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"Productive Pathologies": Melodrama, Trauma Mind-games, Lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam.

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"Productive Pathologies": Melodrama, Trauma Mind-games, Lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam.


"The woman’s picture, the male trauma narrative and mind-game films: three ways Hollywood tests the limits: of what victims can suffer, of what bodies can bear and what the mind can keep in active memory. Usually thought of as both marginal and excessive, these genres, modes or tendencies in contemporary cinema have more in common than might at first appear. The lecture will tease out some of the connections and speculate on the wider implications."

This lecture is part of a Lecture Series titled 'The Luminous Celluloid: Shared Reflections on the Cinematic Legacy' on the occasion of 100 Years of Indian Cinema. presented by Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, in collaboration with Goethe Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata and Delhi, British Council, Kolkata,and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

This lecture series, organized on the occasion of 100 years of Indian cinema, will feature film scholars who have shaped the academic study of film and media over the past decades. The scholars will make presentations bringing into play the ideas that students of film and media have imbibed from their work. The subsequent interactions will take on the form of collective thinking where these ideas will be discussed in the light of the experience of cinema in India.

This series is the third and last chapter of the Department's celebration of 100 Years of Indian, the exhibition titled Technology and Cinema in Bengal: A Historical Overview and the Student Research Fellowships being earlier chapters.

The visiting speakers are Gertrud Koch (Germany), Thomas Elsaesser (Germany-USA), Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (UK) and Meaghan Morris (Australia).

All of the above speakers will deliver lectures and interact with students at the Vivekananda Hall, JU and other venues like Max Mueller Bhavan and British Council.

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