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The Oxford Guide to Film Studies

Edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson
Consultant Editors: Professor of Film Studies Richard Dyer, E. Ann Kaplan, and Paul Willemen

Publication Date - 19 March 1998

ISBN: 9780198711247

648 pages


Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies is an indispensable guide to the study of film. Top international contributors provide an overview of the main disciplinary approaches to film studies, an explanation of the core concepts and methods involved in film analysis, a survey of the major issues and debates in the study of film, and critical discussion of key areas. Uniquely comprehensive, this book is suitable for any course on cinema or film studies.

Table of Contents

    List of Contributors
    List of Illustrations
    General Introduction
    1. Introduction to film studies, Richard Dyer
    Studying the film text
    2. The film text and film form, Robert P. Kolker
    Readings: Written on the Wind, Robin Wood
    Citizen Kane, Peter Wollen
    3. Film acting, Paul McDonald
    4. Film costume, Pamela Church Gibson
    5. Film music, Claudia Gorbman
    The film text: theoretical frameworks
    6. Classic film theory and semiotics, Antony Easthope
    7. Formalism and neo-formalism, Ian Christie
    Reading: Poetry and prose in cinema, Viktor Shklovsky
    8. Impressionism, surrealism, and film theory, Robert B. Ray
    9. Film and psychoanalysis, Barbara Creed
    10. Post-structuralism and deconstruction, Peter Brunette
    11. Film and postmodernism, John Hill
    Film text and context: gender, ideology, and identities
    12. Marxism and film, Chuck Kleinhans
    Reading: The political thriller debate, John Hill
    13. Feminism and film, Patricia White
    Readings: Rebecca, Mary Ann Doane
    Rebecca, Tania Modleski
    14. Gay and lesbian criticism, Anneke Smelik
    15. Queer theory, Alexander Doty
    16. Pornography, Laura Kipnis
    17. Race, ethnicity, and film, Robyn Wiegman
    18. Film and cultural identity, Rey Chow
    Film text and context: culture, history, and reception
    19. Film and history, Dudley Andrew
    20. Sociology and film, Andrew Tudor
    21. Cultural studies and film, Graeme Turner
    22. Film audiences, Jostein Gripsrud
    23. Hermeneutics, reception aesthetics, and film interpretation, Noel King
    American cinema: history, industry, and interpretation
    1. American cinema and film history, John Belton
    2. History and cinema technology, Duncan Petrie
    3. Hollywood as industry, Douglas Gomery
    4. Early American film, Tom Gunning
    5. Classical Hollywood film and melodrama, E. Ann Kaplan
    Readings: Casablanca, Richard Maltby
    Casablanca, Rick Altman
    6. Post-classical Hollywood, Peter Kramer
    Critical concepts
    7. Authorship and Hollywood, Stephen Crofts
    Reading: John Ford, Peter Wollen
    8. Genre and Hollywood, Tom Ryall
    Reading: Body Genres, Linda Williams
    9. The star system and Hollywood, Jeremy G. Butler
    Politics and society
    10. Hollywood film and society, Douglas Kellner
    Reading: Hollywood and ideology, Robert B. Ray
    11. Film policy: Hollywood and beyond, Albert Morgan
    12. Hollywood and the world, Toby Miller
    Redefining cinema: international and avant-garde alternatives
    1. Concepts of national cinema, Stephen Crofts
    2. Modernism and the avant-gardes, Murray Smith
    3. Realism, modernism, and post-colonial theory, Ashish Rajadhyaksha
    Redefining cinema: other genres
    4. The documentary, John Izod and Richard Kilborn
    5. The animated film, Michael O'Pray
    European cinema
    6. Issues in European cinema, Ginette Vincendeau
    7. The avant-gardes and European cinema before 1930, Ian Christie
    8. Italian post-war cinema and Neo-Realism, Simona Monticelli
    9. The French Nouvelle Vague, Jill Forbes
    10. New German Cinema, Ulrike Sieglohr
    11. East Central European cinema, Daniel J. Goulding
    12. European film policy and the response to Hollywood, Armand Mattelart
    13. Directors and stars
    (a) Jean Renoir, Keith Reader
    (b) Ingmar Bergman, Chris Darke
    (c) Chantal Akerman, Cathy Fowler
    (d) Pedro Almodovar, Jose Arroyo
    (e) Luc Besson, Susan Hayward
    (f) Brigitte Bardot, Ginette Vincendeau
    Anglophone national cinemas
    14. British cinema, Andrew Higson
    15. Ireland and cinema, Martin McLoone
    16. Australian cinema, Elizabeth Jacka
    17. Canadian cinema, Will Straw
    World cinema
    18. Issues in world cinema, Wimal Dissanayake
    19. Indian cinema, Ashish Rajadhyaksha
    Reading: Popular Hindi cinema, Rosie Thomas
    20. Chinese cinema, Berenice Reynaud
    21. Hong Kong cinema
    (a) Discovery and pre-discovery, Stephen Teo
    (b) China and 1997, N.K. Leung
    22. Taiwanese New Cinema, Kuan-Hsing Chen
    23. Japanese cinema, Freda Freiberg
    24. African cinema, N. Frank Ukadike
    Reading: Hyenas, Richard Porton
    25. South American cinema, Julianne Burton-Cavajal
    Redefining cinema: film in a changing age
    26. Film and changing technologies, Laura Kipnis
    27. Film and television, John Hill
    List of Picture Sources and Readings
    Index of Selected Names and Film Titles