Locating the transnational: representations and aesthetics of the city in contemporary European cinemas

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dc.contributor.advisor Rascaroli, Laura en
dc.contributor.author Keating, Abigail
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-04T12:09:32Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Keating, A. M. 2014. Locating the transnational: representations and aesthetics of the city in contemporary European cinemas. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1966
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on two Western European cinematic cities, and two unique periods of their respective nations’ histories, in a bid to “locate” the transnational within a contemporary European milieu. I argue that my geo-cinematic case studies are emblematic of broader questions of the problematics of national identity in contemporary Europe in the face of cross-national flows yet, as a result of their representations as cities both “anchored” and “in flux”, they reject a European postnational identity. Through its engagement with cinematic Rome as the “Eternal City” of Europe and cinematic Dublin as the “newly Europeanised” city, my thesis traces how representations and aesthetics of the urban spaces of these two cities correspond with the tensions at the heart of the respective eras in question. Via the figures that inhabit it, navigate it and search for it, the city is utilised to highlight fixity and mobility, centrality and dislocation, in explicit and implicit ways, amid the rapidly changing landscape of its national terrain. It is through my analyses of the filmed places and sociopolitical, socioeconomic and sociocultural spaces of these capital cities under the rubric of the transnational that this research demonstrates the “pluralities” of the construct in its cinematic manifestations. It is also my aim to evaluate the concept of cinematic transnationalism when identifying and accounting for representations of a specific national, historical timeframe, when the momentousness of the changes that occur is not bound by the national, but rather is reflective of the influence of both domestic and external forces. To this end, my thesis draws attention to instances in which the nation is shown to persist and resist dilution, arguing that it is only against the backdrop and continuity of the nation (in its evershifting guises) that the transnational can be conceived in representative and aesthetic terms. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Abigail M. Keating. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Film studies en
dc.subject European cinema en
dc.subject Irish cinema en
dc.subject Italian cinema en
dc.subject Transnational cinema en
dc.subject Cinematic city en
dc.subject Dublin in cinema en
dc.subject Rome in cinema en
dc.title Locating the transnational: representations and aesthetics of the city in contemporary European cinemas en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Italian en
dc.check.type No Embargo Required
dc.check.reason No embargo required en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2015 en


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