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Film Studies

This guide is an introduction to the resources for Film Studies at Dartmouth. If you are interested in Television, see the separate research guide for Television.


... With the rise of the postwar new waves and the decline of cinema going as a mass leisure pursuit, sociology shifted attention from audiences to films, art cinema and film movements in particular. A sociology of art approach to cinema, for example, calls for attention to the cultural contexts in which films and film movements arise, and may also concern itself with the implicit ideologies underlying films’ plots and styles. ...

Kuhn, A. & Westwell, G. (2012). "Sociology and film." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 3 Aug. 2016.

In the library catalog

The following are relevant subject headings. You can browse the print collection on Baker Stack Level 4 in the call number range PN 1995.9 .S6.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

To find more books, click here.

Finding journal articles

You can search various publications to find articles on society and film. Our collection does have a couple of journals that cover the topic exclusively. Their titles are listed below. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find more articles or use the search box at the top of the page.

Related subject guides

Many of the film studies resources mentioned elsewhere in this guide discuss aspects of film and society, but consider what other disciplinary perspectives address your topic and consult those guides as well.

Keeping up with Film Studies journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Film Studies? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's, you can download and read the articles you want from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's also available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.