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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. (2017). BELFAST IN THE FALL: POST-CONFLICT GEOGRAPHIES OF VIOLENCE AND GENDER. Series, III(01), 61-72
Open this publication in new window or tab >>BELFAST IN THE FALL: POST-CONFLICT GEOGRAPHIES OF VIOLENCE AND GENDER
2017 (English)In: Series, ISSN 2421-454X, Vol. III, no 01, p. 61-72Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the TV series The Fall in terms of the relationship to its location in the city of Belfast. Viewing the process of production and dramatization as intrinsically linked to aspects of the city from a post-conflict perspective, the paper examines how issues of onscreen violence and gender are worked out in this context of economic regeneration in operation since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The introduction of a fictional serial killer to the province after decades of violence and a fragile peace process can be seen as an attempt to normalize the region in the popular imagination. The paper firstly examines the various ways that the older geography and spatial markers of the city are incorporated into the series and characters. At times used by the director to add a sense of unresolved social tension and spectral presence of simmering violence, the city and its history provide a repressed background to the foregrounded conflict. This is examined further by framing the series as an example of third-wave Troubles drama where cultural production plays an important role in the stabilizing of this post-conflict society. Within the drama itself images of birth and the tenuous beginnings for future generations are configured around issues of gender, masculinity and unpredictable reactions to the opening up of Northern Irish society to forces of globalization. The paper reflects on how the series effectively intertwines issues of loss, grieving and fragile recovery in a place still not clear on how to deal with its recent history and the anxieties over the return of violence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Valencia & Bologna: Universitat Politècnica de València & Università di Bologna, 2017
Keywords
The Fall, post-conflict, gender, Belfast, location studies
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64317 (URN)10.6092/issn.2421-454X/v3-n1-2017 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically 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. (2015). Religion, Migration, and Church Abuse Scandals in the Media: Testimonies of Two Irish Religious Sisters (1ed.). In: John Lynch & Katherina Dodou (Ed.), The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film (pp. 93-117). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group
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] John Lynch & Katherina Dodou, Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015, 1, p. 93-117Chapter in book (Refereed)
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. Te 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 ofen problematic and subject to hostile attitudes as the Irish confict 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015 Edition: 1
National Category
Arts Languages and Literature
Research subject
Cultural studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64320 (URN)9783034318969 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically 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
Lynch, J. & Dodou, K. (Eds.). (2015). The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film (1ed.). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
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
Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015. p. 303 Edition: 1
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Cultural studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64319 (URN)9783034318969 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved
Lynch, J. (2014). Evading the Media: Cinematic Techniques of Media Memory in Elephant and Hunger. Nordic Irish Studies Journal, 13(1), 95-110
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evading the Media: Cinematic Techniques of Media Memory in Elephant and Hunger
2014 (English)In: Nordic Irish Studies Journal, ISSN 1602-124X, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 95-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article will consider a creative reconfiguration by two filmmakers, Alan Clarke and Steve McQueen, each of whom takes elements of (media) memory and produces a startling and disturbing work of repetition that takes as their subject the 1980s conflict in Northern Ireland.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies, 2014
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64321 (URN)
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved
Lynch, J. (2014). Hunger: Passion of the Militant. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 13(2), 184-201
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hunger: Passion of the Militant
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 184-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a study of the 2008 film Hunger made by the British director Steve McQueen, a film that dramatises events in the Maze Prison in the period leading up to the 1981 Irish Republican hunger strike and death of Bobby Sands. It considers the filmic and artistic practice of McQueen in conjunction with certain concepts from the work of Deleuze and Guattari to develop a productive thinking about how the film addresses this traumatic event. Hunger employs a series of aesthetic techniques that push at the limits of the viewer’s senses and suggest new ways of thinking about the subject. McQueen’s concern to go beyond the clichés of the media coverage of the Irish conflict provides a unique insight into the production of a militant subjectivity generated by the opposition to the prison regime of the Maze in Belfast. Ultimately, however, it is argued that McQueen collapses into a form of religious iconicity that reinforces the Irish Republican mythology of suffering and redemption. Hunger, as a work of cinematic creation, offers a powerful sense of how resistance can be made manifest on screen yet, simultaneously, can become captured by the transcendental unity of identity thinking operating through the image of the romanticised face.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2014
Keywords
Hunger, Steve McQueen, Bobby Sands, hunger strikes, Deleuze & Guattari, militant becoming, Kafka
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64322 (URN)
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved
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