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Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer’s Disease

Authors: Medina, Raquel

  • Provides a comparative and cross-cultural analysis of cinematic representations of Alzheimer’s disease in Spain, France, The Netherlands, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Mexico, Chile and Canada
  • Focuses on non-mainstream films to convey a diverse variety of local /national perceptions and representations of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Offers a positive and life-affirming approach to Alzheimer’s disease
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About this book

This book offers a cross-cultural approach to cinematic representations of Alzheimer’s disease in non-mainstream cinema. Even though Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a global health issue, it is not perceived or represented homogenously around the world. Contrary to very well-known mainstream films, the films discussed do not focus on the negative aspects normally associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but on the importance of portraying the perspective of the persons living with Alzheimer’s and their personhood. Similarly, this book analyses how the films use Alzheimer’s as a trope to address issues relating to different areas of life and society such as, for example, family matters, intergenerational relationships, gender issues, national traditions versus global modernity, and caring for people with dementia. By examining an array of films, from crime fiction to documentary, that each present non-stigmatising representations of Alzheimer’s disease, this in-depth study ultimately demonstrates the power of culture in shaping meaning.

About the authors

Raquel Medina is Senior Lecturer in Spanish Studies, Aston University, UK.

Reviews

“This thorough, important, and timely book offers a useful and original contribution to a burgeoning field. Medina moves the conversation out of mainstream film without losing central significance. Her work systematically exposes the problems of simplistically valorizing agency as a measure of human value. The book reminds readers that context always matters and that cultural forms are an essential part of material context.” (Sally Chivers, Trent University, Canada)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Medina, Raquel

    Pages 1-14

  • Old Age and Alzheimer’s Disease in Film

    Medina, Raquel

    Pages 15-43

  • Intergenerational Interactions and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Medina, Raquel

    Pages 45-94

  • Gender and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Power of Words, Herbs, Water, Veils, and Mountains

    Medina, Raquel

    Pages 95-133

  • Agency and Masculinity in Alzheimer’s Disease: Cortex (2008) and The Memory of a Killer (2003)

    Medina, Raquel

    Pages 135-169

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53371-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $60.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53370-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer’s Disease
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53371-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53371-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53370-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 224
Number of Illustrations
23 illustrations in colour
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