Reviews by Smith


"French Film Theory and Criticism, 1907-39", by Richard Abel, Iris 6:2 (Fall), pp. 117-24.


"Screen/Play: Derrida and Film Theory", by Peter Brunette & David Wills, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 49 (Summer), pp. 268-9.


"Coming to Terms" by Seymour Chatman, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 50 (Summer), pp. 253-4.

Review of Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, 1992, Screen 33:4 (Winter), pp. 436-8.


"Image and Mind: Film, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science" by Gregory Currie, British Journal of Aesthetics 38:3 (July), pp. 325-7.

Reviews of Smith


Christie, Ian, Sight and Sound (November): p. 36.

Strauss, Ali, Film 4:5 (December): p. 24.


Belton, John, Choice 33:8 (April)

Pearce, Lynne, Screen 37 (Winter), pp. 415-18.


Buckland, Warren, "Traditions and Innovations in Film Theory" (Also on Richard Allen's Projecting Illusion), Quarterly Review of Film and Video 16:2, 207-219.

Gaut, Berys, The British Journal of Aesthetics 37:1 (January), pp. 96-7.

Hoyes, Kevin, Journal of Communication, 47 (Summer), pp. 130-2.

Smith, Jeff, Film Quarterly 50 (Summer), pp. 52-3.


Neill, Alex, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57:1 (Winter), 88-9.

Books by Murray Smith

Engaging Characters: Fiction, Emotion and The Cinema. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995)

The Introduction to Engaging Characters on-line

Film Theory and Philosophy: Aesthetics and the Analytical Tradition (edited with Richard Allen) (Oxford University Press, 1997).

Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (edited with Steve Neale) (Routledge, 1998).

Articles by Smith


"Film Noir, the Female Gothic and Deception" Wide Angle 10:1, pp. 62-75.


"The Young Ones, Inoculation, and Emesis", Television Studies 1:1 (March), pp. 57-77.


"Technological Determination, Aesthetic Resistance, or; A Cottage on Dartmoor: Goat-Gland Talkie or Masterpiece?" Wide Angle 12:3 (July), pp. 80-97.


"Character Engagement: Fiction, Emotion and the Cinema" Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Madison 441 pp.


"Cognition, Emotion and Cinematic Narrative" Post Script (Fall).


"Altered States: Character and Emotional Response in the Cinema" Cinema Journal 33:4 (Summer), pp. 34-56.

"The Influence of Socialist Realism on Soviet Montage: The End of St. Petersburg, Fragment of an Empire, and Arsenal" Journal of Ukrainian Studies 19:1 (Summer), pp. 45-65.


"Film Spectatorship and the Institution of Fiction" The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 53:2 (Spring), pp. 113-27.


"The Logic and Legacy of Brechtianism", in Post-Theory, pp. 130-148.


“The Battle of Algiers: Colonial Struggle and Collective Allegiance,” Iris 24 (Autumn), 105-24.

"Film Theory meets Analytic Philosophy; or, Film Studies and L'Affaire Sokal", Institute for Cognitive Studies in Film and Video Electronic Newsletter -- Special Edition, vol. 3 no.1, November 1997

"Imaging from the Inside", in Film Theory and Philosophy, 412-30.


"Modernism and the Avant-Gardes", in John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson (eds), The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (Oxford UP), 395-412.

"Regarding Film Spectatorship: A Reply to Richard Allen", Yhe Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56:1 (Winter), pp. 63-5. (A reply to Richard Allen, "Film Spectatorship: A Reply to Murray Smith", in the same issue, pp. 61-3.)

"Theses on the Philsophy of Hollywood History", in Neale & Smith (eds) Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, 3-20.


"(Dis)engaging Characters: A Resonse to Lynne Pearce's Review", Screen 40:3 (Autumn), 358-62; extended version on-line.

"Gangsters, Cannibals, Aesthetes, or Apparently Perverse Allegiances", in Carl Plantinga & Greg M.Smith (eds), Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (The Johns Hopkins University Press), 217-38.

"Homicide," (critical analysis of David Mamet's Homicide), in Pam Book and Steve Neale, eds., The Cinema Book New Edition (London: BFI, 1999).

“Superfiends, Surrealism and Sublation: on the dialectic of avant-garde and popular culture”, Film Studies: An International Review 1 (Spring), 14-31.

“Transnational Trainspotting’, in Jane Stokes and Anna Reading, eds., The Media in Britain (London: Macmillan), 219-27.


“Parallel Lines”, in Jim Hillier, ed., American Independent Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader (BFI, forthcoming 2001).

“Film and Aesthetics”, in Berys Gaut and Dominic Lopes, eds., The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (Routledge, forthcoming 2000).

“(A)moral Monstrosity”, in Michael Grant, ed., The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg (Flicks Books, forthcoming 2000).

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