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Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception Paperback – July 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0814781395 ISBN-10: 081478139X Edition: First Printing

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Printing edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081478139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814781395
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"One of the best contemporary American film scholars over the past decade. Perverse Spectators points towards new directions which the study of cinema must consider in the coming years."

-Henry Jenkins,MIT

"A brief survey cannot do justice to Staiger's rich, rewarding work. The writing style is refreshingly lucid, even while she negotiates complicated ideas and diverse spectator positions."


"Janet Staiger tackles the most perplexing issues in film theory and aesthetics. She builds on her pioneering work in reception studies with applications of psychoanalytic theory and historical materialist analysis. Perverse Spectators will continue to shift critical interest toward that neglected factor in film studies—the audience—and toward the modes of address and reception that differentiate one set of spectators from another."

-Donald Crafton,University of Notre Dame

About the Author

Janet Staiger teaches cultural, gender, sexuality, and media studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her recent books are Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception and Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era (both available from NYU Press).

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