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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.

The Question of Genre in Cult Film and Fandom: Between Contract and Discourse
The question of genre in cult film and fandom: Between contract and discourse

Compared with concepts such as authorship, genre has had a more stolid and reliable presence in Film Studies. Various writers have returned to the idea after many years, even if in a revisionist spirit (see Altman, 1999; Neale, 1980; 2000). The meanings and processes associated with genre have thus been the objects of fairly constant debate in film theory: ‘Genre is a French word meaning “type” or “kind”’, observes Stephen Neale; ‘it has occupied an important place in the study of the cinema for over thirty years (2000: 9).

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