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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 Flesh of Images
Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.
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.
Documents a volatile and productive moment in the development of film studies.
Considers the significance of female Chinese action stars in national and transnational contexts.
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.
Explores how the trope of racial passing continues to serve as a touchstone for gauging public beliefs and anxieties about race in this multiracial era.
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.
Buddhism and American Cinema
Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.
B Is for Bad Cinema
Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.
The Transatlantic Gaze
Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.
Hollywood's New Yorker
A fresh look at the director’s career.
Being, Time, Bios
A psychoanalytic theory of biopolitics.
Lost in Transition
Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.
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.
Ambitious and comprehensive history of the female detective in Hollywood film from 1929 to 2009.
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.
Examines the relationship of Spain’s 1960s tourist boom to Franco’s right-wing dictatorship.
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.
First collection of essays on cinematic motherhood.
Encourages a deep reading of a selection of essential Spanish films.
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.
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.
Traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace.
Feminist and psychoanalytic analysis of spectatorship.
Ecology and Popular Film
Ecocritical takes on popular film.
The Comedy of Philosophy
Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.
Religion without Belief
Shows there is a strong religious impulse in postmodern literature and film.
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.
Irish and African American Cinema
How these two cinemas portray complex and changing notions of national and racial identity.
The Real Gaze
Examines the gaze in Lacanian film theory.
Korean cinema as industry, art form, and cultural product.
The power and presence of dread in recent American cinema.
From Kung Fu to Hip Hop
Explores the revolutionary potential of Bruce Lee and hip hop culture in the context of antiglobalization struggles and transnational capitalism.
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.
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.
Theatres of Human Sacrifice
Provides insight into the ritual lures and effects of mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, risks, and purposes of violent display.
Interviews with prominent filmmakers, actors, and others on the art, craft, and business of moviemaking.
Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients
Looks at how therapy and the "talking cure" have been portrayed in the movies.
Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Jane Austen and Co.
Examines recent Austen remakes as well as other “post-heritage” films and television shows to show how the past is reshaped for a contemporary market.
The Godfather and American Culture
A comprehensive look at a classic work of popular fiction and its hold on the American imagination.
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.
Photography, Vision, and the Production of Modern Bodies
Examines photography and its contribution to changing notions of the body in modernity.
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 ...