Australian Film Theory and Criticism (Book)

Volume 1: Critical Positions

The first part of a three-volume work devoted to mapping the transnational history of Australian film studies, Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 1 provides an overview of the period between 1975 and 1990, during which the discipline first became established in the academy.  

Category: Film Studies

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The first part of a three-volume work devoted to mapping the transnational history of Australian film studies, Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 1 provides an overview of the period between 1975 and 1990, during which the discipline first became established in the academy. Tracing critical positions, personnel, and institutions across this formative period, Noel King, Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams examine a multitude of books and journal articles published in Australia and distributed internationally though such processes as publication in overseas journals, translation and reprinting. At the same time, they offer important insights about the origins of Australian film theory and its relationship to such related disciplines as English and cultural studies. Ultimately, Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 1 delineates the historical implications – and reveals the future possibilities – of establishing new directions of inquiry for film studies in Australia and internationally. Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 2 and 3  are also now available from Intellect.

Deane Williams is the Head of Film and Television Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. He has published widely on realist film including Australian film history and documentary film history. He is the editor of the journal Studies in Documentary Film and author of Mapping the Imaginary: Ross Gibson's Camera Natura and in 2008 his (and Brian McFarlane's) Michael Winterbottom was published by Manchester University Press.

Constantine Verevis is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. He is the author of Film Remakes (Edinburgh UP, 2006), and co-editor of Second Takes: Critical Approaches to the Film Sequel (SUNY P, 2010).

Noel King teaches Film and Literary-cultural Criticism in the Department of Media, Music, Communication, and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia. His current research concerns the literature–film relationship of two US writers, poet Richard Hugo and novelist Don DeLillo.

Preface – Patrice Petro
Introduction
Chapter 1: Australian Film Theory and Criticism  – Noel King, Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams
PART I: Institutions
Chapter 2: Film Theory Goes to Australia – Constantine Verevis
Chapter 3: Writing the Australian Film Revival – Constantine Verevis
PART II: Personnel
Chapter 4: Cultural Mobility and Film Studies in Australia 1975-1990 – Noel King
PART III: Criticism
Chapter 5: Shifts and Interventions: Cultural Materialism and Australian Film History – Deane Williams
Chapter 6: Australian Film Theory and Criticism and Cultural Studies – Deane Williams
Conclusion
Chapter 7: Contemporary Australian Film Theory and Criticism – Noel King, Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams
Appendix 1: Australian Journal of Screen Theory (AJST), 1976–1985
  Appendix 2: Australian Film Theory and Criticism: The Interviews
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