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Intermediality in European Avant-garde Cinema

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ISBN 9781032424897
June 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

The book proposes a new perspective on avant-garde cinema, utilising approaches from intermediality to explore how the spirit of experimentation, a hallmark of historical avant-garde and post-war artistic movements, is still present in contemporary filmmaking today.

The volume explores how contemporary avant-garde filmmakers have brought innovation to modern cinema. Filmmakers, such as, Jean-Luc Godard, Lars von Trier, and Alexander Sokurov and their contemporary works will be analyzed, reflecting on their experimentation with cinematic techniques and the mixing of the film medium with other media, such as literature, theatre, and painting. Important research questions considered throughout the book include: How do intermedial experiments convey meaning in films? What is the impact on the spectator of the mixing of various media forms in cinema? And how are the contemporary films of Jean-Luc Godard, Lars von Trier, and Alexander Sokurov innovative and experimental? The book is devoted to all these themes and provides a thorough analysis of contemporary films examined through an intermedial perspective.

Providing a comprehensive analysis of contemporary avant-garde filmmaking from an intermedial perspective, this book will be of interest to graduate students and scholars working in intermedial studies, film and media studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



1. Introduction: European Avant-garde Cinema

2. Intermediality in Cinema

3. Jean-Luc Godard: Intermediality and Genre Hybridity in his Late Films

4. Stillness in Motion: Intermedial Encounters in Alexander Sokurov’s Films

5. Cinema as Theatrical Space in Lars von Trier’s Films

6. Conclusion: The Politics of Intermediality

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Loukia Kostopoulou is a Senior Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of French, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she teaches film studies, audiovisual adaptation, and audiovisual translation at both undergraduate and graduate level. She is also a researcher and coordinator of the Media Research Group (at AUTh SemioLab). She has been a Visiting Scholar to several academic institutions, among which the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at Cyprus University of Technology, and New Bulgarian University. She has completed a postdoctoral research project at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications AUTh in the field of European avant-garde cinema. She is co-editor of The Fugue of the Five Senses and the Semiotics of the Shifting Sensorium (Hellenic Semiotic Society, 2019), New Paths in Theatre Translation and Surtitling (Routledge, forthcoming), Transmedial Perspectives on Humour and Translation: From Page to Screen to Stage (Routledge, forthcoming), and Managing Editor of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics.