The Cinema of Mika Kaurismäki

Transvergent Cinescapes, Emergent Identities

Pietari Kääpä

The Cinema of Mika Kaurismäki
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Pietari Kääpä

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208 pages | 5 color plates, 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841504094 Published March 2011

Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki’s films challenge the boundaries of nations, genre formations, art and popular culture, and fiction and documentary. Synthesizing concepts from a range of thematic frameworks, including transnationalism, eco-philosophy, architectural theory, and cartography, this book provides an interdisciplinary reading of Kaurismäki’s body of work. The notion of “transvergence”—thinking in heterogeneous and polyphonal terms—emerges as an analytical method for exploring the power of these films. Through this method, the book encourages a rethinking of transnational cinema studies in relation to many oft-debated notions such as Finnish culture, European identity, cosmopolitanism and globalization.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The (trans)national and the Global in Mika Kaurismäki’s Films

Chapter 1: The Aki/Mika Syndrome: Cosmopolitan Auteurism and the Search for Cinematic Stability
Chapter 2: Cross-genre: Transnational Genre Mutations
Chapter 3: Mapping Transnational Space at the Margins of the Global Metropolis: Representations of the City in Kaurismäki’s Films
Chapter 4: Post-road: Deconstructing the European Road Movie
Chapter 5: Auto-ethnography: Merging the Self and ‘Other’ in Brazilian Music Documentaries
Chapter 6: Post-nation: Kaurismäki’s Films in a Global Spectrum
Chapter 7: The Potential of Post-humanism: Kaurismäki and the Ecological Imagination
Chapter 8: The Polyphonality of Transvergence: The Reception of Kaurismäki’s Cinema

Conclusion: Beyond the Happy Ending
Bibliography

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