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Reinventing Film Studies : Hodder Arnold Publication - Christine;Williams,Linda Gledhill

Reinventing Film Studies

Hodder Arnold Publication

Paperback Published: 27th March 2000
ISBN: 9780340677230
Number Of Pages: 464

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This volume asks "where is film studies now?". It once enjoyed intellectual prestige by exploiting powerful concepts drawn from psychoanalysis and poststructuralism in the service of textual criticism. In the process cinema was established as an autonomous art and a textual discipline. In modern times however, both the medium and intellectual terrain have changed. Films are more likely to be delivered to their consumers via video and television, as likely to be generated by computer graphics as celluloid. Film production intersects with the music, toy and computer games industries. Media and cultural studies have evolved, spreading a broader net than the old film studies, investigating the intertwining of economy, politics, social structures, cultural practices and identities with media institutions. In this book noted film scholars reflect from the perspective of their own area of expertise on the position of film studies in this changing environment. They examine key issues, assess the impact on the discipline of these developments, challenge recieved thinking, and reinvent film studies for the post-film era.

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"At this moment of technological change, film studies is entering an exciting new phase in which it faces many challenges, not least the demand that it reinvent itself once again. This stimulating anthology will play an indispensable part in that process, and I have no hesitation in recommending it."--Pam Cook, University of Southampton

"In this rich collection, a large and varied group of prominent scholars covers the state of the field in Film Studies. The book presents the reader with a dynamic tissue of discussions, positions and proposals that are methodological, theoretical, historiographic, aesthetic. and political. This is the kind of constellation that originally energized the relatively young discipline of Film Studies, but even in its references to the history of film scholarship there is nothing nostalgic about Reinventing Film Studies. Its writers are some of the most innovative and influential figures in the field, and their accounts of the present are fundamentally aimed at mapping future directions. Their contributions are at once authoritative, rigorous and polemical. This volume will be a central reference point for anyone concerned with film and media scholarship for years to come."--Philip Rosen, Brown University

"There is no other book like this one currently available."--Donald Cameron McManus, Franklin and Marshall College

General Introduction
Really Useful Theory
Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Sheffield Hallam University: From Aesthetics to Semiotics and Half-Way Back Again
Gill Branston, Cardiff University: Why Theory
Bill Nichols, San Francisco State University: Film Theory and the Revolt against Master Narratives
Steven Cohan, Syracuse University: Case Study: Singin' in the Rain: A Study of Interpretation
Tessa Perkins, Sheffield Hallam University: Who (and What) Is It For?
Film as Mass Culture
Jane M. Gaines, Duke University: Dream/Factory
James Donald, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, and Stephanie Donald, Murdoch University: The Publicness of Cinema
Ravi Vasudevan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi: Case Study: The Political Culture of Address in a "Transitional Cinema": Indian Popular Cinema
Henry Jenkins, MIT: Reception Theory and Audience Research: The Mystery of the Vampire's Kiss
Christine Geraghty, Goldsmith's College, University of London: Re-examining Stardom: Questions of Texts, Bodies, and Performances
Questions of Aesthetics
Christopher Williams, University of Westminster: After the Classic, the Classical and Ideology: the Differences of Realism
Christine Gledhill, Staffordshire University: Rethinking Genre
Carol Clover, University of California, Berkeley: Case Study: Judging Audiences, the Case of the Trial Movie
Noel Carroll, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Introducing Film Evaluation
Sharon Willis, University of Rochester: "Style", Posture and Idiom: Tarantino's Figures of Masculinity
The Return to History
Vivian Sobchack, UCLA: What is Film History?
Tom Gunning: "Animated Pictures": Tales of Cinema's Forgotten Future, After One Hundred Years of Film
Miriam Hansen, University of Chicago: The Mass Production of the Senses: Classical Cinema as Vernacular Modernism
Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley: Case Study: Discipline and Fun: Psycho and Postmodern Cinema
Cinema in the Age of Global Multi-Media
Robert Stam, New York University, and Ella Shohat, City University of New York: Film Theory and Spectatorship in the Age of the "Posts"
Rey Chow, University of California, Irvine: Case Study: Digging an Old Well: The Labor of Social Fantasy in a Contemporary Chinese Film
Tulane University: Facing Up to Hollywood
Anne Friedberg, University of California, Irvine: The End of Cinema: Multi-Media and Technological Change
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ISBN: 9780340677230
ISBN-10: 0340677236
Series: Hodder Arnold Publication
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 27th March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 1

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