- 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.
Chapter 1: North America
In outlining the trajectories of American Film Studies, it can be productive to approach the object of our history in particularly literal terms. That is, it is useful to consider what in such Film Studies is specifically American insofar as it invokes and enacts particular national preoccupations. To what extent does the development of twentieth – and now twenty-first – century inquiry into moving images projected on a screen serve in its own way as an articulation of US self-definition (and perhaps self-critique), especially in the area of culture? Does a field of study which at times has become intensely specialized nonetheless reflect – in however mediated a fashion – the concerns of the nation as it confronts modernity and offers symbolic responses ...