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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)
Out of Play
Out of Play (July 2007)
Critical Essays on Gender and Sport
Michael A. Messner - Author
Raewyn Connell - Foreword by

Winner CHOICE 2008 Outstanding Academic Title

A revealing look at gender issues in contemporary sport.

From beer ads in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to four-year-old boys and girls playing soccer; from male athletes’ sexual violence against women to homophobia and racism in sport, Out of Play analyzes connections between gender and...(Read More)
Apocalyptic Dread
Apocalyptic Dread (March 2007)
American Film at the Turn of the Millennium
Kirsten Moana Thompson - Author

The power and presence of dread in recent American cinema.

In Apocalyptic Dread, Kirsten Moana Thompson examines how fears and anxieties about the future are reflected in recent American cinema. Through close readings of such films as Cape Fear, Candyman, Dolores Claiborne, Se7en, Signs, and War of the Worlds, Thompson argues that a longstanding American apo...(Read More)

Rules of the Game
Rules of the Game (July 2006)
Quiz Shows and American Culture
Olaf Hoerschelmann - Author

Critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture from the 1930s to the present.

From The $64,000 Question and Twenty-One to Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, quiz shows have permeated American culture ever since their beginnings in early radio. In Rules of the Game, Olaf Hoerschelmann critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture, drawing on a larg...(Read More)

Roll Over Adorno
Roll Over Adorno (April 2006)
Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Audiovisual Media
Robert Miklitsch - Author

Moves from Beethoven to Buffy to examine the blurred nexus of elite and popular culture in the twenty-first century.

What happens when Theodor Adorno, the champion of high, classical artists such as Beethoven, comes into contact with the music of Chuck Berry, the de facto king of rock ’n’ roll? In a series of readings and meditations, Robert Miklitsch inv...(Read More)

Reading the Beatles
Reading the Beatles (February 2006)
Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four
Kenneth Womack - Editor
Todd F. Davis - Editor

Addresses the band’s resounding impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music.

Despite the enormous amount of writing devoted to the Beatles during the last few decades, the band’s abiding intellectual and cultural significance has received scant attention. Using various modes of literary, musicological, and cultural criticism, the essays in Reading...(Read More)
Scripting the Black Masculine Body
Scripting the Black Masculine Body (January 2006)
Identity, Discourse, and Racial Politics in Popular Media
Ronald L. Jackson II - Author

2007 Everett Lee Hunt Award presented by the Eastern Communication Association

Traces the origins of Black body politics in the United States and its contemporary manifestations in hip-hop music and film.

Scripting the Black Masculine Body traces the origins of Black body politics in the United States and its contemporary manifestations in popular cultural productions. From early black...(Read More)
The Sitcom Reader
The Sitcom Reader (October 2005)
America Viewed and Skewed
Mary M. Dalton - Editor
Laura R. Linder - Editor

Offers a variety of perspectives on the sitcom genre and its influence on American culture.

Despite the popularity of the sitcom, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming, The Sitcom Reader is the first book to offer critical essays devoted specifically to the form. The contributors address important topics in relation to sitcoms, such as conventions of the form, the family, gender,...(Read More)
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture (April 2005)
Elizabeth Klaver - Author

Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.

In this compelling interdisciplinary study, Elizabeth Klaver considers how autopsies are performed in a variety of contexts, from the "real" thing in hospitals and county morgues to various depictions in paintings, novels, plays, films, and television shows. Autops...(Read More)
Speaking the Lower Frequencies
Speaking the Lower Frequencies (April 2005)
Students and Media Literacy
Walter R. Jacobs - Author

Shows how using texts from popular culture in the classroom can help young people to become critical consumers of media without losing the pleasure they derive from it.

Speaking the Lower Frequencies
demonstrates how students can be critical consumers of media while retaining the pleasure they derive from it. In Walter R. Jacobs's classes on media and society, students use the instructor's experiences as a model for inv...(Read More)
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