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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 12 Jun 1997 09:06:55 -0400
Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
stefan konstantyn cieply <[log in to unmask]>
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
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> On Mon, 9 Jun 1997 12:23:10 -0600 Dan Streible <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > I am interested in, but have not yet seen, the new Routledge textbook AN
> > INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES, edited by Jill Nelmes.  Has the book been
> > getting a good reception?  Has anyone used it, as a teacher or student, who
> > might share feedback with me?
We were considering using this one for the Intro to Film course at the
Univ. of Maryland.  In general, it is a fine book.  It doesn't cover
questions of film style as Bordwell and Thompson do.  But, it more than
makes up for it in other departments.  The section on gender and film is a
first rate introduction to the topic.  Likewise, I enjoyed the chapter on
animation by Paul Welles (Incidently, does anyone know if his book
_Understanding Animation_ is still in print?).  And the history chapters
are particularly rich (the chapter on India is fantastic).  Having said
that, we nevertheless decided against it for two reasons:
1) The print is microscopic.  Eyestrain develops after about ten pages.
2) The book is not really geared towards students in American
universities.  The book is written for an audience that is familiar with
British funding structures, censorship laws, and historical contexts.
Furthermore, the majority of the figures (such as grosses) are in pound
sterling.  While I am not adverse to students expanding their horizons,
the adjustments which would have to be made would eat up too much time
from an already limited schedule.
Nevertheless, if you feel that you can deal with these slight problems, I
reccomend this book.
Stefan K. Cieply
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Univ. of Maryland, Comparative Literature Prog.
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