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The Sound of Vultures' Wings

Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.

Bob Dylan's New York

A walking tour and history of Bob Dylan's life and time in New York, from Greenwich Village to Woodstock.

A Philosophy of Music Education

A Philosophy of Music Education is considered the classic text on the relation of aesthetics to the practical teaching and performing of music.

Free Jazz

A new and accessible introduction to this exciting, controversial, and often misunderstood music, drawing on extensive research, close listening, and the author’s experience as a performer.

Woman-Centered Brazilian Cinema

Illuminates the complex factors that have helped or hindered creative work by and about women in the twenty-first-century Brazilian film industry.

Nietzsche in Hollywood

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

Honeymoon Couples and Jurassic Babies

Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.

Orienting Italy

Explores Italian filmmakers' representations of China and the Chinese, both at home and abroad.

Punk Rock

Shows how punk rock shaped modern culture around the world.

(White)Washing Our Sins Away

Analyzes how White American mainline Protestants used the internal musical controversies of the turn-of-the-millennium Worship Wars to negotiate their shifting position within the nation's diversifying religious and sociopolitical ecosystems.

Gilbert and Sullivan

By Kurt Gänzl
Subjects: Literature

Highlights the original cast members—both the well-known and the (until now) wholly unknown—who staged the duo's comic operas in Britain and in America.

Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future

Analyzes socially engaged art practices worldwide, linking them to decolonial struggle and critique.

The Holiday in His Eye

Presents an original, insightful, and compelling vision of the trajectory of Cavell's oeuvre, one that takes his kinship with Emerson as inextricably bound up with his ever-deepening thinking about movies.

The Tyranny of Common Sense

Elucidates how neoliberalism rules all areas of life and operates as a form of common sense, taking Mexico as a case study.

Whiteness at the End of the World

Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.

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.

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.

White Cottage, White House

Argues that Irish American masculinity functioned to negotiate, consolidate, and reinforce hegemonic whiteness in Hollywood cinema from 1930 to 1960.

The Cinematographer's Voice

A unique exploration of contemporary filmmaking from cinema’s ultimate insiders.

Action, Action, Action

Studies the force of action, motion, and vision in the early cinema of Hollywood director Raoul Walsh.

Hollywood Films in North Africa and the Middle East

Traces the circulation of Hollywood films in North Africa and the Middle East from the early twentieth century to the present.

Screening #MeToo

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

Writ on Water

A powerful and original statement on the nature of film and the intimate relation of “film imagination” to our lives as human beings in the world.

The White Indians of Mexican Cinema

Examines the filmic representation of Whiteness as Indigeneity and its role in mediating racial politics in Mexico.

Sharkey

The incredible, true story of the twentieth century's greatest performing sea lion and the man who trained him.

Mary Frank

Presents sculpture, painting, drawings, prints, and photographs from throughout the artist's illustrious career.

Ida Rubinstein

The critical biography of a dynamic and under-represented figure who produced and starred in some of the most innovative works of her day.

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.

The Coming Death

Explores questions of death and mortality in several key texts of East Asian literature and cinema.

Was It Yesterday?

Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television.

Curtains of Light

Provides a new way of thinking about film's relation to theatre.

Perpetual Movement

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

Alton's Paradox

Uses extensive archival research to explore the manifold contributions of foreign film workers to emerging film industries in Latin America from the 1930s to early 1940s.

Avant-Gardes in Crisis

Charts underexamined genealogies of minoritarian aesthetic responses to the multiple crises of the long 1970s.

Seeing Symphonically

Looks at how a group of aesthetically innovative independent films contested and imagined alternatives to urban planning in midcentury New York.

A Voyage with Hitchcock

Extensive meditations on the theme of the voyage in six Hitchcock films: Psycho, The 39 Steps, The Birds, Dial M for Murder, Rich and Strange, and Suspicion.

Luchino Visconti and the Alchemy of Adaptation

Examines the place of book-to-film adaptations by one of Italy's most famous postwar film directors.

Race and the Suburbs in American Film

Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.

Premises and Problems

Discusses world literature and cinema from the perspective of literary languages and film traditions that do not hold a hegemonic position.

Unholy Trinity

Examines representations of religion in Mexican film from the Golden Age to the early twenty-first century.

Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema

Sheds light on emergent Latin America cinema that addresses the politics of environmental destruction, the unevenness of climate change consequences, and new ways of visualizing the world beyond the human.

Encountering the Impossible

The first academic explanation for how spectators use their imaginations as part of the experience and appreciation of popular fantasy filmmaking.

The Godfather and Sicily

Offers a distinctive interpretation of The Godfather as a novel and film sequence.

Rock on Record

Rock on Record shows students how to listen to and enjoy the rich repertory of rock records made between the 1950s and 1980s.

The Musical, Second Edition

A complete introduction to musical theater from its roots in the eighteenth century through today, written by a master historian.

Mexico Unmanned

Demonstrates how transhistorical myths of masculinity are both perpetuated and challenged in recent Mexican cinema.

Creative Inquiry

Introduces both undergraduate students and general readers to the exploratory mindset and hands-on skills essential to the cultivation of creativity.

Digital Meets Handmade

Embraces the problems and solutions posed by the dynamic dance of digital technology with the traditions of craftsmanship and perceived value in jewelry.

Life after the Revolution

Shares the unique story of a Christmas tree farm in Poughkeepsie, New York, where, for over four decades, women artists boldly built a space where they could create community and art together.

Knowing It When You See It

Lively analysis of how Henry James's fiction anticipates later filmmakers' concerns with what we can see and what we can know.

Convenient Criticism

By Dan Chen
Subjects: Communication

Explains why and how local critical reporting can exist in China despite the kinds of media control that are the hallmarks of authoritarian rule.

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.

The Hebrew Orient

Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American 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.

Mind Reeling

Across a variety of genres, shows how mental disorders are depicted in cinema.

Capitán Latinoamérica

Analyzes contemporary superhero-themed cinema, television, and web series in Latin America.

Qorbanot

A dynamic dialogue of poetry and art that reimagines the ancient, biblical concept of sacrifice.

Kathy Goodell

Explores the through-lines in the artist's work across painting, drawing, and sculpture; examining a mystic language that loops between disciplines, coasts, and generations.

The Slapstick Camera

Demonstrates that slapstick film comedies display a canny and sometimes profound understanding of their medium.

Letters from Hollywood

Engaging essays on a wide spectrum of Hollywood directors and the films they created.

Funny How?

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery

A study of the significance of the visual arts in Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics in relation to the work of five artists not known or discussed by him.

Miraculous Realism

An authoritative study of this postsecular film movement from the French-Belgian border region that rose to prominence at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Improv for Democracy

Explores how improv-based teaching and training methods can bridge differences and promote the communication, leadership, and civil skills our world urgently needs.

Revealing/Reveiling Shanghai

Examines Shanghai both as a real city and an imaginary locale, from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives.

Jan Sawka

Shows how Sawka’s experience as a political refugee, and his working method, which emphasized imagery drawn from memory, resulted in powerful works that speak of and to the universal human condition.

Cinematic Skepticism

Drawing on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, argues that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film.

Word, Chant, and Song

An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.

Sounds Like Helicopters

Explores how modernist films use classical music in ways that restore the music’s original subversive energy.

The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939

Assesses how America's film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.

Forms of Disappointment

Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.

Brute Force

Considers how dangerous beasts in horror films illuminate the human-animal relationship.

Totally Dedicated

Catalog of the first museum exhibition of Leonard Contino, a Brooklyn-born, self-taught abstract artist whose tenacious exploration of pictorial space spanned a fifty-year career.

From El Dorado to Lost Horizons

Investigates how musicals, war films, sex comedies, and Westerns dealt with contentious issues during a time of change in Hollywood.

Rumble and Crash

Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.

The Majestic Nature of the North

The illustrated nineteenth-century travel diaries of artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back.

Tuitions and Intuitions

Makes the case that philosophy has an essential role to play in the serious study of film.

Paper Media

This book is published by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis, curated by Francesco Guzzetti, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage

Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.

Found in Transition

Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.

Liminal Sovereignty

Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.

The Projected Nation

Investigates how Argentine cinema has represented rural spaces and urban margins from the 1910s to the present.

Blood Circuits

Examines how recent Argentine horror films engage with the legacies of dictatorship and neoliberalism.

Affectual Erasure

Comprehensive examination of how Indigenous peoples have been represented in Argentine film.

The Hand of the Engraver

A rich intellectual encounter, revolving around the hands of the experimenter and those of the artist, highlighting the relation between the sciences and the arts.

Welcome to Fear City

Analyzes how location-shot crime films of the 1970s reflected and influenced understandings of urban crisis.

Rule, Britannia!

Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.

Just My Type

The images and essays in this book explore the nuances of Angela Dufresne’s conceptual as well as material approaches to portraiture.

An Archive of the Catastrophe

Comprehensive analysis of 220 hours of outtakes that impels us to reexamine our assumptions about a crucial Holocaust documentary.

In Celebration

Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer held at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz from February 9–July 14, 2019.

Adapting Gender

Demonstrates how film adaptations intersect with feminist discourse in neoliberal Mexico.

Hearts and Minds

By Nachman Shai
Subjects: Area Studies

Uses Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the second intifada (2000–2005) as a prime example of interactions between state security, diplomacy, and the media.

Rx Hollywood

How films of the 1960s and early 1970s framed therapeutic issues as problems of human communication, and individual psychological problems as social ones.

Immanent Frames

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

Queer Art Camp Superstar

The first book-length study of Trecartin’s artistic genealogy, evolving aesthetics, radical approach to digital and Internet culture, and impact on contemporary art, film, and media.

A Dream of Hitchcock

Explores the director's repeated voyages into the dreamlike.

The Trans List

Illustrated catalog accompanying the exhibition of the same name, featuring forty portraits that explore the range of experiences lived by Americans who identify as transgender and features a new interview with the artist.

Steven Holl

Examines Steven Holl’s intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models, related sketches and other studies created for nine recent projects.

Affective Images

Explores intervisual case studies in relation to migration, xenophobia, and gender.

Are You Watching Closely?

Identifies a new genre—misdirection films—and explains its appeal to contemporary producers and audiences.