The links between cinema and war machines have long been established. At the same time, cinema represents an often overlooked yet crucial channel of tackling the difficult themes of post-traumatic memory. This book explores the range, form, and valences of trauma narratives that permeate the most notable narrative films about the breakup of Yugoslavia. It examines how film plays a part in coming to terms with the traumatic effects that wars have on communities by way of forming an archive of publically circulated, mass-mediated cultural memories.
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"Dislocated Screen Memory is a welcome addition to the growing literature on post-conflict cinema. Focusing on films from the countries of ex-Yugoslavia, the book deftly and delicately explores much contested affective and political terrain, making the reader see how the traumatic aftermath of a civil war all too easily blurs distinction between victims and perpetrators, as each side lays claim to victimhood. At once erudite and empathetic, the book makes an excellent case for the cinema as a factor for truth and an agent of testimony." - Thomas Elsaesser, author of German Cinema - Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945Über den Autor:
Dijana Jelaca is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Communication, and Theatre at St. John's University, USA.
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