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America's Corporate Art: The Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures (1929–2001) Paperback – Nov 30 2011

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (Nov. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804778639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804778633
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,964,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In theorizing and historicizing the richly suggestive concept of 'studio authorship,' Jerome Christensen offers a model of film history and film interpretation to supplement purely institutional histories that say little about particular works and to supplant the evidence-free auteurist assertions that continue to underpin a good deal of film scholarship . . . Christensen's work is an impressive effort to bridge the gap between economic and aesthetic film history."—Mark Gallagher, Journal of American Studies

"In America's Corporate Art, Jerome Christensen proposes a provocative, ingenious revision to the auteur theory: the author of a Hollywood film, he argues, is not the director but the studio that produced it. . . America's Corporate Art is an extended exercise in holding corporations responsible for their utterances. If corporations insist on being treated as persons with rights in the eyes of the law, Christensen argues, then let criticism follow suit. . . [This] startling book provides a vigorous argument for the continued relevance of a politics of interpretation."—Evan Kindley, Film Quarterly

"This highly original and engaging study makes a significant contribution to American film history and to film and media theory, particularly media industry studies. No other author has analyzed studio authorship with the depth, care, and complexity that Christensen exhibits here, nor has such an argument been supported with close readings of individual films."—Thomas Schatz, University of Texas at Austin

About the Author

Jerome Christensen is Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. His most recent book is Romanticism at the End of History (2000).

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