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The Global Road Movie
Alternative Journeys Around the World
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Price £70, $93
ISBN 9781783208777
Hardback 280 pages
Published May 2018
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Jose Duarte
Books by Timothy Corrigan
Books in Film Studies

Edited by Jose Duarte and Timothy Corrigan

The road movie is one of the most tried and true genres, a staple since the earliest days of cinema. This book looks at the road movie from a wider perspective than ever before, exploring the motif of travel not just in American films – where it has been most prominent – but via movies from other nations as well. Gathering contributions from around the world, the book shows how the road movie, altered and refracted in every new international iteration, offers a new way of thinking about the ever-shifting sense of place and space in the globalized world. Through analyses of such films as Guantanamera (Cuba), Wrong Side of the Road (Australia), Five Golden Flowers (China), Africa United (South Africa) and Sightseers (England), The Global Road Movie enables us to think afresh about how today’s road movies fit into the history of the genre, and what they can tell us about how people move about in the world today.

Introduction: From American Roads to Global Highways

Timothy Corrigan and José Duarte


Section 1: The Americas

Chapter 1: Learning to Drive: Midcentury Guidance Films and the  Middle-of-the-Road Politics of the American Road Movie by Devin Orgeron

Chapter 2: The Colombian Road Movie: Uses and Abuses of a Film Genre by Jamie Correa

Chapter 3: Notes on a Journey from Guantánamo to Havana: Guantanamera Revisited as Winds of Change Hit US-Cuba Relations by Hermínia Sol


Section 2: Africa 

Chapter 4: Departing from Anti-Colonialism, Arriving at Afropolitanism: Africa United as an African Road Movie by James M. Hodapp

Chapter 5: The Road and Transatlantic Currents in the Cinema of Licínio Azevedo by Sara Brandellero 


Section 3: Asia and Australia 

Chapter 6: The Palestinian Road(block) Movie: Interrupted Journeys in Elia Suleiman’s Divine Intervention by Drew Paul

Chapter 7: Song of the Big Road: Negotiating Scale in the Road Films of Twenty-First-Century India by Lars Erik Larson 

Chapter 8: Provincializing the Road Movie: Realism, Epic and Mobility in Ritwik Ghatak’s Ajantrik by Moira Weigal

Chapter 9: Navigating Gender, Ethnicity and Space: Five Golden Flowers as a Socialist Road Movie by Ling Zhang

Chapter 10: Genre at a Crossroads: The Korean Road Movie by Joseph Pomp

Chapter 11: Wrong Side of the Road: Crossing Cultures, Traversing Forms and the Blackfella Road Movie by Keith Beattie 


Section 4: Europe 

Chapter 12: Et in Arcadia Ego: Precarious Romaniticism and the English Road Movie by Neil Archer

Chapter 13: Bumps on the ‘Road to Europe’: Remaking the Road Movies and Re-mapping the Nation in Post-2004 Central Europe by Micheal Gott and Kris Van Heuckelom

Chapter 14: The Road Movie in Portuguese Cinema by Filipa Rosário


Notes on Editors

Notes on Contributors


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