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A Companion to the Historical Film

Edited by: Robert A. Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulescu
eISBN: 9781444337242
Print publication date: 2013

Subject Cultural Studies
Media Studies » Film Studies

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444337242.2013.x

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A Companion to the Historical Film

The first comprehensive collection in a growing field of research, this essential volume seeks to answer questions that lie at the heart of our response to the genre. How does a narrative history film speak about the past? What does it reveal about the generation creating it? How can we tell its fictions from its truths? Can popular entertainment of this kind also be a serious purveyor of historical knowledge and understanding? Featuring contributions from international scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies, this collection offers a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

A rich diversity of themes is taken into consideration, ranging from the nature of cinematic truth and the poetics and politics of representation, to cinema's interplay with written accounts of the past and its place in the classroom. The essays tackle inclusive subjects, such as how the historical film developed in different political contexts, alongside more focused assessments of individual films and auteurs. Prefaced with an introductory survey of the field by its two distinguished editors, this new Companion is a notable contribution to the field.

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Rosenstone, Robert A. and Constantin Parvulescu (eds). A Companion to the Historical Film. Blackwell Publishing, 2013. Blackwell Reference Online. 24 May 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781444337242_9781444337242>

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