Examines how philosophical concepts like free will, personal identity, and goodness are given an artistic life in films and television programs.
Explores how Black women have continually used sound to convey stories and forge community across generations.
A freewheeling, nonlinear exploration of the performing duo and their decade-long collaboration from 1946 to 1956.
Explores the question of whether heroes matter in the modern republic.
This entertaining and accessible guide shows readers how to turn danger into opportunity, even when dragons threaten.
Explores the “torture” of mannered behavior and the prevalence of etiquette as a theme in classical and contemporary Hollywood and European cinema.
How two roadside craft shops in upstate New York transformed American crafts into a fine art.
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.
The cultural history of one of rock's greatest masterpieces told through the eyes of its creator.
Tells the story of classic blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith.
A visual and narrative memoir of a lifetime's encounters with 112 trendsetters, musicians, politicians, writers, and ordinary people by a noted folklorist-photographer.
Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.
Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.
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.
A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.
Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.
Offers both a production history and a close analysis, with a chapter for each of the film's eleven shots.
Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.
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.
Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.
Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.
Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.
An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.
Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.
Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.
A collection of student essays that captures the passionate engagement their generation brings to the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.
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.
Considers the ways in which Alfred Hitchcock adapted and transformed a variety of literary works—novels, plays, and short stories—into film.
Innovative analysis of the relationship of gender to East Asian economic development.
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.
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.
Ecocritical takes on popular film.
Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.
Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.
Looks at contemporary sports talk radio and its relations to both traditional and newer forms of masculinity.
A revealing look at gender issues in contemporary sport.
The power and presence of dread in recent American cinema.
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.
Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.
An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.
A fascinating look at fans of a variety of popular culture phenomena in Japan.
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.
Looks at how therapy and the "talking cure" have been portrayed in the movies.
Explores issues of representation and rebellion in Mexican and Mexican American cinema.
Explores women's place in sport and exercise from a socioculture perspective.
Uses the Sydney Olympics as a prism through which to explore recent Olympic scandals, media coverage, reform efforts, and controversies.
Shows how our cultural misconceptions about the body distort its capacities and lead to personal and social ills.
A comprehensive look at film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.
Examines a wide variety of cultural and technological phenomena that have helped shape American popular culture over the last 150 years.
Contemplates the future of cinema in light of emerging digital technologies and new systems of distribution.
New essays by prominent film scholars address recent developments in American genre filmmaking.
Offers new perspectives on the work of a major filmmaker while making a significant contribution to the study of American cinema.
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.
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