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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 and the American Presidency

Film and the American Presidency

1st Edition

Jeff Menne, Christian B. Long
March 24, 2015

The contention of Film and the American Presidency is that over the twentieth century the cinema has been a silent partner in setting the parameters of what we might call the presidential imaginary. This volume surveys the partnership in its longevity, placing stress on especially iconic presidents...

Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory

Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory

1st Edition

Nick Jones
March 11, 2015

This book applies the discourse of the so-called ‘spatial turn’ to popular contemporary cinema, in particular the action sequences of twenty-first century Hollywood productions. Tackling a variety of spatial imaginations (contemporary iconic architecture; globalisation and non-places;...

Popular Film Music and Masculinity in Action: A Different Tune

Popular Film Music and Masculinity in Action: A Different Tune

1st Edition

Amanda Howell
January 28, 2015

Amanda Howell offers a new perspective on the contemporary pop score as the means by which masculinities not seen—or heard—before become a part of post-World War II American cinema. Popular Film Music and Masculinity in Action addresses itself to an eclectic mix of film, from Elvis and Travolta...

American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age: Depictions of War in Burns, Moore, and Morris

American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age: Depictions of War in Burns, Moore, and Morris

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Lucia Ricciardelli
December 18, 2014

American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age examines the recent challenges to the conventions of realist documentary through the lens of war documentary films by Ken Burns, Michael Moore, and Errol Morris. During the twentieth century, the invention of new technologies of audiovisual...

Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism, and Power

Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism, and Power

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Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari
December 03, 2014

This volume is part of the recent interest in the study of religion and popular media culture (cinema in particular), but it strongly differs from most of this work in this maturing discipline. Contrary to most other edited volumes and monographs on film and religion, Moralizing Cinema will not...

American and Chinese-Language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows

American and Chinese-Language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows

1st Edition

Lisa Funnell, Man-Fung Yip
October 10, 2014

Critics frequently describe the influence of "America," through Hollywood and other cultural industries, as a form of cultural imperialism. This unidirectional model of interaction does not address, however, the counter-flows of Chinese-language films into the American film market or the influence...

Eco-Trauma Cinema

Eco-Trauma Cinema

1st Edition

Anil Narine
October 10, 2014

Film has taken a powerful position alongside the global environmental movement, from didactic documentaries to the fantasy pleasures of commercial franchises. This book investigates in particular film’s complex role in representing ecological traumas. Eco-trauma cinema represents the harm we, as...

Cinema and Inter-American Relations: Tracking Transnational Affect

Cinema and Inter-American Relations: Tracking Transnational Affect

1st Edition

Adrián Pérez Melgosa
September 11, 2014

Cinema and Inter-American Relations studies the key role that commercial narrative films have played in the articulation of the political and cultural relationship between the United States and Latin America since the onset of the Good Neighbor policy (1933). Pérez Melgosa analyzes the evolution of...

Iranian Cinema in a Global Context: Policy, Politics, and Form

Iranian Cinema in a Global Context: Policy, Politics, and Form

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Peter Decherney, Blake Atwood
September 09, 2014

Iranian films have been the subject of much critical and scholarly attention over the past several decades, and Iranian filmmakers are mainstays of international film festivals. Yet most of the attention has been focused on a small segment of Iranian film production: auteurist art cinema. Iranian...

The Woman's Film of the 1940s: Gender, Narrative, and History

The Woman's Film of the 1940s: Gender, Narrative, and History

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Alison L. McKee
April 24, 2014

This book explores the relationship among gender, desire, and narrative in 1940s woman’s films which negotiate the terrain between public history and private experience. The woman’s film and other form of cinematic melodrama have often been understood as positioning themselves outside history, and...

Narratives of Gendered Dissent in South Asian Cinemas

Narratives of Gendered Dissent in South Asian Cinemas

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Alka Kurian
March 19, 2014

This book conducts a post-colonial, gendered investigation of women-centred South Asian films. In these films, the narrative becomes an act of political engagement and a site of feminist struggle: a map that weaves together multiple strands of subjectivity—gender, caste, race, class, religion, and...

Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance

Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance

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Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Peter Hulme
March 13, 2014

Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance examines films of the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries from postcolonial countries around the globe. In the mid twentieth century, the political reality of resistance and decolonization lead to the creation of dozens of new states,...

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