Film Studies

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Warrior Women

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

Videofreex

How a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists exploited the new technology of portable video for creative and political purposes.

Bombay before Bollywood

Traces the development of Indian cinema from the 1920s to the mid-1990s, before "Bollywood" erupted onto the world stage.

Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground

A range of approaches to the director's life and work.

B Is for Bad Cinema

Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.

Buddhism and American Cinema

Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.

The Transatlantic Gaze

Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.

Lost in Transition

Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.

Native Recognition

Offers a new interpretation of the century-long relationship between the Western film genre and Native American filmmaking.

The Structures of Love

Reframes the terms of cultural analysis with a fresh take on transference theory in Freud and Lacan and a critical engagement with the philosophy of Alain Badiou.

Body as Evidence

Analyzes how race and gender intersect in the rhetoric and imagery of popular culture in the early twenty-first century

Hitchcock, Second Edition

An expanded edition of a classic work of film criticism, with a provocative and eloquent new chapter on Marnie, Hitchcock's most heartfelt--and most controversial--film.

Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

Queer Times, Queer Becomings

Queer theory essays on time and becoming in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, and performance.

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.

The Sadness of Antonioni

An American adventure in the Antonioni vein—visually rich and emotionally mysterious.

Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to cinema’s first true blockbuster.

Detecting Women

Ambitious and comprehensive history of the female detective in Hollywood film from 1929 to 2009.

Body Shots

Combining the analytical tools of cinema studies with insights from clinical practice focused on eating disorders, Body Shots offers a compelling case for widespread media literacy to combat the effects of the “eating disordered culture” represented in Hollywood productions and popular images of celebrity life.

Destination Dictatorship

Examines the relationship of Spain’s 1960s tourist boom to Franco’s right-wing dictatorship.

Second Takes

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

Cinema and the Shoah

Examines the variety of cinematic responses to the Holocaust as well as the Shoah’s impact on cinematic expression itself.

Motherhood Misconceived

First collection of essays on cinematic motherhood.

Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture

Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.

Burning Darkness

Encourages a deep reading of a selection of essential Spanish films.

Hetero

Uncovers the queer nature of heterosexuality on film.

Three Documentary Filmmakers

Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.

Digital Diaspora

Traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace.

The Comedy of Philosophy

Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.

Now Playing

Locates the origins of the mass audience and the emergence of everyday moviegoing in the culture of cities.

Exile Cinema

Offers a cross section of international fringe cinema.

Give and Go

A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.

Seoul Searching

Korean cinema as industry, art form, and cultural product.

Apocalyptic Dread

The power and presence of dread in recent American cinema.

The Death of Classical Cinema

A study of three classical filmmakers and the films they made at the cusp of the modernist movement in cinema.

Rebel Without a Cause

Assesses the layered meanings and persistent global legacy of an American film classic.

Cavell on Film

Stanley Cavell's most important writings on cinema, collected together for the first time in one volume.

The Violent Woman

Looks at how violent women characters disrupt cinematic narrative and challenge cultural ideals.

Doing Philosophy at the Movies

Explores philosophical ideas through an examination of popular film.

Memory's Orbit

Memoir meets cultural criticism in this examination of American popular culture at the end of the century.

Hitchcock's Bi-Textuality

Uses close readings of Hitchcock's films to combine an articulation of Lacan's theory of ethics with a discussion of recent theories of feminine subjectivity and queer textuality.

Seeing Films Politically

In this bold political rethinking of contemporary film theory, Zavarzadeh overturns the dominant concepts that fetishize film as a work of art or simple entertainment. He demonstrates how aesthetic notions ...