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Film/Television Studies

This web site provides guidance and links to research tools in the areas of film and television studies. Most tools are openly accessible however, unless indicated, database use is restricted to current American University students, faculty, and staff.

Print resources for film/TV research

The links on the right are to research guides created to improve the film/TV researcher's effectiveness in using the AU Library. The bibliographies are all selective and a comprehensive search of the library catalog will be necessary to find everything on a subject. The books cited in the bibliographies are located in the Bender Library stacks. For current circulation status, check the library’s online catalog at

Hollywood Melodrama Bibliography

(compiled December 2009)


The following books are located in the Bender Library stacks. For current circulation status, check the library’s online catalog at



A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home. London: Wallflower, 2008. PN1995.9.F35 F36 2008.

Allen, Michael. Family Secrets: The Feature Films of D.W. Griffith. London: BFI Pub, 1999. PN1998.3.G76 .A55 1999.

American Film Institute. Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2006. PN1998.2 .A45 2006.

Bacher, Lutz. Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1996. PN1998.3.O64 B3 1996.

Barry, Iris. D.W. Griffith, American Film Master. New York: Garland, 1985. PN1998.A3 G72.

Baxter, John. King Vidor. New York: Monarch Press, 1976. PN1998.A3 V4823.

Bernardoni, James. George Cukor: A Critical Study and Filmography. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1985. PN1998.A3        C798.

Black American Cinema. AFI film readers. New York: Routledge, 1993. PN1995.9.N4 B45.

Boys Don't Cry?: Rethinking Narratives of Masculinity and Emotion in the U.S. New York: Columbia University Press,        2002. PS173.M36 B69 2002.

British Film Institute. Home Is Where the Heart Is: Studies in Melodrama and the Woman's Film. London: British Film        Institute, 1987. PN1995.9.M4.

———. Mediating Two Worlds: Cinematic Encounters in the Americas. London: BFI, 1993. PN1993.5.L3 M42 1993.

British Universities Film Council. Melodrama: Stage, Picture, Screen. London: British Film Institute, 1994. PN1912.

Byars, Jackie. All That Hollywood Allows: Re-Reading Gender in 1950s Melodrama. Gender & American culture.
       Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991. PN1995.9.S47 B9 1991.

Carey, Gary. Cukor & Co.; the Films of George Cukor and His Collaborators. New York: Museum of Modern Art;        distributed by New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Conn, 1971. PN1998.A3 C797.

Cavell, Stanley. Contesting Tears: The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman. Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1996. PN1995.9.W6 C38 1996.

Child, Abigail. This Is Called Moving: A Critical Poetics of Film. Modern and contemporary poetics. Tuscaloosa:
       University of Alabama Press, 2005. PN1995.9.E96 C42 2005.

Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars. Durham: Duke University Press, 1992. PN1995 .C537 1992.

Cook, Pam. Screening the Past: Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema. London: Routledge, 2005. PN1995.9.N67 C66        2005.

Denton, Clive. King Vidor. London: Tantivy Press, 1976. PN1998.A2.

Desilet, Gregory E. Our Faith in Evil: Melodrama and the Effects of Entertainment Violence. Jefferson, N.C:
       McFarland & Company, 2006. PN1995.9.V5 D47 2006.

Doane, Mary Ann. The Desire to Desire: The Woman's Film of the 1940s. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. PN1995.9.W6 D6.

Dumont, HerveĢ. Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2006.
       PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006.

Durgnat, Raymond. King Vidor, American. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. PN1998.A3 V4826.

Endless Night: Cinema and Psychoanalysis, Parallel Histories. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. PN1995.9.P783 E53 1999.

Film Genre Reader II. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995. PN1995 .F45792 1995.

Fischer, Lucy. Designing Women: Cinema, Art Deco, and the Female Form. Film and culture. New York: Columbia        University Press, 2003. PN1995.25 .F57 2003.

Garrett, Roberta. Postmodern Chick Flicks: The Return of the Woman's Film. 1st ed. Basingstoke, [England]:
       Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. PN1995.9.W6 G37 2007.

George Cukor: Interviews. Conversations with filmmakers series. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.        PN1998.3.C8 A5 2001.

Gorton, Kristyn. Theorising Desire: From Freud to Feminism to Film. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan,        2008. PN1995.9.D39 G67 2008.

Grodal, Torben Kragh. Embodied Visions: Evolution, Emotion, Culture, and Film. Oxford: Oxford University Press,        2009. PN1995 .G6886 2009.

Gunning, Tom. D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film: The Early Years at Biograph. Urbana:
       University of Illinois Press, 1991. PN1998.3.G76 G8 1991.

Imitation of Life. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991. PN1997.I4553 I45 1991.

Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama. Contemporary film and television series. Detroit:
       Wayne State University Press, 1991. PN1995.9.M45 I45.

Jacobs, Lea. The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.        PN1993.5.U6 J198 2008.

Jayamanne, Laleen. Toward Cinema and Its Double: Cross-Cultural Mimesis. Arts and politics of the everyday.        Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001. PN1993.5.A1 J37 2001.

Jesionowski, Joyce E. Thinking in Pictures: Dramatic Structure in D.W. Griffith's Biograph Films. Berkeley: University        of California Press, 1987. PN1998.3.G76 J4.

Kaplan, E. Ann. Motherhood and Representation: The Mother in Popular Culture and Melodrama. New York:
       Routledge, 1992. PS228.M66 K36 1992.

Klinger, Barbara. Melodrama and Meaning: History, Culture, and the Films of Douglas Sirk. Bloomington: Indiana        University Press, 1994. PN1998.3.S57 K55.

Kozloff, Sarah. Overhearing Film Dialogue. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 2000. PN1995.9.D49 K69        2000.

Kreidl, John. Nicholas Ray. Boston: Twayne, 1977. PN1998.A3 R347.

Kuhn, Annette. Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1982. PN1995.9.W6 K8        1982.

Lamster, Frederick. Souls Made Great Through Love and Adversity: The Film Work of Frank Borzage. Metuchen,        N.J: Scarecrow Press, 1981. PN1998.A3 B6135.

Lang, Robert. American Film Melodrama: Griffith, Vidor, Minnelli. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1989.        PN1995.9.M45 L36 1989.

Leibman, Nina C. Living Room Lectures: The Fifties Family in Film and Television. 1st ed. Texas film studies series.        Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995. PN1992.8.F33 L45 1995.

Letter from an Unknown Woman. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1986. PN1997.L4563 L49 1986.

Levy, Emanuel. George Cukor: Master of Elegance: Hollywood's Legendary Director and His Stars. 1st ed. New        York: Morrow, 1994. PN1998.3.C8 L48 1994.

Lyden, John. Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, Rituals. New York: New York University Press, 2003. PN1995.5 .L89        2003.

MacKinnon, Kenneth. Love, Tears and the Male Spectator. Madison [N.J.]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,        2002. PN1995.9.M46 M23 2002.

McHugh, Kathleen Anne. American Domesticity: From How-to Manual to Hollywood Melodrama. New York: Oxford        University Press, 1999. PN1995.9.W6 M38 1999.

Me Jane: Masculinity, Movies and Women. 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995.

Mercer, John. Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility. London: Wallflower, 2004. PN1995.9.M45 M47 2004.

Mulvey, Laura. Douglas Sirk. Edinburgh]: Edinburgh Film Festival '72 in association with The National Film Theatre        and John Player and Sons, 1972. PN1998.A3.

Naremore, James. The Films of Vincente Minnelli. Cambridge film classics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,        1993. PN1998.3.M56 N37 1993.

National Society of Film Critics. The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties,
       Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love
Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2008. PN1995 .N354        2008.

Palmer, R. Barton. Hollywood's Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar America. 1st ed. Austin: University of        Texas Press, 2009. PS3545.I5365 Z7995 2009.

Pearson, Roberta E. Eloquent Gestures: The Transformation of Performance Style in the Griffith Biograph Films.        Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. PN1995.75 .P43 1992.

Peucker, Brigitte. The Material Image: Art and the Real in Film. Cultural memory in the present. Stanford, Calif:        Stanford University Press, 2007. PN1995.25 .P46 2007.

Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies. Wisconsin studies in film. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.        PN1994 .P6565 1996.

Ray, Nicholas. I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.        PN1995.9.P7 R37 1993.

Schatz, Thomas. Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Film Making, and the Studio System. New York, N.Y: Random House,        1981. PN1993.5.U6 S32.

Screening Genders. Rutgers depth of field series. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2008. PN1995.9.S47        S37 2008.

Screening the Past: Film and the Representation of History. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1998. PN1995.2 .S38 1998.

Singer, Ben. Melodrama and Modernity: Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts. Film and culture. New York:        Columbia University Press, 2001. PN1995.9.M45 S56 2001.

Sirk, Douglas. Sirk on Sirk; Interviews with Jon Halliday. New York: Viking Press, 1972. PN1998.A3 S545.

Stern, Michael. Douglas Sirk. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1979. PN1998.A3 S54536.

Tasker, Yvonne. Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema. London: Routledge, 2005. PN1995.9.W6        T36 1998.

The Literature/Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2007. PN1997.85 .L516 2007.

Thomas Dixon, Jr. and the Birth of Modern America. Making the modern South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State
University Press, 2006. PS3507.I93.

Umland, Rebecca A. The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film: From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher KingsContributions to the study of popular culture no. 57. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1996. PN1995.9.A75  U44 1996.

Vidor, King. King Vidor on Film Making. New York: McKay, 1972. PN1998.A3 V48.

Wagenknecht, Edward. The Films of D. W. Griffith. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975. PN1998.A3 G785.

Walsh, Andrea S. Women's Film and Female Experience, 1940-1950. New York: Praeger, 1984. PN1995.9.W6 W3.

White, Patricia. UnInvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability. Theories of representation and        difference. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. PN1995.9.L48 W54 1999.

White, Susan M. The Cinema of Max Ophuls: Magisterial Vision and the Figure of Woman. New York: Columbia
University Press, 1995. PN1998.3.O64 W5 1995.

You Tarzan: Masculinity, Movies, and Men. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993. PN1995.9.M46 Y68.