John Caughie, Trevor Griffiths, María A. Vélez-Serna

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Cinema history has tended to be defined by metropolitan cultures and dominant nations. This introduction and the chapters that follow challenges that view. At a theoretical level, it engages with questions raised by what is now known as ‘new cinema history’ with its focus on issues of the social experience of cinema and its formative institutions. At the same time, it argues that a history of national representations is part of the social history of the experience of cinema At a methodological level, it addresses the challenges of historical digital humanities, of data gathering and of mapping early cinema. The introduction offers an overview of the particularities of early Scottish cinema, and suggests the importance for international cinema history of a more sophisticated understanding of cinema in small towns and small countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly Cinema in Scotland
EditorsJohn Caughie, Trevor Griffiths, María A. Vélez-Serna
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781474420365, 9781474420358
ISBN (Print)9781474420341, 9781474452236
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018


  • new cinema history
  • regulation
  • modernity


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