Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Scope has been edited by staff and students in the Department of Culture, Film and Media and the Institute for Screen Industries Research at the University of Nottingham since 1999. The journal is currently redesigning the Scope website to develop new ways to present screen-studies research to readers worldwide, so the most current issue available for review is Issue 26, from February 2014.
That issue contains seven articles (“No Country for Women and Children: Pastoral American and Meaningful Despair in Palindromes and Dancer in the Dark,” “The Fine Art of Commercial Freedom: British Music Videos and Film Culture,” “"Disappointingly Thin and Flaccid": Gender, Authorship and Authenticity in Shane Meadows' Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002),” ““We Ain’t Thinking About Tomorrow”: Narrative Immediacy and the Digital Period Aesthetic in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies,” “Melodrama as Vernacular Modernism in China: The Case of D. W. Griffith,” “Postmillennial Cinema and the Avenging Fatale in Sin City, Hard Candy and Descent,” and “Labor Relations, 16mm Film and Euston Films,” as well as a “dossier” (collection of essays focused on a theme) entitled, “Film Festival Pedagogy: Using the Film Festival in or as a Film Course.” The issue also holds 23 book reviews, seven film reviews, and seven conference reports.
The writing is crisp and professional, the studies are insightful and sometimes provocative, and each issue is chock full of interesting material. It’s to be hoped Scope gets its redesign and is back on virtual “newsstands” again soon – it’s a very good production.