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Understanding Film Theory (2nd Edition)

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This essential core textbook provides an approachable and extensive introduction to film theory, written by two highly experienced senior lecturers. Bringing a fresh, contemporary and accessible approach to what is often...

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This essential core textbook provides an approachable and extensive introduction to film theory, written by two highly experienced senior lecturers. Bringing a fresh, contemporary and accessible approach to what is often perceived to be a challenging and old-fashioned area of film studies that requires time and effort to grasp, the text illustrates why theory is important and demonstrates how it can be applied in a meaningful way. The book’s sixteen chapters are clear and comprehensive and provide an insight into the main areas of debate, using clear definitions and explaining complex ideas succinctly.

The ideal entry point for any student studying film, the book is designed for use on courses on film theory on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes within Film, Cinema, Media and Cultural Studies.

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  • Concisely summarises seminal texts without oversimplifying key points
  • Features a range of relevant case studies drawn from classic and contemporary cinema
  • Contains `Reflect and Respond´ sections which spark debate and encourage readers to engage critically with theoretical concepts

  • An expanded introduction, plus a new chapter looking at Adaptation
  • Contemporary case studies exploring popular and topical films, such as The Hunger Games (2012), Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) and The Lego Movie (2014)
  • An expanded introduction, plus a new chapter looking at Adaptation
  • Additional genre-based case study on the British Gangster film
  • Additional actor-basedcase study on Ryan Gosling
  • A greater focus throughout on the relevance of film theory to students undertaking practical film degrees and units


Introduction
1. Auteur Theory
2. Adaptations
3. Genre Theory
4. Formalism
5. Structuralism and Post-structuralism
6. Marxism
7. Realism
8. Postmodernism
9. Psychoanalysis
10. Feminism
11. Masculinity
12. Queer Theory
13. Race and Ethnicity
14. Postcolonial and Transnational Cinemas
15. Stars
16. Audience Research and Reception
16. Conclusion.

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Ruth Doughty is the Programme Leader in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She is one of the co-founding editors of the journal Transnational Cinemas and co-edited Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media (2009).

Christine Etherington-Wright is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She is the author of Gender, Professions, Discourse (Palgrave, 2008). 

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Ruth Doughty is the Programme Leader in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She is one of the co-founding editors of the journal Transnational Cinemas and co-edited Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media (2009).

Christine Etherington-Wright is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She is the author of Gender, Professions, Discourse (Palgrave, 2008). 

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