This edited volume is an inquiry into the representation of intimate relationships in a diverse array of media including cinema, arts, literature, picture books, advertising and popular music. It examines artistic portrayal of intimate relationships as a subversion of the boundaries between the representable and the non-representable, the real and the surreal, the visceral and the ideal, the embodied and the abstracted, the configured and transfigured. The essays focus on artistic mediation of intimacy in diverse relationships, including heterosexual, same-sex, familial, sibling' , 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, desires, angsts, dreams and nightmares in an increasingly alienated, industrialized world.
Gilad Padva is a lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Beit Berl College and the Open University of Israel. He is the author of Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture (2014) and co-editor (with Nurit Buchweitz) of Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture: The Phallic Eye (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).
Nurit Buchweitz is Professor of Comparative Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies at Beit Berl College, Israel. She is the author of Permit to Pass: Generation Shift, Meir Wiezeltier and the Poetry of the 1960s (2008) and An Officer of Civilization: The Poetics of Michel Houellebecq (2015).