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The Republican Hero
Explores the question of whether heroes matter in the modern republic.
Explores the “torture” of mannered behavior and the prevalence of etiquette as a theme in classical and contemporary Hollywood and European cinema.
Tourists and Trade
How two roadside craft shops in upstate New York transformed American crafts into a fine art.
Ducktails, Drive-ins, and Broken Hearts
An unflinching look at the triumphs and tragedies of '50s rock and roll, from the biggest stars, like Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins, to those who barely grabbed the spotlight.
Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture
The cultural history of one of rock's greatest masterpieces told through the eyes of its creator.
Blues on Stage
Tells the story of classic blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith.
Ways of the Hand
A visual and narrative memoir of a lifetime's encounters with 112 trendsetters, musicians, politicians, writers, and ordinary people by a noted folklorist-photographer.
New York's Great Lost Ballparks
Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.
The Hard Sell of Paradise
Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Nietzsche in Hollywood
Argues that Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch was a central concern of filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s.
A deeply personal study of post-9/11 film that exposes how genre can frame the shifting meanings of the War on Terror and its impact on American law and culture.
Considers how Hollywood films since the 1960s have both reflected and shaped attitudes toward rape and sexual violence.
Was It Yesterday?
Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television.
Race and the Suburbs in American Film
Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.
Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity
A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.
Offers both a production history and a close analysis, with a chapter for each of the film's eleven shots.
Traces the giallo mystery/horror genre from its genesis in Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s to its contemporary place in the global cult-film canon.
Tastemakers and Tastemaking
Considers how and why taste persists in the analysis of Mexican film and television by looking at key figures and their impact on the curation of violence.
Age of Shōjo
Examines the role that Japanese girls’ magazine culture played during the twentieth century in the creation and use of the notion of shōjo, the cultural identity of adolescent Japanese girls.
Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.
Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.
Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes
Argues that Indigenous hip hop is the latest and newest assertion of Indigenous sovereignty throughout Indigenous North America.
Investigates the cultural value of film violence.
Gestures of Love
Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.
Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries
A story of self, braided to a story of American culture.
Combines psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film.
Lessons Learned from Popular Culture
Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.
The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition
Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.
The Sage Returns
An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.
Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors
Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.
Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.
B Is for Bad Cinema
Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.
A Wizard of Their Age
A collection of student essays that captures the passionate engagement their generation brings to the Harry Potter phenomenon.
How to Escape
Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.
The Transatlantic Gaze
Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.
A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.
Surveys the fifty-year career of the avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara.
Essays on the politics of everyday style.
Hitchcock at the Source
Considers the ways in which Alfred Hitchcock adapted and transformed a variety of literary works—novels, plays, and short stories—into film.
Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions
Innovative analysis of the relationship of gender to East Asian economic development.
Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination
An authoritative and comprehensive guide to cinema’s first true blockbuster.
A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.
In the Hamptons Too
Tales of the sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of one of America’s best-known summer colonies, as told by the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers, the area’s free weekly newspaper.
The first collection of essays devoted to the phenomenon of the film sequel.
Materially grounded analysis of contemporary film, literature, and music in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city. ”
Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.
Explores the arrested development of American culture.
Uncovers the queer nature of heterosexuality on film.
Ecology and Popular Film
Ecocritical takes on popular film.
The Oprah Affect
Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.
The Comedy of Philosophy
Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.
Locates the origins of the mass audience and the emergence of everyday moviegoing in the culture of cities.
Beer, Babes, and Balls
Looks at contemporary sports talk radio and its relations to both traditional and newer forms of masculinity.
Out of Play
A revealing look at gender issues in contemporary sport.
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture
Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.
Speaking the Lower Frequencies
Shows how using texts from popular culture in the classroom can help young people to become critical consumers of media without losing the pleasure they derive from it.
An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.
Fanning the Flames
A fascinating look at fans of a variety of popular culture phenomena in Japan.
Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish
Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.
Interviews with prominent filmmakers, actors, and others on the art, craft, and business of moviemaking.
Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients
Looks at how therapy and the "talking cure" have been portrayed in the movies.
Celluloid Nationalism and Other Melodramas
Explores issues of representation and rebellion in Mexican and Mexican American cinema.
Explores women's place in sport and exercise from a socioculture perspective.
The Best Olympics Ever?
Uses the Sydney Olympics as a prism through which to explore recent Olympic scandals, media coverage, reform efforts, and controversies.
Investigates a broad range of contemporary fiction, film, and architecture to address the role of history in postmodern cultural productions.
Spinster Tales and Womanly Possibilities
Looks at changing conceptions of spinsterhood in modern American culture.
Shakespeare in the Cinema
A comprehensive look at film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.
Addresses the important role of remakes in film culture, from early cinema to contemporary Hollywood.
Film Production Theory
Integrates contemporary film theory into the teaching of film production, presenting alternatives to the standard Hollywood model of filmmaking.
The Second Century of Cinema
Contemplates the future of cinema in light of emerging digital technologies and new systems of distribution.
Film Genre 2000
New essays by prominent film scholars address recent developments in American genre filmmaking.
The Return of the Repressed
Examines the psychological, cultural, and political implications of Gothic fiction, and helps to explain why horror writers and filmmakers have found such large and receptive audiences eager for the experience of being scared out of their wits.
The Cinema of Tony Richardson
Critically surveys the films of Tony Richardson, one of Britain’s most inventive directors of stage and screen.
The Films of Fred Zinnemann
Offers new perspectives on the work of a major filmmaker while making a significant contribution to the study of American cinema.
Popular Culture, Educational Discourse, and Mathematics
This groundbreaking book analyzes contemporary education discourse in the light of curriculum politics and popular culture, using sources ranging from academic scholarship to popular magazines, music ...
Popular Culture and Political Change in Modern America
This book is a collection of essays dealing with the ways in which specific popular entertainment media, mass consumer products, and popular movements affect politics and political culture in the United ...
The Remaking of Pittsburgh
What forces transformed a community in which industrial workers and other citizens exercised a real measure of power over their lives into a metropolis whose inhabitants were utterly dependent on Big ...