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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.

Postcolonial and Transnational Perspectives
Postcolonial and transnational perspectives
BhaskarSarkar

Taking Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's evaluative statement, ‘The best of postcolonialism is autocritical’ (2000: xv), as a necessary injunction, this overview begins with an interrogation of its two principal terms, ‘postcolonial’ and ‘transnational’, and of the implications of their juxtaposition. Contrary to what this grouping might suggest, the terms – whether as analytical categories, ideological ‘isms’, or as historical experiences – are neither coeval, nor necessarily antithetical: one does not simply lead up to or negate the other. The postcolonial indexes lifeworlds, sections of which continue to be external to the transnational: to presume that the former is being completely subsumed by the transnational would be to erase these lifeworlds altogether. Such a supposition would take us back to ...

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