AFI Film Readers

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AFI Film Readers published in cooperation with the American Film Institute, focus on important issues and themes in film and media scholarship. Series Editors: Edward Branigan and Charles Wolfe, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy book cover

    Teaching Transnational Cinema

    Politics and Pedagogy

    Edited by Katarzyna Marciniak, Bruce Bennett

    This collection of essays offers a pioneering analysis of the political and conceptual complexities of teaching transnational cinema in university classrooms around the world. In their exploration of a wide range of films from different national and regional contexts, contributors reflect on the…

    Paperback – 2017-03-14
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  • New Silent Cinema book cover

    New Silent Cinema

    Edited by Katherine Groo, Paul Flaig

    With the success of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist (2011) nothing seems more contemporary in recent film than the styles, forms, and histories of early and silent cinemas. This collection considers the latest return to silent film alongside the larger historical…

    Paperback – 2015-10-05
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  • Endangering Science Fiction Film book cover

    Endangering Science Fiction Film

    Edited by Sean Redmond, Leon Marvell

    Endangering Science Fiction Film explores the ways in which science fiction film is a dangerous and endangering genre. The collection argues that science fiction's cinematic power rests in its ability to imagine ‘Other’ worlds that challenge and disturb the lived conditions of the ‘real’…

    Paperback – 2015-07-08
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  • Hollywood Puzzle Films book cover

    Hollywood Puzzle Films

    Edited by Warren Buckland

    From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques—like fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable characters with split identities or unreliable narrators—more commonly attributed to…

    Paperback – 2014-06-02
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  • Cognitive Media Theory book cover

    Cognitive Media Theory

    Edited by Ted Nannicelli, Paul Taberham

    Across the academy, scholars are debating the question of what bearing scientific inquiry has upon the humanities. The latest addition to the AFI Film Readers series, Cognitive Media Theory takes up this question in the context of film and media studies. This collection of essays by internationally…

    Paperback – 2014-03-18
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  • The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture book cover

    The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

    Edited by Tom Brown, Belén Vidal

    The biographical film or biopic is a staple of film production in all major film industries and yet, within film studies, its generic, aesthetic, and cultural significance has remained underexplored. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture fills this gap, conceptualizing the biopic with a…

    Paperback – 2013-12-07
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  • Pervasive Animation book cover

    Pervasive Animation

    Edited by Suzanne Buchan

    This new addition to the AFI Film Readers series brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation and installation. The collection - that is also a philosophy of animation - foregrounds new…

    Paperback – 2013-07-15
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  • Media Authorship book cover

    Media Authorship

    Edited by Cynthia Chris, David A. Gerstner

    Contemporary media authorship is frequently collaborative, participatory, non-site specific, or quite simply goes unrecognized. In this volume, media and film scholars explore the theoretical debates around authorship, intention, and identity within the rapidly transforming and globalized culture…

    Paperback – 2012-12-10
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  • Color and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive book cover

    Color and the Moving Image

    History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive

    Edited by Simon Brown, Sarah Street, Liz Watkins

    This new AFI Film Reader is the first comprehensive collection of original essays on the use of color in film. Contributors from diverse film studies backgrounds consider the importance of color throughout the history of the medium, assessing not only the theoretical implications of color on the…

    Paperback – 2012-11-19
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  • Ecocinema Theory and Practice book cover

    Ecocinema Theory and Practice

    Edited by Stephen Rust, Salma Monani, Sean Cubitt

    Ecocinema Theory and Practice is the first collection of its kind—an anthology that offers a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing field of eco-film criticism, a branch of critical scholarship that investigates cinema’s intersections with environmental understandings. It references…

    Paperback – 2012-08-25
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  • Arnheim for Film and Media Studies book cover

    Arnheim for Film and Media Studies

    Edited by Scott Higgins

    Rudolf Arnheim (1904-2007) was a pioneering figure in film studies, best known for his landmark book on silent cinema Film as Art. He ultimately became more famous as a scholar in the fields of art and art history, largely abandoning his theoretical work on cinema. However, his later aesthetic…

    Paperback – 2010-09-27
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  • The Epic Film in World Culture book cover

    The Epic Film in World Culture

    Edited by Robert Burgoyne

    With the recent release of spectacular blockbuster films from Gladiator to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the epic has once again become a major form in contemporary cinema. This new volume in the AFI Film Readers series explores the rebirth of the epic film genre in the contemporary period, a…

    Paperback – 2010-07-06
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  • Slapstick Comedy book cover

    Slapstick Comedy

    Edited by Tom Paulus, Rob King

    From Chaplin’s tramp to the Bathing Beauties, from madcap chases to skyscraper perils, slapstick comedy supplied many of the most enduring icons of American cinema in the silent era. This collection of fourteen essays by prominent film scholars challenges longstanding critical dogma and offers new…

    Paperback – 2010-04-19
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  • Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering book cover

    Documentary Testimonies

    Global Archives of Suffering

    Edited by Bhaskar Sarkar, Janet Walker

    Documentary Testimonies examines documentary films that compel us to bear witness, move us to anger or tears, and possibly mobilize us to action. Comprising ten new essays and a substantive introduction, this interdisciplinary volume examines audiovisual testimonial practices, forms, and…

    Paperback – 2009-11-11
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  • World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives book cover

    World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives

    Edited by Nataša Durovicová, Kathleen E. Newman

    SCMS Award Winner "Best Edited Collection" The standard analytical category of "national cinema" has increasingly been called into question by the category of the "transnational." This anthology examines the premises and consequences of the coexistence of these two categories and the parameters of…

    Paperback – 2009-09-01
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  • Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies book cover

    Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies

    Edited by Warren Buckland

    Film theory no longer gets top billing or plays a starring role in film studies today, as critics proclaim that theory is dead and we are living in a post-theory moment. While theory may be out of the limelight, it remains an essential key to understanding the full complexity of cinema, one that…

    Paperback – 2009-05-26
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  • European Film Theory book cover

    European Film Theory

    Edited by Temenuga Trifonova

    European Film Theory explores the ‘Europeanness’ of European film theory, its philosophical origins, the ‘culture wars’ between ‘Continental’ and ‘Analytical’ film theory and philosophy, the major discursive and epistemological shifts in the history of Continental film theory, the relationship…

    Paperback – 2008-10-28
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  • Landscape and Film book cover

    Landscape and Film

    Edited by Martin Lefebvre

    First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2006-05-30
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  • East European Cinemas book cover

    East European Cinemas

    Edited by Anikó Imre

    First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2005-09-14
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  • New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality book cover

    New Media

    Theories and Practices of Digitextuality

    Edited by Anna Everett, John T. Caldwell

    First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2003-02-28
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  • Authorship and Film book cover

    Authorship and Film

    Edited by David A. Gerstner, Janet Staiger

    First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2002-11-08
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  • Westerns: Films through History book cover


    Films through History

    Edited by Janet Walker

    First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2001-10-12
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  • Masculinity: Bodies, Movies, Culture book cover


    Bodies, Movies, Culture

    Edited by Peter Lehman

    Lehman brings together new work on masculinity in film by established film scholars, new academics, performance artists, and cultural critics. The essays analyze trends from the role of gay men in saving heterosexuality to the emergence of new queer cinema.…

    Paperback – 2001-05-02
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  • Violence and American Cinema book cover

    Violence and American Cinema

    Edited by J. David Slocum

    First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2000-12-05
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  • Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place book cover

    Home, Exile, Homeland

    Film, Media, and the Politics of Place

    Edited by Hamid Naficy

    First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1998-12-01
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  • Black Women Film and Video Artists book cover

    Black Women Film and Video Artists

    Edited by Jacqueline Bobo

    First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1998-04-09
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  • The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict book cover

    The Revolution Wasn't Televised

    Sixties Television and Social Conflict

    Edited by Lynn Spigel, Michael Curtin

    Caricatures of sixties television--called a "vast wasteland" by the FCC president in the early sixties--continue to dominate our perceptions of the era and cloud popular understanding of the relationship between pop culture and larger social forces. Opposed to these conceptions, The Revolution…

    Paperback – 1997-04-04
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  • The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television and the Modern Event book cover

    The Persistence of History

    Cinema, Television and the Modern Event

    Edited by Vivian Sobchack

    The Persistence of History examines how the moving image has completely altered traditional modes of historical thought and representation. Exploring a range of film and video texts, from The Ten Commandments to the Rodney King video, from the projected work of documentarian Errol Morris to Oliver…

    Paperback – 1995-12-27
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  • Classical Hollywood Comedy book cover

    Classical Hollywood Comedy

    Edited by Kristine Brunovska Karnick, Henry Jenkins

    Applies the recent `return to history' in film studies to the genre of classical Hollywood comedy as well as broadening the definition of those works considered central in this field.…

    Paperback – 1994-10-19
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  • Disney Discourse: Producing the Magic Kingdom book cover

    Disney Discourse

    Producing the Magic Kingdom

    Edited by Eric Smoodin

    Hirohito and his Mickey Mouse watch, Goofy and Donald as our "Goodwill Ambassadors:" Disney Discourse is an interdisciplinary examination of the founder and his empire. These essays use an interdisciplinary approach to read through Disney's domestic cultural production "innocent" national icons, as…

    Paperback – 1994-03-22
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  • Black American Cinema book cover

    Black American Cinema

    Edited by Manthia Diawara

    This is the first major collection of criticism on Black American cinema. From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and…

    Paperback – 1993-08-18
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  • Theorizing Documentary book cover

    Theorizing Documentary

    Edited by Michael Renov

    A key collection of essays that looks at the specific issues related to the documentary form. Questions addressed include `What is documentary?' and `How fictional is nonfiction?'…

    Paperback – 1993-05-10
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  • Film Theory Goes to the Movies: Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film book cover

    Film Theory Goes to the Movies

    Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film

    Edited by Jim Collins, Ava Preacher Collins, Hilary Radner

    Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery…

    Paperback – 1992-12-21
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  • Sound Theory/Sound Practice book cover

    Sound Theory/Sound Practice

    Edited by Rick Altman

    First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1992-06-05
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  • Psychoanalysis and Cinema book cover

    Psychoanalysis and Cinema

    Edited by E. Ann Kaplan

    These fifteen carefully chosen essays by well-known scholars demonstrate the vitality and variety of psychoanalytic film criticism, as well as the crucial role feminist theory has played in its development. Among the films discussed are Duel in the Sun, The Best Years of Our Lives, Three Faces of…

    Paperback – 1989-12-28
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