research essays / research tidbits

May 18, 2008 § Leave a comment

Observations on film art and FILM ART : In critical condition

David Bordwell, speaking of critical writing on the web:

If most critical essays have been akin to reviews, what about essays that lie closer to the other extreme, the academic one? I’d like to see more of what might be called “research essays.” If the critical essay of haut journalism tips toward reviewing while being more argument-driven, the research essay leans toward academic writing, while not shrinking from judgment, and even parading tastes.

Amen to that. Utopia: a web-based community of film scholars sharing ideas, tidbits, or more redacted thoughts, Bordwell’s “research essays”. My (oh so) humble contribution on how-to-get-there: the (still too few) research tidbits on this blog (check the “research notes” category below, or see here or here or here for examples).

But I’m not the only one

am I ?


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