Oxford is proud to present the most comprehensive collection on education films ever published.
LEARNING WITH THE LIGHTS OFF: Education Film in the United States is the first collection of essays to address the phenomenon of film's education uses in 20th-century America. Nontheatrical film in general and education films in particular represent an exciting new area of inquiry in media and cultural studies. This collection illuminates a vastly influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people around the world. The essays reveal significant insights into film's powerful role in 20th century American culture as a medium of instruction and guidance.
This book features an ambitious introductory overview of educational film practices that provides readers with a sense of how important a role film has played in producing knowledge in America, both inside the classroom and out. Easy essay analyzes in close detail some crucial aspect of educational film history, ranging from case studies of films and filmmakers, to analyses of genres, to broader historical assessments. Offering links to many of the films under discussion at the Internet Archive and a guide to educational film collections in archives and libraries, readers will be able to easily watch for themselves many of the films studied within the book's pages. LEARNING WITH THE LIGHTS OFF is both reader and classroom friendly, affording new insights and pathways for studying these illuminating films.
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