Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Two new textbooks for film

1. Etherington-Wright, C. & Doughty, R. (2011).  Understanding film theory.  Palgrave.  Further details

This is a very accessible introduction to topics in film theory.  There are fifteen chapters covering the following: 
Auteur
Genre
Formalism
Structuralism and Post-structuralism
Marxism
Realism
Postmodernism
Psychoanalysis
Feminism
Masculinity
Queer Theory
Audience Research and Reception
Stars
Race and Ethnicity
Postcolonial and Transnational Cinemas

This book is located at 791.4301 where you will find other books on film theory.  I have also ordered a copy for the Key Text collection.

2. Nelmes, J. (2011).  Introduction to Film Studies, 5th ed.  Routledge.

This is the fifth edition of Nelmes' popular textbook - now available for the first time as an ebook.  Contents:

PART I : CINEMA AS INSTITUTION: TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND AUDIENCE

1. The Industrial contexts of film production, Searle Kochberg 2. Film and Technology, Bill Whittington

PART II: APPROACHES TO STUDYING FILM - FORM AND TEXT

3. Getting to the Bigger Picture, Patrick Phillips 4. Film Form and Narrative, Susan Spiedel 5. Spectator, Audience and Response, Patrick Phillips 6. Approaches to Cinematic Authorship, Paul Watson 7. Stardom and Hollywood Cinema, Paul Watson

PART III: STUDYNG GENRE

8. Genre theory and Hollywood Cinema, Paul Watson 9. The Documentary Form, Paul Ward 10. The Language of Animation, Paul Wells 

PART IV: CINEMA, IDENTITY AND THE POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION 

11. Gender and Film, Jill Nelmes 12. Lesbian and Gay Cinema, Chris Jones 13. Spectacle, Stereotypes and Films of the African Diaspora, Terri Francis

PART V : CINEMA, NATION AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

14. British Cinema, Lawrence Napper 15. Indian Cinema, Lalitha Gopalan 16. Latin American Cinema, Linda Craig 17. The Soviet Montage Cinema of the 1920’s, Mark Joyce