The agony of cosmopolitan love; the Melina Mercouri-Jules Dassin partnership

Eleftheriotis, D. (2023) The agony of cosmopolitan love; the Melina Mercouri-Jules Dassin partnership. Transnational Screens, (doi: 10.1080/25785273.2023.2221514) (Early Online Publication)

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The article explores the role that cosmopolitan love plays in the cinematic partnership of émigré director Jules Dassin and Greek star Melina Mercouri. In defining cosmopolitan love, it employs a conceptual framework informed by Simmel’s theorisation of the ‘stranger’ and Barthes’s analysis of ‘a lover’s discourse’. It offers a detailed and historically rooted understanding of stardom, performance, and aesthetics in the films of Dassin and Mercouri tracing changes in the director’s film aesthetics and in the star’s performance style. It argues that these transformations, demonstrated through a comparison between Never on Sunday and Phaedra, are substantially the outcome of a struggle to reconcile their cosmopolitan positions with love as a cosmopolitan disposition. The article uses this specific case study to propose an agonistics of cosmopolitan love that stands in opposition to ethical approaches such as Levinas’s for whom love is a form of ‘being-for-the-other’.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Jules Dassin, Melina Mercouri, love, cosmopolitanism, ethics, agonistics.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eleftheriotis, Professor Dimitris
Authors: Eleftheriotis, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Transnational Screens
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2578-5265
Published Online:22 June 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in Transnational Screens 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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