Comparative Cinema: How American University Students View Foreign Films

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This anthology of primarily doctoral student essays on European Film 1925-1965 demonstrates how analyzing film provides new insights into visual culture, world literature, and multiculturalism. The diversity of current theoretical debates in film, visual theory, and postmodernism is complemented by the work’s contributors’ varied backgrounds.


“. . .the volume is marked by great scope and depth. . . .Several language-literature areas are represented and contributors are specialists in, respectively, comparative literature, environmental engineering, linguistics, philosophy, and theatre. This book reflects the interdisciplinary approach at its best.” – Guy Stern, Distinguished Professor of German, Wayne State University

“Beate Allert’s edited collection on international film provides an exciting alternative to the key texts in the field. . . .[It] will be an effective classroom text.” - William Covey, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of English, California Polytechnic State University

“Perhaps the most surprising and intellectually invigorating element of this collection is that European films and their traditions are interrogated or supplemented from a variety of non-European perspectives.” - Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury, Associate Professor, Department of English and Director, American Culture and Difference, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Table of Contents

Foreword by Guy Stern Acknowledgements Introduction
1 Film Based on Signs, Images, and Sounds: East Meets West
2 Temporality and Memory
3 Orpheus Myth in Film
4 Gender and Identity
5 Visions and Dreams: Personal, Public, and Political

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