Screen Studies
Loading
Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinema

Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinema: Borders and Encounters

by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is Professor of Comparative Film and Culture at University of New South Wales, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

Search for publications
, Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson is Professor of French Literature and the Visual Arts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

Search for publications
and Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright is Reader in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

Search for publications
(eds)
Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501318610
  • ISBN:
    9781501318580 (hardback)

    9781501318603 (epdf)

    9781501318597 (epub)

    9781501318610 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinema
Collapse All Sections

The child has existed in cinema since the Lumière Brothers filmed their babies having messy meals in Lyons, but it is only quite recently that scholars have paid serious attention to her/his presence on screen. Scholarly discussion is now of the highest quality and of interest to anyone concerned not only with the extent to which adult cultural conversations invoke the figure of the child, but also to those interested in exploring how film cultures can shift questions of agency and experience in relation to subjectivity. Childhood and Nation in World Cinema recognizes that the range of films and scholarship is now sufficiently extensive to invoke the world cinema mantra of pluri-vocal and pluri-central attention and interpretation. At the same time, the importance of the child in figuring ideas of nationhood is an undiminished tic in adult cultural and social consciousness. Either the child on film provokes claims on the nation or the nation claims the child. Given the waning star of national film studies, and the widely held and serious concerns over the status of the nation as a meaningful cultural unit, the point here is not to assume some extraordinary pre-social geopolitical empathy of child and political entity. Rather, the present collection observes how and why and whether the cinematic child is indeed aligned to concepts of modern nationhood, to concerns of the State, and to geo-political organizational themes and precepts.