Economics in Film and Fiction

Economics in Film and Fiction

It's in our personal lives. Now, this ground-breaking textbook supplement brings this reality to the classroom. The book uses both contemporary and classic film and literature to illustrate 33 fundamental concepts in introductory economics.

Author: Milica Z. Bookman

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 9781578869633

Category: Education

Page: 224

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Economics is everywhere. It's in business. It's in government. It's in our personal lives. Now, this ground-breaking textbook supplement brings this reality to the classroom. The book uses both contemporary and classic film and literature to illustrate 33 fundamental concepts in introductory economics. Designed for use in introductory economics courses, the clearly organized text brings both sides of the lectern closer together through real-life illustration of economic concepts in such favorites as Jaws, Legally Blonde, Casablanca, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, and The Da Vinci Code. Each economic topic is described and terms are defined. A plot synopsis of a film or book sets the stage for each discussion. Using a detailed scene description, the authors then show how the scene illustrates the concept under study. Classroom discussion and assignments are facilitated through a series of questions that probe deeper.
Categories: Education

The Representation of Economics in Cinema

The Representation of Economics in Cinema

This book offers a sweeping study of the representation of economics in cinema across a wide range of areas and genres, from the conflicts over resources in the lawless Old West to the post-scarcity societies of science fiction futures.

Author: Santiago Sanchez-Pages

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030801816

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

View: 439

Cinema articulates the economic anxieties of each generation of filmmakers and audiences. It has an influence on people’s views on various economic issues and many orders of magnitude larger than that of economics as a discipline. This book offers a sweeping study of the representation of economics in cinema across a wide range of areas and genres, from the conflicts over resources in the lawless Old West to the post-scarcity societies of science fiction futures. This book studies how films have portrayed trade unions, scarcity, money, businesses, innovators, migrant workers, working women, globalization, the stock market, and the automation of work. It aims to be useful to those who are interested in cinema with economic themes and to those who want to learn about economics through cinema.
Categories: Business & Economics

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction

The book focuses on the fiction that has emerged since the late 1970s, roughly since the start of the Thatcher era, and the resulting transformation of such key areas of literary practice as publishing, bookselling, book reviewing, and ...

Author: James F. English

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405152150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction offers an authoritative overview of contemporary British fiction in its social, political, and economic contexts. Focuses on the fiction that has emerged since the late 1970s, roughly since the start of the Thatcher era. Comprises original essays from major scholars. Topics range from the rise and fall of the postcolonial novel to controversies over the celebrity author. The emphasis is on the whole fiction scene, from bookstores and prizes to the changing economics of film adaptation. Enables students to read contemporary works of British fiction with a much clearer sense of where they fit within British cultural life.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to African Cinema

A Companion to African Cinema

This volume represents a new approach to African cinema criticism that once stressed the sociological and sociopolitical aspects of a film.

Author: Kenneth W. Harrow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119100317

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 112

An authoritative guide to African cinema with contributions from a team of experts on the topic A Companion to African Cinema offers an overview of critical approaches to African cinema. With contributions from an international panel of experts, the Companion approaches the topic through the lens of cultural studies, contemporary transformations in the world order, the rise of globalization, film production, distribution, and exhibition. This volume represents a new approach to African cinema criticism that once stressed the sociological and sociopolitical aspects of a film. The text explores a wide range of broad topics including: cinematic economics, video movies, life in cinematic urban Africa, reframing human rights, as well as more targeted topics such as the linguistic domestication of Indian films in the Hausa language and the importance of female African filmmakers and their successes in overcoming limitations caused by gender inequality. The book also highlights a comparative perspective of African videoscapes of Southern Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Côte d’Ivoire and explores the rise of Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers. This important resource: Puts the focus on critical analyses that take into account manifestations of the political changes brought by neocolonialism and the waning of the cold war Explores Examines the urgent questions raised by commercial video about globalization Addresses issues such as funding, the acquisition of adequate production technologies and apparatuses, and the development of adequately trained actors Written for film students and scholars, A Companion to African Cinema offers a look at new critical approaches to African cinema.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Economics of the Audiovisual Industry Financing TV Film and Web

The Economics of the Audiovisual Industry  Financing TV  Film and Web

This book is open access under a CC BY licence.

Author: Mario La Torre

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137378477

Category: Art

Page: 191

View: 787

This book is open access under a CC BY licence. Recent reductions in public funding for audiovisual products have led to dramatic changes in the industry. The lack of interaction between the industry and capital markets has made sourcing funds for audiovisual products especially difficult. This book explains why the distance between the audiovisual and financial markets exists, and considers the perspective of both audiovisual companies and financial intermediaries. Providing a thorough overview of the audiovisual industry in three major categories (television, cinema and web), it analyses the financing behind each. The author adapts the traditional assessment methods to include exploitation rights, distribution deals and risk determinants ; he also proposes a pricing model for the audiovisual products demonstrating that prices and values in a industry of prototype goods do not depend solely on cost and revenue. The book also includes a methodology for analysing the economics of the sector, the different sales agreements between broadcasters and the distribution deals between distributors and independent producers. Finally, a description of the main financial products for private finance is provided, as well as an explanation of how public funds can act as leverage to catalyze private resources through the use of guarantee funds. In The Economics of the Audiovisual Industry the author suggests that rather than relying on subsidized public support, the audiovisual industry should foster private-public partnerships and market dynamics to promote an alternative funding model based on a profitable and long-lasting connection between the audiovisual and financial markets. The valuation model, both for products and firms, proposed in this book are at the basis of this new approach.
Categories: Art

The Great Recession in Fiction Film and Television

The Great Recession in Fiction  Film  and Television

The belief that neoclassical economics is physics, physics is mathematics, and mathematics is reality itself, pervades the film Knowing.

Author: Kirk Boyle

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739180648

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 294

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The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-first-Century Bust Culture examines pop artifacts not typically included in discussions of the financial meltdown; the collected essays treat our busted culture as a seismograph that registers the traumas of collapse. In accessible, intellectually rigorous prose, each essay locates their subject – from disaster films to graphic novels – along a spectrum of ideological fantasies, social erasures, and profound anxieties inspired by the Great Recession.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Contemporary Film and Economics

Contemporary Film and Economics

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D., is an economist, public policy analyst, film critic, ... six novels, an unproduced feature-length screenplay, and more than 100 ...

Author: Samuel R. Staley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351258180

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 98

View: 736

What does the movie Lion tell us about why some societies grow rich and others remain poor? What can the global box office juggernaut, Jurassic World tell us about entrepreneurs and the ethics of business? Can the movie Passengers give us insight into human motivation and decision making? This book surveys more than 40 movies to answer these questions and much more. Movies do more than entertain. They project important insights, often unintentional, into the way the world works and the values society cares about. Indeed, their stories are often grounded in the real-world experiences of everyday people. As part of this, movies also provide a window into understanding and evaluating economic behavior. Economics is, after all, the study of how scarce resources like labor, capital, and technology are used to improve (or reduce) our welfare. It also helps us to more fully understand the consequences in our lives that result from those choices and decisions. Through exploring a wide range of films from Passengers to Victoria and Abdul, this book delves into economic concepts such as opportunity costs, profit maximization, greed, business ethics, monopoly, economic growth, and entrepreneurship. Contemporary Film and Economics is a must read for anyone interested in how movies project and interpret economic ideas, craft popular narratives for how economies operate, and explore motivations for economic behavior. Economists will find it useful in starting discussions on key concepts, while filmmakers will find the discussions of economic concepts a provocative way of thinking about how to craft engaging stories that are grounded in practical experience.
Categories: Business & Economics

Do They Take Credit Cards in Heaven

Do They Take Credit Cards in Heaven

Do They Take Credit Cards in Heaven? is a free-spirited investigation of the hereafter that bridges these two issues.

Author: Milica Bookman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1475155700

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 700

Economists claim that economics is everywhere. It's in work, marriage, sports, and crime. If economics permeates all aspects of our lives, does it also show up in the afterlife? To answer this question, Bookman explores views of life after death, across cultures and throughout history. She boldly identifies economic concepts and principles in mythology, art, literature, religion and popular culture that help answer questions such as: Do the dead have jobs? What's the price of admission to the hereafter? Is there an energy crisis in hell? Can the dead outsource their sins? Eighty percent of Americans believe in some form of afterlife and an even larger number say the economy is their largest concern. Do They Take Credit Cards in Heaven? is a free-spirited investigation of the hereafter that bridges these two issues. At times humorous, occasionally controversial, and consistently thought-provoking, this clever and informative book adds a new dimension to our understanding of both economics and the afterlife.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Economics of the Audiovisual Industry Financing TV Film and Web

The Economics of the Audiovisual Industry  Financing TV  Film and Web

When considering the typology ofa productinrelation tothe costs and their significance, the most visible differences emerge between fiction and nonfiction.

Author: Mario La Torre

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137378477

Category: Art

Page: 191

View: 342

This book is open access under a CC BY licence. Recent reductions in public funding for audiovisual products have led to dramatic changes in the industry. The lack of interaction between the industry and capital markets has made sourcing funds for audiovisual products especially difficult. This book explains why the distance between the audiovisual and financial markets exists, and considers the perspective of both audiovisual companies and financial intermediaries. Providing a thorough overview of the audiovisual industry in three major categories (television, cinema and web), it analyses the financing behind each. The author adapts the traditional assessment methods to include exploitation rights, distribution deals and risk determinants ; he also proposes a pricing model for the audiovisual products demonstrating that prices and values in a industry of prototype goods do not depend solely on cost and revenue. The book also includes a methodology for analysing the economics of the sector, the different sales agreements between broadcasters and the distribution deals between distributors and independent producers. Finally, a description of the main financial products for private finance is provided, as well as an explanation of how public funds can act as leverage to catalyze private resources through the use of guarantee funds. In The Economics of the Audiovisual Industry the author suggests that rather than relying on subsidized public support, the audiovisual industry should foster private-public partnerships and market dynamics to promote an alternative funding model based on a profitable and long-lasting connection between the audiovisual and financial markets. The valuation model, both for products and firms, proposed in this book are at the basis of this new approach.
Categories: Art

Just Postmodernism

Just Postmodernism

The essays collected here represent the latest thinking on postmodernism in a number of key areas: economics, law, postcolonialism, literature, feminism, film, philosophy.

Author: Steven Earnshaw

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042002336

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 398

The essays collected here represent the latest thinking on postmodernism in a number of key areas: economics, law, postcolonialism, literature, feminism, film, philosophy. One of the issues common to the volume is the desire to cast postmodernism in a predominantly ethical ('just') light, and the opportunities and obstacles postmodernism might place in the path of the description of, and search for, justice. The collection highlights the most recent trends in postmodern thinking, the turn away from postmodernism as mere discourse and language games to a more politically and socially engaged forum. The book will be of interest to all students of contemporary cultural, social and critical thought.
Categories: Social Science

Digital Shutdowns and Social Media

Digital Shutdowns and Social Media

Spatiality, Political Economy and Internet Shutdowns in India Shekh Moinuddin ... a continued analysis of political economy through films and fiction.

Author: Shekh Moinuddin

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030678883

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

View: 793

This book offers a spatial insights on the social mediasphere in the context of digital shutdowns and reflects the dimensions of political economy and of social media in general. Internet shutdowns have been found to be more prevalent in developing countries than in developed countries, with India leading in Internet shutdowns in the world. Internet shutdowns have occurred in India for several reasons, mainly to hinder the spreading of information through social media – this is discussed in detail along with political motives behind this and how this can conflict with government policies, such as the flagship program “Digital India” which is ostensibly meant to improve the infrastructure and expansion of digital information throughout the country. This book suggests new dimensions in the digital spatiality. Furthermore, the digital space is defined and discussed, including its role and how this might be reflected in concepts around spatiality and spaces. More concretely, the book considers the following questions: How is social media reflected in spatial sciences? How does the space differ from more tangible spaces, such as the hydrosphere or atmosphere? How do (computer/mobile phone) screens behave as a space/place in the context of behavioural sciences? How is this reflected in what is shaping and reshaping the spatiality of digital gadgets? Do digital gadgets change the socialization process that’s often considered a path towards how we develop in society? How do internet shutdowns affect the political economy and what patterns can be seen in how individuals, companies and the internet industry in particular react to these shutdowns in India?
Categories: Political Science

A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen

A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen

Written by a team of experts in their fields, this work considers productions that discuss social settings as reflections of their times and as indicative of the technical advances in production and the economics of film and television.

Author: Arthur J. Pomeroy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118741443

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 568

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A comprehensive treatment of the Classical World in film and television, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen closely examines the films and TV shows centered on Greek and Roman cultures and explores the tension between pagan and Christian worlds. Written by a team of experts in their fields, this work considers productions that discuss social settings as reflections of their times and as indicative of the technical advances in production and the economics of film and television. Productions included are a mix of Hollywood and European spanning from the silent film era though modern day television series, and topics discussed include Hollywood politics in film, soundtrack and sound design, high art and low art, European art cinemas, and the ancient world as comedy. Written for students of film and television as well as those interested in studies of ancient Rome and Greece, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen provides comprehensive, current thinking on how the depiction of Ancient Greece and Rome on screen has developed over the past century. It reviews how films of the ancient world mirrored shifting attitudes towards Christianity, the impact of changing techniques in film production, and fascinating explorations of science fiction and technical fantasy in the ancient world on popular TV shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Who.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Television

American Television

This work brings together writings on television published in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, from essays by Nick Browne and Beverle Houston to the latest historical and critical research.

Author: Nick Browne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135020224

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

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This work brings together writings on television published in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, from essays by Nick Browne and Beverle Houston to the latest historical and critical research. It considers television's economics, technologies, forms and audiences from a cultural perspective that links history, theory and criticism. The authors address several key issues: the formative period in American television history; the relation between television's political economy and its cultural forms; gender and melodrama; and new technologies such as video games and camcorders. Originally published in 1993.
Categories: Social Science

An Economic History of Film

An Economic History of Film

Sedgwick (2000: 23–38) gives a more formal economic analysis of film consumer risk than is presented here. Allen locates the shift toward fiction films in ...

Author: Michael Pokorny

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134344307

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 565

The movie industry boomed in the twentieth century, and is still going strong today. However, the economics of movies has been curiously under explored until now. Innovative and informative, this accessible book, which includes contributions from some of the leading experts in the area, is a huge step forward in our understanding of this important topic.
Categories: Business & Economics

Science Fiction and the Dismal Science

Science Fiction and the Dismal Science

Essays on Economics in and of the Genre Gary Westfahl,, Gregory Benford. Snowpiercer. SnowPiercer/Moho Film, 2013. Sorry to Bother You. Cinereach, 2018.

Author: Gary Westfahl,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476637563

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

View: 784

Despite the growing importance of economics in our lives, literary scholars have long been reluctant to consider economic issues as they examine key texts. This volume seeks to fill one of these conspicuous gaps in the critical literature by focusing on various connections between science fiction and economics, with some attention to related fields such as politics and government. Its seventeen contributors include five award-winning scholars, five science fiction writers, and a widely published economist. Three topics are covered: what noted science fiction writers like Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, and Kim Stanley Robinson have had to say about our economic and political future; how the competitive and ever-changing publishing marketplace has affected the growth and development of science fiction from the nineteenth century to today; and how the scholars who examine science fiction have themselves been influenced by the economics of academia. Although the essays focus primarily on American science fiction, the traditions of Russian and Chinese science fiction are also examined. A comprehensive bibliography of works related to science fiction and economics will assist other readers and critics who are interested in this subject.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Handbook on the Economics of the Media

Handbook on the Economics of the Media

Anderson, J.E. (2011) 'The Gravity Model', Annual Review of Economics, 3, ... in Movies and Television Fiction', Journal of Media Economics, 5 (1), 31–38.

Author: Robert G Picard

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9780857938893

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 940

Media industries and services present a complex set of challenges to economic analysis: challenges made more difficult by the technological changes that have been transforming the media sector. Research on the economics of media has made major advances
Categories: Business & Economics

A Companion to Literature Film and Adaptation

A Companion to Literature  Film  and Adaptation

This is a comprehensive collection of original essays that explore the aesthetics, economics, and mechanics of movie adaptation, from the days of silent cinema to contemporary franchise phenomena.

Author: Deborah Cartmell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118312049

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

View: 702

This is a comprehensive collection of original essays that explorethe aesthetics, economics, and mechanics of movie adaptation, fromthe days of silent cinema to contemporary franchise phenomena.Featuring a range of theoretical approaches, and chapters on thehistorical, ideological and economic aspects of adaptation, thevolume reflects today’s acceptance of intertextuality as avital and progressive cultural force. Incorporates new research in adaptation studies Features a chapter on the Harry Potter franchise, as well asother contemporary perspectives Showcases work by leading Shakespeare adaptation scholars Explores fascinating topics such as ‘unfilmable’texts Includes detailed considerations of Ian McEwan’sAtonement and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
Categories: Literary Criticism

Vector Future Economics

Vector  Future Economics

The film is also a microcosm of emerging class consciousness. ... AS A FILMSCHOLAR, HE HAS SPECIALIZED IN SCIENCE FICTION, AND HAS PRESENTED MANY PAPERS ON ...

Author: BSFA

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780244428341

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The Victorian Novel Service Work and the Nineteenth Century Economy

The Victorian Novel  Service Work  and the Nineteenth Century Economy

This book offers a much-needed study of the Victorian novel's role in representing and shaping the service sector's emergence.

Author: Joshua Gooch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137525512

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

View: 531

This book offers a much-needed study of the Victorian novel's role in representing and shaping the service sector's emergence. Arguing that prior accounts of the novel's relation to the rise of finance have missed the emergence of a wider service sector, it traces the effects of service work's many forms and class positions in the Victorian novel.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Historian and Film

The Historian and Film

When and why certain kinds of film were made and what were the technical and economic bases for their production at that moment of the twentieth century in ...

Author: Paul Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521209927

Category: History

Page: 208

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Film is increasingly engaging the attention of students of history at all levels. In its manifold forms from the newsreel to the 'feature', it is a major source of evidence for, and an important influence upon, contemporary history, and a vivid means of bringing the recent past to life. For earlier periods, it provides a medium in which the often widely dispersed visual evidences of the past can be brought together for the student. It offers the historian a new form in which to interpret and present his subject, and, as television has shown, it is by far the most important vehicle for the presentation of history to mass audiences. The analysis of its content and impact and the exploration of its uses are especially fitted to bring history into an interdisciplinary relationship with other fields, from sociology to the visual arts.
Categories: History