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Routledge Advances in Film Studies


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This series is our home for innovative research in the field of film studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.

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Film Comedy and the American Dream

Film Comedy and the American Dream

1st Edition

Zach Sands
September 19, 2017

Film Comedy and the American Dream is an examination of national identity in the era of the American superpower as projected in popular comedic films that center on issues of upward mobility. It is the story of what made audiences laugh and why, and what this says about the changing shape of the...

The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation

The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation

1st Edition

Srividhya Swaminathan, Steven W. Thomas
July 27, 2017

This collection explores how film and television depict the complex and diverse milieu of the eighteenth century as a literary, historical, and cultural space. Topics range from adaptations of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (The Martian) to historical fiction on the...

The Contemporary Femme Fatale: Gender, Genre and American Cinema

The Contemporary Femme Fatale: Gender, Genre and American Cinema

1st Edition

Katherine Farrimond
July 13, 2017

The femme fatale occupies a precarious yet highly visible space in contemporary cinema. From sci-fi alien women to teenage bad girls, filmmakers continue to draw on the notion of the sexy deadly woman in ways which traverse boundaries of genre and narrative. This book charts the articulations of...

US Youth Films and Popular Music: Identity, Genre, and Musical Agency

US Youth Films and Popular Music: Identity, Genre, and Musical Agency

1st Edition

Tim McNelis
May 11, 2017

This book brings theory from popular music studies to an examination of identity and agency in youth films while building on, and complementing, film studies literature concerned with genre, identity, and representation. McNelis includes case studies of Hollywood and independent US youth films that...

Surveillance in Asian Cinema: Under Eastern Eyes

Surveillance in Asian Cinema: Under Eastern Eyes

1st Edition

Karen Fang
March 16, 2017

Critical theory and popular wisdom are rife with images of surveillance as an intrusive, repressive practice often suggestively attributed to eastern powers and opposed to western liberalism. Hollywood-dominated global media has long promulgated a geopoliticized east-west axis of freedom vs....

Postfeminism and Paternity in Contemporary US Film: Framing Fatherhood

Postfeminism and Paternity in Contemporary US Film: Framing Fatherhood

1st Edition

Hannah Hamad
February 07, 2017

This book interrogates representations of fatherhood across the spectrum of popular U.S. film of the early twenty-first century. It situates them in relation to postfeminist discourse, identifying and discussing dominant paradigms and tropes that emerge from the tendency of popular cinema to...

The Camera-Eye Metaphor in Cinema

The Camera-Eye Metaphor in Cinema

1st Edition

Christian Quendler
November 10, 2016

This book explores the cultural, intellectual, and artistic fascination with camera-eye metaphors in film culture of the twentieth century. By studying the very metaphor that cinema lives by, it provides a rich and insightful map of our understanding of cinema and film styles and shows how cinema...

Crossover Cinema: Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception

Crossover Cinema: Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception

1st Edition

Sukhmani Khorana
November 08, 2016

Cinematic products in the twenty-first century increasingly emerge from, engage with, and are consumed in cross-cultural settings. While there have been a number of terms used to describe cinematic forms that do not bear allegiance to a single nation in terms of conceptualization, content, finance...

Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Gender as Genre

Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Gender as Genre

1st Edition

John Alberti
November 08, 2016

This volume addresses the growing obsolescence of traditional constructions of masculine identity in popular romantic comedies by proposing an approach that combines gender and genre theory to examine the ongoing radical reconstruction of gender roles in these films.  Alberti creates a unified...

Spanish Cinema in the Global Context: Film on Film

Spanish Cinema in the Global Context: Film on Film

1st Edition

Samuel Amago
November 08, 2016

Across a broad spectrum of media, markets, and national contexts, self-reflexivity continues to be a favored narrative mode with wide ranging functions. In this book Amago argues that, in addition to making visible industry and production concerns within the film text, reflexive aesthetics have a...

Film Text Analysis: New Perspectives on the Analysis of Filmic Meaning

Film Text Analysis: New Perspectives on the Analysis of Filmic Meaning

1st Edition

Janina Wildfeuer, John A. Bateman
October 14, 2016

This book examines film as a multimodal text and an audiovisual synthesis, bringing together current work within the fields of narratology, philosophy, multimodal analysis, sound as well as cultural studies in order to cover a wide range of international academic interest. The book provides new...

Landscape and Memory in Post-Fascist Italian Film: Cinema Year Zero

Landscape and Memory in Post-Fascist Italian Film: Cinema Year Zero

1st Edition

Giuliana Minghelli
October 10, 2016

This study argues that neorealism’s visual genius is inseparable from its almost invisible relation to the Fascist past: a connection inscribed in cinematic landscapes. While largely a silent narrative, neorealism’s complex visual processing of two decades of Fascism remains the greatest cultural...

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