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The New Film History Sources, Methods, Approaches by James Chapman

The New Film History Sources, Methods, Approaches


The New Film History Sources, Methods, Approaches by James Chapman

The first major overview of the field of film history in twenty years, this book offers a wide-ranging account of the methods, sources and approaches used by modern film historians. The key areas of research are analysed, alongside detailed case studies centred on well-known American, Australian, British and European films.


'A very welcome entry into the field of film history, the contributors to this exemplary collection engage rigorously and imaginatively with the structures and processes that have shaped the medium of film. Structured around the four key areas of History, Authorship, Genre and Reception, this collection tackles some of the big questions that have vexed film historians - what is the relationship between creativity and commerce, how do ideas get into film in a lively and informative manner. An indispensable collection for students and researchers of film, media and cognate disciplines.' - Melanie Bell, Lecturer in Film, Newcastle University, UK

' invaluable tool in both teaching and research...the essays are scholarly and engagingly written, and genuinely extend the boundaries of the discipline. It will quickly become a central text for film history courses.' - Melanie Bell, Journal of British Cinema and Television'

About the Author

TIM BERGFELDER Professor of Film Studies, University of Southampton, UK MARK CONNELLY Reader in Modern British History, University of Kent, UK LAURIE EDE Principal Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK PETER KRAEMER Lecturer in Film Studies, University of East Anglia, UK JONATHAN MUNBY Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University, UK JEFFREY RICHARDS Professor of Cultural History, Lancaster University, UK MARTIN SHINGLER Senior Lecturer in Radio and Film Studies, University of Sunderland, UK JUSTIN SMITH Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK ANDREW SPICER Reader in Cultural History, School of Art, Media and Design, University of the West of England, UK INGRID STIGSDOTTER Film Studies PhD candidate, University of Southampton, UK MELVYN STOKES Senior Lecturer in History, University College London, UK SARAH STREET Professor of Screen Studies, University of Bristol, UK RICHARD TAYLOR Research Professor in Politics, University of Wales, Swansea, UK

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Publication date

25th April 2007


James Chapman

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Palgrave Macmillan


256 pages


Films, cinema



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