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Australian Film Theory and Criticism

Volume 1: Critical Positions

The first part of a planned three-volume work devoted to mapping the transnational history of Australian film studies, AustralianFilm Theory and Criticism, Volume 1 provides an overview of the period between 1975 and 1990, during which the discipline first became established in the academy.
Tracing critical positions, personnel, and institutions across this formative period, Noel King, Constantine Verevis, and Deane Williams examine a multitude of books and journal articles published in Australia and distributed internationally though such processes as publication in overseas journals, translation, and reprinting. At the same time, they offer important insights about the origins of Australian film theory and its relationship to such related disciplines as English, and cultural studies. Ultimately, Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 1 delineates the historical implications—and reveals the future possibilities—of establishing new directions of inquiry for film studies in Australia and internationally.

192 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents



Patrice Petro


1. Australian Film Theory and Criticism

Noel King, Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams

Part 1: Institutions

2. Film Theory Goes to Australia

Constantine Verevis

3. Writing the Australian Film Revival

Constantine Verevis

Part 2: Personnel

4. Cultural Mobility and Film Studies in Australia 1975-1990

Noel King

Part 3: Criticism

5. Shifts and Interventions: Cultural Materialism and Australian Film History

Deane Williams

6. Australian Film Theory and Criticism and Cultural Studies

Deane Williams


7. Contemporary Australian Film Theory and Film Criticism

Noel King, Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams

Appendix 1: Australian Journal of Screen Theory (AJST), 1976-1985

Appendix 2: Australian Film Theory and Criticism: The Interviews

Works Consulted

About the Authors

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