Art Simon

New book published

Art Simon, associate professor of English, has recently published a new work.  The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, edited by Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann and Art Simon, is a four-volume collection of original essays written by top scholars in the field of cinema studies. With ninety essays covering one hundred and twenty years of film production, both mainstream and on the margins, this is the most comprehensive set of essays ever published on American film history. The four volumes—Origins-1928, 1929-1945, 1946-1975, 1976-present—explore such topics as the rise of the nickelodeon, the move from silent to sound cinema, the emergence of the star and studio system, post-WWII independent and experimental production, the New Hollywood of the late 60s/70s and the blockbuster CGI films of the last decade. It also contains numerous essays on women in film, the role and representation of African-Americans in and outside of Hollywood and the most enduring genres in American cinema¬—the western, gangster film, science fiction, film noir and the melodrama. Major directors such as D.W. Griffith, Frank Capra, John Ford, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder and Oliver Stone, to name just a few, are given concerted attention. Throughout the four volumes, film historians apply a range of methodologies, draw on studio archives, establish connections between film and social/political events, and offer close readings of the formal language developed by and for the medium. An on-line edition has been launched by Wiley-Blackwell simultaneous with the publication of the hard cover set. 


Art Simon's new book