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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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Prospects for Film Theory: A Personal Assessment

Prospects for Film Theory: A Personal Assessment

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(p.357) Chapter 18 Prospects for Film Theory: A Personal Assessment
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Engaging the Moving Image
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Noël Carroll

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091953.003.0018

This chapter discusses the role played by film theory—or, as its acolytes are apt to say, simply Theory—in the rapid expansion of the film studies institution over the last two decades in the United States. Universities regarded film studies programs as an economic boon, likely to spur demand and, in this context, Theory, so called, played an economic role in legitimating the formation of film programs. For what went by the name of Theory was surely abstruse enough to convince an uninformed administrator or a hesitant trustee that film studies was at least as complex intellectually as string theory, DNA, or hypotheses about massive parallel processing. Whether it was necessary to enfranchise film studies in this way is an open question. Perhaps market forces alone would have sufficed to establish the institution.

Keywords:   film theory, film studies, universities, United States

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