This edited volume, Intimate Relationships in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture (PDF) is an inquiry into the representation of intimate relationships in a diverse array of media including arts, cinema, literature, advertising, picture books, and popular music. It examines the artistic portrayal of intimate relationships as a subversion of the boundaries between the non-representable and the representable, the visceral and the ideal, the real and the surreal, the embodied and the abstracted, the configured and transfigured. The essays focus on the artistic mediation of intimacy in diverse relationships, including same-sex, heterosexual, sibling, familial, political, and sadomasochistic. The collection offers new interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives on current trends in the study of popular representations of intimacy; representations that affect and formulate people’s most personal inspirations, angsts, desires, dreams, and nightmares in an increasingly alienated, industrialized world.
“Intimate Relationships in Cinema recognizes that intimacy is a complex concept that can neither be quantified nor contained within the realm of erotic/romantic love. As a result, Intimate Relationships in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture provides a new definition of intimacy and the manners in which it can be qualified.” – Dr. Dror Abend-David, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Florida, USA
“A stunningly original contribution to scholarship on the multi-faceted topic of intimacy. These essays offer new critical perspectives and food for thought. Ambitious in scope, this collection is challenging and dazzling; the variety of approaches and cultures, and the wide choice of primary materials, will fascinate students wishing to deepen their understanding of this essential aspect of being human.” – Dr. Elisabetta Girelli, Film Studies, St Andrews University, UK