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Palgrave European Film and Media Studies

Polish Migrants in European Film 1918–2017

Authors: Van Heuckelom, Kris

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  • Provides a profoundly transnational approach, drawing on case studies from more than 15 countries
  • Adds a longitudinal and diachronic perspective to the subject of migration in European cinema
  • Offers an in-depth discussion of the nexus between migration and European identity/identities through the prism of modernisation and Europeanisation 
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This study explores the representation of international migration on screen and how it has gained prominence and salience in European filmmaking over the past 100 years. Using Polish migration as a key example due to its long-standing cultural resonance across the continent, this book moves beyond a director-oriented approach and beyond the dominant focus on postcolonial migrant cinemas. It succeeds in being both transnational and longitudinal by including a diverse corpus of more than 150 films from some twenty different countries, of which Roman Polański’s The Tenant, Jean-Luc Godard’s Passion and Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Trois couleurs: Blanc are the best-known examples. Engaging with contemporary debates on modernisation and Europeanisation, the author proposes the notion of “close Otherness” to delineate the liminal position of fictional characters with a Polish background. Polish Migrants in European Film 1918-2017 takes the reader through a wide range of genres, from interwar musicals to Cold War defection films; from communist-era exile right up to the contemporary moment. It is suitable for scholars interested in European or Slavic studies, as well as anyone who is interested in topics such as identity construction, ethnic representation, East-West cultural exchanges and transnationalism. 

About the authors

Kris Van Heuckelom is Professor of Polish Studies and Cultural Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. He specialises in late modern Polish culture, with a particular focus on comparative and transnational perspectives, and has published several books, edited volumes and anthologies in these domains.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Poles of Attraction

    Pages 1-17

    Van Heuckelom, Kris

  • From Polish Romanticism to Poland’s Europeanisation: The Cultural Meanings and the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Migration in the Modern Age

    Pages 19-36

    Van Heuckelom, Kris

  • Polish Entertainers and Entertaining Polishness: Staging Expatriates in Interwar Cinema (1918–1939)

    Pages 37-67

    Van Heuckelom, Kris

  • From Expatriation Through Defection to Immigration: Polish Characters in Wartime and Cold War Film (1940–1980)

    Pages 69-116

    Van Heuckelom, Kris

  • Screening (Non-)Solidarity, Now and Before: Polish Immigrants in Late Cold War Film (1980–1989)

    Pages 117-158

    Van Heuckelom, Kris

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04218-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04217-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Polish Migrants in European Film 1918–2017
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave European Film and Media Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04218-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04218-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04217-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 283
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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