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Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture
Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture (April 2009)
Ghislaine McDayter - Author

2009 Elma Dangerfield Award, presented by the International Byron Society

Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture argues that Byron’s popularity, particularly among women, marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural industry. For nearly two hundred years, Roma...(Read More)
 
 
New York Sings
New York Sings (March 2009)
400 Years of the Empire State in Song
Jerry Silverman - Author

New York’s fascinating history as presented in song.

In New York Sings, musicologist and folklorist Jerry Silverman has compiled a remarkable collection of songs about the people, places, and events of New York’s 400-year history—from Henry Hudson’s Half Moon to Pete Seeger’s Clearwater, from Montauk to Niagara Falls, from the sidewalks of New York to the lumber ca...(Read More)
 
 
Imagined Families, Lived Families
Imagined Families, Lived Families (January 2009)
Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan
Akiko Hashimoto - Editor
John W. Traphagan - Editor

An interdisciplinary look at the dramatic changes in the contemporary Japanese family, including both empirical data and analyses of popular culture.

The Japanese family is at a crossroads of demographic change and altered cultural values. While the population of children has been shrinking and that of elders rising, attitudes about rights and responsibilities within the family have changed significantly. The rea...(Read More)
 
 
Ecology and Popular Film
Ecology and Popular Film (January 2009)
Cinema on the Edge
Robin L. Murray - Author
Joseph K. Heumann - Author

Ecocritical takes on popular film.

Ecology and Popular Film examines representations of nature in mainstream film while also looking at film itself as a form of nature writing. Considering a selection of mainstream movies that embrace a wide variety of environmental themes, from the Lumières’ Oil Wells of Baku (1896) to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Murra...(Read More)
 
 
Paradigm City
Paradigm City (January 2009)
Space, Culture, and Capitalism in Hong Kong
Janet Ng - Author

Materially grounded analysis of contemporary film, literature, and music in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city.”

Hong Kong is often cast in the role of the paradigmatic “global city,” epitomizing postmodernism and globalization, and representing a vision of a cosmopolitan global and capitalist future. In Paradigm City, Janet Ng takes us past the obses...(Read More)
 
 
The Oprah Affect
The Oprah Affect (October 2008)
Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club
Cecilia Konchar Farr - Editor
Jaime Harker - Editor

Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

The Oprah Affect explores the cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club, particularly in light of debates about the definition and purpose of literature in American culture. For the critics collected here, Oprah’s Book Club stands, in the context of American literary history, not as an egregious undermining of who we are and what...(Read More)
 
 
Now Playing
Now Playing (April 2008)
Early Moviegoing and the Regulation of Fun
Paul S. Moore - Author

2009 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize presented by the Canadian Communication Association

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

Using Toronto as a case study, and focusing on a period from the opening of the first theaters showcasing moving pictures in 1906 to the end of World War I, Now Playing locates the origin...(Read More)
 
 
Queer Youth Cultures
Queer Youth Cultures (March 2008)
Susan Driver - Editor

Essays explore the contemporary contexts, activism, and cultural productions of queer youth and their communities.

Engaging a wide range of cultural practices, including zine-making, drag performance, online chatting, music, gay porn, and organizing resistance, the essays in Susan Driver’s Queer Youth Cultures explore the creative, political, energetic, and artistic worlds of contemporary queer ...(Read More)

 
 
Beer, Babes, and Balls
Beer, Babes, and Balls (October 2007)
Masculinity and Sports Talk Radio
David Nylund - Author
Eric Anderson - Foreword by

Looks at contemporary sports talk radio and its relations to both traditional and newer forms of masculinity.

Beer, Babes, and Balls explores the increasingly popular genre of sports talk radio and how it relates to contemporary ideas of masculinity. Popular culture plays a significant role in fashioning identities, and sports talk radio both reflects and inspires cultural shifts in masculinity. Through anal...(Read More)
 
 
The Comedy of Philosophy
The Comedy of Philosophy (October 2007)
Sense and Nonsense in Early Cinematic Slapstick
Lisa Trahair - Author

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

The Comedy of Philosophy brings modern debates in continental philosophy to bear on the historical study of early cinematic comedy. Through the films of Mack Sennett, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and the Marx Brothers, Lisa Trahair investigates early cinema’s exploration of sens...(Read More)
 
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