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The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami: Imagined Identities in Iranian Film

The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami: Imagined Identities in Iranian Film
Hossein Khosrowjah

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The films of Abbas Kiarostami confront the questions of cinematic representation, identity, and the relationship between cinema and everyday life in eloquent and imaginative ways. Through a close examination of Kiarostami's formal and narrative strategies in his films, notably Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Close-Up and Ten, this innovative book works against the grain of auteurist readings of Kiarostami's films to explore global circulation and the controversy over censorship's role in the cinema. It grounds his films firmly within the historical context of Iranian national cinema, revealing the ways in which the reception of films across multiple sites can contribute to how national narratives are articulated locally and globally. It traces Iranian national cinema's self-reflexive narration of its own history and how, in the process, it positions itself as a major player in the construction of national consciousness.

Author Info

Hossein Khosrowjah has been teaching at the Department of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts since 2011. Previously, he taught courses, including film and media and visual studies, at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Saint John Fisher, and SUNY Brockport. His journal essays and reviews on topics ranging from film to exilic autobiography have been published widely. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester's Program in Visual and Cultural Studies in 2010.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784535773
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2018
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 156

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