Cultural Studies

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Explores personal and professional issues in the study of race, gender, and culture.

Radical Relevance

Exemplifies the struggles of scholars to work toward a more shared agenda for social change.

Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English

Examines novels and short stories by Muslim authors who write in English.

Theatres of Human Sacrifice

Provides insight into the ritual lures and effects of mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, risks, and purposes of violent display.

Occasional Deconstructions

Argues that deconstruction is not a critical methodology or theory but that which makes any act of good reading possible.

From Motherhood to Mothering

Edited by Andrea O'Reilly
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Explores how Rich's work has influenced feminist scholarship on motherhood.

Julia Kristeva

A comprehensive examination of Kristeva's work from the seventies to the nineties.

Ethnography Unbound

Problematizes traditional ethnographic research methods, offering instead self-reflexive critical practices.


Examines this forceful emotion from philosophical, literary, and art historical perspectives.

Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film

Explores how filmmakers and screenwriters have used comedy and science fiction to extend the boundaries of the Frankenstein narrative.

The Teacher's Body

A rich and honest conversation about professors' lives and the absurdity of trying to separate the personal from the professional.

Strategies for Theory

Interdisciplinary essays on the role of high theory in politics and popular culture.

Performing Whiteness

Explores how whiteness is culturally constructed in American films.

High Culture

Addresses the place of addiction in modern art, literature, philosophy, and psychology, including its effects on the works of such thinkers and writers as Heidegger, Nietzsche, DeQuincey, Breton, and Burroughs.

Order and Agency in Modernity

Addresses the relationship between modernity and social theory by looking at the works of Parsons, Goffman, and Garfinkel.

Narrative after Deconstruction

Develops a rigorous theory of narrative as apost-deconstructive model for interpretation.

Rethinking the Frankfurt School

By exploring the work of the Frankfurt school today, this book helps to define the very field of cultural studies.

Diversity, Multiculturalism and Social Justice

An interdisciplinary reader exploring issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Emancipatory Movements in Composition

Examines liberatory learning practices in the contemporary composition classroom.

Disciplining English

Offers historical and present-day perspectives on what English departments do, and how and why they do it.

Beyond Dichotomies

Confronts the cultural challenges of globalization.


Shows how our cultural misconceptions about the body distort its capacities and lead to personal and social ills.

Incorporating Cultural Theory

Uses psychoanalysis to reconsider cultural studies with a focus on wholeness and integration.

Waste-Site Stories

Explorations in the aesthetics of waste and the material infrastructure of memory.

Signs of Struggle

Focuses on signifiers of cultural difference, such as sexuality, class, gender, and race, and how they are connected to theories of writing.

Between Ethics and Aesthetics

Rethinks the existing definitions of aesthetics and ethics and the relations between them.

The Institution of Literature

Leading voices in literary and cultural studies examine the study of literature at the college level, including the fate of theory, the rise of cultural studies, the academic “star” system, and the difficult job market.

Dead Ringers

Addresses the important role of remakes in film culture, from early cinema to contemporary Hollywood.

Between Witness and Testimony

Examines the ethical and pedagogical stakes of representing the Holocaust in books, films, and museum exhibits.

Reading Simulacra

Traces the ways in which our culture has increasingly become a culture of simulations, and offers strategies for discerning meaning in a world where the difference between what is real and what is simulated has collapsed.

Eating Their Words

Edited by Kristen Guest
Foreword by Maggie Kilgour
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Examines the figure of the cannibal as it relates to cultural identity in a wide range of literary and cultural texts.

Textual Traffic

Examines travel narratives as a genre.

Semiotics and Dis/ability

Examines the ways that the labels "disability" and "difference" are socially and culturally constructed.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls

Examines gender roles in contemporary foreign and Hollywood films amid changing social, political, cultural, and economic conditions.

The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson

A critical overview of the work of Fredric Jameson, with an emphasis on his notoriously difficult writing style.

Split Screen

Explores the historical evolution of Belgian cinema as well as its contemporary situation within the evolving contexts of global media and European unity.

Medical Progress and Social Reality

An anthology of nineteenth-century literature about medicine and medical issues.

Reading on the Edge

Examines the notion of exile and hybrid cultural identity in Proust, Joyce, and Baldwin, with implications for our understanding of modernism and the modernist canon.

Creativity and Beyond

Explores how historical, artistic, and technological developments and cross-cultural exchange have altered our conceptions of creativity.

Promising Language

Argues that Victorian legal, linguistic, and cultural attitudes toward promises--especially promises to marry--had a formative effect on novels of the period.

Star Trek and Sacred Ground

Offers a multidisciplinary examination of Star Trek, religion, and American culture.

Performing Pedagogy

Examines performance art and the powerful implications it holds for teaching in the schools.

The Perverse Gaze of Sympathy

Offers a new interpretation of “sympathy” as an instrument for investigating contemporary culture, gender, and visual technique.

Romanticism, Lyricism, and History

Argues against the persistent view of Romantic lyricism as inherently introspective by relating the poems of William Wordsworth, John Clare, and Charlotte Smith, as well as the letters and prose works of Dorothy Wordsworth, to their historical and literary contexts.

Writing Paris

Explores Paris as a desired and imagined place in Latin American postcolonial identity, uncovering the city's class, gender, political, and aesthetic resonances for Latin America


Takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from Christian saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to contemporary s/m practices.

Redirecting the Gaze

Examines the work and aspirations of women filmmakers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, as well as in marginalized communities within the United States, with particular attention to issues of gender, race, nation, and aesthetics.

Beclouded Visions

The trauma of Hiroshima and Nagasaki demonstrates the limits of dominant visual models, such as photography, for providing adequate historical memory. The author argues that collective traumas suggest the need for a prolonged gaze, such as can be provided by expressive art.

Solidarity and Difference

Transcends the dichotomy between modernism and postmodernism by arguing for an ethically based notion of solidarity tolerant of radical difference.

Modernity's Pretenses

Undermines modernity's authority through a cultural and historical examination of texts and thinkers from the Enlightenment to post-Stalinist Europe.

Cultural Diversity and the U.S. Media

Combining case studies and critical analysis, this book examines how the electronic and print media's representation of cultural groups such as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Chicanos contribute to the understanding

Passport to Hollywood

Examines popular films made in Hollywood by European directors, offering a fresh take on the much-debated issue of the "great divide" between modernism and mass culture.

The Gift of Touch

Traces Western ideas of corporeal bodies from Plato to contemporary feminist and postructuralist writings, with the purpose of reexamining the good, identified in Plato as that which gives authority to knowledge and truth.

Democratic Artworks

Focusing on the political movements of the 1950s and 1960s, this book argues that the arts can strengthen democracy by politically educating citizens.

Eating Culture

Edited by Ron Scapp & Brian Seitz
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Explores the relationship between eating and culture from a variety of perspectives, including anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, race studies, architecture, and AIDS discourse.

The Folklore of Consensus

Examines the Italian popular cinema's preoccupation with theatricality in the 1930s and early 1940s, arguing that theatricality was a form of politics--a politics of style.

The Transparency of Spectacle

Considers the ephemeral nature of the cinematic experience as we now apprehend it, and examines the ways in which technological advances in film and moving image production have changed this experience over the course of the last thirty-odd years.

From Hegel to Madonna

Moves from the discourses of dialectical negation to cultural-populist affirmation--that is, from Hegel to Madonna Studies--in order to envision a mode of critique that can persuasively describe and explain the cultural contradictions of late capitalism.

Subjects of Deceit

Explores the connection between epistemological and moral "lying," interspersing a phenomenology of deceit with a continuing dialogue between the phenomenologist and one of her students.

The Phantom of the Cinema

The first book to focus on the representation of character in film, encompassing the art cinema, popular movies, and documentaries.

The Exploding Eye

Explores the work of lesser-known American experimental filmmakers whose films, though well-received and influential, have been excluded from the dominant film canon.

Recreational Terror

Challenges the conventional wisdom that violent horror films can only degrade women and incite violence.

Cultural Democracy

Follows the work of a range of public intellectuals like Aronowitz, Giroux, hooks, Mouffe, and West, and argues for a 'radical democracy' capable of subverting traditional divisions of 'left' and'right. '

The Films of Jean-Luc Godard

A generously illustrated overview of, and introduction to, the entirety of Godard's work as a filmmaker and video artist.

Giovanni Rutini

Explores how Rutini’s experimental work in sonata-allegra formal procedures played a significant role in the history of music.

The Magic Mirror

Analyzes the theories of myth of Cassirer, Barthes, Eliade, and Hillman and offers an alternative original account of myth-making as an essential strand of cultural production.

Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life

Edited by Carmen Luke
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Investigates the invisible and/or taken-for-granted places where lessons on gender and identity are translated to girls and women.

Legal Studies as Cultural Studies

Edited by Jerry D. Leonard
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Essays by noted theorists such as Drucilla Cornell, Nancy Fraser, Peter Goodrich, and Gayatri Spivak provide a bridge between critical cultural studies in the humanities and the Critical Legal Studies movement demonstrating the transdisciplinary nature of both fields.