Authorship in film has been a persistent theme in the field of cinema studies. This volume of new work revitalizes the question of authorship by connecting it to larger issues of identity--in film, in the marketplace, in society, in culture. Essays range from the auteur theory and Casablanca to Oscar Micheaux, from the American avant-garde to community video, all illuminating how "authorship" is a complex idea with far-reaching implications. This ambitious and wide-ranging book will be essential reading for anyone concerned with film studies and the concept of the author.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Part 1 authorship studies in review; Chapter 1 the practices of authorship, Chapter 2 authorship approaches, Part 2 authorship and identity in hollywood; Chapter 3 the auteur theory, Chapter 4 I hear music and …, Chapter 5 stepping out from behind the grand silhouette, Part 3 authorship and identity near and far from hollywood; Chapter 6 intentions and mass culture, Chapter 7 cundieff’s revisionof masculinityin film, or, a “hard” man is not necessarily good to find, Chapter 8 john waters goes to hollywood, Chapter 9 len lye, roger horrocks; Chapter 10 a lost man, Chapter 11 grassroots authors, Part 4 the author-function; Chapter 12 reframing arobert stigwood, Chapter 14 making films asian american.
david a. gerstner, janet staiger
"For scholars who wish to learn the current state of author studies, and to be stimulated by the prospects of the further work to be done, Iuthorship and Film is an excellent resource." -- Bill R. Scalia--Hillsdale College, Journal of Film and Video