Join us on Tuesday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. for our sixth Faculty Pub Night of the 2017-2018 season, featuring Carla Marcantonio, Associate Professor, Film & Television Studies at LMU’s School of Film and Television. Marcantonio will discuss her recent publication, Global Melodrama: Nation, Body, and History in Contemporary Film.
About the Author’s Work
Why is melodrama a valuable framework through which to approach global, contemporary films? Melodrama manipulates us to feel deeply about the structures that ground our experience of the world: our bodies, the family, the home, and the nation. For this reason, melodrama is a narrative and aesthetic form employed to sustain the national imagination. Globalization is a phenomenon that has challenged the national imagination because it has profoundly changed how we live and connect to others and how we experience both space and time. Global Melodrama analyzes the ways in which film melodrama has adapted this new geopolitical reality and examines how contemporary films ask us to rethink how we tell stories about our sense of identity and community. Through case-studies and close readings of films that emerge from different national and aesthetic traditions, this book demonstrates how global melodramas, far from championing the borderless landscape that the term “global” might index, instead maps and circumscribes new temporal, spatial, and embodied territories. The films that the book investigates as exemplary of the trends of this new, transnational mode of melodrama are: In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 2001), Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2002), 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 2004), The World (Jia Zhangke, China, 2004), Babel (Alejandro González-Iñarritu, Mexico/US, 2006), The Bubble (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2006), Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, Portugal, 2006), and The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2011).
About the Author
Carla Marcantonio is an Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Media Studies. She is a scholar of transnational/global cinema and of the films of Pedro Almodóvar. Carla’s articles and essays have appeared in collected editions as well as in journals such as Social Text, Women and Performance and Cineaste. Her book, Global Melodrama: Nation, Body, and History in Contemporary Cinema (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) investigates how contemporary film melodrama helps map new temporal, spatial, and embodied territories in response to globalization.
About Faculty Pub Night
All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact Ray Andrade, Programming Librarian, at (310) 258-4648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.