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A Companion to British and Irish Cinema. Edition No. 1. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas

  • ID: 5227933
  • Book
  • June 2019
  • Region: United Kingdom, Ireland
  • 608 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A stimulating overview of the intellectual arguments and critical debates involved in the study of British and Irish cinemas

British and Irish film studies have expanded in scope and depth in recent years, prompting a growing number of critical debates on how these cinemas are analysed, contextualized, and understood. A Companion to British and Irish Cinema addresses arguments surrounding film historiography, methods of textual analysis, critical judgments, and the social and economic contexts that are central to the study of these cinemas. Twenty-nine essays from many of the most prominent writers in the field examine how British and Irish cinema have been discussed, the concepts and methods used to interpret and understand British and Irish films, and the defining issues and debates at the heart of British and Irish cinema studies.

Offering a broad scope of commentary, the Companion explores historical, cultural and aesthetic questions that encompass over a century of British and Irish film studies - from the early years of the silent era to the present-day. Divided into five sections, the Companion discusses the social and cultural forces shaping British and Irish cinema during different periods, the contexts in which films are produced, distributed and exhibited, the genres and styles that have been adopted by British and Irish films, issues of representation and identity, and debates on concepts of national cinema at a time when ideas of what constitutes both ‘British’ and ‘Irish’ cinema are under question. 

A Companion to British and Irish Cinema is a valuable and timely resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of film, media, and cultural studies, and for those seeking contemporary commentary on the cinemas of Britain and Ireland.

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About the Editor viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction 1
John Hill

Part I Histories: Issues and Debates 5

1 British Silent Cinema 7
Jon Burrows

2 Cinema in Ireland from the 1890s to the 1930s 29
Kevin Rockett

3 British Cinema in the 1930s 49
Lawrence Napper

4 British Cinema and the Second World War 67
James Chapman

5 The 1950s and 1960s 84
Melanie Williams

6 Irish Cinema’s First Wave: Histories and Legacies of the 1970s and the 1980s 106
Maeve Connolly

7 History, Heritage and the National Past in British Cinema of the 1980s and 1990s 127
Geoff Eley

Part II Critical Approaches: Debating Film Texts 141

8 Filming with Words: British Cinema, Literature and Adaptation 143
Christine Geraghty

9 British Film Genres 158
Peter Hutchings

10 British Cinema and Authorship 177
Sheldon Hall

11 Acting and Stardom 201
Jim Leach

12 British and Irish Film Music 217
K. J. Donnelly

13 Irish Cinema and International Screen Culture 234
Martin McLoone

14 Vernacular Visions: Ireland and Accented Cinema 260
Luke Gibbons

Part III Critical Approaches: Debating Film Contexts 275

15 British Film Industry and Policy: Issues and Debates 277
Duncan Petrie

16 British Cinema and Technology 298
Sarah Street

17 Irish Film: Industry and Policy 313
Roderick Flynn

18 British Cinema and Television 332
David Rolinson

Part IV Representation and Identity 347

19 Gender, Sexuality, and British Cinema 349
Niall Richardson

20 Space, Place, and Architecture in British Films: The Case of Last Resort (2000) 372
Paul Newland

21 Gender, Sexuality, and Irish Film 386
Debbie Ging

22 Space and Place in Irish Cinema 407
Conn Holohan

23 The Proletariat and British Cinema 423
Paul Dave

24 Race and Ethnicity in British Cinema 443
Sarita Malik

Part V Redefining ‘British’ and ‘Irish’ Cinemas 461

25 The Englishness of British Cinema: Beyond the Valley of the Corn Dollies 463
Julian Petley

26 Trainspotter’s Delight: Issues and Themes in Scottish Film Criticism 490
Jonathan Murray

27 The Cinema Has Two Tongues: The Cinema Cultures of Wales 510
Daryl Perrins

28 Screening Irish‐America 532
Ruth Barton

29 Transnational Strategies in British Cinema: The Example of Slumdog Millionaire 545
James F. English

Index 565

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John Hill Royal Holloway, University of London.
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