"You want to Wake up to Free yourself of the Image of Europa. But it is not Possible". Lars von Trier's critique of the European narrative of progress in his Europa trilogy

Koutsourakis, Angelos (2012) "You want to Wake up to Free yourself of the Image of Europa. But it is not Possible". Lars von Trier's critique of the European narrative of progress in his Europa trilogy. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 20 4: 517-535. doi:10.1080/14782804.2012.737666


Author Koutsourakis, Angelos
Title "You want to Wake up to Free yourself of the Image of Europa. But it is not Possible". Lars von Trier's critique of the European narrative of progress in his Europa trilogy
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"You want to Wake up to Free yourself of the Image of Europa. But it is not Possible". Lars von Trier's critique of the European narrative of progress in his Europa trilogy
Journal name Journal of Contemporary European Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-2804
1478-2790
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14782804.2012.737666
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 4
Start page 517
End page 535
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Lars von Trier's Europa trilogy consists of three films [The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987) and Europa (1991)] that take as a starting point the idea that Europe is in a state of crisis. Privileging a visual rather than a text-bound dramaturgy, these three films complicate historical representation and chronotopical reality, making it difficult to distinguish the boundaries between past and present. This article discusses the ways these films question the view of history as an additive series of events that mark out precise boundaries between the mistakes of the past and the present historical reality. The trilogy was completed in 1991 and challenged the European nations' optimism of the time for an integrated Europe and a new era of collaboration which could leave behind the historical traumas and the animosities of the past. The Europa trilogy's refusal to portray history as a positive teleological process acquires a new historical significance in light of the contemporary historical circumstances, since the concept of an integrated Europe has been called into question by the current economic crisis, which has revived past historical traumas.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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