Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Series Editor: Barry Keith Grant, Brock University
The Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series has as its focus original areas of film research and innovative critical approaches to film, television, and new media. The series publishes works that open further avenues for research and debate for the scholar. The titles are suitable for classroom use at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Advisory Editors: Robert J. Burgoyne, University of St. Andrews; Caren J. Deming, University of Arizona; Patricia B. Erens, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Peter X. Feng, University of Delaware; Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh; Frances Gateward, California State University, Northridge; Tom Gunning, University of Chicago; Thomas Leitch, University of Delaware; Walter Metz, Southern Illinois University.
The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture
A study of the landmark television program The Simpsons which focuses on the show’s dual roles as subversive political satire and mainstream mass media hit.
German Popular Film in Perspective
Light Motives undertakes a long overdue critical reassessment of German popular cinema, challenging the traditional view of German film history and offering new ways to think about popular cinema in general.
Film and Film Culture in South Africa
An engaging inquiry into the history of South African film and its future—one that focuses on the country’s cultural history while squarely facing questions of race.
Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual
An engaging look at Alfred Hitchcock’s work from all angles, culled from an authoritative source of Hitchcock film commentary.
Cinemas of Girlhood
A provcative, contemporary anthology examining the construction of girls in modern cinema.
The Making of a Korean National Cinema
Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema is a collection of essays written about Im Kwon-Taek, better known as the father of New Korean Cinema, that takes a critical look at the situations of filmmakers in South Korea.
Essays on the Art of Film
An examination of how the escapism offered by movies is really a form of homecoming for the viewer.
The Silent Scenario and the Japanese Pure Film Movement
A new look at an important era of Japanese cinema, featuring translations of key scripts.
A Philosophical Perspective on Film
A philosophical reexamination of Stanley Cavell’s The World Viewed.
This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape.
In this anthology, filmmakers, psychoanalysts, film scholars, and cultural historians use a psychoanalytical approach to examine Bernardo Bertolucci's epic film The Last Emperor (1988).
Studies of National Cinemas
This volume comprises essays on the development of the New Latin American Cinema as a comparative national project.
Theories, Practices, and Transcontinental Articulations
Volume One explores the formation of the New Latin American Cinema movement, its national and continental implications (including the diasporic/exilic experience) and transcontinental articulations through the writings of pioneer filmmakers and scholars.
Diversity, Dependence, and Oppositionality
This is a study of the cinematic traditions and film practices in the black Diaspora.
Texts in Context
German Cinema is the first English-language volume to provide a comprehensive historical overview of German film from the silent era to the present, as well as close readings of individual films.
Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks
This fascinating collection of essays considers David Lynch's politics, the enigmatic musical score, the show's cult status, treatment of family violence, obsession with doubling, and silencing of women.
Understanding the American Avant-garde Cinema
This is a controversial book that examines the implicit assumptions of other scholars, advocates an alternative to dominant approaches to the avant-garde cinema, and questions some long-standing clichés about the history of the avant-garde.
From Rope to Vertigo
Hitchcock’s Rereleased Films contains new essays on five of Hitchcock’s most important films, revealing their artistic and cultural achievement and their centrality to understanding our culture.
A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama
This collection of important essays examines melodrama from a variety of perspectives—chronological, theoretical, international, and feminist.
Ferro discusses how film reveals the conscious values of its creators, the dominant ideology of the society in which the film was created, and also unconscious or subverted meanings and values.