Prof. Tijana Mamula Presents New Book "The Multilingual Screen: New Reflections on Cinema and Linguistic Difference"

On April 4, JCU Communications professor Tijana Mamula presented her latest book The Multilingual Screen: New Reflections on Cinema and Linguistic Difference (Bloomsbury, 2016) at the University of Michigan. The event was sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

Co-editors Tijana Mamula and Lisa Patti hosted the presentation, entitled “Silent Babel: Cinematic Multilingualism Beyond the Soundtrack.” In their opinion, the field of film studies needs to incorporate a broader understanding of how linguistic differences shape cinema. Until now, most studies of multilingualism in film have focused on the audible aspects. What Mamula and Patti argue is that there are unheard histories that can be brought out by analyzing aspects of film beyond the soundtrack.

Tijana Mamula holds a PhD in Film Studies from King’s College London. She currently teaches COM 210 Introduction to Cinema at JCU. Her writing on exilic cinema and language, experimental film, and the work of Chantal Akerman and Marguerite Duras has appeared in Screen, Studies in French Cinema, Avanguardia, Bright Lights Film Journal, and NERO magazine (Italy), where she is also a contributing editor. She is also the author of Cinema and Language Loss: Displacement, Visuality and the Filmic Image (Routledge, 2013).