Cinema and cultural modernity

Gill Branston

* What is the relationship of popular cinema to the concept of 'modernity'? * What now are the key areas of debate which focus the study of cinema and its audiences? * How can we understand the relationship of cinema to both the pleasures of consumerism and the inequalities addressed by critical politics? Cinema and Cultural Modernity carves a lucid path through the central debates of film and cinema studies and explores these in their social and political contexts. The book includes histories of the ways in which we view Hollywood's global dominance, up to the development of late modernity and the declaration of 'postmodernity'. In an accessible fashion, it discusses changing theorizations of the economics, audiences, and fascinations of cinema, addressing concepts such as agency, negotiation and identification, and global 'popularity' within contemporary cultures of celebrity, consumption and the visual. Gill Branston outlines the need for cinema study that is both sensitive to the formal 'textiness' of films, but also less anxious about arguing for its position within broad agendas of representation. At the same time, the author links such areas to both the pleasures of consumption, which cinema so often evokes and embodies, and to the need for a new, critical politics to address the persistent inequalities of modernity, inequalities which still fuel lively interest in questions of representation. The result is an incisive text for undergraduate courses and an essential reference for researchers.

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  • Series editor's foreword Preface and acknowledgements Introduction Hollywood histories 'Globally popular' cinema? Authors and agency Stars, bodies, galaxies Movies move audiences Identifying a critical politics of representation Glossary References Index.

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書名 Cinema and cultural modernity
著作者等 Branston, Gill
シリーズ名 Issues in cultural and media studies
出版元 Open University Press
刊行年月 2000
ページ数 viii, 207 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0335200761
NCID BA50357186
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス