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FILM GENRES SERIES

GENERAL EDITORS
Professor Mark Jancovich, University of East Anglia
Professor Charles Acland, Concordia University

RATIONALE
Film Genres remains one of the main ways in which film studies continues to be studied and taught. However, while there have been considerable developments in the theory of film genres, much of the research on specific film genres fails to take account of these developments. As a result, the series will aim to both provide a clear summary of the existing approaches to specific genres (including a clear and comprehensive coverage of its historical development) and an example of original research that uses contemporary approaches to film genres in order to provide alternative ways in which we might think about those genres. In many cases, the editors expect that the original research will represent some form of historical analysis, although we do not want to be overly prescriptive here and remain open to contributions that provide new approaches to film theory or textual analysis. In this way, each book will provide a vital introduction to the genre that is its topic, while also providing an original contribution to the field that suggests new ways of thinking about, and researching, that genre. 

For example, the original research might include an analysis of industrial understandings of a genre; of the ways in which generic classifications are used in the marketing, exhibition or critical reception of films; or of audience understandings of genre and generic categories. In other words, the books will push the analysis of film genres beyond a simple concentration on the film texts associated with a specific genre to think about the vital significance of the industry, exhibition and reception within the development and transformation of generic classifications.

As a result, each book should find a broad market that includes both those new to the study of the specific genre under examination, and those familiar with the genre and its study but looking for new ideas and approaches. 
	 
BOOKS IN THE SERIES
The series will seek to commission the titles noted below but would be interested to hear about other suggestions. In the case of those titles marked with an *, with either have a proposal that is being reviewed by readers or the title has already been commissioned. The selection is based on the popularity of specific genres on courses.
1.	Fantasy*				
2.	Documentary*			
3.	Anime*				
4.	Science Fiction*			 
5.	Epics and/or Events Movies*	
6.	Film Noir				
7.	Blaxploitation				
8.	Cult Films				
9.	Experimental Film			
10.	Horror				
11.	Musical				
12.	Pornography/Erotica		
13.	Teen Movies			
14.	War Films				
15.	Western				

GENERAL EDITORS
Mark Jancovich is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of several books: Horror (Batsford, 1992); The Cultural Politics of the New Criticism (CUP, 1993); Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s (MUP, 1996); and The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption, (with Lucy Faire and Sarah Stubbings, BFI, 2003). He is also the editor several collections: Approaches to Popular Film (with Joanne Hollows, MUP, 1995); The Film Studies Reader (with Joanne Hollows and Peter Hutchings, Arnold/OUP, 2000); Horror, The Film Reader (Routledge, 2001); Quality Popular Television: Cult TV, the Industry and Fans (with James Lyons, BFI, 2003); and Defining Cult Movies: The Cultural Politics of Oppositional Taste (with Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Julian Stringer and Andrew Willis, MUP, 2003). He was also a founding member of the editorial board for Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; and is currently series editor (with Eric Schaefer) of the MUP book series, Inside Popular Film. He is currently working on a history of the horror film in the 1940s. He teachings in the areas of film, television and cultural theory; genre studies; and audience and reception studies. 

Mark Jancovich
Professor of Film and Television Studies
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Tel: 01603 592787		Email: [log in to unmask]

Charles R. Acland is Professor and?Concordia Research Chair in Communication Studies, Concordia University,?Montreal, where he teaches media and cultural theory and history. His?books include Youth, Murder, Spectacle:  The Cultural Politics of 'Youth?in Crisis' (Westview, 1995), Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections?and Refractions (co-edited with William J. Buxton, Montreal:?McGill-Queen's UP, 1999) and Screen Traffic:  Movies, Multiplexes, and?Global Culture (Duke UP, 2003). Acland's most recent book is an edit?collection on the aging of media and culture, called Residual Media (U of?Minnesota Press, 2007).  His next monograph will be a history of popular?ideas about media manipulation and education called Swift Viewing in a?Cluttered Age.  He is editor of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies.

Charles Acland 
Professor and Concordia Research Chair in Communications Studies
7141 Sherbrooke St. West
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec
H4B 1R6
Canada
Tel: 514 848 2424 x 2558	Email: [log in to unmask]

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