Cinematic countrysides

Edited by Robert Fish

Cinematic countrysides


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7267-3
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: December 2014
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Plays, playscripts, Film history, theory & criticism, DRAMA / American / General, The arts / Film theory & criticism
  • Series: Inside Popular Film


Recent years have witnessed an explosion of interest in the 'spatialities of cinema' across the social sciences and humanities, yet to date critical inquiry has tended to explore this issue as a question of the 'city' and the 'urban'. For the first time, leading scholars in geography, film and cultural studies have been drawn together to explore the multiple ways in ideas of cinema and countryside are co-produced: how 'film makes rural' and 'rural makes film'. From the expanse of the American great west to the mountainous landscapes of North Korea, Cinematic countrysides draws on a range of popular and alternative film genres to demonstrate how film texts come to prefigure expectations of rural social space, and how these representations come to shape, and be shaped by, the material and embodied circumstances of 'lived' rural experience.

At the heart of this volume's varied apprehensions of the 'cinematic countryside' is a concern to argue that ideas of rurality in film are central to wider questions of 'modernity' and 'tradition', 'self' and 'other', 'nationhood' and 'globalisation', and crucially, ones that are central to an account of the 'cinematic city'.


1. What are these cinematic countrysides? - Robert Fish
PART I. Nations, borders and histories
2. Far from the fatal shore: finding meaning and identity in the rural Australian landscape - Jonathan Rayner
3. Nature and nation in North Korean film - Carol Medlicott
4. Mapping the nation and the countryside in European 'films of voyage' - Maria Rovisco
5. Lurking beneath the skin: pagan landscapes in the popular imagination - Tanya Krzywinska
6. Militarised countrysides: representations of war and rurality in British and American film - Rachel Woodward and Patricia Winter
PART II. Mobile productions and contested representations
7. Mediating the rural: Local Hero and the location of Scottish Cinema - Ian Goode
8. 'Imagination can be a damned curse in this country': material geographies of filmmaking and the ruraL - Andy C. Pratt
9. Lord of the Rings and transformations in social-spatial identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand - Martin Phillips
PART III. Identity, difference and otherness
10. Idylls and othernesses: rural childhood in film - Owain Jones
11. Deviant sexualities and dark ruralities in The War Zone - Michael Leyshon Catherine Brace
12. Feral masculinities: urban versus rural in City Slickers and Hunter's Blood - David Bell
PART IV. Mediating experience and performing alternatives
13. Amateur film and the rural imagination - Mark Neumann and Janna Jones
14. Amber and an/other rural: film, photography and the former coalfields - Katy Bennett and Richard Lee


Robert Fish is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter

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