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The Animation Studies Reader


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List of Figures List of Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Nichola Dobson, Annabelle Honess Roe, Amy Ratelle and Caroline Ruddell Section One: Theory, Philosophy, Concepts 1. Approaching Animation and Animation Studies Caroline Ruddell (Brunel University London, UK) and Lilly Husbands (University of Arts London, UK and Middlesex University, UK) 2. The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde Tom Gunning (University of Chicago, USA) 3. Re-Animating Space Aylish Wood (University of Kent, UK) 4. Realism and Animation Mihaela Mihailova (Michigan State University, USA) 5. The Uncanny Valley Lisa Bode (University of Queensland, Australia) 6. Animation and Performance Annabelle Honess Roe (University of Surrey, UK) 7. Animation and Memory Victoria Grace Walden (University of Sussex, UK) 8. Some Thoughts on Theory-Practice Relationships in Animation Studies Paul Ward (Arts University Bournemouth, UK) Section Two: Forms and Genres 9. Absence, Excess and Epistemological Expansion: Towards a Framework for the Study of Animated Documentary Annabelle Honess Roe (University of Surrey, UK) 10. Experimental Animation Paul Taberham (Arts University Bournemouth, UK) 11. Features and Shorts Christopher Holliday (King's College London, UK) 12. Advertising and Public Service Films Malcolm Cook (University of Southampton, UK) 13. Political Animation and Propaganda Eric Herhuth (Tulane University, USA) 14. TV Animation Nichola Dobson (Edinburgh College of Art, UK) 15. Animation and/as Children's Entertainment Amy Ratelle (editor of Animation Studies) 16. Video Games and Animation Chris Pallant (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) Section Three: Representation: Frames and Contexts 17. Race, Resistance and Violence in Cartoons Nicholas Sammond (University of Toronto, Canada) 18. We're Asian. More Expected of Us: The Model Minority and Whiteness in King of the Hill Alison Reiko Loader (Concordia University, Canada) 19. Transformers Rescue Bots: Representation in Disguise Nichola Dobson (Edinburgh College of Art, UK) 20. Anime's Bodies Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia, UK) 21. Disney Films 1989-2005: The "Eisner" Era Amy M. Davis (University of Hull, UK) 22. Taking an Appropriate Line: Exploring Representations of Disability within British Mainstream Animation Van Norris (University of Portsmouth, UK) Index

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The first collection of definitive texts that explores and examines key areas of animation studies through three points of focus: theoretical approaches; form and genre; issues of representation.

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Nichola Dobson is a teaching fellow in design and screen cultures at Edinburgh College of Art, UK. Founding editor of Animation Studies (2006 - 2011) and Animation Studies 2.0 (2012- present). Bella Honess Roe is a lecturer at the University of Surrey, UK, where she is the programme director for Film Studies. Her scholarship and teaching focuses on animation, documentary and popular culture more broadly. Amy Ratelle is the Research Coordinator for the Semaphore Research Cluster on Mobile and Pervasive Computing, at the University of Toronto, Canada. Caroline Ruddell is Lecturer in Film and TV Studies at Brunel University, London, UK. She is Reviews Editor for the animation: an interdisciplinary journal and sits on various Editorial Boards.


Featuring an impressive array of important topics by leading figures in the field of animation studies, this book provides an excellent resource for introductory or advance study. It is a much-needed resource for courses, reflecting the ubiquity of animated imagery in its wide ranging forms and contexts. * Maureen Furniss, Director, Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts, USA *
The essays in this volume expose to scrutiny a wide range of questions essential to our comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon and process of animation, as well as its role not only in contemporary cinema but in the widest cultural and social contexts. Editors Nichola Dobson, Annabelle Honess Roe, Amy Ratelle and Caroline Ruddell, through twenty-two carefully selected texts, provide complex and exhaustive research of the field of animation. The carefully-structured Reader argues that animation is a far reaching and multi-layered phenomenon that both demands and deserves a carefully proposed and mapped out multiperspective approach. The theoretical platform and analytical optique are presented in a systematic, detailed and didactic way, making this collection of texts accessible for the widest reading audience. * Dr. Nevena Dakovic, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia *
The Animation Studies Reader is a formidable compilation of outstanding contributions to the body of scholarship in modern animation studies. Well organized into three main thematic sections, it presents a veritable "who is who" of the most eminent scholars in the field. It covers a wide range of topics that reflect the main areas of academic significance and contemporary relevance. As such, the tome is an indispensable treasure trove for animation theorists, students and academically inclined practitioners alike. Highly recommended. * Hannes Rall, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore *

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