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A Companion to Steven Spielberg

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A Companion to Steven Spielberg

A Companion to Steven Spielberg provides an authoritative collection of essays exploring the achievements and legacy of one of the most influential film directors of the modern era.

Offers comprehensive coverage of Spielberg's directorial output, from early works including Duel , The Sugarland Express , and Jaws , to recent films
Explores Spielberg's contribution to the development of visual effects and computer games, as well as the critical and popular reception of his films
Topics include in-depth analyses of Spielberg's themes, style, and filming techniques; commercial and cultural significance of the Spielberg 'brand' and his parallel career as a producer; and collaborative projects with artists and composers
Brings together an international team of renowned scholars and emergent voices, balancing multiple perspectives and critical approaches
Creates a timely and illuminating resource which acknowledges the ambiguity and complexity of Spielberg's work, and reflects its increasing importance to film scholarship

Nigel Morris is Principal Lecturer in Media, School of Film and Media, University of Lincoln, UK, specializing in film, television, and media, cultural and educational studies. He is the author of The Cinema of Steven Spielberg (2007).


A Companion to Steven Spielberg

Notes on Contributors

Nathan Abrams , Professor of Film Studies at Bangor University, has written widely on transatlantic Jewish film, history, politics, and popular culture with specific reference to the United States and the United Kingdom. His current research falls into three key areas: Jews, Jewishness and Judaism in popular culture, 1990 to the present; public intellectuals and American Culture; and European Jewish Diasporas. Recent publications include The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (2010) and Caledonian Jews: A Study of Seven Small Communities in Scotland (2009).

Sarah Barrow is Head of Lincoln School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln. Former posts include being one of the first venue-based film education officers (Cambridge Arts Cinema) and founder of a production company making films with underprivileged young people. Research interests include Latin American cinemas, cinematic representations of political violence and (national) identity/ies, and memory, trauma, and nostalgia in film and photography. Alongside extensive publications on Hispanic cinemas, Dr. Barrow co-edited 5 0 Key British Films (2008), contributed to 50 Key American Films (2009), and co-edited the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Films (2014).

Erin Bell is Senior Lecturer in the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln. After her PhD in early modern religious nonconformity at the University of York she moved to Lincoln as researcher on the interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, "Televising History 1995-2010" (2006-2010), led by Professor Ann Gray, and continues to research and teach in both fields. Her most recent book, co-authored with Ann Gray, is History on Television (2012).

Warren Buckland , Reader in Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University, researches film theory, analyzing key trends in contemporary cinema (Hollywood blockbusters, puzzle films, new sincerity), and data mining world cinema, which combines film studies with computer science. Since holding the first British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Film Studies (1994) he has written and edited several books on spectatorship, film semiotics, theory, and contemporary cinema, and is founding editor of the New Review of Film and Television Studies . The short guide Teach Yourself Film Studies has been translated into Vietnamese and Japanese. Directed by Steven Spielberg (2006) supplements standard film theories with information contained in well-known filmmaking manuals.

Robert Burgoyne is Professor and Director of Research in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. His work centers on historiography and film, with emphasis on American cinema and national identity. Recent publications include Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History (revised edition, 2010) and The Epic Film in World Culture (2010). He has also published on memory and contemporary American culture; cinephilia in the work of Douglas Gordon and Corey Arcangel; and the imagery of haunting and spectrality in the war film. Narrative theory, Italian cinema, and the impact of digital technologies on film form and theory are also subjects on which Professor Burgoyne has published, and continues to pursue. Much of his recent work investigates the cinematic rewriting of history, and film's power to illuminate the present by reconceiving dominant fictions that have formed around the past.

Kirsty Fairclough is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at the University of Salford. She is the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop , (with Rob Edgar, Benjamin Halligan, and Nicola Spelman, 2013), The Arena Concert : Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (with Rob Edgar, Benjamin Halligan, and Nicola Spelman, 2016), M


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