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Film Theory: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-20654-5
392 pages
February 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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Providing a collection of some of the most provocative and influential writings of film theory in the past thirty years, this anthology aims to provide a polylogue among theorists, deprovincializing the subject. Film Theory multiplies the perspectives and positions, the situations and locations, from which film theory is spoken.
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Table of Contents



1. The Antecedents of Film Theory.

2. Russian Formalism.

3. The Question of Film Language.

4. The Presence of Brecht.

5. The Poststructuralist Mutation.

6. The Rise of Cultural Studies.

7. The Coming Out of Queer Theory.

8. Third World Cinema Revisited.

9. The Politics of Postmodernism.

10. Post Cinema: Digital Theory and the New Media.


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Author Information

Robert Stam is Professor in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University. His many books include Film Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell Publishers, 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).
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The Wiley Advantage

* Provides some of the most provocative and influential writings of film theory in the past thirty years.
* Surveys development of film theory from its beginnings.
* Deprovincializes film theory.
* Multiplies perspectives.
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"A remarkable synthesis, recommended to anyone who wants to understand the questions and debates that have animated film theory in the twentieth century. Throughout, Stam's discussion is lucid, generous, and intelligent." James Naremore, Indiana University
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