University of Exeter Press

Film, Cinema, Genre

The Steve Neale Reader

    • 376 Pages

    This book brings together key works by pioneering film studies scholar Steve Neale. From the 1970s to the 2010s Neale’s vital and unparalleled contribution to the subject has shaped many of the critical agendas that helped to confirm film studies’ position as an innovative discipline within the humanities.

    Although known primarily for his work on genre, Neale has written on a far wider range of topics. In addition to selections from the influential volumes Genre (1980) and Genre and Hollywood (2000), and articles scrutinizing individual genres – the melodrama, the war film, science fiction and film noir –   this Reader provides critical examinations of cinema and technology, art cinema, gender and cinema, stereotypes and representation, cinema history, the film industry, New Hollywood, and film analysis. Many of the articles included are recommended reading for a range of university courses worldwide, making the volume useful to students at undergraduate level and above, researchers, and teachers of film studies, media studies, gender studies and cultural studies.

    The collection has been selected and edited by Frank Krutnik and Richard Maltby, scholars who have worked closely with Neale and been inspired by his diverse and often provocative critical innovations. Their introduction assesses the significance of Neale’s work, and contextualizes it within the development of UK film studies.


    This Reader brings together for the first time key works by Steve Neale, one of the founding figures of UK film studies. It includes selections of his influential writing on genre, together with other critical work encompassing film analysis, representation, cinema history, technology, and the film industry. 

    The book charts Neale’s intellectual development over the course of his career, as he subjected his own earlier assumptions to critique and revision, serving as an original account of disciplinary change over time through the prism of one of its key actors.

    Sheldon Hall, Sheffield Hallam University

    The book serves as a handbook of methods of analysis – archival work involving print culture, “distant” readings of large bodies of film, close textual analysis, theoretical polemics. Neale’s work provides some of the best examples of each of these methods: a “manual” of sorts in film studies.

    Will Straw, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    List of Illustrations
    Steve Neale and Film Studies: An Introduction

    Section A: Beginnings
    1 The Reappearance of Movie
    Review in Screen, 16.3 (1975), 112–15
    2 Personal Views
    Review in Screen, 17.3 (1976), 118–22
    3 The Invention of Cinema
    Chapter 3 of Cinema and Technology: Image, Sound, Colour (London: Macmillan, 1985)

    Section B: Genre(s)
    4 Genre
    Chapter 3 of Genre (London: British Film Institute, 1980)
    5 Questions of Genre
    Screen, 31.1 (1990), 45–66
    6 Genre and Hollywood
    Chapter 7 of Genre and Hollywood (London: Routledge, 2000)
    7 Melodrama and Tears
    Screen, 27.6 (1986), 6–23
    8 Aspects of Ideology and Narrative Form in the American War Film
    Screen, 32.1 (1991), 33–57

    Section C: Interventions and Provocations
    9 Art Cinema as Institution
    Screen, 22.1 (1981), 11–40
    10 Masculinity as Spectacle: Reflections on Men and Mainstream Cinema
    Screen, 24.6 (1983), 2–17
    11 Melo Talk: On the Meaning and Use of the Term ‘Melodrama’ in the American Trade Press
    The Velvet Light Trap, 32 (1993), 66–89
    12 Hollywood Blockbusters: Historical Dimensions
    Movie Blockbusters, ed. by Julian Stringer (London: Routledge, 2003), pp. 47–60

    Section D: Film Analysis
    13 Issues of Difference: Alien and Blade Runner
    Fantasy and the Cinema, ed. by James Donald (London: British Film Institute, 1989), pp. 213–23
    14 Narration, Point of View and Patterns in the Soundtrack of Letter from an Unknown Woman
    Style and Meaning: Essays in the Detailed Analysis of Film, ed. by John Gibbs and Douglas Pye (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005), pp. 99–107
    15 Gestures, Movements and Actions in Rio Bravo
    Howard Hawks: New Perspectives, ed. by Ian Brookes (London: Palgrave/British Film Institute, 2016), pp. 110–21
    16 The Art of the Palpable: Composition and Staging in the Widescreen Films of Anthony Mann
    Widescreen Worldwide, ed. by John Belton, Sheldon Hall and Stephen Neale (New Barnet: John Libbey, 2010), pp. 91–106
    17 ‘I Can’t Tell Anymore Whether You’re Lying’: Double Indemnity, Human Desire and the Narratology of Femmes Fatales
    The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts, ed. by Helen Hanson and Catherine O’Rawe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 187–98

    Steve Neale Bibliography

    The late Steve Neale was Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at the University of Exeter, and a Series Editor of Exeter Studies in Film History. He was the author of Genre and Hollywood (2000), co-author of Epics, Spectacles and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History (2010), editor of The Classical Hollywood Reader (2012), co-editor of ‘Un-American’ Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era (2007) and Widescreen Worldwide (2010), and a contributor to Film Moments: Criticism, Theory, History (2010) and to Film Studies and Movie.

    He was recipient of BAFTSS’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017.

    Frank Krutnik is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity (1991), Popular Film and Television Comedy (with Steve Neale, 1990) and Inventing Jerry Lewis (2000), and editor of Hollywood Comedians: the Film Reader (2003), Un-American Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era (with Steve Neale, Brian Neve, Peter Stanfield, 2003) as well as special issues of New Review of Film and Television Studies and Film Studies.

    Richard Maltby is the Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Screen Studies at Flinders University, Adelaide. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he has published extensively on the cultural history of Hollywood and edited eight books on the history of cinema audiences, exhibition and reception, including Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema (UEP, 2007; co-edited with Melvyn Stokes and Robert C. Allen). He is a Series Editor for Exeter Studies in Film History.

      • 376 Pages
      • 45 Black & white illustrations