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The cult film reader

Author: Ernest Mathijs; Xavier Mendik
Publisher: Maidenhead, Berkshire, England ; New York : Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
'The Cult Film Reader' contains major essays written on the structure, form, status, and reception of global cult cinema traditions. It includes work from key established scholars in the field, including Janet Staiger, Jeffrey Sconce and Umberto Eco, as well as new takes on the gradually developing canon of cult cinema.

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cult film reader.
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England ; New York : Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education, 2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Mathijs; Xavier Mendik
ISBN: 0335219233 9780335219230 0335219241 9780335219247
OCLC Number: 166314914
Description: xxii, 549 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The concept of cult: Film cults / Harry Allan Potamkin. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction / Walter Benjamin. Notes on "camp" / Susan Sontag. Uses of camp / Andrew Ross. Casablanca : cult movies and intertextual collage / Umberto Eco. Science fiction double feature : ideology in the cult film / Barry K. Grant. Semiotics by instinct : "cult film" as a signifying practice between film and audience / Anne Jerslev. "Trashing" the acadamy : taste, excess and an emerging politics of cinematic style / Jeffrey Sconce. Sleaze mania, Euro-trash and high art : the place of European art films in American low culture / Joan Hawkins. Media fandom, neoreligiousity and cult(ural) studies / Matt Hills. Cult fictions : cult movies, subcultural capital and the production of cultural distinctions / Mark Jancovich --
Cult case studies: Un chien andalou / Jean Vigo. The anxiety of influence : Georges Franju and the medical horrorshows of Jess Franco / Joan Hawkins. The obscene seen : spectacle and transgression in postwar burlesque films / Eric Schaefer. Orson Welles and the big experimental film cult / Parker Tyler. Little cinema of horrors / Gary Hentzi. What is a cult horror film? / Welch Everman. Blaxploitation horror films : generic reappropriation or reinscription? / Harry Benshoff. Carter in context / Steve Chibnall. The future of allusion : Hollywood in the seventies (and beyond) / Noel Carroll. Hitchcock in Texas : intertextuality in the face of blood and gore / Janet Staiger. The essential evil in/of Eraserhead (or, Lynch to the contrary) / Steven Jay Schneider. The cult of horror / Lawrence O'Toole. The Blair witch project : film and the internet / J.P. Telotte --
National and international cults: El topo : through the wasteland of the counterculture / J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Playing with genre : an introduction to the Italian giallo / Gary Needham. Han's island revisited : Enter the dragon as transnational cult film / Leon Hunt. Magical girls and atomic bomb sperm : Japanese animation in America / Annalee Newitz. The killer : cult film and transcultural (mis)reading / Jinsoo An. Trading in horror, cult and matricide : Peter Jackson's phenomenal bad taste and New Zealand fantasies of inter/national cinematic success / Harmony Wu. Invisible representation : the oral contours of a national popular cinema / Sheila J. Nayar. Mute bodies, disembodied voices : notes on sound in Turkish popular cinema / Nezih Erdoǧan. Ichi the killer / Tom Mes --
Cult consumption: Cult of distraction : on Berlin's picture palaces / Siegfried Kracauer. Introduction to distinction / Pierre Bourdieu. Portrait of a cult film audience : The Rocky Horror picture show / Bruce A. Austin. Subcultural studies and the film audience : rethinking the film viewing context / Gina Marchetti. 'Fans' notes : the horror film fanzine / David Sanjek. Get a life! : fans, poachers, nomads / Henry Jenkins. The cultural economy of fandom / John Fiske. The crash controversy : reviewing the press / Martin Barker, Jane Arthurs, Ramaswami Harindranath. Beaver Las Vegas! : a fan-boy's defence of Showgirls / I.Q. Hunter. Menstrual monsters : the reception of the Ginger snaps cult horror franchise / Martin Barker, Ernest Mathijs, Xavier Mendik.
Responsibility: edited by Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendick.


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