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Nietzsche in Hollywood

Argues that Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch was a central concern of filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s.

No Jurisdiction

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.

Screening #MeToo

Considers how Hollywood films since the 1960s have both reflected and shaped attitudes toward rape and sexual violence.

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.

Perpetual Movement

Offers both a production history and a close analysis, with a chapter for each of the film's eleven shots.

Was It Yesterday?

Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television.

Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity

A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.

Giallo!

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.

Age of Shojo

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.

Immanent Frames

Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.

Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes

Argues that Indigenous hip hop is the latest and newest assertion of Indigenous sovereignty throughout Indigenous North America.

Passionate Detachments

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.

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.

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors

Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.

The Sage Returns

An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.

Immigrant Protest

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.

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.

Shinohara Pops!

Surveys the fifty-year career of the avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara.

Fashion Talks

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.

Roman Candle

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.

Second Takes

The first collection of essays devoted to the phenomenon of the film sequel.

Paradigm City

Materially grounded analysis of contemporary film, literature, and music in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city. ”

Vampire God

By Mary Y. Hallab
Subjects: Literature

Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.

Perpetual Adolescence

Explores the arrested development of American culture.

Hetero

Uncovers the queer nature of heterosexuality on 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.

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.

Celluloid Nationalism and Other Melodramas

Explores issues of representation and rebellion in Mexican and Mexican American cinema.

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.

Athletic Intruders

Explores women's place in sport and exercise from a socioculture perspective.

The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle

Diverse perspectives on the “chronicle”as a literary genre and socio-cultural practice.

The Best Olympics Ever?

Uses the Sydney Olympics as a prism through which to explore recent Olympic scandals, media coverage, reform efforts, and controversies.

Shakespeare in the Cinema

A comprehensive look at film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

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 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 ...