Stuart Hall (1932–2014) was one of the most prominent and influential scholars and public intellectuals of his generation. Hall appeared widely on British media, taught at the University of Birmingham and the Open University, was the founding editor of New Left Review, and served as the director of Birmingham's Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. He is the author of Familiar Stranger, Cultural Studies 1983, and Selected Political Writings, all also published by Duke University Press.
Paddy Whannel (1922–1980) was founder and head of the Education Department at the British Film Institute, Associate Professor of Film at Northwestern University, an an influential figure in the development of film studies in Britain and the United States.
Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at King's College London and the author of several books, including White: Essays on Race and Culture and Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society.
Introduction to 2018 Edition / Richard Dyer vii
Part I: Definitions
1. The Media and Society 19
2. Minority Art, Folk Art, and Popular Art 45
3. Popular Art and Mass Culture 66
Part II. Topics for Study
4. Popular Forms and Popular Artists 89
5. Violence on the Screen 110
6. The Avenging Angels 142
7. Falling in Love 164
8. Fantasy and Romance 196
9. Friends and Neighbours 225
10. The Young Audience 269
11. The Big Bazaar 313
Part III. Social Themes
12. The Institutions 341
13. Mass Society: Critics and Defenders 364