Film Genre Reader III, Volume 3

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University of Texas Press, Dec 1, 2003 - 636 pages
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Since 1986, Film Genre Reader has been the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with nearly 20,000 copies in print. Barry Keith Grant has again revised and updated the book to reflect the most recent developments in genre study. This third edition adds new essays on teen films, the question of genre hybridity, and neo-noir and genre in the era of globalization, along with an updated bibliography. The volume includes over thirty essays by some of film's most distinguished critics and scholars of popular film, including John G. Cawelti, David Desser, Thomas Elsaesser, Steve Neale, Thomas Schatz, Paul Schrader, Steve Neale, Vivian Sobchack, Janet Staiger, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.
 

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Contents

1 Genre by Andrew Tudor
3
2 The Idea of Genre in the American Cinema by Edward Buscombe
12
3 A SemanticSyntactic Approach to Film Genre by Rick Altman
27
4 Genre Films and the Status Quo by Judith Hess Wright
42
5 Social Implications in the Hollywood Genres by JeanLoup Bourget
51
6 Ideology Genre Auteur by Robin Wood
60
The Progressive Genre by Barbara Klinger
75
New Directions in Film Genre Study by Thomas Schatz
92
18 Chinatown and Generic Transformation in Recent American Films by John G Cawelti
243
Problems in the Evolution of the Western by Tag Gallagher
262
Notes on the Disaster Genre by Maurice Yacowar
277
A Phenomenology of the Hollywood Historical Epic by Vivian Sobchack
296
22 Children of the Light by Bruce F Kawin
324
23 Monsters from the Id by Margaret Tarratt
346
Observations on the Family Melodrama by Thomas Elsaesser
366
Constructing Romance Mystifying Marriage by David R Shumway
396

A Classical Experience by Thomas Sobchack
103
10 Experience and Meaning in Genre Films by Barry Keith Grant
115
An Overview by Richard de Cordova
130
Gender Genre and Excess by Linda Williams
141
13 Questions of Genre by Steve Neale
160
The Purity Hypothesis and Hollywood Genre History by Janet Staiger
185
SELECTED GENRE CRITICISM
201
15 The Western Genre and Movies by Douglas Pye
203
Some Sources of Significance in the American Gangster Film by Edward Mitchell
219
17 Notes on Film Noir by Paul Schrader
229
The Temporary Transvestite Film by Chris Straayer
417
Images of Women and the Feminization of the Audience in Vietnam War Films by Susan Jeffords
443
28 The SelfReflexive Musical and the Myth of Entertainment by Jane Feuer
457
29 The Black Gangster Film by Mark A Reid
472
The Cinematic Image of Youth by Timothy Shary
490
Genre Film in the Age of Transnationalism by David Desser
516
Bibliography
537
Notes on Contributors
613
Index
619
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Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.

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