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Introduction

Anna Kornbluh

Anna Kornbluh is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, US. She is the author of Realizing Capital (2013), and her articles on Marxist aesthetics have appeared in Mediations, Novel, the LARB, Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives, Lacan & Contemporary Cinema, and the Bloomsbury Companion to Marx. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Marxism is . . . fill in the blank from where you sit. Because a sentence like that can only be finished from a particular point of view. College students in the United States in 2018 would have one answer, Labour Party officials in Britain...

The Home Movie and Space of Communication

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The aim of this chapter is to show how the notion of “space of communication” can assist an understanding of the functioning and the evolution of the home movie as well as what happens, from a communicational point of view, when the home...

The 1 Percent: A Top-Down Conclusion—Fifty Films about Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century

Tom Zaniello

Tom Zaniello is Professor Emeritus, having taught film and cultural studies, and directed the Honors Program at Northern Kentucky University, USA. He has been active as a film programmer for the Hill Center in Washington DC and for the London and North West (Liverpool) Labour Film Festivals. He recently published California’s Lamson Murder Mystery (2016), the story of the wrongful conviction of a Hollywood screenwriter for murder, along with Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor, 2nd ed. (2003) and The Cinema of Globalization (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cinema of the Precariat : The Exploited, Underemployed, and Temp Workers of the World

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...If you understand what economics commentator and novelist John Lanchester concluded in his essay, “Cityphobia” (2015), you probably don’t need to read this chapter: “If you own someone’s else debt, it counts as an asset.” On the other hand,...

Case Histories: Alienated Labor in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition and Zero History

Alien Imaginations : Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...William Gibson’s 2003 Pattern Recognition presents a gender shift from Neuromancer’s male protagonist “Case” to the female “Cayce,” a critical reworking of the figure of the global nomad, which John Marx recognizes as part...

Internal Migration in China

Tom Zaniello

Tom Zaniello is Professor Emeritus, having taught film and cultural studies, and directed the Honors Program at Northern Kentucky University, USA. He has been active as a film programmer for the Hill Center in Washington DC and for the London and North West (Liverpool) Labour Film Festivals. He recently published California’s Lamson Murder Mystery (2016), the story of the wrongful conviction of a Hollywood screenwriter for murder, along with Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor, 2nd ed. (2003) and The Cinema of Globalization (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cinema of the Precariat : The Exploited, Underemployed, and Temp Workers of the World

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...China’s rapid industrialization and virtually forced internal migration of rural workers into new factory compounds and crowded cities, with estimates as high as 340 million people creating an “internal” or rural to urban migration in just...

Righting English, or Does Spelling Matter?

Colin MacCabe

Colin Maccabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of the London Consortium. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Eloquence of the Vulgar : Language, Cinema and the Politics of Culture

British Film Institute, 1998

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...One of the great pleasures of moving to Strathclyde from Cambridge was to move from a campus to a city university. True, Cambridge is located in a city but the university in my day had no contact of any kind with either the local schools...

Marxist Film Theory

Anna Kornbluh

Anna Kornbluh is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, US. She is the author of Realizing Capital (2013), and her articles on Marxist aesthetics have appeared in Mediations, Novel, the LARB, Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives, Lacan & Contemporary Cinema, and the Bloomsbury Companion to Marx. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In this chapter, I offer an overview of a few key concepts in Marxist theory that prove particularly foundational for the project of film theory, along with a summary of some of the ways those foundations have been built upon. The key...

Crowd Bites Wolf

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell is Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), BFI National Archive, UK. He is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and co-editor of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (BFI 2004) and Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (2010) and has been a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 British Documentaries : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...Ever-widening access to affordable, easy-to-use digital video equipment has coincided with the advance of consumerism. And with that of its discontents: locally and internationally politically active but rejecting conventional national...

A Critical Theorization of Fatness

Barbara Plotz

Barbara Plotz is Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication and she also teaches in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London, UK. She is a film scholar working at the intersection of film and cultural studies, with a focus on representation, gender, the body, and genre – specifically horror cinema. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fat on Film : Gender, Race and Body Size in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Fat Studies has a sustained interest in analysing the origins and roots of modern-day fatphobia and linking those with present-day constructs and discourses of fatness. One development that in a historical perspective is seen as decisive...

Last Orders

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is a writer, film programmer and filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Visiting Professor at MMU and Visiting Professor at University of Salford, UK, and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Directors in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Road Movies : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...Australian Fred Schepisi may have initially seemed an odd choice to adapt Graham Swift’s 1996 Booker Prize-winning novel, but the writer-director faithfully recreates the camaraderie, recriminations and drinking culture of London...