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Issue 8, 2014 - Animation at the Cutting Edge

Though for a long time marginal to the historical and theoretical concerns of mainstream film culture, animation has recently received increasing attention from critics and scholars owing to its prominent status in contemporary screen media culture and the dramatic expansion it has undergone in the digital age. The articles that compose this issue are remarkably consistent in querying animation as a mode that “destabilises the image”, that asks questions about the image and, in particular, about its relationship to reality...



Issue 7, 2014 - Corporeal Cinema

Inspired by groundbreaking works that have helped to shift the critical discourse on corporeality and embodiment, this themed issue of Alphaville highlights a diverse range of fresh, original work from emerging and established scholars. In setting our mandate for the issue, we wondered how affective theorisations of cinema as embodied experience might usefully intersect with image studies of the human body as raced, gendered, and inextricably tied to broader social and cultural realities...


Issue 6, 2013 - Reframing Cinema Histories

This issue of Alphaville originates in a one-day symposium, “Reframing Cinema Histories”, which was organised at University College Cork in March 2013. The aim of the event was to bring together a select group of scholars working on a range of historical projects and, through presentations of specific case studies and a round table discussion, highlight the variety of methodological approaches that may be adopted by the researcher studying and writing about cinema history...


Issue 5, 2013 - Cinema in the Interstices

This special issue considers the interstice as a framework for the nonspecificity of film, as a method for the rehabilitation of the analogue image within digital film, as a device to interpret the change that has taken place between classical film and artist’s cinema, as representative of interculturalism in national cinema, as blurring the lines between fact and fiction, as a mode of transition between Asian concepts of the void and independent American film, and as a form of both temporal and spatial elision...


Issue 4, 2012 - Open Theme

Issue 4 is Alphaville's first Open Theme edition. Despite this issue's open nature, however, thematic consistencies arise, with authors re-evaluating female roles and representations in filmic genres, engaging with issues developing from evolving modes of censorship, working through the complexities of filmic narrative and merging distinct analytic approaches with aesthetic readings of key films...


Issue 3, 2012 - Sound, Voice, Music

It is a moment of rupture, when we become aware of the potential of film sound to reveal, and break out of, the apparatus to which it has been assigned. This special issue of Alphaville aims to be just one such moment, in which film sound, voice and music are singled out by the analysis in ways that both reveal their profound imbrication in the textual whole and shed light on the apparatus...


Issue 2, 2011 - Space and Time in Film

Employing with lucidity and conviction a range of methodological approaches, these articles challenge us to rethink texts and genres from the vantage point of spatio-temporal constructs and relationships, showing how, rather than annihilate the principle of identity, the filmic observation of the infinitesimal variations of the space-time continuum has the power to both establish and interrogate it...

Issue 1, 2011 - European Cinema: Transnational, Transcultural, Transmedial

The inaugural issue of Alphaville stems thematically from an international Film Studies conference on European Cinema (UCC, May 2010), which addressed the permeability of European spaces from a number of diverse perspectives, showcasing the geopolitical, sociocultural, aesthetic and productive "movement" that was historically and still is at the heart of European cinema...



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