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Performing Arts History & Criticism

The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia

Between Pain and Pleasure

edited by Ewa Mazierska, Matilda Mroz & Elzbieta Ostrowska

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2016
History & Criticism
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    Nov 2016
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Bringing together a range of theoretical and critical approaches, this edited collection is the first book to examine representations of the body in Eastern European and Russian cinema after the Second World War. Drawing on the history of the region, as well as Western and Eastern scholarship on the body, the book focuses on three areas: the traumatized body, the body as a site of erotic pleasure, and the relationship between the body and history. Critically dissecting the different ideological and aesthetic ways human bodies are framed, The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia also demonstrates how bodily discourses oscillate between complicity and subversion, and how they shaped individuals and societies both during and after the period of state socialism.

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Contributor Notes

Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies, at the School of Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire. Matilda Mroz is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex. Elzbieta Ostrowska teaches film at the University of Alberta, Canada.