Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction by Keith M. JohnstonScience Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction by Keith M. Johnston

Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction

byKeith M. Johnston

Paperback | December 20, 2011

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Science Fiction Film develops a historical and cultural approach to the genre that moves beyond close readings of iconography and formal conventions. It explores how this increasingly influential genre has been constructed from disparate elements into a hybrid genre.Science Fiction Film goes beyond a textual exploration of these films to place them within a larger network of influences that includes studio politics and promotional discourses. The book also challenges the perceived limits of the genre - it includes a wide range of films, from canonical SF, such as Le voyage dans la lune, Star Wars and Blade Runner, to films that stretch and reshape the definition of the genre. This expansion of generic focus offers an innovative approach for students and fans of science fiction alike.
Keith M. Johnston is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia and author of Coming Soon: Film Trailers and the Selling of Hollywood Technology.
Title:Science Fiction Film: A Critical IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 inPublished:December 20, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1847884768

ISBN - 13:9781847884763

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Table of Contents

Section 1: What is Science Fiction?

1. Genre Theory and Science Fiction

2. Reading Science Fiction

3. Science Fiction and Technology

Section 2: Genre History

4. Pre-History, 1895-1950

5. Defining the Genre, 1950-70

6. Science Fiction as Blockbuster, 1970-90

7. Science Fiction as Mainstream, 1990-2010

Section 3: Selling Science Fiction

8. 'Adventure Dramas of the Future': Advertising Genre

9. Genre and Spectacle: The Science Fiction Trailer

10. Audience and Genre: Science Fiction and the Internet

Annotated Guide to Further Reading
Selected Filmography

Editorial Reviews

Johnston brings a fresh eye to science fiction criticism in this book, drawing attention to some of the exciting and influential films that resonate within the genre and discussing often forgotten elements such as trailers, posters and adverts.