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A Companion to Film Noir
     

A Companion to Film Noir

by Andre Spicer, Helen Hanson
 

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An authoritative companion that offers a wide-ranging thematic survey of this enduringly popular cultural form and includes scholarship from both established and emerging scholars as well as analysis of film noir's influence on other media including television and graphic novels.
  • Covers a wealth of new approaches to film noir and neo-noir that explore issues

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An authoritative companion that offers a wide-ranging thematic survey of this enduringly popular cultural form and includes scholarship from both established and emerging scholars as well as analysis of film noir's influence on other media including television and graphic novels.

  • Covers a wealth of new approaches to film noir and neo-noir that explore issues ranging from conceptualization to cross-media influences
  • Features chapters exploring the wider ‘noir mediascape’ of television, graphic novels and radio
  • Reflects the historical and geographical reach of film noir, from the 1920s to the present and in a variety of national cinemas
  • Includes contributions from both established and emerging scholars

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"The twenty-eight essays in this collection represent a landmark in noir criticism. Written by some of the most accomplished veterans in the field, as well as many new and promising voices, these essays are both deeply engaged with previously contested critical territory and agressively turned toward undiscovered and untilled terrain ... This is a collection that will be studied, cited, and, as with all of the most influential film noir criticism, contested for many years to come.” (Wide Angle, 1 March 2014)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118523711
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/27/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
542
File size:
2 MB

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“A rich volume exploring the depth, breadth and scope of scholarship on film noir from a diverse array of perspectives. A valuable contribution to the evolving landscape of noir criticism.”
Sheri Chinen Biesen, Rowan University

“Wide-ranging yet historically specific, global in scope but sensitive to local contexts of production, reception, and style, Spicer and Hanson's collection is a superb guide to an elusive category—the film noir—that continues to fascinate students, scholars, and cinephiles alike.”
Justus Nieland, Michigan State University

Meet the Author

Andrew Spicer is Reader in Cultural History at the University of the West of England, UK. His principal research interests lie in film and cultural history, including genre, stardom and constructions of masculinity, British cinema, and the role of producers and screenwriters in film-making. He has published widely on all these topics, including Typical Men (2003) and Sydney Box (2006), and three volumes on film noir: Film Noir (2002), European Film Noir (2007), and the Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010). He is currently co-editing a volume about film producers, and writing a study of Sean Connery.

Helen Hanson is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research interests cover adaptation, gender and genre, film history, film style and technology, with a particular focus on the history of Hollywood. She has written articles and chapters on these topics, and has authored Hollywood Heroines: Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film (2007) and co-edited The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts (2010). She also has a forthcoming book on the evolution of sound technology, sound craft and film style in Hollywood cinema from 1931–1950.

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