'Hollywood' as a concept applies variously to a particular film style, a factory-based mode of film production, a cartel of powerful media institutions and a national (and increasingly global) 'way of seeing'. It is a complex social, cultural and industrial phenomenon and is arguably the single most important site of cultural production over the past century.
This collection brings together journal articles, published essays, book chapters and excerpts which explore Hollywood as a social, economic, industrial, aesthetic and political force, and as a complex historical entity.
Volume I: Historical Dimensions: The Development of the American Film Industry
Early American Cinema and the Emergence of Hollywood
The Classical Hollywood Era
Postwar Transformation: Hollywood in the Age of Television The New Hollywood
Volume II: Formal-Aesthetic Dimensions: Authorship, Genre, and Stardom
Authorship and Genre
The Star System and Star Studies
Case Study in Film Authorship: Alfred Hitchcock
Volume III: Social Dimensions: Technology, Regulation, and Audience
Hollywood Responds to (New) Motion Picture Technologies Regulating Movie Content
Hollywood and Washington
Volume IV: Cultural Dimensions: Ideology, Identity, and Culture Industry Studies
Film and Ideology
Representation(s) of Gender and Sexuality
Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Identity
Movie Marketing in the New Hollywood
This extensive series from Routledge Major Works draws upon a broad range of academic interest within the diverse field of Media and Cultural Studies. The series explores key areas of research, such as Advertising and Radio and shines a spotlight on the study of Cinema, with collections analyzing the cinema of various geographic areas, including French Cinema and Chinese Cinema.