Sources, Methods, Approaches
Now available in paperback, this first major overview of the field of film history in twenty years offers a wide-ranging account of the methods, sources and approaches used by modern film historians. Key areas of research are analyzed, alongside detailed case studies of well-known American, Australian, British and European films.
Now available in paperback, The New Film History is an accessible and wide-ranging account of the methods, sources and approaches used by modern film historians. Written in an engaging and lively style, the book seeks to overcome the traditional divide between Film Studies and Film History and to offer an overview of the key areas of research, including reception studies, genre, authorship and the historical film. It also offers detailed case studies on topics such as national identity and the historical film, the place of the screenwriter in authorship studies, the relationship between gangster and 'gansta', and the use of the Internet in reception studies. With contributions from fifteen leading film historians, this is the first major overview of the field of film history to be published in twenty years.
Notes on Contributors INTRODUCTION: The New Film History; J.Chapman, M.Glancy M.Stokes History and Representation: The Case of 1970s British Cinema; S.Harper Gallipoli (1981): 'A Poignant Search For National Identity'; M.Connelly 'This Ship is England': History, Politics and National Identity in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003); J.Chapman PART 2: AUTHORSHIP Art In Context: British Film Design of the 1940s; L.Ede The Author as Author: Restoring the Screenwriter to British Film History; A.Spicer When 'Hanoi Jane' Conquered Hollywood: Jane Fonda's Films and Activism, 1977-81; P.Kramer PART 3: GENRE The Politics of the Swashbuckler; J.Richards The Stalinist Musical; R.Taylor Now Voyager (1942): Melodrama Then and Now; M.Shingler From Gangster to Gangsta: The Hood Film's Criminal Allegiance with Hollywood; J.Munby PART 4: RECEPTION Blackmail (1929): Hitchcock and Film Nationalism; M.Glancy British Cinema, American Reception: Black Narcissus (1947) and the Legion of Decency; S.Street Studying Cross-Cultural Marketing and Reception: Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966); I.Stigsdotter J.Smith Index