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A Companion to Film Theory
     

A Companion to Film Theory

by Toby Miller (Editor), Robert Stam (Editor)
 
This volume of specially commissioned articles examines the relationship of cinema studies with other forms of scholarship, such as critical studies, anthropology, and literature.

Each chapter, accesses a concise account of the background and current approaches to a topic, followed by a prognostication on the future. Representation is considered under a variety of

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This volume of specially commissioned articles examines the relationship of cinema studies with other forms of scholarship, such as critical studies, anthropology, and literature.

Each chapter, accesses a concise account of the background and current approaches to a topic, followed by a prognostication on the future. Representation is considered under a variety of headings: class, race, gender, queer theory, nation, stars, ethnography, authorship, and spectatorship. Approaches to textual analysis are covered in pieces on psychoanalysis, semiotics, cognitivism, narratology, genre, image, sound, editing, and alternative aesthetics. A further section on contexts considers postmodernism, political economy, culture industries, culture exchange, post-colonialism, cultural studies, historical research, early cinema, classical Hollywood, national cinema historiography, TV relations, and technology.

Robert Stam is a Professor in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University. His many books include Tropical Multiculturalism: A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Cinema and Culture (1997), Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media with Ella Shohat (1994), which won the Katherine Singer Kovocs 'Best Film Book Award'; and Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism, and Film (1992).

Toby Miller is a professor in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University. He is the author of a wide range of work in cultural studies, including two recent books Technologies of Truth (1998) and (with Alec McHoul) Popular Culture and Everyday Life (1998). He is also co-editor of the journal Social Text.

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"A vital contribution to contemporary studies in film and culture." Journal of Film and Video

"[Offers] new and diverse directions which film theory can and must address … pivotal." Scope: The Online Journal of Film Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631206446
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies Series
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 9.91(h) x 1.46(d)

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From the Publisher
"A vital contribution to contemporary studies in film and culture." Journal of Film and Video

"[Offers] new and diverse directions which film theory can and must address … pivotal." Scope: The Online Journal of Film Studies

Meet the Author

Toby Miller is Professor in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University. He is the author or editor of a wide range of work in cultural studies, including A Companion to Cultural Studies (Ed. Blackwell Publishing, 2001), Technologies of Truth (1998) and (with Alec McHoul) Popular Culture and Everyday Life (1998). He is also co-editor of the journal Social Text and (with Robert Stam) co-editor of Film and Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, 2000).

Robert Stam is Professor in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University. His many books include Film Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell Publishing, 1999); Tropical Multiculturalism: A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Cinema and Culture (1997); Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media, with Ella Shohat (1994), which won the Katherine Singer Kovocs “Best Film Book Award”; and Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism, and Film (1992). He is also co-editor (with Toby Miller) of Film and Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, 2000).

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