Since the 1970s film studies has been dominated by a basic paradigmathe concept of classical Hollywood cinemaathat is, the protagonist-driven narrative, valued for the way it achieves closure by neatly answering all of the enigmas it raises. It has been held to be a form so powerful that its aesthetic devices reinforce gender positions in society. In a variety of ways, the essays collected herearepresenting the work of some of the most innovative theorists writing todayachallenge this paradigm. Significantly expanded from a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Spring 1989), these essays confront the extent to which formalism has continued to dominate film theory, reexamine the role of melodrama in cinematic development, revise notions of qpatriarchal cinema, q and assert the importance of television and video to cinema studies. A range of topics are discussed, from the films of D. W. Griffith to sexuality in avant-garde film to television's Dynasty. Classical Hollywood Narrative invites students of film, television, and video to reevaluate the basic tenets of the field and introduces film studies to literary scholars. Contributors. Rick Altman, Richard Dienst, Jane Feuer, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Miriam Hansen, Norman N. Holland, Fredric Jameson, Bill Nichols, Janey Staiger, Chris Straayer, John O. ThompsonSignificantly expanded from a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Spring 1989), these essays confront the extent to which formalism has continued to dominate film theory, reexamine the role of melodrama in cinematic development, ...
|Title||:||Classical Hollywood Narrative|
|Publisher||:||Duke University Press - 1989|