Film Genre Reader: v. 4

Film Genre Reader: v. 4


Edited by Barry Keith Grant

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  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Format: Paperback | 766 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 36mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Austin, TX
  • ISBN 10: 0292742061
  • ISBN 13: 9780292742062
  • Edition: 4
  • Illustrations note: 104 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 272,149

Product description

Since 1986, Film Genre Reader has been the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with more than 25,000 copies sold. Barry Keith Grant has again revised and updated the book to reflect the most recent developments in genre study. This fourth edition adds new essays on genre definition and cycles, action movies, science fiction, and heritage films, along with a comprehensive and updated bibliography. The volume includes more than thirty essays by some of film's most distinguished critics and scholars of popular cinema, including Charles Ramirez Berg, John G. Cawelti, Celestino Deleyto, David Desser, Thomas Elsaesser, Steve Neale, Thomas Schatz, Paul Schrader, Vivian Sobchack, Janet Staiger, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

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From reviews of the third edition: "Film Genre Reader III lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors, providing an accessible and relatively comprehensive look at genre studies. The anthology's consideration of the advantages and challenges of genre studies, as well as its inclusion of various film genres and methodological approaches, presents a pedagogically useful overview." Scope

Table of contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition; Introduction Part One: Theory 1. Genre (ANDREW TUDOR); 2. The Idea of Genre in the American Cinema (EDWARD BUSCOMBE); 3. A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre (RICK ALTMAN); 4. Cycles and Clusters: The Shape of Film Genre History (LEGER GRINDON ); 5. Genre Films and the Status Quo (JUDITH HESS WRIGHT); 6. Social Implications in the Hollywood Genres (JEAN-LOUP BOURGET); 7. Ideology, Genre, Auteur (ROBIN WOOD); 8. "Cinema/Ideology/Criticism" Revisited: The Progressive Genre (BARBARA KLINGER); 9. The Structural Influence: New Directions in Film Genre Study (THOMAS SCHATZ); 10. Genre Film: A Classical Experience (THOMAS SOBCHACK); 11. Experience and Meaning in Genre Films (BARRY KEITH GRANT); 12. Genre and Performance: An Overview (RICHARD DE CORDOVA); 13. Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess (LINDA WILLIAMS); 14. Questions of Genre (STEVE NEALE); 15. Hybrid or Inbred: The Purity Hypothesis and Hollywood Genre History (JANET STAIGER); 16. Film Genres at the Crossroads: What Genres and Films Do to Each Other (CELESTINO DELEYTO) Part Two: Selected Genre Criticism 17. The Western (Genre and Movies) (DOUGLAS PYE); 18. Apes and Essences: Some Sources of Significance in the American Gangster Film (EDWARD MITCHELL); 19. Notes on Film Noir (PAUL SCHRADER); 20. Chinatown and Generic Transformation in Recent American Films (JOHN G. CAWELTI); 21. Shoot-Out at the Genre Corral: Problems in the "Evolution" of the Western (TAG GALLAGHER); 22. The Bug in the Rug: Notes on the Disaster Genre (MAURICE YACOWAR); 23. "Surge and Splendor": A Phenomenology of the Hollywood Historical Epic (VIVIAN SOBCHACK); 24. Children of the Light (BRUCE F. KAWIN); 25. Monsters from the Id (MARGARET TARRATT); 26. Immigrants, Aliens, and Extraterrestrials: Science Fiction's Alien "Other" as (Among Other Things) New Latino Imagery (CHARLES RAMIREZ BERG); 27. Tales of Sound and Fury: Observations on the Family Melodrama (THOMAS ELSAESSER); 28. Screwball Comedies: Constructing Romance, Mystifying Marriage (DAVID R. SHUMWAY); 29. Redressing the "Natural": The Temporary Transvestite Film (CHRIS STRAAYER); 30. Friendly Civilians: Images of Women and the Feminization of the Audience in Vietnam War Films (SUSAN JEFFORDS); 31. The Family in Action (YVONNE TASKER); 32. The Self-Reflexive Musical and the Myth of Entertainment (JANE FEUER); 33. The Black Gangster Film (MARK A. REID); 34. Teen Films: The Cinematic Image of Youth (TIMOTHY SHARY); 35. Re presenting the National Past: Nostalgia and Pastiche in the Heritage Film (ANDREW HIGSON); 36. Global Noir: Genre Film in the Age of Transnationalism (DAVID DESSER) Bibliography; Notes on Contributors; Index