapes in films often drawn on tropes previously seen in literature and art. Contributors to this collection are particularly interested in questions of modernity versus tradition, nationhood, and the relationship between the global and the local. British Rural Landscapes on Film will be of interest to scholars of British cinema history, British film, cultural geography and rural studies in particular, as well as the general
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 175143
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