A Companion to Film Theory

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Toby Miller, Robert Stam
John Wiley & Sons, May 21, 2004 - Performing Arts - 428 pages
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This volume of specially commissioned work by experts in the field of film studies provides a comprehensive overview of the field. Its international and interdisciplinary approach will have a broad appeal to those interested in this multifaceted subject.

This major film theory collection:

  • Represents material under a variety of headings, including class, race, gender, queer theory, nation, stars, ethnography, authorship, and spectatorship

  • Offers an international approach to the subject, including coverage of topics such as genre, image, sound, editing, postmodernism, culture industries, early cinema, classical Hollywood, and TV relations and technology

  • Includes concise chapter-by-chapter accounts of the background and current approaches to each topic, followed by a prognostication on the future

  • Considers cinema studies in relation to other forms of knowledge, such as critical studies, anthropology, and literature.

 

A Companion to Film Theory provides the ideal reference source for students of film theory in departments of cultural studies, media studies, literature, and sociology.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Authorship
9
Genre
25
Enunciation and Narration
45
Film Editing
64
Film Semiotics
84
Cognitivism
105
Psychoanalytic Film Theory
123
Culture Industries
202
The Political Economy of Film
221
The Work of Theory in the Age of Digital Transformation
234
Cultural Exchange
262
From Ethnographic Film to Indigenous Production
295
The Sensual Obsessions of Film Theory
323
Jose Guadalupe Posadas
363
Historical Poetics Narrative and Interpretation
387

Spectatorship and Subjectivity
146
The Repression of Class
182

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About the author (2004)

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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