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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.


Leaving Springfield

The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture

Edited by John Alberti

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.

Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814328491

Light Motives

German Popular Film in Perspective

Edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy

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.

Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780814330456

To Change Reels

Film and Film Culture in South Africa

Edited by Isabel Balseiro and Ntongela Masilela

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.

Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780814330012
Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780814330005

Framing Hitchcock

Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual

Edited by Sidney Gottlieb and Christopher Brookhouse

An engaging look at Alfred Hitchcock’s work from all angles, culled from an authoritative source of Hitchcock film commentary.

Published: September 2002
ISBN: 9780814330616

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

Cinemas of Girlhood

Edited By Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance

A provcative, contemporary anthology examining the construction of girls in modern cinema.

Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814329184
Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814329177

Im Kwon-Taek

The Making of a Korean National Cinema

Edited By David E. James and Kyung Hyun Kim

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.

Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780814328699
Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780814340080

A House Made of Light

Essays on the Art of Film

George Toles

An examination of how the escapism offered by movies is really a form of homecoming for the viewer.

Published: September 2001
ISBN: 9780814329467

Writing in Light

The Silent Scenario and the Japanese Pure Film Movement

Joanne Bernardi

A new look at an important era of Japanese cinema, featuring translations of key scripts.

Published: January 2001
ISBN: 9780814329610
Published: January 2001
ISBN: 9780814340097

Reading Cavell's The World Viewed

A Philosophical Perspective on Film

William Rothman & Marian Keane

A philosophical reexamination of Stanley Cavell’s The World Viewed.

Published: November 2000
ISBN: 9780814328965
Published: November 2000
ISBN: 9780814340103

Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media

Edited by Christopher Sharrett

This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape.

Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814327425

Bertolucci's The Last Emperor

Multiple Takes

Edited by Bruce H. Sklarew, Bonnie S. Kaufman, Ellen Handler Spitz, and Diane Borden

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).

Published: April 1998
ISBN: 9780814327005

New Latin American Cinema, Volume 2

Studies of National Cinemas

Edited by Michael T. Martin

This volume comprises essays on the development of the New Latin American Cinema as a comparative national project.

Published: June 1997
ISBN: 9780814325865
Published: June 1997
ISBN: 9780814327067

New Latin American Cinema, Volume 1

Theories, Practices, and Transcontinental Articulations

Edited by Michael T. Martin

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.

Published: April 1997
ISBN: 9780814325858
Published: April 1997
ISBN: 9780814327050

Cinemas of the Black Diaspora

Diversity, Dependence, and Oppositionality

Edited by Michael T. Martin

This is a study of the cinematic traditions and film practices in the black Diaspora.

Published: January 1996
ISBN: 9780814325889

German Cinema

Texts in Context

Marc Silberman

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.

Published: November 1995
ISBN: 9780814325605

Full of Secrets

Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks

Edited by David Lavery

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.

Published: December 1994
ISBN: 9780814325063

Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order

Understanding the American Avant-garde Cinema

James Peterson

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.

Published: January 1994
ISBN: 9780814324578

Hitchcock's Rereleased Films

From Rope to Vertigo

Edited by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick
With a Foreward by Andrew Sarris

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.

Published: March 1991
ISBN: 9780814323267

Imitations of Life

A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama

Edited by Marcia Landy

This collection of important essays examines melodrama from a variety of perspectives—chronological, theoretical, international, and feminist.

Published: January 1991
ISBN: 9780814320655

Cinema and History

Marc Ferro
Translated by Naomi Greene

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.

Published: July 1988
ISBN: 9780814319055