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Susan Courtney Wins Book Award

Split Screen Nation honored as Best Moving Image Book of 2018.

Professor Susan Courtney’s recent Oxford University Press book, Split Screen Nation: Moving Images of the American West and South, won the Best Moving Image Book Award from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. This is the UK’s most prestigious award for scholarly books in film, television, and new media. Courtney received the award at a ceremony held at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Catherine Wheatley (King’s College London), chair of the judging panel, described Courtney’s award-winning book as follows: “Split Screen Nation is a smart, highly original and very well-researched work, which offers a panoramic view of how various media forms including film have shaped the cultural imagination of America and its splitting into West and South. In a year of outstanding submissions, the judges were impressed by its theoretical scope, its political relevance and its ambition. It’s not easy to combine such breadth of vision with acute attention to the fine details of film texts: Courtney does a terrific job of both, deftly interweaving popular Hollywood with amateur film, home movies, educational films, newsreels, television and other production to produce a thought-provoking critique of the nation and its ideologies.”

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