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Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Honourable Mention in ESSE Book Awards 2020


Katarzyna Paszkiewicz (ADHUC—Universitat de les Illes Balears) received the Honourable Mention in the ESSE Book Awards 2020, awarded by The European Society for the Study of English, for her book Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). The book examines the significance of women’s contribution to popular cinema by highlighting the work of US filmmakers – Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Nancy Meyers and Kelly Reichardt, among others. Exploring genres as diverse as horror, the war movie, the Western, the costume biopic and the romantic comedy, Paszkiewicz interrogates questions of ‘genre’ authorship; the blurring of the borders between commercial and independent cinema and gendered discourses of (de)authorisation that operate within each sphere; ‘male’/‘female’ genre divisions; and the issue of authorial subversion in film and popular culture in a wider sense.