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The Routledge Companion to World Cinema

ISBN 9781138918801
Published October 2, 2017 by Routledge
522 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to World Cinema explores and examines a global range of films and filmmakers, their movements and audiences, comparing their cultural, technological and political dynamics, identifying the impulses that constantly reshape the form and function of the cinemas of the world. Each of the forty chapters provides a survey of a topic, explaining why the issue or area is important, and critically discussing the leading views in the area. Designed as a dynamic forum for forty world-leading scholars, this companion contains significant expertise and insight and is dedicated to challenging complacent views of hegemonic film cultures and replacing outmoded ideas about production, distribution and reception. It offers both a survey and an investigation into the condition and activity of contemporary filmmaking worldwide, often challenging long-standing categories and weighted—often politically motivated—value judgements, thereby grounding and aligning the reader in an activity of remapping which is designed to prompt rethinking.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Longitude and Latitude of World Cinema

Rob Stone, Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison and Alex Marlow-Mann

Part I: Longitude

1. The Cinematic and the Real in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Yingjin Zhang

2. Southeast Asian Independent Cinema: A World Cinema Movement

Jonathan Driskell

3. Global Intimacy and Cultural Intoxication: Japanese and Korean Film in the twenty-first century

Felicity Gee

4. Media Refashioning: From Nollywood to New Nollywood

Jeffrey Geiger

5. Framing Democracy: Film in Post-democracy South Africa 

Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk

6. Brazilian Cinema on the Global Screen

Stephanie Dennison

7. Transnational filmmaking in South America

Dolores Tierney

8. Connected in "Another Way": Repetition, Difference and Identity in Caribbean Cinema

Dunja Fehimović

9. Women’s (R)evolutions in Mexican Cinema

Niamh Thornton

10. Popular Cinema/Quality Television: The Audio-visual Sector in Spain

Paul Julian Smith

11. Contemporary Scandinavian Cinema: between Art and Commerce

Olof Hedling

12. British Cinemas: Critical and Historical Debates

James Chapman

13. Developments in Eastern European Cinemas since 1989

Elżbieta Ostrowska and Joanna Rydzewska

14. Cinema at the Edges of the European Union: New Dynamics in the South and the East

Lydia Papadimitriou

15. The Non/Industries of Film and the Palestinian Emergent Film Economy

Viviane Saglier

16. Locations and Narrative Reorientations in Arab Cinemas/World Cinema

Anne Ciecko

17. The Forking Paths of Indian Cinema: Revisiting Hindi Films through Their Regional Networks

Madhuja Mukherjee

18. American Indie Film and International Art Cinema: Points of Distinction and Overlap

Geoff King

19. Canadian Cinema(s)

Christopher E. Gittings

20. Conventions, Preventions and Interventions: Australasian Cinema since the 1970s

Jonathan Rayner

Part II: Latitude

21. Cinemas of Citizens and Cinemas of Sentiment: World Cinema in Flux

Rob Stone

22. Transworld Cinemas: Film-Philosophies for World Cinemas’ Engagement with World History

David Martin-Jones

23. Transnational Cinema: Mapping a Field of Study

Deborah Shaw

24. "Soft Power" and Shifting Patterns of Influence in Global Film Culture

Paul Cooke

25. Realist Cinema as World Cinema

Lúcia Nagib

26. Regional Cinema: Micro-Mapping and Glocalisation

Alex Marlow-Mann

27. Global Women’s Cinema

Kate Ince

28. Provincialising Heterosexuality: Queer Style, World Cinema

Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover

29. Stars across Borders: The Vexed Question of Stars’ Exportability

Ginette Vincendeau

30. Film Fusions: the Cult Film in World Cinema

Mark Goodall

31. Perpetual Motion Pictures: Sisyphean Burden and the Global Screen Franchise

James Walters

32. Screening World Cinema at Film Festivals: Festivalisation and (Staged) Authenticity

Marijke de Valck

33. Cinephilia Goes Global: Loving Cinema in the Post-cinematic Age

Belén Vidal

34. Another (Hi)story?: Reinvestigating the Relationship between Cinema and History

Vito Zagarrio

35. Archival Cinema

Paolo Cherchi Usai

36. Digital Cinemas

Sean Cubitt

37. Access and Power: Film Distribution, Re-intermediation and Piracy

Virginia Crisp

38. The Emerging Global Screen Ecology of Social Media Entertainment

Stuart Cunningham and David Craig

39. Remapping World Cinema through Audience Research

Huw D. Jones

40. Eyes on the Future: World Cinema and Transnational Capacity Building

Mette Hjort


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Rob Stone is Chair of European Cinema and Professor of Film Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he co-directs B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies.

Paul Cooke is Centenary Chair of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds and the Director of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures.

Stephanie Dennison is Chair of Brazilian Studies and a founding member of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds.

Alex Marlow-Mann is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Kent.