Annual Bibliography of Film Studies-2003
Telotte, J. P., Post Script
Following my practice in recent years, I would like to introduce this year's Annual Bibliography by calling attention to a few trends and developments in recent film scholarship. An obvious place to start is with the special issues that have increasingly come to characterize journal publication. In 2003 we find numbers devoted to both traditional and somewhat unusual concerns. Certainly, genre retains its fascination for both filmgoers and scholars, as is evidenced by Post Script's own special issue devoted to "Realist Horror Cinema" and several periodicals that focused on other genres. The Western particularly came in for renewed attention, thanks to Journal of Popular Film and Television's special numbers on television genres and on the Western genre at 100 years, and to Film & History's devoting two issues to re-examining the genre and assessing its impact on the shaping of American history. National cinemas too received their share of attention with Film Criticism's number on Greek cinema, New German Critique's issue on "Post-Wall Cinema" in Germany, and Cineaste's special supplement on Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Among the more unusual or noteworthy special numbers, we might especially single out Criticism's two-issue sequence on "New and Neglected Approaches to Understanding Moving Images," Film Comment's retrospective on the work of Chris Marker, which extended over two issues, and Asian Cinema's ambitious survey of "Asian Animation: Artistic and Commercial Perspectives."
In terms of article numbers, a sharp rise in genre pieces directly corresponds to several of those special issues we noted above and suggests a renewed interest in formula narrative. Other noteworthy trends include increases in work being published on animation, directors, screenwriting, and technology. Somewhat surprising is the decrease in the number of pieces concerned with documentary, although that trend is almost certain to reverse itself in light of the recent success of documentary-influenced films, such as Michael Moore's self-styled "political satire" Fahrenheit 9/11 and Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, along with the continuing popularity of "reality TV." *
The format employed for the bibliography remains essentially unchanged from the previous years. It is organized around a series of headings that have, almost since the bibliography's inception, proven useful for categorizing the majority of film and television scholarship. Many articles are also cross-listed by number in one or more other categories. Each article receives a full entry done in MLA format, and when the title seems inadequate, I have also provided a brief annotation. Except in the cases of the "Actors / Actresses" and "Directors" categories, all entries are alphabetized according to the authors' last names, and journal citations are abbreviated according to the "Periodicals Indexed" listing that follows this introduction. As usual, I invite suggestions for further improving this mechanism and the bibliography as a whole.
Also as usual, I want to thank my coeditor Gerald Duchovnay for his tireless efforts in pursuing exchanges with other journals, for helping me root out obscure articles for inclusion in the Bibliography, and for ensuring that this project is properly formatted.
* See for example, "Call for Papers" in this issue for a Special Issue on Current State of Documentary Filmmaking on page 41.
PERIODICALS INDEXED Asian Cinema (AC) Boundary 2 (B2) Camera Obscura (CO) Canadian Journal of Film Studies (CJFS) Canadian Review of American Studies (CRAS) Cineaste (Cin) Cinefantastique (Ct) Cinema Journal (CJ) Communication Quarterly (CQ) Creative …
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Publication information: Article title: Annual Bibliography of Film Studies-2003. Contributors: Telotte, J. P. - Author. Journal title: Post Script. Volume: 24. Issue: 1 Publication date: Fall 2004. Page number: 82+. © 2009 Post Script, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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