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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $34.00
  • November 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93019-1
  • 624 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    Lester Friedman (Author, Hobart and William Smith Colleges), David Desser (Author, University of Illinois, Emeritus), Sarah Kozloff (Author, Vassar College), Martha Nochimson (Author), Stephen Prince (Author, Virginia Tech University)


    A brisk, accessible, and informative introduction to film genres.

    An Introduction to Film Genres, written by leading film scholars specifically for undergraduates who are new to the study of film, provides an introduction that helps students see thirteen film genres in a new light---to help them identify the themes, iconography, and distinctive stylistic traits of each genre.


    Written specifically for undergraduates

    Introduction to Film Genres is a true introductory textbook: comprehensive, but accessible. Each chapter follows a consistent organization, with a brief overview and introduction to the genre, and sections on the history, iconography, themes, and style of the genre. A “Close-up” section focuses on a single film in the genre, or on some isolated feature or aspect of the genre, with an emphasis on close, analytical reading. Each chapter also includes questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading.  

    A stellar authorial team

    Each member of the author team is a respected, senior film scholar, with expertise ranging from film history to film theory, from American to world cinema, from the business of film to film aesthetics, and even to other media. Their writing is clear, engaging, and accessible.  

    A new flexible custom option

    The new Norton Mix: Film will allow instructors to build the book that’s right for them. Instructors can select the genre chapters that they want and can easily add additional material from other Norton film studies texts, such as Writing About Movies, or particular essays from Film Analysis, to create the perfect textbook for their course.

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      1. Slapstick Comedy

      2. Melodrama

      3. Romantic Comedy

      4. The Fantasy Film

      5. The Musical

      6. The Western

      7. The Combat Film

      8. Science Fiction

      9. The Horror Film

      10. The Gangster Movie

      11. The Social Problem Film

      12. Film Noir

      13. The Thriller

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