Prolific Film Scholar Recieves CRISS Award

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Prolific Film Scholar Recieves CRISS Award

Published on March 12 2014


Dr. Barry K. Grant (CPCF) has received a Council for Reserch in the Social Sciences (CRISS) award for his research into film genres.  He plans to use the funds awarded to publish an edited volume called "Out of the Past: Film Genre Criticism before Genre Theory". Dr. Grant will guide Malisa Kurtz, a PhD candidate whom he mentors, as she co-edits the volume with him.  According to Dr. Grant, "Film genres constitute the bulk of popular cinema, and most people think of movies 'generically' in some way.  Although much academic writing on the cinema deals with questions of genre, there is, surprisingly, no book that gathers together early writings on film genre before 1970, when the first few academic books of film genre theory began to be published.  The work before 1970 thus represents fascinating attempts to discuss the patterns and meanings in groups of related films without any established theoretical models for doing so. This book will fill an enormous and surprising gap in the critical literature, and so be of great assistance for future students and scholars in the field."  Questions about this work can be directed to Dr. Grant.