This book contains some very good work, but also reflects problems that arise from our present culture of scholarship. It originates from a conference workshop to which scholars were invited to contribute papers on whatever aspect of telecinematic stylistics happened to interest them. As in many similar cases, the randomness is still evident in the final book. Its title may seem to promise a planned overview of all the main aspects of the topic. But a more accurate title would have been “Studies in Telecinematic Stylistics,” since what we are given is a miscellany of this and that. Christian Hoffmann's introduction assigns the papers to three main groups, but without conveying a sense of overall coherence.

Another aspect of the same scholarly culture is a scarcely veiled imperative to publish or perish—to publish as much and as fast as possible. This must partly explain why the editors have not...

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