Academic journal article Post Script

Annual Bibliography of Film Studies-2001

Academic journal article Post Script

Annual Bibliography of Film Studies-2001

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As has become my practice, I would like to use this Introduction to comment on a few recent developments and shifting trends in film criticism. One interesting measure of critical maincurrents can be found in the special issues topics of the year, particularly those of academic journals. The past year has seen a number of thematic issues that emphasize international cinema, among them Cineaste's "Contemporary British Cinema" number, Film History's treatment of an especially neglected area, "Nordic Cinema," and Post Script's own double issue on "Chinese Cinema," which gathers together some of the key contemporary scholars working on that body of film. Other special issues worth noting include the venerable Literature/Film Quarterly's latest "Shakespeare and Film" issue, Cinema Journal's selection of pedagogical pieces on the subject of "Introducing Students to Film," Film History's exploration of "Comedy Before Screwball," and the Journal of Popular Film and Television's number on "Film and/ as Technology."

Another telling gauge of critical trends can be found simply in the numbers of pieces we catalogue each year. As a general practice, I typically compare the numbers of entries in Bibliography categories from one year to the next, and since I determine category placement, I can presume some level of consistency in the composition of those categories from year to year. A quick review of those numbers of articles suggests, in some areas, a fairly consistent level of interest. Categories such as "Actors," "Screenwriting," "Technology," and "Video" have shown very little variation over the last three issues of the Bibliography. In contrast, we can note a high degree of fluctuation, and thus perhaps solid evidence of shifting critical concerns or trends, in the areas of "Directors" and "International" studies. In the 1999 Bibliography we recorded more than 200 "Directors" entries, while last year the number dropped to 172 and this year to 153. While auteurism is by no means dead--after all, it still constitutes our second most popular category--it is clearly less the dominant approach to film studies than it was even five years ago. Meanwhile, partly reflecting the number of special issues devoted to this subject, the "International" category shows the largest shift, with an increase of approximately 50% over last year's articles. Since this category contains the most articles and is also cross-referenced more than any category except "Genre," we might see some evidence of the increasing impact of cross-cultural studies in academe.

Of course, the Bibliography itself remains relatively consistent in form over the years. It continues to provide the important bibliographic information on the major articles published in English-language journals over the past year. And those articles are, with the exception of the "Actors/Actresses" and "Directors" categories, arranged alphabetically according to the authors' last names, with many of the entries receiving some sort of annotation, as well as one or more cross-listings. Should readers have any suggestions about improving this format, I would be happy to consider them.

As in past years, I have been fortunate to be able to call on several colleagues for help in producing this issue of the Post Script Bibliography. For their aid in turning up missing journal issues and in assisting in the cataloguing process, I would especially like to thank Colin Charlton, Gerald Duchovnay, and Bob Kolker. Without such collaboration, the Bibliography could not be produced in a timely fashion.


American Scholar (AS)

Asian Cinema (AC)

Boundary 2 (B2)

Camera Obscura (CO)

Canadian Journal of Film Studies (CJFS)

Canadian Review of American Studies (CRAS)

Cineaste (Cin)

Cinefantastique (Cf)

Cinema Journal (CJ)

Communication Quarterly (CQ)

Configurations (Conf)

Creative Screenwriting (CS)

Critical Inquiry (CI)

Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC)

Cultural Studies (CS)

Discourse (Dis)

Extrapolation (Ex)

Film & History (F&H)

Film Comment (FC)

Film Criticism (FCr)

Film History (FH)

Film Quarterly (FQ)

Genre (Gen)

Griffithiana (Grif)

Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television (HJF)

Hitchcock Annual (HA)

Intercollegiate Review (IRev)

International Documentary (ID)

Iris (Ir)

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (JAAC)

Journal of American Culture (JAC)

Journal of Communication (JoC)

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA)

Journal of Film and Video (JFV)

Journal of Popular Culture (JPC)

Journal of Popular Film and Television (JPFT)

Jump Cut (JC)

Literature/Film Quarterly (LFQ)

Mosaic (Mo)

New German Critique (NGC)

New Literary History (NLH)

October (Oct)

Post Script (PS)

Psychoanalytic Review (PsyR)

Quarterly Review of Film and Video (QRFV)

Raritan (Rar)

Science Fiction Studies (SFS)

Screen (Sc)

Sight and Sound (SS)

South Atlantic Review (SAR)

Southern Quarterly (SoQ)

Southwest Review (SwR)

Studies in the Humanities (SiH)

Studies in Popular Culture (SPC)

Take One (TO)

Velvet Light Trap (VLT)

Wide Angle (WA)

Yale Journal of Criticism (YJC)


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