1st Edition

Film and Television Analysis
An Introduction to Methods, Theories, and Approaches

ISBN 9780415674812
Published September 17, 2015 by Routledge
332 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Film and Television Analysis is especially designed to introduce undergraduate students to the most important qualitative methodologies used to study film and television.

The methodologies covered include:

  • ideological analysis
  • auteur theory
  • genre theory
  • semiotics and structuralism
  • psychoanalysis and apparatus theory
  • feminism
  • postmodernism
  • cultural studies (including reception and audience studies)
  • contemporary approaches to race, nation, gender, and sexuality.

With each chapter focusing on a distinct methodology, students are introduced to the historical developments of each approach, along with its vocabulary, significant scholars, key concepts and case studies.

Other features include:

  • Over 120 color images throughout
  • Questions for discussion at the end of each chapter
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • A glossary of key terms.

Written in a reader-friendly manner Film and Television Analysis is a vital textbook for students encountering these concepts for the first time.

Table of Contents

Foreword  1. Introduction to Culture and Cultural Criticism 2. Concepts of Ideology 3. Semiotics, Structuralism, and Beyond 4. Authorship and the Auteur Theory 5. Film and Television Genres 6. Psychoanalysis (Part One): Basic Concepts 7. Psychoanalysis (Part Two): Screen and Apparatus Theory 8. Feminist Approaches to Film and Television9. Film, Television, and the Postmodern 10. Cultural Studies and Reception 11. Audiences and Fandoms 12. Beyond Identity Politics: Contemporary Thinking on Nation, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Glossary

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Harry M. Benshoff is a Professor of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. He is the editor of A Companion to the Horror Film (2014) and co-author of the best-selling textbook America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies (2009).