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Introduction

The scholarly study of films is one of the fastest growing areas of research in academia. Different disciplines have appropriated film to their own distinctive questions and methods of study. Literary scholars construct readings of film "texts," while historians use films in courses on the history of wars, protest movements, or pioneer voyages. Sociologists and anthropologists view films as fruitful fields for the exploration of social and cultural issues concerning family structures, urban violence, teenage rebellion, sexual initiation rites, or religious taboos. Feminist scholars from many different disciplines study films to highlight their concerns with the representation of gender, sexuality, patriarchic power relations, and canon formation.