Reality's Written Language
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The aim of the anthology is to make the critical complexity of film theory accessible to students, readers, and creators without oversimplifying its crucial demands. By encouraging the curiosity and confidence required to think critically, the book hopes to challenge easy dichotomies between theory and practice and to foster more articulate writing about film and more reflective filmmaking.
The volume features seminal texts in classical theory from realism, formalism, classical Hollywood and genre evolution to auteurism and the art film, and follows with fundamental contemporary discourses of structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, post-structuralism, and post-modernism.
Extensively classroom-tested, the readings, the accompanying lecture commentary, and the filmographies are appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses in film theory and visual studies as well as stimulating for graduate study across the disciplines. The anthology is also rewarding to non-academic readers interested in cinema.