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Volume 7.2 (imminent)
Inside the Film Archive: Practice, Theory, Canon
Edited by Richard Benjamin

Volume 7.1 evolved from a workshop on Film History, supported by the Stanford Humanities Center, from 1996 to 1998. In the past decade, disputes have intensified, as they have in other fields, over the problems of canonization in cinema.  These problems are amplified by an on-going concern which confronts cinema sholars: nitrate film deteriorates. The vast bulk of film reels ever shot have been lost or destroyed, and studios and filmmakers have largely failed to save their works.  While addressing the practical issues concerning film archives, this issue of the Stanford Humanities Review focuses on other intellectual topics of vital interest to archivists, filmmakers, film scholars, and a broadly literate public. The volume addresses the critical relationships between film archives, film history/historiography, theory, archival practice, material research, canon-building, genre, and national cinemas.  Contributors include: Joss Marsh, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Steven Ross, Jeanine Basinger, Brian Taves, Daniel Bernardi, Jan Krawitz, Henry Breitrose, Stephen Mamber, Lynne Vieth, David Anthony Gerstner, Ermelinda Campani, and Karen Gracy.


Volume 8.1 (Spring 2000)
Critical History: The Career of Ian Watt
Edited by Bruce Thompson, Ryan Johnson and Laura McGrane
This volume offers essays and memoirs about the career and critical influence of Ian Watt, as well as studies in literary and intellectual history inspired by his example. Ian Watt's criticism, which ranges in time from the 16th century to the 20th, focuses on the relationship between the literary work and the wider world, between text and context, and embraces the sociology of literature as well as the history of philosophy, economic ideology, and aesthetic theory. The volume includes previously-unpublished work by Watt himself, along with work by Murray Baumgarten, Andrew Busza, W.B. Carnochan, William Chace, Joseph Frank, P.N. Furbank, Jack Goody, Albert Guerard, John Jordan, Herbert Lindenberger, Peter Mallios, Tom Moser, Zdzislaw Najder, Robert M. Polhemus, David Riggs, and Hilary Schor.


Volume 8.2 (Autumn 2000)
The Shape of the Humanities
Edited by Keith Baker and Ryan Johnson
Addressing ongoing debates surrounding critical methodology, canonicity, interdisciplinary studies, and the institutional 'crises' reshaping the humanistic disciplines in recent years, this volume will explore how the disciplines of history, literary criticism, philosophy, and cultural anthropology can define themselves in a climate of rapid cultural change.  Examining the institutional and intellectual histories of these fields of scholarship, this collection of essays will seek to understand the relation of each contemporary discipline to its own historical constitution, and to re-discover the links between the disciplines themselves.  The volume derives from a recent series of symposia organized by the Stanford Humanities Center, and will include essays by John Guillory, Neil Harris, Lynn Hunt, Martin Jay, Louis Menand, Josiah Ober, Marjorie Perloff, Richard Rorty, Allen Wood, and others.

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