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A Silence from Hitchcock

Extensive meditations on silence in the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Distancing Representations in Transgender Film

Argues that transgender representations in film make it more difficult for cisgender people to understand the experiences of transgender people and for transgender people to fully participate in public life.

Life Above the Clouds

Edited by Steven DeLay
Subjects: Philosophy

The definitive philosophical exploration of the work of pioneering filmmaker Terrence Malick.

Reluctant Sleuths, True Detectives

Explores the figure of the detective as a pursuer of knowledge in four noir films.

Crossing Boundaries and Confounding Identity

Examines literary, historical, and cultural portrayals of Chinese women, across centuries and continents.

Ana M. López

Brings together Ana M. López's field-defining essays on Latin American film and media in one indispensable volume.

Cinema of Discontent

Uses popular films to reveal the tensions generated during Japan’s postwar "economic miracle," challenging the prevailing view that it was a story of great national success.

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.

Orienting Italy

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

Nietzsche in Hollywood

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

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.

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.

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.

Screening #MeToo

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

The White Indians of Mexican Cinema

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

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.

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.

Unholy Trinity

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Avant-Gardes in Crisis

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

Perpetual Movement

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

Curtains of Light

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

Premises and Problems

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

Seeing Symphonically

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

Mexico Unmanned

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

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.

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.

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.

Capitán Latinoamérica

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

Mind Reeling

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

Revealing/Reveiling Shanghai

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

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.

Funny How?

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

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.

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.

Sounds Like Helicopters

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

Brute Force

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

Cinematic Skepticism

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

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.

Tuitions and Intuitions

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

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage

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

Affectual Erasure

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

Found in Transition

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

Rule, Britannia!

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

Blood Circuits

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

The Projected Nation

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

Welcome to Fear City

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

Liminal Sovereignty

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

An Archive of the Catastrophe

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

Adapting Gender

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

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.

Immanent Frames

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

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.

A Dream of Hitchcock

Explores the director's repeated voyages into the dreamlike.

Are You Watching Closely?

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

Ripping England!

Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.

Affective Images

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

Hitchcock's Moral Gaze

Offers new and compelling perspectives on the deeply moral nature of Hitchcock’s films.

Movies and Midrash

Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.

Gestures of Love

Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.

John Huston as Adaptor

Argues that understanding Huston’s film adaptations of literary works is essential to understanding his oeuvre as a filmmaker.

Passionate Detachments

Investigates the cultural value of film violence.

American Stranger

Reconstructs how Ray became a “rebel auteur” in cinema culture.

Brechtian Cinemas

Explores the influence of Bertolt Brecht’s ideas on the practice and study of cinema.

Cinematic Cuts

Explores the philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic significance of film endings.

Seeing Like the Buddha

Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.

Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries

A story of self, braided to a story of American culture.

Regarding Life

Contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.

Doing Time

Proposes that cinematic time is not a fixed idea, but a dynamic exchange between film and viewer.

Encounters with Godard

A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film and ethics.

Invented Lives, Imagined Communities

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

Ghost Faces

Combines psychoanalysis, queer theory, masculinity studies, and cultural studies to explore contemporary manhood in film.

Libre Acceso

Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film.

Looking with Robert Gardner

Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.

Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

The Flesh of Images

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

A Very Old Machine

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.

The Spike Lee Brand

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

Despite All Adversities

Provides sophisticated theoretical approaches to Latin American cinema and sexual culture.

The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.

Binghamton Babylon

Documents a volatile and productive moment in the development of film studies.

Apropos of Nothing

Everything you wanted to know about the Lacanian critique of deconstruction, but were afraid to ask the Coen Brothers.

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors

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

Warrior Women

Considers the significance of female Chinese action stars in national and transnational contexts.