Authorship in film has been a persistent theme in the field of cinema studies. This volume of new work revitalizes the question of authorship by connecting it to larger issues of identity - in film, in the marketplace, in society, in culture. Essays range from the auteur theory and Casablanca to Oscar Micheaux, from the American avant-garde to community video, all illuminating how "authorship" is a complex idea with far-reaching implications. This ambitious and wide-ranging book will be essential reading for anyone concerned with film studies and the concept of the author.
David Gerstner is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Cinema Studies at CUNY, College of Staten Island. Janet Staiger is William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication at the University of Texas, Austin, where she also directs the Center for Women's Studies. She is coauthor of the The Classical Hollywood Cinema (1985) and author of several books, most recently Perverse Spectators (2000) and Blockbuster TV (2001).