Memory in Global Film
In spite of the overwhelming interest in the study of memory and trauma, no single volume has yet explored the centrality of memory to films of this era in a global context; this volume is the first anthology devoted exclusively to the study of memory in twenty-first-century cinema. Combining individual readings and interdisciplinary methodologies, this book offers new analyses of memory and trauma in some of the most discussed and debated films of the new millennium: Pan's Labyrinth (2006), The Namesake (2006), Hidden (2005), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Oldboy (2003), City of God (2002), Irréversible (2002), Mulholland Drive (2001), Memento (2000), and In the Mood for Love (2000).
An engaging and insightful look at the construction and purpose of memory and nostalgia in contemporary or 'millennial' film...
A most welcome collection that addresses the role of memory in some of the most thought-provoking films in cinema today.
Peter C. Pugsley
Notes on Contributors
Introduction. Millennial Cinema: Memory in Global Film, by Amresh Sinha and Terence McSweeney
Virtual and Prosthetic Memory
1. Time, Memory and Movement in Gaspar Noé's Irreversible, by Paul Atkinson
2. Reconstructing Memory: Visual Virtuality in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, by Steven Rawle
3. Death Every Sunday Afternoon : The Virtual Memories of Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Afterlife, by Alanna Thain
4. 'Prosthetic Memory' and Transnational Cinema: Globalised Identity and Narrative Recursivity in City of God, by Russell J. A. Kilbourn
Traumatic and Allegorical Memory
5. Impossible Memory: Traumatic Narratives in Memento and Mulholland Drive, by Belinda Morrissey
6. Memories of a Catastrophe: Trauma and the Name in Mira Nair's The Namesake, by Amresh Sinha
7. The Future at Odds with the Past : Journey through the Ruins of Memory in Alkinos Tsilimodos's Tom White, by Warwick Mules
8. Filming the Past, Present and Future of an African Village: Ousmane Sembene's Moolaadé, by David Murphy
Historical and Cultural Memory
9. 'The Unquiet Dead': Memories of the Spanish Civil War in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, by Jonathan Ellis and Ana María Sánchez-Arce
10. Rewind: The Will to Remember, the Will to Forget in Michael Haneke's Caché, by Jehanne-Marie Gavarini
11. Memory, Nostalgia and the Feminine: In the Mood for Love and Those Qipaos, by Lynda Chapple
12 Memory as Cultural Battleground in Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, by Terence McSweeney