Memory and Popular Film
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Memory and Popular Film

By Paul Grainge
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'Memory and popular film' uses memory as a specific framework for the cultural study of film. Taking Hollywood as its focus, this timely book provides a sustained, interdisciplinary perspective on memory and film from early cinema to the present. Considering the relationship between official and popular memory, the politics of memory, and the technological and representational shifts that have come to effect memory's contemporary mediation, the book contributes to the growing debate on the status and function of the past in cultural life and discourse. By gathering key critics from film studies, American studies and cultural studies, 'Memory and popular film' establishes a framework for discussing issues of memory IN film and of film AS memory. Together with essays on the remembered past in early film marketing, within popular reminiscence, and at film festivals, the book considers memory films such as Forrest Gump, Lone Star, Pleasantville, Rosewood and Jackie Brown. 'Memory and popular film' provides a wide-ranging analysis that will benefit both students and critics of popular culture, film studies and the past.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Notes on contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: memory and popular film - Paul Grainge
  • Part I Public history, popular memory
  • 1 A white man’s country: Yale’s Chronicles of America - Roberta E. Pearson
  • 2 Civic pageantry and public memory in the silent era commemorative film: The Pony Express at the Diamond Jubilee - Heidi Kenaga
  • 3 ‘Look behind you!’: memories of cinemagoing in the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood - Sarah Stubbings
  • 4 Raiding the archive: film festivals and the revival of Classic Hollywood - Julian Stringer
  • Part II The politics of memory
  • 5 The articulation of memory and desire: from Vietnam to the war in the Persian Gulf - John Storey
  • 6 The movie-made Movement: civil rites of passage - Sharon Monteith
  • 7 Prosthetic memory: the ethics and politics of memory in an age of mass culture - Alison Landsberg
  • 8 ‘Forget the Alamo’: history, legend and memory in John Sayles’ Lone Star - Neil Campbell
  • Part III Mediating memory
  • 9 ‘Mortgaged to music’: new retro movies in 1990s Hollywood cinema - Philip Drake
  • 10 Colouring the past: Pleasantville and the textuality of media memory - Paul Grainge
  • 11 Memory, history and digital imagery in contemporary film - Robert Burgoyne
  • 12 Postcinema/Postmemory - Jeffrey Pence
  • Index
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