Inventing Film Studies

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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Inventing Film Studiesoffers original and provocative insights into the institutional and intellectual foundations of cinema studies. While many scholars have linked the origins of the discipline to late-1960s developments in the academy such as structuralist theory and student protest, this collection reveals the multiple material and institutional forces-both inside and outside of the university-that have long shaped the field. Beginning with the first investigations of cinema in the early twentieth century, this volume provides detailed examinations of the varied social, political, and intellectual milieus in which knowledge of cinema has been generated. The contributors demonstrate how multiple instantiations of film study have had a tremendous influence on the methodologies, curriculum, modes of publication, and professional organizations that now constitute the university-based discipline. Extending the historical insights into the contemporary moment, contributors also consider the future directions of film study in a changing technological and cultural environment.Inventing Film Studiesshows how the study of cinema has developed in relation to a constellation of institutions, technologies, practices, individuals, films, books, government agencies, pedagogies, and theories. Contributors illuminate the connections between early cinema and the social sciences, between film programs and nation-building efforts, and between universities and U.S. avant-garde filmmakers. They analyze the evolution of film studies in relation to the Museum of Modern Art, the American Film Council movement of the 1940s and 1950s, the British Film Institute, influential journals, cinephilia, and technological innovations past and present. Taken together, the essays in this collection reveal the rich history and contemporary vitality of film studies.Contributors: Mark Lynn Anderson; Mark Betz; Zoë Druick; Lee Grieveson; Stephen Groening; Haden Guest; Amelie Hastie ; Lynne Joyrich; Laura Mulvey; Dana Polan ; D.N. Rodowick; Philip Rosen; Alison Trope; Haidee Wasson; Patricia White; Sharon Willis ; Peter Wollen; Michale Zyrd

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Academy and Motion Picturesp. xi
Making Cinema Knowable
Cinema Studies and the Conduct of Conductp. 3
Taking Liberties: The Payne Fund Studies and the Creation of the Media Expertp. 38
"Reaching the Multimillions": Liberal Internationalism and the Establishment of Documentary Filmp. 66
Young Art, Old Colleges: Early Episodes in the American Study of Filmp. 93
Making Cinema Educational
Studying Movies at the Museum: The Museum of Modern Art and Cinema's Changing Objectp. 121
Classrooms, Clubs, and Community Circuits: Cultural Authority and the Film Council Movement, 1946-1957p. 149
Experimental Film and the Development of Film Study in Americap. 182
From Cinephilia to Film Studiesp. 217
Making Cinema Legible
Experimentation and Innovation in Three American Film Journals of the 1950sp. 235
Screen and 1970s Film Theoryp. 264
(Re)Inventing Camera Obscurap. 298
Little Booksp. 319
Making and Remaking Cinema Studies
Footstool Film School: Home Entertainment as Home Educationp. 353
Dr. Strange Media, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Film Theoryp. 374
Timeline for a History of Anglophone Film Culture and Film Studiesp. 399
Selected Bibliographyp. 419
About the Contributorsp. 425
Indexp. 429
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