The Queer Greek Weird Wave

Ethics, Politics and the Crisis of Meaning

Authors: Psaras, Marios

  • Uses cinema to illuminate ideological aspects of the infamous Greek crisis
  • In-depth study of the the 'Greek Weird Wave'
  • Features close textual analysis of Dogtooth, Alps, Strella and Attenberg
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About this book

Cinema might not be able to help heal a broken nation but it can definitely help revisit a nation’s past, reframe its present and re-imagine its future. This is the first book-length study on what has become an internationally acclaimed strand in contemporary Greek cinema. Psaras examines how this particular trend can be thought of as an integral aesthetic response to the infamous Greek crisis, illuminating its fundamental ideological aspects by means of a queer critique of national politics. Drawing on a wide range of methodological approaches from queer theory, film theory, ethical philosophy and psychoanalysis, this volume sheds light on the way the Greek Weird Wave challenges, deconstructs and re-imagines traditional notions of Greekness, the Greek nation and the Greek patriarchal family. This is achieved through close textual analysis of the subversive thematics and idiosyncratic forms of six films made by some of the best-known and most celebrated contemporary Greek directors including Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011) by Yorgos Lanthimos, Strella (2009) by Panos H. Koutras, and Attenberg (2010) by Athina-Rachel Tsangaris. 

About the authors

Dr Marios Psaras is an independent film scholar and filmmaker. He has taught film theory at King's College London and Queen Mary University of London and has published on contemporary Greek and French queer cinema. His current research interests include new media and ethics. Psaras has also worked as a film curator, as well as in the radio, television and the theatre. 

Reviews

“Marios Psaras provides a brilliant in-depth study of recent Greek cinema in relation to queer theory, compellingly linking Greek national histories and politics with the queer subversions of the so-called weird wave. It’s a smart and readable book that should be on the radar of anyone interested in contemporary Europe or queer cinemas.” (Professor Rosalind Galt, King's College London, UK)

“Bold, original and theoretically informed, this is an insightful and provocative study of the ‘weird wave’ phenomenon in Greek cinema. Psaras explores the ways in which the films’ queer sensibility radically challenges the foundations of the national imaginary at times of deep socio-political transformation and crisis. The first book-length study on the topic, this is a very welcome addition to the growing literature on contemporary Greek cinema, and a must for those interested in philosophical queer film studies.” (Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, Liverpool John Moores University)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Meaning of the Crisis or the Crisis of Meaning

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    Pages 1-33

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  • Hardcore: Of the Death Drive

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    Pages 35-62

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  • Dogtooth: Of Narrativity

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    Pages 63-91

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  • Strella: Of Queer Utopias

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    Pages 93-121

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  • Attenberg: Of (Dis-)Orientation

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    Pages 123-154

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eBook 76,99 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Queer Greek Weird Wave
Book Subtitle
Ethics, Politics and the Crisis of Meaning
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40310-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40310-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40309-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 illustrations in colour
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