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The Oxford guide to film studies / edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson; consultant editors Richard Dyer, E. Ann Kaplan, Paul Willemen

Secondary Author Dyer, Richard
Gibson, Pamela Church
Hill, John
Kaplan, E. Ann
Willemen, Paul
Country Reino Unido. Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998 Description XXII, 624 p. : il. ; 25 cm ISBN 0-19-871124-7
CDU 791.43.01
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Comprehensive, authoritative, and unique, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies is the up-to-date critical volume on the theories, debates, and approaches to the study of film. A host of international experts provide an overview of the main disciplinary approaches to film studies, an explanation ofthe main concepts and methods involved in film analysis, a survey of the main issues and debates in the study of film, and critical discussion of key areas.The Guide features:* Comprehensive coverage suitable for any course on cinema or film studies* Organized into three sections: Approaches; Hollywood and the World; World Cinema* An emphasis throughout on critical concepts, methods, and debates* Specially commissioned chapters on such varied topics as film music, the Hollywood Star System, and the idea of national cinema* Coverage dedicated to important new areas in film studies: gay and lesbian criticism, postcolonial theory, audience studies, post-classical Hollywood cinema, and cultural studies* Chapters discussing exciting new developments in classical topics, such as Early Hollywood Cinema, Film History, and the avant-garde* Illustrated throughout, and complete with `readings' designed to demonstrate the variety of theoretical approaches, chapter headings and summaries, guides to further reading, and `highlight' quotesWith its uniquely comprehensive coverage, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies is an indispensable aide and reference source for the student of film and media, and anyone interested in the study of cinema.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Contributors
  • List of Illustrations
  • General Introduction
  • Part 1 Critical Approaches
  • 1 Introduction to film studies
  • 2 The film text and film form, Robert P. Kolker Readings: Written on the Wind
  • 3 Film acting
  • 4 Film costume
  • 5 Film music
  • 6 Classic film theory and semiotics
  • 7 Formalism and neo-formalism Ian Christie Reading: Poetry and prose in cinema
  • 8 Impressionism surrealism and film theory
  • 9 Film and psychoanalysis
  • 10 Post-structuralism and deconstruction
  • 11 Film and postmodernism
  • 12 Marxism and film
  • 13 Feminism and film
  • 14 Gay and lesbian criticism
  • 15 Queer theory
  • 16 Pornography
  • 17 Race ethnicity and film
  • 18 Film and cultural identity
  • 19 Film and history
  • 20 Sociology and film
  • 21 Cultural studies and film
  • 22 Film audiences
  • 23 Hermeneutics reception aesthetics and film interpretation
  • Part 2 American Cinema and Hollywood: Critical Approaches
  • 1 American cinema: history industry and interpretation
  • 1 American cinema and film history
  • 2 History and cinema technology
  • 3 Hollywood as industry
  • 4 Early American film
  • 5 Classical Hollywood film and melodrama, E. Ann Kaplan Readings: Casablanca
  • 6 Post-classical Hollywood
  • 7 Authorship and Hollywood, Stephen Crofts Reading
  • 8 Genre and Hollywood
  • 9 The star system and Hollywood
  • 10 Hollywood film and society, Douglas Kellner Reading: Hollywood and ideology
  • 11 Film policy: Hollywood and beyond
  • 12 Hollywood and the world
  • Part 3 World Cinema: Critical Approaches
  • 1 Redefining cinema: international and avant-garde alternatives
  • 1 Concepts of national cinema
  • 2 Modernism and the avant-gardes
  • 3 Realism modernism and post-colonial theory, Ashish Rajadhyaksha Redefining cinema: other genres
  • 4 The documentary
  • 5 The animated film
  • 6 Issues in European cinema
  • 1 Case-studies: Movements Moments and Filmmakers
  • 7 The avant-gardes and European cinema before 1930
  • 8 Italian post-war cinema and Neo-Realism
  • 9 The French
  • 10 New German Cinema
  • 11 East Central European cinema

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Hill and Gibson do an excellent job of representing the fashionable film theories of the last decade. Containing essays in three categories ("Critical Approaches," "American Cinema and Hollywood," and "World Cinema") by more than 70 film scholars, the volume addresses predictable contemporary theoretical approaches (semiotics, Marxism, feminism, cultural studies) and a few unexpected issues (film costume, film music, pornography). Despite its length, the book appears richer than it is. The essays are redundant--the same names and theories keep cropping up, and from the same perspectives (for example, essay after essay discusses Andre Bazin, always in conjunction with his one-note theory of film realism). On the evidence of this guide, the most significant film theorists are Laura Mulvey, Janet Staiger, Kristin Thompson, and David Bordwell; the most significant filmmakers, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock. Unfashionable thinkers (e.g., Gilberto Perez) and "lesser" luminaries (e.g., Frank Capra) go unmentioned. Though a bibliography accompanies each essay, the entries overlap significantly. Most seriously, the guide--perhaps inadvertently--dismisses two concerns once central in film studies: interpretation and evaluation. Neither aesthetics nor "criticism" square with postmodern views, so neither merits consideration. Rigidly academic, almost exclusively contemporary, completely uncritical of its own theoretical stances, this unbalanced volume is recommended only for large undergraduate and graduate collections. R. D. Sears Berea College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

John Hill is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Media and Performance Studies at the University of Ulster at ColerainePamela Church Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual and Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, a constituent college of the London InstituteCONSULTANT EDITORS:Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at the University of WarwickE. Ann Kaplan teaches in the Department of English at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, New YorkBPaul Willemen is Professor, Department of Media Studies, Napier University, Edinburgh

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