The Age of New Waves, which has won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, presents an alternative vision of global modernity as a series of transnational film movements. The book examines the origins of the concept of the “new wave” in 1950s France and the proliferation of new waves in world cinema over the past three decades, breaking with standard film industry narratives to articulate the key role of youth and cities in the development of new wave cinemas. It is one of the few books in English that explores the concept of mise-en-scène in any detail and uses it as a link between the various cinematic new waves.
James Tweedie is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Cinema Studies at the University of Washington. His areas of interest include globalization, modernist cinema, and twentieth-century film history. He serves on the Simpson Center’s Executive Board.