Popular Culture


Beyond the Stars 2
Plot Conventions in American Popular Film
Edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller

Popular Press

The study of the conventional dimensions of film, whether of characters, narrative device, material objects, locales, or thematic motifs, provides a means of examining the most fundamental cultural assumptions of American movie makers and movie audiences. Because plot conventions are, in themselves, indexes of cultural beliefs about the physical and social world and how they should function, scholarship that focuses on the birth, evolution, or obsolescence of individual plot conventions helps to reveal the interrelationship between the movement of popular film and changes in American society.

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Cpver of book is silver with a blue strip of film with white stars down the center.

LC: 89-082334 PN
196 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN 978-0-87972-517-4
Cloth $19.95 t

The paper edition, ISBN 978-0-87972-518-1, is out of print

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