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.
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.