Transnational cinema

Mapping a field of study

Authored by: Deborah Shaw

The Routledge Companion to World Cinema

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138918801
eBook ISBN: 9781315688251
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This chapter examines the development of the concept of transnational cinema in Film Studies, paying particular attention to the ways in which the discipline has responded to developments in the social sciences. It describes the four key areas of focus in the first phase of transnational cinema studies: migration and cinema and exilic and diasporic filmmaking; transnationalising readings of national and regional cinema; historical readings of transnational cinema; and film festival studies. Following this, the chapter discusses approaches to transnational film theory by means of analysis of a selection of key definitional essays on the subject. Finally, the chapter looks towards the second phase of transnational film studies. In so doing, it considers the expanded reach of the transnational to the many fields that make up the discipline of Film Studies and the many approaches to World Cinema in particular.

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