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Traditions in World Cinema

Edited by Linda Badley, R. Barton Palmer, Steven Jay Schneider

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The core volume in the Traditions in World Cinema series, this book brings together a colourful and wide-ranging collection of world cinematic traditions - national, regional and global - all of which are in need of introduction, investigation and, in some cases, critical reassessment. Topics include: German expressionism, Italian neorealism, French New Wave, British new wave, Czech new wave, Danish Dogma, post-Communist cinema, Brazilian post-Cinema Novo, new Argentine cinema, pre-revolutionary African traditions, Israeli persecution films, new Iranian cinema, Hindi film songs, Chinese wenyi pian melodrama, Japanese horror, new Hollywood cinema and global found footage cinema.

Key Features

  • Includes a preface by Toby Miller.
  • Each chapter covers a key world cinema tradition and is written by an expert in the field: Roy Armes, Nitzan Ben-Shaul, Peter Bondanella, Corey Creekmur, Adrian Danks, Peter Hames, Randal Johnson, Robert Kolker, Myrto Konstantarakos, Jay McRoy, Negar Mottahedeh, Richard Neupert, Christina Stojanova, J.P. Telotte, Stephen Teo.
  • Traditions are examined from a wide range of views and include historical, social, cultural and industrial perspectives.


Preface (Toby Miller)
Introduction (Linda Badley & R. Barton Palmer)
I. European Traditions
1. German Expressionism (J.P. Telotte)
2. Italian Neorealism (Peter Bondanella)
3. The French New Wave (Richard Neupert)
4. The British New Wave (R. Barton Palmer)
II. Central, Eastern and Northern European Traditions
5. The Czechoslovak New Wave (Peter Hames)
6. Danish Dogma (Linda Badley)
7. Post-Communist Cinema (Christina Stojanova)
III. South American Traditions
8. Post-Cinema Novo Brazilian Cinema (Randal Johnson)
9. New Argentine Cinema (Myrto Konstantarakos)
IV. African and Middle Eastern Traditions
10. Early Cinematic Traditions in Africa (Roy Armes)
11. Israeli Persecution Films (Nitzan Ben-Shaul)
12. New Iranian Cinema (Negar Mottahedeh)
V. Asian Traditions
13. Popular Hindi Cinema and the Film Song (Corey Creekmur)
14. Chinese Melodrama (Stephen Teo)
15. Japanese Horror Cinema (Jay McRoy)
VI. American and Transnational Traditions
16. The 'New' American Cinema (Robert Kolker)
17. The Global Art of Found Footage Cinema (Adrian Danks).

About the Author

Linda Badley is Professor of English and Film Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. She is the author of Film, Horror, and the Body Fantastic (1995), Writing Horror and the Body (1996), and Lars von Trier (2010), and the co-editor of Traditions in World Cinema (2006). With R. Barton Palmer, she co-edits Traditions in World Cinema and Traditions in American Cinema, companion series at Edinburgh University Press.

R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he directs the film studies program. He is the author, editor, or general editor of many books including Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir (1994), After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality (2006), and A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American Film (2011).

Steven Jay Schneider is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Media Culture at the City University of New York.


Traditions in World Cinema takes a more sophisticated and wide-ranging approach… This collection contains plenty of useful and informative material [and] several chapters throw light on neglected corners of cinematic history.
- Times Higher Education Supplement

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