For the Love of Cinema

For the Love of Cinema : Teaching Our Passion In and Outside the Classroom

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What role does love-of cinema, of cinema studies, of teaching and learning-play in teaching film? For the Love of Cinema brings together a wide range of film scholars to explore the relationship between cinephilia and pedagogy. All of them ask whether cine-love can inform the serious study of cinema. Chapter by chapter, writers approach this question from various perspectives: some draw on aspects of students' love of cinema as a starting point for rethinking familiar films or generating new kinds of analyses about the medium itself; others reflect on how their own cinephilia informs the way they teach cinema; and still others offer new ways of writing (both verbally and audiovisually) with a love of cinema in the age of new media. Together, they form a collection that is as much a guide for teaching cinephilia as it is an energetic dialogue about the ways that cinephilia and pedagogy enliven and rejuvenate one another.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 512.56g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0253029635
  • 9780253029638

Table of contents

Introduction: Love and Teaching, Love and Film / Rashna Wadia Richards and David T. Johnson

Part 1: Theorizing Cinephilia and Pedagogy
1. Cinephilia as a Method / Robert B. Ray
2. Passionate Attachments / Amelie Hastie
3. Cinephilia and Cineliteracy in the Classroom / Thomas Leitch
4. Nearing the Heart of a Film: Toward a Cinephilic Pedagogy / Tracy Cox-Stanton
5. Movies in the Middle: Cinephilia as Lines of Becoming / Kalling Heck
6. Audiovisual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema / Cristina Alvarez Lopez and Adrian Martin

Part 2: Practicing Cinephilia and Pedagogy
7. Teaching Film Nonfictionally: The Reciprocity of Pedagogy, Cinephilia, and Maternity / Kristi McKim
8. Loving Performance: Cinephilia, Teaching, and the Stars / Steven Rybin
9. Go to the Movies!: Cinephilia, Exhibition, and the Cinema Studies Classroom / Allison Whitney
10. Cinephilia and Paratexts: DVD Pedagogy in the Era of Instant Streaming / Lisa Patti
11. Lessons of Birth and Death: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinephilia in Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011) / Andrew Utterson
12. Cinephilia and Philosophia: Or, Why I Don't Show The Matrix in Philosophy 101 /
Timothy Yenter

Selected Bibliography
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Review quote

"For the Love of Cinema is an innovative collection that brings important new discussion to academic film scholarship on several fronts... This volume is not just another manual of how to teach film studies (there are plenty of those), but how to bring a certain attitude or demeanor to the practice for the purpose of stimulating student engagement and enrichment. The collection focuses on the act of teaching, both conceptually and practically, which is something that no introductory text on teaching film studies that I know of has adequately addressed." -Christian Keathley, author of Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees "While there have been many recent books on the topic of cinephilia, per se, this is the first one, to my knowledge, to address the subject within a pedagogical framework-examining how a teacher's own love of cinema may be transferred to students raised in a younger generation with entirely different ways of experiencing moving images." -Lucy Fischer, author of Designing Women: Cinema, Art Deco and The Female Form
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About David T. Johnson

Cristina Alvarez Lopez is a critic and audiovisual artist. She is the co-founder of the Spanish online film journal Transit: Cine y otros desvios. Her essays have appeared in Fandor Keyframe, MUBI Notebook, LOLA, La Fuga, and De Filmkrant and in books on Chantal Akerman, Bong Joon-Ho, Philippe Garrel, and Paul Schrader.

Tracy Cox-Stanton is Professor of Cinema Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the founder and editor of the online journal The Cine-Files. She has published essays in Camera Obscura, Spectator, Visual Arts Research, and Critical Essays on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Amelie Hastie is the founding Chair of the Film and Media Studies Program and Professor of English at Amherst College. She is the author of Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection, and Film History and The Bigamist. She was a member of the Camera Obscura editorial collective and currently writes "The Vulnerable Spectator" column in Film Quarterly.

Kalling Heck is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His work addresses continental philosophy as it pertains to global Art cinema, focusing on films made in the wake of transitions from authoritarianism or totalitarianism to democracy.

David T. Johnson is Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University. He is the author of Richard Linklater, and his work has appeared in Adaptation, The Cine-Files, Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, LOLA, and Reverse Shot. From 2005 to 2016 he co-edited the journal Literature/Film Quarterly.

Thomas Leitch is Professor of English at the University of Delaware. His most recent books are Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age and The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies.

Adrian Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University and a freelance writer and audiovisual artist. He is the author of seven books, the most recent being Mise en Scene and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art. He is co-editor of the online journal LOLA and of the book Movie Mutations.

Kristi McKim is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film Studies at Hendrix College. She is the author of Love in the Time of Cinema and Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change.

Lisa Patti is Assistant Professor of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is co-author (with Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson, and Amy Villarejo) of Film Studies: A Global Introduction and co-editor (with Tijana Mamula) of The Multilingual Screen: New Reflections on Cinema and Linguistic Difference.

Robert B. Ray is Professor of English at the University of Florida and the author of A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980, The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy, How a Film Theory Got Lost and Other Mysteries in Cultural Studies (IUP), The ABCs of Classic Hollywood, and Walden X 40 (IUP).

Rashna Wadia Richards is Associate Professor and T. K. Young Chair of English at Rhodes College. She is the author of Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood (IUP). Her essays have been published in Criticism, Framework, Film Criticism, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Arizona Quarterly.

Steven Rybin is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is the author of Gestures of Love: Romancing Performance in Classical Hollywood Cinema, editor of The Cinema of Hal Hartley: Flirting with Formalism, and co-editor (with Will Scheibel) of Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground: Nicholas Ray in American Cinema.

Andrew Utterson is Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College. He is the author of From IBM to MGM: Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age, editor of Technology and Culture: The Film Reader, and co-editor of the four-volume anthology Film Theory: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies.

Allison Whitney is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include the history of media technology, oral histories of film culture in Texas, studies of film genre, and the material culture of games and play.

Timothy Yenter is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Faculty in Cinema at the University of Mississippi. In addition to teaching and writing about European philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, he regularly teaches courses at the intersection of philosophy and film.
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