- Provides a major collection of specially commissioned work by experts in the field of film studies.
- Represents material under a variety of headings, including class, race, gender, queer theory, nation, stars, ethnography, authorship, and spectatorship.
- Offers an international approach to the subject, including coverage of topics such as genre, image, sound, editing, culture industries, early cinema, classical Hollywood, and TV relations and technology.
- Includes concise chapter-by-chapter accounts of the background and current approaches to each topic, followed by a prognostication on the future.
- Considers cinema studies in relation to other forms of knowledge, such as critical studies, anthropology, and literature.
2. Authorship: James Naremore.
3. Genre: Sarah Berry.
4. Enunciation and Narration: André Gaudreault and François Jost.
5. Film Editing: Lucy Fischer.
6. Film Semiotics: Warren Buckland.
7. Cognitivism: Greg Currie.
8. Psychoanalysis: Richard Allen.
9. Spectatorship and Subjectivity: E. Deidre Pribram.
10. Laura Mulvey Meets Cathrine Tramell Meets the She-Man: Counter-History, Reclamation, and Incongruity in Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Media Criticism: Julia Erhart.
11. Is There Class in this Text?: The Repression of Class in Film and Cultural Studies : David James.
12. Culture Industries: Douglas Kellner.
13. The Political Economy of Film: Janet Wasko.
14. The Work of Theory in the Age of Digital Transformation: Henry Jenkins.
15. Cultural Exchange: Tom O'Regan.
16. Anthropology for the World: Mass Media: Faye Ginsburg.
17. Psycho's Bad Timing: The Sensual Obsessions of Film Theory: Toby Miller.
18. Historical Allegory: Ismail Xavier.
19. Every Picture Tells a Story: José Guadalupe Posada's Photocinematic Graphic Art: Charles Ramirez Berg.
20. On "Historical Poetics," Narrative, and Interpretation: Ira Bhaskar.