FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM: Introductory Readings
Edited by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen
Oxford University Press (February 2016)
Trade Paper • ISBN 9780199376896 • US $95.95 • 960 pages
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Since publication of the first edition, in 1974, Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen’s Film Theory and Criticism has been the most widely used and cited anthology of critical writings about film. Now in its eighth edition, this landmark text continues to offer outstanding coverage of more than a century of thought and writing about the movies. Incorporating classic texts by pioneers in film theory and cutting-edge essays by contemporary scholars, the text examines both historical and theoretical viewpoints on the subject.
Building upon the wide range of selections and the extensive historical coverage that marked previous editions, this new compilation stretches from the earliest attempts to define the cinema to the most recent efforts to place film in the contexts of psychology, sociology, and philosophy, and to explore issues of gender and race. Reorganized into ten sections—each comprising the major fields of critical controversy and analysis—this new edition features reformulated introductions and biographical headnotes that contextualize the readings, making the text more accessible than ever to students, film enthusiasts, and general readers alike.
A wide-ranging critical and historical survey, Film Theory and Criticism remains the leading text for undergraduate courses in film theory. It is also ideal for graduate courses in film theory and criticism.
“A near-exhaustive collection of essential film writing. The essays contained in Film Theory and Criticism testify not only to the diversity of topics that make up the study of film, but to their increasing relevance in our globalized, digitized age.”
John Bruns, College of Charleston
“It is the best compilation of the widest range of critical approaches that relies on complete reproductions (not truncated extracts) of some of the most influential and provocative theory on film.”
Terri A. Hasseler, Bryant University
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Leo Braudy is University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of English, Art History, and History at the University of Southern California. Among other books, he is author of Native Informant: Essays on Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History, and most recently, From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity.
Marshall Cohen is University Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California. He is coeditor, with Roger Copeland, of What Is Dance? Readings in Theory and Criticism, and founding editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs.
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