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Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.

Mapping Traditions
Mapping traditions

The concept of national cinemas is a familiar, if not uncontentious, one in the academic study of film. It represents the proposition that certain bodies of film can speak for, as well as to, a national population and so help to invent that population as a nation, to articulate an identity for a mass of people that is always in fact extraordinarily diverse and more often than not characterized by internal tensions and antagonisms.

The chapters in this section of the Handbook address a related but less explored set of issues. One is simply to ask whether the history of the emergence of Film Studies as a distinct academic discipline, an intellectual field or at least a familiar title in university timetables is ...

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