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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.

European Film Scholarship
European film scholarship

The European experience of Film Studies and film scholarship is a particularly diverse one, and inherently difficult to encapsulate within a circumscribed review such as this. Given so, the approach adopted here will be aimed at managing this difficulty through a partition of that experience into six major categories: ‘nineteenth century realist, naturalist and classical Marxist’; ‘intuitionist realist’; ‘intuitionist modernist’; ‘auteurist’; ‘Saussurian’ and ‘postmodern post-structuralist/pragmatist’. Such a partition may be reductive in effect but any similar approach to such a subject would, necessarily, be forced into equivalent diminutions. It will be argued that the ancestries of the European engagement with film scholarship are to be found, not just in twentieth-century schools of film theory, but also in much older European ...

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