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Lynch, John
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Lynch, J. (2018). “Please Leave a Message”: The Media Ecology of Ruben Östlund’s Play, Force Majeure, & The Square. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics (55-56), 98-115
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Please Leave a Message”: The Media Ecology of Ruben Östlund’s PlayForce Majeure, & The Square
2018 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, ISSN 2000-1452, E-ISSN 2000-9607, no 55-56, p. 98-115Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines three films by the Swedish director Ruben Östlund: Play (2011), Force Majeure (2014), and The Square (2017). It describes the role of mobile phones in the films, both on the level of content and in terms of aesthetics. Within the films, the failure of the phone to connect the protagonists to significant others is seen as symbolic of an alienation that leads them to points of crisis. Here, the mobile phone works as a device in two ways. First, as a significant communication technology, and second, as a plot contrivance to advance the dramatic conflict. Critically, the mobile phone opens an uncertain space where subjectivity becomes increasingly insecure, precisely as it becomes fundamentally intertwined with it. There is a cinematic tradition of mobilizing this ambiguity to which this process can be connected. Further, the form of these works is considered in relation to the notion of traumatic repetition, and how this expands into the wider contemporary image-culture and the key influence of YouTube within this. Here, the films are considered in relation to the changing dynamic of the public sphere in the light of the mobile recording capabilities, that have come to shape an emergent cinematic aesthetic evident in these films.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aarhus: , 2018
Keywords
Ruben Östlund, mobile phone, subjectivity, YouTube, cinematic aesthetics, trauma
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70676 (URN)10.7146/nja.v27i55-56.110729 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
Lynch, J. (2015). Religion, migration and Church abuse scandals in the media: Testimonies of two Irish religious sisters (1ed.). In: Lynch, John, Dodou, Katherina (Ed.), The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film. Peter Lang Publishing Group, 67
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion, migration and Church abuse scandals in the media: Testimonies of two Irish religious sisters
2015 (English)In: The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film / [ed] Lynch, John, Dodou, Katherina, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015, 1, Vol. 67Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, two sisters are interviewed and recount details of their early lives as women religious and their subsequent experiences of migrating to London in the 1960s. The pseudonymous interviewees provide fascinating details of what it was like to live in that place during that period and to occupy an identity that was often problematic and subject to hostile attitudes as the Irish conflict extended to the British capital. As both sisters now reside once more in Ireland, their journey and return express an important aspect of Irish life as it once was and will perhaps never be again. © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2015. All rights reserved. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Reimagining Ireland ; 67
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42327 (URN)10.3726/978-3-0353-0751-1 (DOI)2-s2.0-84967261222 (Scopus ID)9783035307511; 9783034318969 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved
Lynch, J. & Dodou, K. (Eds.). (2015). The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and belonging in Irish literature and film (1ed.). Peter Lang Publishing Group, 67
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and belonging in Irish literature and film
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Leaving of Ireland brings together an international group of scholars to reflect critically on the unfolding nature of the experience of Irish cultural identity at a time when Ireland is struggling to adjust to the shattering impacts of globalization and religious scandals of recent decades. Looking back over the last two centuries, the volume considers a range of literary and filmic works that have sought to articulate something of this experience and its multiple locations. The essays revisit crucial constituents of Irish history and self-perception at the micro-level, exploring the representation of individual experiences of migration and identification and the definition of a sense of belonging. They also examine these issues at the macro-level, looking at larger politico-historical transformations, national affiliations and changed social and geographical landscapes. The book is organized around key themes including history, mobility, memory and place and addresses the works of a wide range of authors, including Emily Lawless, Frank McCourt, Sinead Morrissey, Paul Muldoon, Joseph O’Connor, J.M. Synge and W.B. Yeats.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
The Leaving of Ireland ; 67
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42326 (URN)10.3726/978-3-0353-0751-1 (DOI)2-s2.0-84966937480 (Scopus ID)9783035307511 (ISBN)9783034318969 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved
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