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An invaluable introduction to popular film and the way in which it is studied this book brings together the critical approaches and issues that have sought to define popular film from the 1950s to the present day. It includes discussion of mass culture theory and political economy; auteur theory; genre theory; star studies; historical poetics; screen theory; feminism and cultural studies. Written by specialists, Approaches to popular film is an ideal textbook for students coming...

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Overview

An invaluable introduction to popular film and the way in which it is studied this book brings together the critical approaches and issues that have sought to define popular film from the 1950s to the present day. It includes discussion of mass culture theory and political economy; auteur theory; genre theory; star studies; historical poetics; screen theory; feminism and cultural studies. Written by specialists, Approaches to popular film is an ideal textbook for students coming to film theory for the first time.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780719043932
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1995
  • Series: Inside Popular Film Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Popular film and cultural distinctions 1
1 Mass culture theory and political economy 15
2 Auteurism and film authorship 37
3 Genre theory and criticism 59
4 Star studies 79
5 Historical poetics 99
6 Screen theory 123
7 From psychoanalytic feminism to popular feminism 151
8 Cultural studies and popular film 173
Guide to further reading 192
Index 197
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