Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Reframing the European 'Other' : the cinematic portrayal of the 'Other' in contemporary French and German film and the problem of European identity
Author: Zapaśnik, Kamil Jan
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 6564
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Restricted access.
Access from Institution:
This thesis analyses the cinematic representation of the so-called migrant Other in contemporary French and German cinema from the period 1989-2011, in the context of the theoretical discussion of European identity. It argues that cinema’s examination of Europe’s changing societies needs to be seen as an important element of the discussion of European identity. More specifically, it examines the ways in which the chosen works portray the impact the presence of the European Other has on the concepts and comprehension of the notions of nation, national and post-national identities, and Eastern-Western European divisions. It argues that the cinematic works under discussion can be interpreted as an inspiration for a new understanding of Europeanness as a hybridised and multidimensional notion inclusive of Europe’s various Others and their diverse socio-cultural heritage. Chapter One considers the ways in which Claire Denis’s 1994 feature J’ai pas sommeil (I Can’t Sleep) depicts the problem of social otherness and foreignness as intertwined with Europe’s rapid socio-political changes post-1989 and France’s postcolonial struggles. Chapter Two examines Kutluğ Ataman’s 1999 Lola und Bilidikid (Lola and Billy the Kid). It considers the film’s exploration of the Others’ multiple identities in the context of socio-cultural changes within the Western European urban spaces. Chapter Three investigates to what extent Michael Haneke’s 2000 Code inconnu (Code Unknown) politicises Europe’s prevalent social divisions and their sociocultural consequences. Chapter Four moves on to Fatih Akin’s 2007 Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven). It looks at the film’s examination of pan-European political identities and communities. The final chapter considers Denis’s 2008 film, 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum), as an example of a work which elaborates on the positive vision of the European by exploring the possibility of its recomposition through what could be defined as a form of Euro-creolisation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available