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Reading Oprah
Reading Oprah (November 2004)
How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads
Cecilia Konchar Farr - Author

An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.

Oprah's Book Club sparked a revolution among readers by bringing serious contemporary novels to the attention of a wider audience. The Oprah's Book Club seal on a book led to instant fame and bestseller status for authors—but, how did Oprah change the way America reads and values books? Reading Oprah s...(Read More)
Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish
Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish (July 2004)
How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood
Jack Gottlieb - Author

Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.

“Gottlieb is a superbly equipped tune detector … No serious student of the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood can afford to bypass this landmark study.” — American Music

“Gottlieb’s writing style is amiable, anecdotal, and breezy, and his enthusiasm for his topic is contagio...(Read More)
Film Voices
Film Voices (June 2004)
Interviews from Post Script
Gerald Duchovnay - Editor

Interviews with prominent filmmakers, actors, and others on the art, craft, and business of moviemaking.

This collection of interviews brings together major Hollywood directors and actors, independent filmmakers, screenwriters, and others to discuss the art, craft, and business of making movies. Whether it be Clint Eastwood or Francis Ford Coppola, Vittorio Storaro or Dede Allen, these filmmakers detail how they striv...(Read More)
Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients
Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients (April 2004)
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Movies
Jerrold R. Brandell - Editor

Looks at how therapy and the "talking cure" have been portrayed in the movies.

Consisting of contributions from psychoanalysts and therapists, as well as authors in such fields as literature and cinema studies, Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients explores how therapy and therapists have been portrayed in the movies over the last seventy-five years. From the 1926 silent film Secrets of a Soul, to ...(Read More)
Bad (December 2003)
Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen
Murray Pomerance - Editor

Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Violence and corruption sell big, especially since the birth of action cinema, but even from cinema's earliest days, the public has been delighted to be stunned by screen representations of negativity in all its forms—evil, monstrosity, corruption, ugliness, villainy, ...(Read More)
Celluloid Nationalism and Other Melodramas
Celluloid Nationalism and Other Melodramas (July 2003)
From Post-Revolutionary Mexico to fin de siglo Mexamerica
Susan Dever - Author

Explores issues of representation and rebellion in Mexican and Mexican American cinema.

Celluloid Nationalism and Other Melodramas looks at representation and rebellion in times of national uncertainty. Moving from mid-century Mexican cinema to recent films staged in Los Angeles and Mexico City, Susan Dever analyzes melodrama's double function as a genre and as a sensibility, revealing coincidences between movi...(Read More)
Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film
Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film (July 2003)
Between Laughter and Horror
Caroline Joan S. Picart - Author

Explores how filmmakers and screenwriters have used comedy and science fiction to extend the boundaries of the Frankenstein narrative.

Focusing on films outside the horror genre, this book offers a unique account of the Frankenstein myth's popularity and endurance. Although the Frankenstein narrative has been a staple in horror films, it has also crossed over into other genres, particularly comedy and science fiction,...(Read More)
Strategies for Theory
Strategies for Theory (May 2003)
From Marx to Madonna
R. L. Rutsky - Editor
Bradley J. Macdonald - Editor

Interdisciplinary essays on the role of high theory in politics and popular culture.

Interdisciplinary in scope and often provocative in their choice of materials, the essays in this volume present new strategies for theorizing culture and politics. Not content simply to "apply" theory to political and cultural objects, they instead treat all three as complex, interconnected, and constantly evolving areas of...(Read More)
Performing Whiteness
Performing Whiteness (January 2003)
Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster - Author

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Explores how whiteness is culturally constructed in American films.

Performing Whiteness
crosses the boundaries of film study to explore images of the white body in relation to recent theoretical perspectives on whiteness. Drawing on such diverse critical methodologies as postcolonial studies, feminist film criticism, anthropology, and phenomenology,...(Read More)
Straight (January 2003)
Constructions of Heterosexuality in the Cinema
Wheeler Winston Dixon - Author

Explores the ways that stereotypes of heterosexuality are portrayed and constructed in film.

straight / 'strat (adj.) . . . without curves . . . correct . . . honest . . . not deviating from the normal . . . conventional . . . heterosexual

Practically all mainstream cinema is "straight," and has been since its inception. In Straight, Wheeler Winston Dixon explores how heteros...(Read More)
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