Synopses & Reviews
This book is a lively and provoking introduction to film theory. It is suitable for students from any discipline but is particularly aimed at students studying film and literature as it examines issues common to both subjects such as realism, illusionism, narration, point of view, style, semiotics, psychoanalysis and multiculturalism. It also includes coverage of theorists common to both, Barthes, Lacan and Bakhtin among others.
Robert Stam, renowned for his clarity of writing, will also include studies of cinema specialists providing readers with a depth of reference not generally available outside the field of film studies itself. Other material covered includes film adaptations of works of literature and analogies between literary and film criticism.
This work is an introduction to film theory, suitable for students from any discipline but particularly aimed at those studying film and literature as it examines issues common to both subjects such as realism, illusionism, narration, style and semiotics and also includes theorists common to both.
This book is a lively and provoking introduction to film theory. Suitable for students from any discipline, it is particularly aimed at those studying film and literature, providing a depth of reference not generally available outside the field of film studies.
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-368) and index.
About the Author
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).
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.