Joanna Hogg

Author: Shonni Enelow
The impossible encounter in Joanna Hogg’s cinema of absorption
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Publication Date
Paperback: 08/20/2024
Cloth: 08/20/2024
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About the Book

Films like The Eternal Daughter and the diptych The Souvenir and The Souvenir Part II have cemented Joanna Hogg’s reputation as an original voice in contemporary cinema. Her rigorous and quiet style draws on the histories of film and art to tell stories that weave autobiography with studies in human opacity.

Shonni Enelow analyzes Hogg’s six feature films around the concepts of turning away, the reality effect, and the impossible encounter. Throughout, Enelow explores the tension between absorption, in which characters are immersed in a diegetic fiction, and self-reflexivity, as the filmmaker comments on her techniques of representation. An in-depth interview with Hogg delves into the director’s process, approach to creating character, and use of artistic and literary references.

Sophisticated and innovative, Joanna Hogg illuminates the work of one of today’s most original filmmakers.

About the Author

Shonni Enelow is a professor of English at Fordham University. She is the author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama and the coauthor of A Discourse on Method.



“Enelow brilliantly disproves declarations of the death of cinephilia. Searchingly theoretical, this meditation on the love of cinema as love will make readers think anew about Hogg’s films--and about cinema, attachment, motherhood, and love.”--Martin Harries, author of Forgetting Lot’s Wife: On Destructive Spectatorship