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Robin Wood - brittisk filmkritiker

Hedling, Olof LU (2001)
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Den brittiske filmkritikern Robin Wood började publicera essäer om film 1960. Sedan dess har han ensam eller tillsammans med andra givit ut tretton böcker. Vid sidan av dessa har han skrivit flera hundra essäer samt medverkat i mängder med antologier och uppslagsverk. Speciellt betydelsefull har Wood varit för Alfred Hitchcocks status som den förmodligen mest omskrivne filmskaparen någonsin. Men också hans texter om amerikansk skräckfilm, om Hollywoodfilm i allmänhet samt om diverse olika filmregissörer har varit inflytelserika.



Wood studerade engelsk litteratur vid universitetet i Cambridge i början av 1950-talet. Sedan dess har han varit djupt påverkad av en rad idéer om den... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

Den brittiske filmkritikern Robin Wood började publicera essäer om film 1960. Sedan dess har han ensam eller tillsammans med andra givit ut tretton böcker. Vid sidan av dessa har han skrivit flera hundra essäer samt medverkat i mängder med antologier och uppslagsverk. Speciellt betydelsefull har Wood varit för Alfred Hitchcocks status som den förmodligen mest omskrivne filmskaparen någonsin. Men också hans texter om amerikansk skräckfilm, om Hollywoodfilm i allmänhet samt om diverse olika filmregissörer har varit inflytelserika.



Wood studerade engelsk litteratur vid universitetet i Cambridge i början av 1950-talet. Sedan dess har han varit djupt påverkad av en rad idéer om den unika och betydelsefulla roll konstarterna och kritik av dessa bör inta. Dessa idéer är typiska för vad som kommit att benämnas Cambridgeengelska. Inte minst litteraturkritikern F. R. Leavis har behållit en roll som idealiserad förebild för Wood.



Wood har ofta framfört sin övertygelse att filmen sedan ungefär 1920-talet övertagit rollen som den mest betydelsefulla konstformen från romanen. I denna studie ses Woods karriär som en strävan att upprätta film och filmvetenskap som motsvarigheter och arvtagare till den roll den tidiga Cambridgeengelskan försökte etablera för engelsk litteratur och litteraturkritik. (Less)
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British film critic Robin Wood began to publish on film in 1960. Since then, he has written or co-written 13 books, and also published hundreds of essays and articles in books, in journals, and in different encyclopedias. At the same time, Wood has been a key figure in the development of what has become academic film studies. Wood was educated at Cambridge University, where he studied English literature in the early 1950s. Ever since, he has remained deeply influenced by a set of ideas concerning art, literature, and culture, ideas which have been typical for what has been known as the Cambridge English School. Wood’s admiration for the work and example of literary critic F. R. Leavis has been particularly profound, and has continued to... (More)
British film critic Robin Wood began to publish on film in 1960. Since then, he has written or co-written 13 books, and also published hundreds of essays and articles in books, in journals, and in different encyclopedias. At the same time, Wood has been a key figure in the development of what has become academic film studies. Wood was educated at Cambridge University, where he studied English literature in the early 1950s. Ever since, he has remained deeply influenced by a set of ideas concerning art, literature, and culture, ideas which have been typical for what has been known as the Cambridge English School. Wood’s admiration for the work and example of literary critic F. R. Leavis has been particularly profound, and has continued to this day.



The present thesis attempts to recapitulate Wood’s critical agenda in terms of a struggle. In a sense, his work can be regarded as a critical endeavour aimed at creating for film and film studies a cultural role similar to the one traditionally held by literary studies and English literature. In this endeavour, film studies is seen as the natural successor to Cambridge English.



Another area which is under scrutiny is the development of film studies within a cultural and historical context where modernism, in a general sense, has been firmly entrenched as the dominant current within the arts. With this context in mind, the aesthetic position developed by Wood and in Movie, the seminal journal to which Wood contributed most frequently during the 1960s, is used as a means of challenging the established view that the European art cinema - the modernist film movement emanating in Europe after the Second World War – was the key to film being accepted as an art form, and, thus, enter academia.



Ultimately, Wood is seen as having withdrawn from his main project. The reason for this being that he came to view contemporary Anglo-Saxon university culture as unfit for establiblishing a position with any resemblance to the one he had in mind for film and film studies. (Less)
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  • Schepelern, Peter, Copenhagen
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Cambridge English School, F. R. Leavis, Hollywood cinema, modernism, gender criticism, anti-modernism, Humaniora, Humanities, film studies, Film criticism
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265 pages
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Filmhäftet
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Department of Cultural Sciences, Biskopsgatan 7, Lund
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2001-10-27 10:15
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91-974142-1-2
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Swedish
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The present thesis attempts to recapitulate Wood’s critical agenda in terms of a struggle. In a sense, his work can be regarded as a critical endeavour aimed at creating for film and film studies a cultural role similar to the one traditionally held by literary studies and English literature. In this endeavour, film studies is seen as the natural successor to Cambridge English.<br/><br>
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Another area which is under scrutiny is the development of film studies within a cultural and historical context where modernism, in a general sense, has been firmly entrenched as the dominant current within the arts. With this context in mind, the aesthetic position developed by Wood and in Movie, the seminal journal to which Wood contributed most frequently during the 1960s, is used as a means of challenging the established view that the European art cinema - the modernist film movement emanating in Europe after the Second World War – was the key to film being accepted as an art form, and, thus, enter academia.<br/><br>
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Ultimately, Wood is seen as having withdrawn from his main project. The reason for this being that he came to view contemporary Anglo-Saxon university culture as unfit for establiblishing a position with any resemblance to the one he had in mind for film and film studies.},
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