Animation has an unlimited potential to visually represent events, scenarios and forms that have little or no relation to our experience of the ‘real’ world. Implemented in many ways, in many disciplines, it is increasingly influencing our perception and experience of the world we live in. This timely and groundbreaking international conference unites speakers from a wide range of research agendas and creative practices. It facilitates much-needed dialogue centred on the ubiquitous and interdisciplinary nature of animation, its potentially radical future development, and its ethical responsibilities for spatial politics in moving image culture. The conference’s contributors include Norman Klein, Michael Snow, Vivian Sobchack, Tom Gunning, Anthony McCall, George Griffin, Suzanne Buchan, Beatriz Colomina, Edwin Carels, Siegfried Zielinski, Lisa Cartwright, Johnny Hardstaff and Esther Leslie. Especially since the digital shift, the uses of animation are no longer exclusive to cinema, and animation’s origins in pre-cinematic optical experiments through avant-garde experimental film continue to evolve in fascinating ways. Artists increasingly incorporate animation in installations and exhibitions, architects use computer animation software to create narratives of space in time, and scientists use it to interpret abstract concepts for a breadth of industries ranging from biomedicine to nanoworlds. Pervasive Animation provides a dynamic international forum to explore animation’s myriad forms and applications across a wide band of creative and professional practice. Organised by Suzanne Buchan, Reader in Animation Studies and Director of the Animation Research Centre at the University College for the Creative Arts, and Stuart Comer, Curator of Film at Tate.
Film Studies For Free animatedly highlights three fabulous Animation Studies resources today. First up, through the second of the two videos embedded above, you can access the entire, recorded proceedings of a very high quality conference on animation held in 2007 at London’s Tate Modern.
FSFF heard about those videos through the fantastic Experimental Animation website which houses, and links to, many more animation treasures, like Lignes verticales/Lines Vertical, Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart‘s brilliant 1960 opus embedded at the top of this post.
Finally, the third amazing resource du jour are the below contents of the volumes of Animation Studies, the online, Open Access and peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Animation Studies (also on Twitter as @anistudies). See also the Society’s Call for Papers for an upcoming conference at the foot of this post.
- Volume 6, 2011
- Shannon Brownlee – Masculinity Between Animation and Live Action, or, SpongeBob v. Hasselhoff
- Maria O’Brien – The Secret of Kells (2009), a film for a post Celtic Tiger Ireland?
- Aimee Mollaghan – “An Experiment in Pure Design:” The Minimalist Aesthetic in the Line Films of Norman McLaren
- Hannes Rall – Tradigital Mythmaking: New Asian Design Ideas for Animation
- Colleen Montgomery – Woody’s Roundup and Wall-E’s Wunderkammer: Technophilia and Nostalgia in Pixar Animation
- Pierre Floquet – Actors in Sin City’s Animated Fantasy: Avatars, Aliens, or Cinematic Dead-ends?
- Volume 5, 2010
- Van Norris – Touching cloth…Considering Satire and the Clergy in Popular Contemporary British Animation
- Alison Loader – We’re Asian, More Expected of Us:Representation, The Model Minority & Whiteness on King of the Hill
- Meg Rickards – Uncanny breaches, flimsy borders: Jan Švankmajer’s conscious and unconscious worlds
- María Lorenzo Hernández – Through the Looking-Glass: The Self-Portrait of the Artist and the Re-Start of Animation
- Michael S. Daubs – Subversive or Submissive? User-Produced Flash Cartoons and Television Animation
- Volume 4, 2009
- Adam de Beer – Kinesic constructions: An aesthetic analysis of movement and performance in 3D animation
- Sheuo Hui Gan – To Be or Not to Be – Anime: The Controversy in Japan over the “Anime” Label
- Max Bannah – Revolutionary cels: The Sydney waterfront, Harry Reade and Cuban animation
- Paul St. George – Using chronophotography to replace Persistence of Vision as a theory for explaining how animation and cinema produce the illusion of continuous motion
- Alan Cholodenko – Animation (Theory) as the Poematic
- Volume 3, 2008
- Van Norris – Taking an Appropriate Line
- Laura Ivins-Hulley – The Ontology of Performance in Stop Animation
- Alan Cholodenko – The Spectre in the Screen
- Timo Linsenmaier – Why animation historiography?
- María Lorenzo Hernández – Visions of a Future Past: Ulysses 31, a Televised Re-interpretation of Homer’s Classic Myth
- Birgitta Hosea – TV 2.0: Animation Readership/Authorship on the Internet
- Lynne Perras – “Steadier, happier, and quicker at the work”? Women in Canadian Animation
- Sheuo Hui Gan – The Newly Developed Form of Ganime and its Relation to Selective Animation1 for Adults in Japan
- Amy Ratelle – Half-breed Dog, Half-breed Film: Balto as Animelodrama
- Animated Dialogues, 2007
- Amanda Third and Dirk de Bruyn – An Animated Dialogue
- Paul Wells – Battlefields for the Undead
- Adrian Martin – In the Sand a Line is Drawn: A Reflection on Animation Studies
- Alan Cholodenko – (The) Death (of) the Animator, or: the Felicity of Felix, Part I
- Dirk de Bruyn – Performing a Traumatic Effect: The Films of Robert Breer
- Michael Broderick – Superflat Eschatology: Renewal and Religion in anime
- Katharine Buljan – The Uncanny and the Robot in the Astro Boy Episode “Franken”
- Matthew Butler and Lucie Joschko – Final Fantasy or The Incredibles
- Cordelia Brown – Flowerpot Men: The Haptic Image in Brian Cosgrove and Richard Hall’s Animations
- Andrew Buchanan – Facial Expressions for Empathic Communication of Emotion in Animated Characters
- Peter Moyes – Behind the Flash Exterior: Scratching the Surface of Online Animated Narratives
- Cathryn Vasseleu – The Svankmajer Touch
- Miriam Harris – How Michaela Pavlatova both incorporates and rebels against the Czech animation tradition
- Zhi-Ming Su – Reaching Out to Touch: Animation and Aboriginal Children in Taiwan
- Dan and Lienors Torre – Recording Australian Animation History
- Volume 2, 2007
- Gunnar Strøm – The Two Golden Ages of Animated Music Video
- Pamela Turner – Early Connections Between Film and Emerging Media as Evidenced in the Animated Worlds of Adam Beckett
- Maria Lorenzo Hernandez – The Double Sense of Animated Images. A View on the Paradoxes of Animation as a Visual Language
- Leslie Bishko – The Uses and Abuses of Cartoon Style in Animation
- Caroline Ruddell – Breaking Boundaries: The Representation of Split Identity in Anime
- Alan Cholodenko – (The) Death (of) the Animator, or: The Felicity of Felix, Part II
- Tom Klein – Animated Appeal: A Survey of Production Methods in Children’s Software
- Volume 1, 2006
- Pierre Floquet – What is (not) so French in Les Triplettes de Belleville
- Marina Estela Graça – Cinematic Motion by Hand
Date: June 25-27, 2012
Hosted by: RMIT University
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Keynote speakers include:
• Thomas Lamarre (McGill University, Canada)
• Tomotaka Takahashi (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
The Society for Animation Studies (SAS) invites submissions of proposals for individual papers and panels for its 24th Annual Conference, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia at RMIT University, 25-27 June 2012.
Animation production and consumption has continued to grow as animation itself has become ever more prevalent and visible in recent years. In parallel, the field of animation studies has expanded excitingly and dramatically, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines.
The theme of this year’s conference, ‘The Animation Machine’, reflects the wide range of processes, technologies, histories and structures in animation. As movement is an essential aspect of animation, whatever creates that movement may constitute an animation machine and one could conceive that animation is itself a machine. The animation machine can be considered from both the production process and the end product. Therefore, it refers to the machines of animation presentation, be these pre-20th century animation devices, movie or video screens, or even automata. The animation machine also relates to the multitude of animation production processes – from animating technologies (animation stands, cameras, computers), through to the animator’s individual creative practice. Ultimately, the animation machine can be described quite broadly and we welcome your own interpretations.
With the centenary of Australian animation approaching, the 2012 conference will also provide an opportunity to highlight some of Australia’s animation heritage. The conference will coincide with the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) and a number of crossover events are planned.
We invite proposals on a wide range of animation topics on all aspects of animation history, theory and criticism for 20-minute conference presentations. Proposals may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
• Australian Animation
• Animation and the Asia-Pacific Region
• Animation Histories
• Future Forms of Animation
• Industrial Methods and Changes
• Materiality of Animation
• Algorithmic Animation (including Games)
• Philosophy and Animation
• Motion Graphics
• Scientific Visualisation
• Contemporary Art and Animation
• Architecture and Animation
• Drawing and Animation
• Web Animation
• Narrative and Non-Narrative Animation
• Obsolescence and Questions of Materiality
• Augmented Reality and Vision
• Automata (including Robotics)
• Animation and Pedagogy
• Documentary and Animation
• Animation Fringes and Counter-Cultures
• Sound and Animation
Please include with your individual submission the following:
• Title and abstract of no more than 250 words (suitable for publication).
• A brief biographical statement (suitable for publication).
• Complete contact information, including name, institutional affiliation (if any), postal address, e-mail address and telephone number.
• A head shot photo of yourself that will be suitable for publication (optional).
For panel proposals of 3-4 presenters, the chair of the panel should submit the following:
• Overall panel title/theme, plus a 100-word description suitable for publication.
• Name and contact information for the panel chair.
• Titles and abstracts for each paper (as noted above).
• Biography statement for each member (as noted above).
• Name and contact information for each member (as noted above).
• Photo of each presenter suitable for publication (optional).
|Image of John Travolta as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, 1977). You can read Stelios Cristodoulou’s great article on this film here|
Today, Film Studies For Free brings you more excellent contents from Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN, the periodical brought to you by the postgraduate network of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association.
The links below channel the latest two issues of the journal, including a great selection of articles on masculinity and popular culture, with some very worthwhile studies of popular cinema.
And if you like these very worthy items, you might also like to check out a previous FSFF post listing some further, great articles from this journal.
Networking Knowledge, Vol 4, No 1 (2011) on Masculinity and Popular Culture
- ‘”A straight heterosexual film”: Masculinity, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Saturday Night Fever‘ by Stelios Christodoulou Abstract PDF
- ‘Tough Guy in Drag? How the external, critical discourses surrounding Kathryn Bigelow demonstrate the wider problems of the gender question’ by Rona Murray Abstract PDF
- Interrogating Masculinity through the Child Figure in Bombay Cinema’ by Siddarth Pandey Abstract PDF
- Deviating from the Deviant: The Masculinity of Brando in Julius Caesar (1953)’ by Rachael Kelly Abstract PDF
- ‘“Please Baby, take me Back”: Homo-social Bonds in the Contemporary British Biopic’ by Matthew Robinson Abstract PDF
- ‘”Tell me all about your new man”: (Re)Constructing Masculinity in Contemporary Chick Texts’ by Amy Burns Abstract PDF
- ‘Metal, Machismo and Musical Mode: How the ‘Feminine’ Phrygian Second has been Appropriated and Transformed’ by Sarha Moore Abstract PDF
- ‘The Role of Lucha Libre in the Construction of Mexican Male Identity’ by Javier Pereda, Patricia Murrieta-Flores Abstract PDF
- ‘Masculinity and Institutional Identity in South Cyprus – the case of I do not forget‘ by Stratis Andreas Efthymiou Abstract PDF
- ‘Representations of the Irish in American Vaudeville and Early Film’ by Jennifer Mooney Abstract PDF
- ‘Public Service Broadcasting and the Public Sphere: Normative Arguments from Habermasian Theory’ by Phil Ramsey Abstract PDF
In addition to an excellent selection of main articles, there is an astonishing array of book and film reviews and conference reports, the latter sections in particular flagging up the enormous, but highly worthwhile, collective editorial effort that goes into producing a very good quality Open Access journal.
Thank you, Scope!
- Playing with Gollum: Uncovering the Cultural Life and Transnational Travels of a Complex Character – Part One Martin Barker
- Playing with Gollum: Uncovering the Cultural Life and Transnational Travels of a Complex Character – Part Two Martin Barker
- A Copy, of a Copy, of a Copy? Exploring Masculinity Under Transformation in Fight Club Simon Lindgren
- Carmen on Film: A Cultural History by Phil Powrie, Bruce Babington, Ann Davies and Chris Perriam 100 Hundred Years of Spanish Cinema By Tatjana Pavlovi, Inmaculada Alvarez, Rosana Blanco-Cano, Anitra Grisales, Alejandra Osorio and Alejandra Sánchez Cinema and Fascism: Italian Film and Society, 1922-1943 By Steven Ricci Reviewer: Noelia Saenz
- Screen Education: From Film Appreciation to Media Studies by Terry Bolas Beginning Film Studies By Andrew Dix Reviewer: Juli Pitzer
- Isuma: Inuit Video Art by Michael Robert Evans Outside Looking In: Viewing First Nations Peoples in Canadian Dramatic Television Series By Mary Jane Miller Reviewer: Heather Macdougall
- The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks by Peter Graham and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.) Stardom in Postwar France Edited by John Gaffney and Diana Holmes Reviewer: John Berra
- Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era by Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson (eds.) Reviewer: Evan Elkins
- Gilles Deleuze: Cinema and Philosophy by Paola Marrati. Translated by Alisa Hartz Cinematic Mythmaking: Philosophy in Film By Irving Singer Reviewer: Alexander Thimons
- Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema by Warren Buckland (ed.) Reviewer: Chris Pallant
- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story by Glyn Davis Reviewer: Mike Miley
- The Hitchcock Annual Anthology: Selected Essays from Volumes 10-15 by Sidney Gottlieb and Richard Allen (eds.) Reviewer: Christina M. Parker
- Film and Memory in East Germany by Anke Pinkert Nation and Identity in the New German Cinema By Inga Scharf Reviewer: David Embree
- Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language by Hester Baer Reviewer: Paul Cooke
- Understanding Indian Cinema: Culture, Cognition and Cinematic Imagination by Patrick Colm Hogan Mourning The Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition By Bhaskar Sarkar Reviewer: Scott Jordan Harris
- Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Movies by Dave Saunders Reviewer: Joseph Arton
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet by Elizabeth Ezra The Tactile Eye: Touch and the Cinematic Experience By Jennifer M. Barker Reviewer: Alison Frank
- Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel by Nick Dawson The Films of Hal Ashby By Christopher Beach Reviewer: Aaron Hunter
- Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Book by Dean A. Kowalski (ed.) Scenes of Love and Murder: Renoir, Film and Philosophy By Colin Davis Reviewer: Chelsea Wessels
- The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity by Catherine Russell Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary By Abé Mark Nornes Reviewer: Stephen Potter
- Anatomy of Film. Sixth Edition by Bernhard F. Dick Reviewer: Monika Raesch
- Playing with Memories: Essays on Guy Maddin by David Church (ed.) The Young, the Restless, and the Dead: Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers, Volume 1. Edited by George Melnyk Reviewer: Rachel Walls
- TV China by Ying Zhu and Chris Berry (eds.) Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks By Jean K. Chalaby Reviewer: Bärbel Göbel
- The Godfather Reviewer: Mark Chapman
- Red Hill Reviewer: Kate Harper
- The Eclipse Reviewer: Andrea Grunert
- Life on Mars Reviewer: Mary Irwin
- Kaminey Reviewer: Sagnik Banerjee
- British Film 2000-2010: Crossing Borders, Transferring Cultures, Germersheim School of Translation, Interpreting, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Mainz, 18 – 21 February 2010 Reporter: Ron Walker
- NERFS (North-East Regional Film Seminar), Northumbria University, Newcastle, 15 July 2010 Reporter: Louise Anderson and Erin Hill-Parks
- Investigating Torchwood: Text, Context, Audiences, Cardiff School of Creative Arts, University of Glamorgan, 18 June 2010 Reporter: Ross P. Garner
- NECS 2010 Annual Conference, Communication Faculty, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, 24 – 27 June 2010 Reporter: Ozgur Cicek
- MeCCSA-PGN 2010: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network Conference, University of Glasgow, 31 June – 1 July 2010 Reporter: Douglas McNaughton
- Screen Studies Conference: Screen Performance, University of Glasgow, 2 – 4 July 2010 Reporter: Melanie Hoyes
The bottom line for Danny [Pete Postlethwaite] is [his son] Phil’s emblematic loss of ‘the will to live’. He addresses the Albert Hall audience for all the world as if he were the holy ghost of Scargill and the militant miners of 1984, telling the punters, the press and us that, ‘I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks; not compared to what people matter’. Charging the government with destroying an industry, a community and its people, he refuses the prize, calculating, as the flash bulbs pop, that ‘then it becomes news. And I won’t be talking just to myself, will I?’ In this scene the shot-reverse-shots of father and son, Danny and media, band and Grimley fans, and band and approving urban audience (its cosmopolitanism symbolised by two black faces) works as much as Danny’s polemic to argue that the old-fashioned working-class values, the local, British loyalties of community, family and labour -contrasted satirically by Danny to the fashionable liberal campaigns to save ‘seals or whales’ – can cut through Tory brutalism and reconstruct progressive priorities – to be the bearer of new national hopes. [Cora Kaplan, 'The Death of the Working-Class Hero', New Formations, 52 (Summer, 2004)]
- Dave Allen, ‘MIDDLE-CLASS MODS and WORKING-CLASS SODS: Quadrophenia and the Construction of Popular Histories’, The 1970s Project, 2008
- Christopher Beach, excerpt from ‘A Troubled Paradise: Utopia and Transgression in Comedies of the Early 1930s’, Class, Language and American Film Comedy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)
- Cathy Brigden, ‘Representations of labour: Images of work and workers in film’, in P. Stanton and S. Young (eds) Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, 2008
- Ron Briley, ‘The Legend of Sacco and Vanzetti: Keeping the Story Alive in Literature, Song, and Film’ , Studies in Popular Culture, 31.2, Spring 2009
- Lee Carruthers, ‘Biding Our Time: Rethinking the Familiar in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey’, Film Studies, Vol. 9, Winter 2006
- E. Anna Claydon, ‘New Perspectives on British Cinema: Going Beyond the “Crisis” in Masculinity’, Paper at the Exploring Masculinities and Film at the Centre for Research into Film and Media, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, July 2-4, 2001
- Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy, “Everything you always hated about Thatcher’s Britain: A cultural analysis of Mike Leigh’s High Hopes (1988),” Miscelanea, 2004, vol.28, 145-160
- John Curzon, ‘Whatever Happened to the North of England? The Spaces of Post-Industrial Northern England in Contemporary Television and Film Drama’, PhD thesis, University of Warwick, 2009
- Alexander Dhoest, ‘How queer is L’Air de Paris? — Marcel Carné and Queer Authorship‘, Scope, May 2003
- Jay Dolmage and William DeGenaro, ‘”I Cannot Be Like This Frankie”: Disability, Social Class, and Gender in Million Dollar Baby’, Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2005, Volume 25, No. 2
- Thomas Elsaesser, ‘Antigone Agnistes: Urban Guerrilla or Guerrilla Urbanism? The Red Army Fraction, Germany in Autumn and Death Game’, Rouge, 4, 2004
- Michelle Gadpaille, ‘Look Back in Anger and Popular Culture’, Maribor International Review Vol. 1, no. 1 (2008)
- Sarah Godfrey, ‘Villainous Victims: The Paradox of the ‘Damaged’: Man in Naked and Nil By Mouth’, eSharp, Issue 9, Spring 2007
- Susan Hayward, ‘Simone Signoret 1921-1985: the star as sign-the sign as scar’, Modern Languages Publications Archive, 1995
- Heather J. Hicks, ‘Postindustrial Striptease: The Full Monty and the Feminization of Work’, Colby Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2000
- Justin Hindmarsh, ‘British Cinema – style and context: an examination of British “New Wave” Films’, Discussion Papers in Mass Communications, January 1997
- Jeffrey K. Jack, Irish Representations in the Films of Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan, Masters thesis, Marshall University, 2005
- Martin Johnes and Gavin Mellor. ‘The 1953 FA Cup Final: Modernity and Tradition in British Culture’, Contemporary British History, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2006
- Chuck Kleinhans, ‘Contemporary working class film heroes in Evel Knieval and The Last American Hero’, from Jump Cut, no. 2, 1974
- Gérard Kraus, ‘Other faces: Andy Bausch’s Le Club des chômeurs (The Unemployment Club, 2002)’, Kinoeye, 4.3, 2004
- J. Meryl Krieger, ‘Imagining politics, popular music and remixing: YouTube, remediation and protest songs’, Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting October 26, 2007
- Anne Leonard, ‘Review of Hodges, Graham Russell Gao, Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver‘, H-Urban, H-Net Reviews, April, 2008
- Thomas Lindenberger, ‘On the Road to the New Beginning: History and Utopia in Frank Beyer’s Karbid und Sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrel)’, Cinémas : revue d’études cinématographiques / Cinémas: Journal of Film StudiesVolume 18, numéro 1, automne 2007
- Brenda Longfellow, ‘Hyperbolic Masculinity and the Ironic Gaze in project Grizzly’, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Vo. 8, No. 1, Spring 1999
- Alan Lovell, ‘The British Cinema: The Known Cinema?’, The British Cinema Book, ed. Robert Murphy (London: Palgrave, 2009, 3e)
- Carl Philip Wahlberg Lund, The portrayal of Working-Class speech in British film: a study of accent in British films from the 1960s and the 2000s, Masters thesis, University of Bergen, 2009
- Kenneth MacKinnon, ‘The Trouble with The Trouble with Men’, Film-Philosophy, vol. 9 no. 21, April 2005
- Robert Alan Marcink, The Depiction of the Working Class in American Films of the Counterculture Era, PhD thesis, Indiana University of Pennysylvania, 2009
- Lisa Milner, ‘Kenny: the evolution of the battler figure in Howard’s Australia’, (post-print) Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, 2009
- Enric Monforte, ‘Homosociality, Sexism and Homophobia: An Analysis of Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Thee Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fox and His Friends’, BELLS, Vol. 9, No. 1, (year unknown)
- Claire Monk, ‘Hey you, standing there, what you got to stare at?’ The post-punk female in British film: Breaking Glass (Brian Gibson, UK, 1980)’, Paper at 1970s British Culture conference, University of Portsmouth, July 1-3, 2008
- Jon Scott Oberacker, The people and me: Michael Moore and the politics of political documentary, PhD thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009
- Michael Pierse, ‘Introduction’, Writing Ireland’s Working Class: Dublin After O’Casey (London: Palgrave, 2010)
- Nicola Rehling, All or Nothing: White Heterosexual Masculinity in Contemporary Popular Cinema, PhD Thesis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2005
- George Rodosthenous, ‘Billy Elliot The Musical: visual representations of working-class masculinity and the all-singing, all-dancing bo[d]y’, Studies in Musical Theatre, 1 (3), 2007
- Rasha Salti, ‘Critical Nationals: The Paradoxes of Syrian Cinema’, Kosmorama 237(Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen) 2006
- Robert Carl Schehr, ‘Martial Arts Films and the Action-Cop Genre: Ideology, Violence and Spectatorship’, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 7(3), 2000
- Mark Schreiber, ‘Re-negotiating Concepts of Masculinity in Contemporary British Film’, Gender Forum, Issue 17, 2007
- Fabian Schuppert, ‘Andrzej Wajda’s A Generation and Man of Marble from a Political Perspective’, Kinema, Spring 2006
- Andrew Spicer, ‘Masculinities in British Cinema’, Kwartalnik Filmowy (Film Quarterly) Poland Academy of Science (2006) in Polish. English translation
- Tetsuya Taguchi, ‘The Working Class Audience of Rock Music, Liverpool in the 1960s’, Doshisha Studies in Language and Culture 1-2 : pp. 293 – 313. 1998
- Olesya Venger, ‘Transformation of Ukrainian and Serbian Media Identities During the Velvet Revolutions: The Impact of the Global Media’, Global Media Journal, 6.10, 2007
- Ginette Vincendeau, ‘The Mise-en-scene of Suffering: French chanteuses realistes’, New Formations, No. 3, Winter 1987
|Javier Bardem as Raúl and Penélope Cruz as Silvia in Jamón Jamón (Bigas Luna, 1992) as discussed in Rebecca Naughten’s work Spain Made Flesh: Reflections and projections of the national in contemporary Spanish stardom, 1992-2007|
Film Studies For Free was delighted when Spanish cinema scholar Rebecca Naughten responded to its request for information about online PhD theses. Not only did Rebecca let FSFF know that her own really excellent thesis has recently been made available online, but she also did the hard work of trawling through the online repository at the University of Newcastle, where her work is stored, to find four other very good theses archived there. ¡Muchísimas gracias, Rebecca!
These works have just been added to FSFF‘s permanent list of Online Film and Moving Image Studies PhD Theses (see the link in the table of contents in the right-hand sidebar for future reference) which now makes more than 130 theses accessible to you at the click of your mouse.
Do please let FSFF know if your online PhD thesis, or others you know of, is not yet in this list.
- Deer, Lesley, The repetition of difference: Marginality and the films of Hal Hartley, PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, 2000
- Durham, Christopher Louis, Masculinity in the post-war western: John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, 2005
- Hamilton, Jayne, Gender representation and textual strategies in the films of Pilar Miró, PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, 1997
- Mendez-Fiddian, Maria del Carmen, The representation of the family in Spanish cinema from 1950 to the present day, PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, 1989
- Naughten, Rebecca Claire, Spain Made Flesh: Reflections and projections of the national in contemporary Spanish stardom, 1992-2007, PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, 2010
|Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in Superbad (Greg Mottola, 2007)|
Film Studies For Free is two years old today. You go, blog!
In honour of its tentative entry into digital post-toddlerdom (and hopefully not the terrible twos), it wanted to celebrate online and openly accessible studies of what FSFF likes to think of (in its über-scholarly way) as those liminal film genres and cycles of comic immaturity, awkwardness, stupidity, and tastelessness — that is to say, all varieties of the teen (or arrested development) comedy (including the “teen sex comedy”, the “gross-out” comedy, comic “dude flicks” and “bromances“), as well as studies of related issues.
Today’s scattershot links list is partly an offshoot of FSFF‘s recent entry on the romantic comedy, and partly its first experiment in “crowdsourcing” via its blossoming Facebook page. Thanks so much to those who suggested items there.
- Joseph Aisenberg, ‘Here Come the Bromides: Living in the Era of the Bromantic Comedy’, Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 65, August 2009
- Peter Alilunas, ‘Male Masculinity as the Celebration of Failure: the Frat Pack, Women, and the Trauma of “Victimization” in the “Dude Flick”‘, Mediascape, Spring 2008/Fall 2009
- Steven W. Bender, ‘Knocked Down Again: An East L.A. Story on the Geography of Color and Colors’, Harvard Latino Law Review, Vol. 12, 2009
- Zachary Campbell, ‘”Sorry About All the Gravity!” Anna Faris, Serious Respect for the Unserious’, Rouge, 13, 2009
- Isabel Sterling Clark, ‘The Challenge of Being Yourself: Adaptation, Adolescence, and Disguise in Teenage Romantic Comedy Films of the Late 1990s and Early 2000s’, Senior Thesis, Haverford College, 2009
- Caroline Haggod, ‘Bruno and Bromances: Modern Masculinity Goes to the Movies’, The Huffington Post, March 10, 2010
- Peter Hutchings , ‘Welcome to Royston Vasey: Grotesque bodies and the horror of comedy in The League of Gentlemen’, Intensities 4, December 2007
- Carmen Induráin Eraso, ‘Riding on divergent but similar roads: Airbag or the Spanish experience of the American Road Movie’, Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense 2005, vol. 13, 107-121
- Ewan Kirkland, ‘Romantic Comedy and the Construction of Heterosexuality’, Scope, Portals Special Issue, Issue 13, 2008
- Barbara Klinger, ‘Say It Again, Sam: Movie Quotation, Performance and Masculinity’, Particip@tions Volume 5, Issue 2 (November 2008)
- Zachary Lamm, ‘The Cinematic Shrews of Teen Comedy: Gendering Shakespeare in Twentieth-Century Film’, Genders On-Line, Issue 49, 2009
- Christina Lee, Beyond the Pink: (Post) Youth Iconography in Cinema, PhD Thesis, Murdoch University, 2005
- Gabrielle Moss, ‘ From the Valley to the Hellmouth: “Buffy”’s Transition from Film to Television’, Slayage: A journal of Buffy Studies, 1.2 , 2001
- Joshua Louis Moss, ‘Historiography of the World Part 1: The Jewish Body, Historical Crisis and The Comedic Farce’, Mediascape, Spring 2008/Fall 2009
- Scott Murray, ‘“Cameron Fry, this one’s for you.” Or: Why the Sausage King of Chicago Doesn’t Turn Up for Lunch at Chez Quis’, Senses of Cinema, Issue 51, 2009
- Sharyn Pearce, ‘Sex and the cinema: What American pie teaches the young’, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning 6 (4) 2006: pp. 367-376
- Sina Rahmani, ‘Hollywood and Diversity: Subversion, Apologetic, or Both? Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Dir. Danny Leiner. New Line Cinema, 2004′, Colloquy, 9, 2005
- Philip Scepanski, ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes: Animated Sitcoms and Political Incorrectness’, Mediascape, Fall 2008
- Carter Soles, Falling Out of the Closet: Kevin Smith, Queerness, and Contemporary Independent Film. PhD Thesis, University of Oregon, September 2008
- Carter Soles, ‘A Stalker’s Odyssey: Arrested Development, Gay Desire, and Queer Comedy in Chuck and Buck’, Jump Cut 49, Spring 2007
- Lesley Speed, ‘A World Ruled by Hilarity: Gender and Low Comedy in the Films of Amy Heckerling’, Senses of Cinema, Vol. 22, 2002
- Scott F. Stoddart, ‘Love and Death on Long Island (Dir. Richard Kwietniowski, 1998)’, Scope, Portals Special Issue, Issue 13, 2008
- Eric King Watts and Mark P. Orbe , ‘The Spectacular Consumption of “True” African American Culture: “Whassup” with the Budweiser Guys?’, Critical Studies in Media Communication Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2002, pp. 1–20
- Cynthia Weber, ‘”Oi, Dancing Boy!” Masculinity, Sexuality, and Youth in Billy Elliot’, Gender 37, 2003
|Masculine ‘musculinity’ (almost) all grown up - Sylvester Stallone, in The Expendables ( Stallone, 2010). (See Yvonne Tasker’s PhD on masculinity and action movies)|
A few of the below PDF files have been linked to before by FSFF but the vast majority have not come up in earlier searches. And there are some fabulous items here: such as Yvonne Tasker’s paradigm shifting thesis on gender and action cinema, and Donato Totaro on time and the long take in the cinema. And what a truly astounding variety of topics!
- SooJeong Ahn, The Pusan International Film Festival 1996-2005: South Korean cinema in local, regional, and global context, PhD Thesis, University of Nottingham, 2008
- Steven William Allen, A pleasure in pain: contemporary mainstream cinema’s fascination with the aestheticized spectacle of the controlled body, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2003
- Noor Al-Qasimi, The codes of modesty: reconfiguring the Muslim female subject, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2007
- Tom Brown, From intimate pleasures to spectacular vistas: musicality and historicity in French and American ‘classical’ cinema of the 1930s, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2007
- Felicia Chan, In Search of a Comparative Poetics: Cultural Translatability in Transnational Chinese Cinemas, PhD Thesis, University of Nottingham, 2007
- Brigid S. G. Cherry, The female horror film audience : viewing pleasures and fan practices, PhD Thesis, University of Stirling, 1999
- Marisa Farrugia, The plight of women in Egyptian cinema (1940s 1960s), PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 2002
- Dongning Feng, Text, politics and society : literature as political philosophy in post-Mao China, PhD Thesis, University of Stirling, 1997
- Michael Flanagan, True sons of Erin: catholic/nationalist ideology and the politics of adventure in Our Boys 1914-32, PhD Thesis, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2006
- Mary Gillan, In the shadow of the church: Irish and Quebec cinema, PhD Thesis, Dublin City University, 2009
- Leighton Grist, Authorship and context: the films of Martin Scorsese 1963-1977, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 1996
- Henrik Gustafsson, Out of Site: Landscape and Cultural Reflexivity in New Hollywood Cinema 1969-1974, PhD Thesis, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2007 and errata
- Eirik Frisvold Hanssen, Early Discourses on Colour and Cinema : Origins, Functions, Meanings, PhD Thesis, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2006
- Timothy John Hollins, The presentation of politics : the place of party publicity, broadcasting and film in British politics, 1918-1939, PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 1981, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
- Christopher James Homewood, From Baader to Prada The Representation of Urban Terrorism in German-Language Film, PhD thesis, University of Leeds, 2008
- Claire Jenkins, Family entertainment: representations of the American family in contemporary Hollywood cinema, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2009
- Krzysztof Jozajtis, Religion and film in American culture: the birth of a nation, PhD Thesis, University of Stirling, 2001
- Abdelrhaffar Bourkiba Larbi, Parody and ideology: The case of Othello, PhD Thesis, Universitat de València, 2005
- Barbara Lehin, Cinema and society: Thatcher’s Britain and Mitterand’s France, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2003
- Elaine Lennon, The screenplays of Robert Towne 1960-2000, PhD Thesis, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2009
- Maasilta Mari, African Carmen. Transnational Cinema as an Arena for Cultural Contradictions, PhD Thesis, University of Tampere, 2007
- Laurent Marie, The French Communist Party and French cinema 1944-1999, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2000
- Sara Martin Alegre, More human than human: aspects of monstrosity in the films and novels in english of the 1980s and 1990s, PhD Thesis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1996, (chapters are: 1 Fascinating Bodies: The New Iconography of Monstrosity; 2 Old Monsters, New Monsters: Vision and Re-Vision From Screen Adaptation to Novelization; 3 Nostalgia for the Monster: Mythical Monsters and Freaks; 4 Evil and Monstrosity: The Moral Monster, 5 The Politics of Monstrosity: The Monsters of Power; 6: Frankenstein’s Capitalist Heirs: The Uses of Making Monsters; 7 Gendered Monstrosity: The Monstrous-Feminine and the New Woman Saviour and 8 Little Monsters?: Children and Monsters)
- Anthony T. McKenna, Joseph E. Levine: showmanship, reputation and industrial practice 1945-1977, PhD Thesis, University of Nottingham, 2008
- Christopher Meir, Underwriting national sovereignty?: policy, the market and Scottish cinema, 1982- present, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2007
- Douglas Morrey, Jean-Luc Godard and the other history of cinema, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2002
- Fabio Parasecoli, Food and men in cinema: an exploration of gender in blockbuster movies, Universität Hohenheim, 2009
- Louise Ann Parsons, An analysis of ‘The Gold Diggers’ (1983) by Sally Potter: feminist film, Julia Kristeva and revolutionary poetics, PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 1994, Vol. 1 and Vol 2
- Martin Luther Patrick, The myth of the Black male beast in postclassical American cinema: ‘Forging’ stereotypes and discovering Black masculinities, PhD Thesis, University of Birmingham, 2009
- Anna Sofia Rossholm, Reproducing Languages, Translating Bodies : Approaches to Speech, Translation and Cultural Identity in Early European Sound Film, PhD Thesis, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2006
- Trevor Ryan, Labour and the media in Britain 1929-1939: a study of the attitudes of the Labour movement towards the new media, film and radio, and of its attempts to use them for political purposes, PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 1986, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
- Alice Stanley, Representations of sexuality in the films of Francois Ozon, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2009
- Yvonne Tasker, Spectacular bodies: gender, genre and the action cinema, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 1995
- Gewain Francis Henry Tickell, Homelands and the representation of cultural and political identity in selected South-Asian texts, 1857 to the present, PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 1998
- Donato Totaro, Time and the long take in The Magnificent Ambersons, Ugetsu and Stalker, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 2001
- Louise Ann Williams, Masculinity on the run: history, nation and subjectivity in contemporary mainland Chinese cinema, PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 2004
The power behind Film Studies For Free‘s e-throne is a ‘person of a certain age‘, making her (chrono) logically susceptible to a good number of the many charms and talents of actor Patrick Swayze. She is, thus, saddened by the news of his untimely death.
Swayze was an actor of surprisingly slight physical stature, but one who loomed very large and very beautifully, not only in Hollywood and independent cinema, and, of course, in the estimation of his many fans and admirers, but also in the musings of quite a few Film Studies scholars. In particular relation to the latter, he helped to inspire — FSFF is sure — many worthwhile studies of (post-)modern gender and sexuality, ‘looking relations‘, and acting in film.
In fond memory of his work for the screen, a few links to openly-accessible items of some of that scholarship are given below:
- Katherine Barscay, ‘Kathryn Bigelow’s Gen(d)re’, Cinephile (Post Genre Issue), Vol. 4, Summer 2008
- Douglas Booth, ‘Surfing Films and Videos: Adolescent Fun, Alternative Lifestyle, Adventure Industry, Journal of Sport History, Fall 1996
- Kathryn Kane, ‘Passing as Queer and Racing Towards Whiteness: To Wong Foo, Thanks but No Thanks’, Genders OnLine Journal, Issue 42, 2005
- Ahava Leibtag, ‘”The only thing you have to be is yourself”: Ideology and Identity Politics in Dirty Dancing and The Last Dance‘, MA Thesis, Georgetown University, 2002
- Marianne Mulvey, ‘Is there sincerity in hollow speech? Feeling the cliché in contemporary performance’, Nowiswhere, Issue 3, 2009 (scroll down)
- Thomas Piontek, ‘Kinging in the Heartland; or, The Power of Marginality’, Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 43, No. 3/4, 2002, pp. 125-143
- Nicola Rehling, ”White Masculinity in Cross-Dressing Comedies’, All or Nothing: White Heterosexual Masculinity in Contemporary Popular Cinema, PhD Thesis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2005 (pp. 228-233)
- Tracy Sutton and Gregory Fouts, ‘Measuring and Contextualising “Chemistry” in the Movies’, Journal of Media Psychology, Volume 10, No. 1, Winter 2005
- Brenda Wilson, ‘Blurring the Boundaries: Auteurism & Kathryn Bigelow’, Cinephile (Gender and Violence Issue), Vol. 1, April 2005