First Edition   ©2011

Critical Visions in Film Theory

Timothy Corrigan (University of Pennsylvania) , Patricia White (Swarthmore College) , Meta Mazaj (University of Pennsylvania)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-44634-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-44634-5; Format: Paper Text, 1200 pages

The most inclusive anthology, with unique coverage of the classical and newer areas in film theory.
  • Incorporating fresh perspectives in areas such as perception and reception, film form, modernism and realism, auteur theory, and genre, Critical Visions provides an updated and contemporary look at classical film theory.
  • The only anthology with sections devoted to discussions of sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, national and transnational film histories, documentary and experimental film, as well as new media, Critical Visions fully represents the ever-expanding and increasingly interdisciplinary nature of film theory.
The combination of classic thinkers and newer voices showcases the richness and diversity in film theory. With over 80 carefully selected pieces from a cast of theorists ranging from André Bazin, Siegfried Kracauer, and Maya Deren to Judith Mayne, Richard Dyer, Manthia Diawara, and Trinh Minh-ha, Critical Visions has the most balanced and complete picture of film theory.

The only anthology to offer students the contextual and interpretive support they need to move past the challenges of studying film theory and become better critical thinkers.
  • Part introductions and author headnotes contextualize each selection within a larger cultural and historical backdrop, as well as explain the relationships between the theorists and selections. 
  • “Reading Cues & Key Concepts” act as a pre-reading guide for students, allowing them to better engage with, and apply, the main ideas of each selection. 
  • Unique “Film Pairings for Studying Film Theory” appendix pairs readings with films to show students how to connect and apply film theory to the movies they watch.
Designed with the flexibility to work with any teaching style, in any classroom. A wide range of alternative tables of contents gives instructors options they can use to tailor and adapt Critical Visions to their needs.