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The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, Four Volume Set

Cynthia Lucia (Editor), Roy Grundmann (Editor), Art Simon (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7984-3
2456 pages
December 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Comprising over 90 essays and richly illustrated with over 200 images, the Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film provides a chronological portrait of American film history from its origins to the present day.

Taken as a whole, the essays in this collection represent a comprehensive and nuanced overview of American film history from the intersecting perspectives of industry, audiences, aesthetics, culture, politics, issues, and ideology.

Unabashedly ambitious, deeply historical, and unprecedented in its multi-faceted examination of film history, this collection offers you:

  • Over 90 original essays written by an international cast of film scholars  
  • Discussions of the industrial and institutional components of film history, including multiple modes of production, distribution, and marketing
  • Investigations into the political, social, and economic factors that informed industry change and framed the reception of films
  • Engaging close readings and in-depth analysis of canonical and non-canonical films
  • Profiles of essential industry figures - major directors, stars, and producers - along with important figures outside the industrial mainstream
  • An exploration of the history of film criticism and culture, and central issues in American film historiography
  • The most authoritative collection of fresh investigations available in one state-of-the-art resource
  • Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

 

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Volume I: Origins to 1928.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Contributors to Volume I.

Part I: Setting the Stage.

Part II: Origins to 1914 .

Part III: 1915–1928.

Part IV: Film and Culture: Summary Essays.

Index to Volume I.

Volume II: 1929 to 1945.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Contributors to Volume II.

Part I: Setting the Stage.

Part II: 1929–1938.

Part III: 1939–1945.

Part IV: Film and Culture: Summary Essays.

Index to Volume II.

Volume III: 1946 to 1975.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Contributors to Volume III.

Part I: Setting the Stage.

Part II: 1946–1955.

Part III: 1956–1965.

Part IV: 1966–1975.

Part V: Film and Culture: Summary Essays.

Index to Volume III.

Volume IV: 1976 to the Present.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Contributors to Volume IV.

Part I: Setting the Stage.

Part II: 1976–1988.

Part III: 1989–1998.

Part IV: 1999–Present.

Part V: Film and Culture: Summary Essays.

Index to Volume IV.

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Cynthia Lucia is Associate Professor of English and director of the Film and Media Studies Program at Rider University. She is author of Framing Female Lawyers:  Women on Trial in Film (2005) and writes for the film journal Cineaste, where she has served on the editorial board for more than two decades. Among her recent essays are those appearing in Film and Sexual Politics: A Critical Reader (2006) and Authorship in Film Adaptation (2008).

Roy Grundmann is Associate Professor of Film Studies and director of the Film Studies Program in the Department of Film and Television at Boston University. He is the author of Andy Warhol’s Blow Job (2003) and the editor of A Companion to Michael Haneke (2010). Grundmann’s essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Continuum, Cinemaya, The Velvet Light Trap, and Cineaste, where he also serves as Contributing Editor. He is the curator of “Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation,” and has further curated retrospectives on Matthias Müller and Andy Warhol.

Art Simon is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at Montclair State University. He is the author of Dangerous Knowledge: The JFK Assassination in Art and Film (1996). Most recently he contributed to ‘Un-American’ Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era (2007). He has curated two film exhibitions for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
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Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“Both in terms of its scope and in terms of the expertise that has gone into making it, The Wiley Blackwell History of American Film is an almost unique publishing event. The collection not only stands as a history of cinema but also as a time capsule for specific threads of contemporary film theory, capturing the epistemological zeitgeist as well as the cultural.” (Scope, 1 February 2013)

“Several contributions are excellent, e.g., Robert Sklar’s introduction to volume 1, “Writing American Film History.”  A superb compendium.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  All levels/libraries.”  (Choice, October 2012)

"Highly recommended for lovers of film, film history, and American culture." (Library Journal, 15 February 2012)

“And, taken together, this is as extensive a consideration of this project as you are likely to read anywhere.”  (Splice, November 2012)

"A tremendous double achievement:  both a definitive collation of American cinema's history and a presentation of the personal perspectives of the top scholars working productively on that history.  A research must-have!"
- Dana Polan, New York University

 

The editors have assembled a rich collection that provides authoritative, scholarly coverage of the key industrial, social and aesthetic elements of American film history.
- Brian Neve, University of Bath

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Chapter 31: Cinema and the Modern Woman by Veronica Pravadelli 832.39 KB Click to Download
Chapter 47: The Actors Studio in the Early Cold War by Cynthia Baron and Beckett Warren 192.04 KB Click to Download
Chapter 79: 24/7: Cable Television, Hollywood, and the Narrative Feature Film by Barbara Klingerr 967.25 KB Click to Download
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