• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Paradigms in Perspective
Paradigms in perspective

Having mapped the field in terms of geographical traditions and disciplinary boundaries, this final section projects a third way of surveying the discipline of Film Studies. By charting some of the dominant conceptual features of its landscape, this approach not only provides a record of how that landscape has evolved and taken on its familiar contours, but also offers some pointers to possible future developments.

Although the landmarks may be familiar, looking at them again in the context of a sustained self-reflection on Film Studies as an academic discipline and an intellectual field may offer new angles of vision and so shed new light on them. The question of Hollywood, for example, cannot and should not be avoided. Now, however, it ...

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