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Exposing Vulnerability

Self-Mediation in Scandinavian Films By Women

This book explores the diversity of perspectives afforded by the emerging body of Scandinavian films produced by women. The author focuses on women filmmakers' use of their own vulnerability in representing Scandinavian experiences with globally relevant contemporary issues such as race, gender, mental illness, bullying, and the trauma of migration, and highlights the frictions between the positive and negative manifestations of such vulnerability. Though Scandinavia is reputed for its ambitious and innovative film tradition, film scholarship has largely ignored women’s bold contributions to the canon. Exposing Vulnerability is a cultural and socio-political analysis of contemporary film by Scandinavian women as they use their lives and work to reconfigure the cinematic, the political, and the ethical.

170 pages | 15 color plates, 4 tables | 7 x 9 | © 2019

Culture Studies

Media Studies

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"[A] concise book. . . . Exposing Vulnerability marks an important and timely contribution to the study of Nordic media, particularly given the continual underrepresentation of women in the directing and screenwriting professions. Each case study’s narrative speaks to broader themes. . . . [and] brings with it markedly different discussion points, techniques, and concepts. The depth of Dancus’ research and knowledge is apparent as the book progresses. . . . It is a rewarding book that exposes the reader to films they may otherwise never discover and is a valuable resource for researchers in sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and cultural studies."

Djuna Hallsworth | Nordicom Reviews

"Exposing Vulnerability is typical of Dancus's creative capacity to bring a diverse collection of theoretical approaches into conversation with an intriguing archive of films. It is inspiring work. The strength of a book like this, which seeks to pull so many different stands of scholarship together, lies in the questions it raises. . . . I'm grateful for the thoughtful risks that Exposing Vulnerability does take, as I anticipate that they will push the field forward in provocative new directions."

Amanda Doxtater | Scandinavian Studies

"The book offers insightful readings of a compelling corpus of films. It successfully disentangles the cinematic strategies of self-mediated films and is most compelling when raising questions about the politics and ethics of vulnerability."

Essi Viitanen | Scandinavica

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