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Film theory & criticism

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Manhua Modernity

Manhua Modernity

Author: John A. Crespi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2021

A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. From fashion sketches of smartly dressed Shanghai dandies in the 1920s, to multipanel drawings of refugee urbanites during the war against Japan, to panoramic pictures of anti-American propaganda rallies in the early 1950s, the polymorphic cartoon-style art known as manhua helped define China's modern experience. Manhua Modernity offers a richly illustrated, deeply contextualized analysis of these illustrations across the lively pages of popular pictorial magazines that entertained, informed, and mobilized a nation through a half century of political and cultural transformation. In this compelling media history, John Crespi argues that manhua must be understood in the context of the pictorial magazines that hosted them, and in turn these magazines must be seen as important mediators of the modern urban experience. Even as times changed-from interwar-era consumerism to war-time mobilization to Mao-style propaganda-the art form adapted to stay on the cutting edge of both politics and style.

Truth and Metafiction

Truth and Metafiction

Author: Professor or Dr. Josh (MacEwan University, Canada) Toth Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Metafiction has long been associated with the heyday of literary postmodernism-with a certain sense of irresponsibility, political apathy, or outright nihilism. Yet, if (as is now widely assumed) postmodernism has finally run its course, how might we account for the proliferation of metafictional devices in contemporary narrative media? Does this persistence undermine the claim that postmodernism has passed, or has the function of metafiction somehow changed? To answer these questions, Josh Toth considers a broad range of recent metafictional texts-bywriters such as George Saunders and Jennifer Egan and directors such as Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. At the same time, he traverses a diffuse theoretical landscape: from the rise of various new materialisms (in philosophy) and the turn to affect (in literary criticism) to the seemingly endless efforts to name postmodernism's ostensible successor. Ultimately, Toth argues that much contemporary metafiction moves beyond postmodern skepticism to reassert the possibility of making true claims about real things. Capable of combating a post-truth crisis, such forms assert or assume a kind of Hegelian plasticity; they actively and persistently confront the trauma of what is infinitely mutable, or perpetually other. What is outside or before a given representation is confirmed and endured as that which exceeds the instance of its capture. The truth is thereby renewed; neither denied nor simply assumed, it is approached as ethically as possible. Its plasticity is grasped because the grasp, the form of its narrative apprehension, lets slip.

South Korean Film

South Korean Film

Author: Professor Hyon Joo (The University of Vermont, USA) Yoo Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 14/01/2021

This three-volume reference collection represents three distinct phases in the development of South Korean national cinema. It foregrounds how epochal characteristics inform the way in which the national cinema represents the penetrating thematic concern of auteur-ship, genre, spectatorship, gender, and nation, as well as the way in which these themes find expression in distinct visual styles and forms. The pack reveals the emphasis in current research on the central themes of gender and nation and on the stylistic and representational strategies that articulate those paired themes in South Korean national cinema. This is an essential addition to libraries and a major scholarly resource for researchers involved in the study of South Korean film.

Truth and Metafiction

Truth and Metafiction

Author: Professor or Dr. Josh (MacEwan University, Canada) Toth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Metafiction has long been associated with the heyday of literary postmodernism-with a certain sense of irresponsibility, political apathy, or outright nihilism. Yet, if (as is now widely assumed) postmodernism has finally run its course, how might we account for the proliferation of metafictional devices in contemporary narrative media? Does this persistence undermine the claim that postmodernism has passed, or has the function of metafiction somehow changed? To answer these questions, Josh Toth considers a broad range of recent metafictional texts-bywriters such as George Saunders and Jennifer Egan and directors such as Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. At the same time, he traverses a diffuse theoretical landscape: from the rise of various new materialisms (in philosophy) and the turn to affect (in literary criticism) to the seemingly endless efforts to name postmodernism's ostensible successor. Ultimately, Toth argues that much contemporary metafiction moves beyond postmodern skepticism to reassert the possibility of making true claims about real things. Capable of combating a post-truth crisis, such forms assert or assume a kind of Hegelian plasticity; they actively and persistently confront the trauma of what is infinitely mutable, or perpetually other. What is outside or before a given representation is confirmed and endured as that which exceeds the instance of its capture. The truth is thereby renewed; neither denied nor simply assumed, it is approached as ethically as possible. Its plasticity is grasped because the grasp, the form of its narrative apprehension, lets slip.

The Politics of Nordsploitation

The Politics of Nordsploitation

Nordic film cultures have transformed in the last 50 years, partly due to the loosening of film censorship, but also due to the shifting attitudes towards what constitutes national film culture and the rising appreciation for commercial genre film production. Arising from the significance of this reciprocal cultural exchange, The Politics of Nordsploitation takes a transnational approach to exploring these films in their industrial contexts, exploring them as not only political manifestations of domestic considerations but also to position Nordic exploitation film cultures in a global context. The book provides a film historical exposition of a largely ignored film cultural movement but in addition, on a more retrospective level of analysis, it outlines how influential these films have been. The majority of the book focuses on key patterns and periods in the 1970-90s, but also traces the impact these films have had on textual tactics and industrial practices of contemporary filmmakers.

Stardom in Contemporary Global Hollywood

Stardom in Contemporary Global Hollywood

Author: Andrew (Loughborough University, UK) Dix Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Through a geographically expansive series of case studies, tracking film performers from the United States, the Americas, Europe and parts of the Pacific Rim, this book explores the varieties and meanings of contemporary Hollywood stardom as it has become increasingly deterritorialized. Each chapter assesses the economic significance of its chosen star, identifying his or her contribution to the extension and hegemony of what has been called 'global Hollywood'. By detailed study of the stars' selections of roles, modes of performance and fashioning of personas, the book also unpacks their multiple cultural or semiotic implications. In this way, Dix analyzes how contemporary transnational stars have not only advanced the global remit of Hollywood cinema but have played a major part in reconfiguring and even contesting Hollywood.

American Graffiti

American Graffiti

Author: Peter Kramer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, Peter Kramer explains how American Graffiti came into existence, paying close attention to the small-town upbringing and previous films of its director George Lucas. The book also explores the film's story, style and themes; its marketing, critical reception, commercial success and cultural impact in the United States; and relates all of this both to the transformation of American cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and to the impact of the postwar baby-boom on American culture and society.

Ethics, Justice, Embodiment, and Global Film

Ethics, Justice, Embodiment, and Global Film

Author: Brian (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Bergen-Aurand Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book is a study in film and philosophy that explores the intersection of global post-fascist cinema, ethics and justice, and screen bodies. It addresses the question What is the good of film experience? by staging an encounter between Levinasian-Derridean concerns over ethics and justice and cinematic engagements with issues of embodied and haptic response. In the end, this book argues such international filmmaking provokes us to respond through a redeployment of our questions of ethics and justice as well as our questions of film making and experiencing.

Legacies of the Past

Legacies of the Past

Author: Niamh Thornton Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Riven with unresolved traumas and appropriated by successive governments, the past haunts spaces in Mexican film and visual culture. These events, without consensus or a singular/unifying narrative, act like spectres haunting the present. To comprehend how they manifest, Legacies of the Past considers how filmmakers and visual artists have found ways of understanding these haunted spaces. With case studies of films like El atentado (2010), Flor en Otomi (2012) and the photography of Dulce Pinzon, this collection analyses the audio-visual representations of several heightened events in Mexican history. The conbtributors' explorations, imaginings and counter-imaginings bring the past to the foreground, creating new narratives and proposing new histories in order to show the significance of storytelling and narrative for a shared understanding of ourselves.

Contemporary Greek Cinema and Migration

Contemporary Greek Cinema and Migration

Author: Philip-Edward Phillis Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Discusses issues of immigration and identity within contemporary Greek cinema (1991-2016) Focuses on representations of immigrants and refugees in contemporary Greek cinema Provides an in-depth understanding of Greek cinema from the early 1990s and its direct correlation to foreign migration and the country's ongoing struggles to implement European modernity Brings Greek cinema to the forefront of Anglophone Film and Cultural Studies, responding to growing needs to investigate the cinema of small nations and to provide a holistic study of European cinema A wide selection of case studies covering the period from 1991 to 2016 illustrate the growing fascination of Greek filmmakers with the plight of immigrants and refugees in Greece and the shifting ideological and cultural zeitgeist Greek Cinema and Migration provides a response to urgent calls to comprehend the cultural impact of immigration in Greece, and to determine the capacity of contemporary Greek cinema to challenge the logic of Fortress Europe. Placing contemporary Greek cinema within the context of European film production and transnational cinema, the book explores the fascination of Greek filmmakers with migration, mobility, borders and identity, between 1991 and 2016. With case studies of films such as The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), The Way to the West (2003), Man at Sea (2011) and many more, this ground-breaking book provides an in-depth understanding of contemporary Greek cinema and its direct correlation to the country's ongoing struggles to implement European modernity.