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Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries
Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries (January 2017)
A Mind's Odyssey
Joseph Natoli - Author

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

Uniting personal history with cultural history, Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries tells a story of a mind, a time, and a culture. The vehicle or medium of this excursion is an overview and sampling of the author’s work, and what is revealed are cautionary tales of a once-aspiring egalitarian democracy confronted with plutocracy’s gentrif...(Read More)
 
 
Rhetorical Healing
Rhetorical Healing (November 2016)
The Reeducation of Contemporary Black Womanhood
Tamika L. Carey - Author

Reveals the rhetorical strategies African American writers have used to promote Black women’s recovery and wellness through educational and entertainment genres and the conservative gender politics that are distributed when these efforts are sold for public consumption.

Since the Black women’s literary renaissance ended nearly three decades ago, a profitable and expansive market of self-help books, ...(Read More)
 
 
Regarding Life
Regarding Life (October 2016)
Animals and the Documentary Moving Image
Belinda Smaill - Author

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

As indicated by the success of such films as March of the Penguins and Food, Inc., the documentary has become the preeminent format for rendering animals and nature onscreen. In Regarding Life, Belinda Smaill brings together examples from a broad ar...(Read More)
 
 
Looking with Robert Gardner
Looking with Robert Gardner (September 2016)
Rebecca Meyers - Editor
William Rothman - Editor
Charles Warren - Editor

Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.
During his lifetime, Robert Gardner (1925–2014) was often pigeonholed as an ethnographic filmmaker, then criticized for failing to conform to the genre’s conventions—conventions he radically challenged. With the release of his groundbreaking film Dead Bi...(Read More)
 
 
Lessons Learned from Popular Culture
Lessons Learned from Popular Culture (August 2016)
Tim Delaney - Author
Tim Madigan - Author

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

As the “culture of the people,” popular culture provides a sense of identity that binds individuals to the greater society and unites the masses on ideals of acceptable forms of behavior. Lessons Learned from Popular Culture offers an informative and entertaining look at the social relevance of popular culture. Focusing ...(Read More)
 
 
Cinematic Cuts
Cinematic Cuts (July 2016)
Theorizing Film Endings
Sheila Kunkle - Editor

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

Editing has been called the language of cinema, and thus a film’s ending can be considered the final punctuation mark of this language, framing everything that came before and offering the key to both our interpretation and our enjoyment of a film. In Cinematic Cuts, scholars explore the philosophical, literary, an...(Read More)
 
 
Doing Time
Doing Time (June 2016)
Temporality, Hermeneutics, and Contemporary Cinema
Lee Carruthers - Author

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

Doing Time addresses two areas of interest in recent film study—film temporality and film philosophy—to propose an innovative theorization of cinematic time that sees it as a dynamic process of engagement, or something we do as viewers. This active relation to cinematic time, which discloses a film&r...(Read More)
 
 
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities (June 2016)
The Biopic and American National Identity
William H. Epstein - Editor
R. Barton Palmer - Editor

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

Biopics—films that chronicle the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history—have long been one of Hollywood’s most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. Invented Lives, Imagined Communities provides the f...(Read More)
 
 
Encounters with Godard
Encounters with Godard (June 2016)
Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics
James S. Williams - Author

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

Encounters with Godard takes the reader on a personal voyage into the sensory pleasures and polyphonic rhythms of Jean-Luc Godard’s multimedia work since the late 1970s, from his feature films and video essays to his published writings, art books, and media perfor...(Read More)
 
 
The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition
The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition (June 2016)
America Re-viewed, Still Skewed
Mary M. Dalton - Editor
Laura R. Linder - Editor

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.
This updated and expanded anthology offers an engaging overview of one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming: the sitcom. Through an analysis of formulaic conventions, the contributors address critical identities such as race, gender, and sexuality, and overarching structures such as class and family. Organized by decade, ...(Read More)
 
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