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  • Mad Men Unzippedby Karen E. Dill-Shackleford; Cynthia Vinney; Jerri Lynn Hogg; Kristin Hopper-Losenicky

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 22.50

    This is the story of the Mad Men fan phenomenon: how the show and its fans distinguished themselves in a market where it?s hard to make an impression, not unlike the driven ad execs at the center of the show. In this book, four media psychologists who also just happen to be dedicated Mad Men fans explore how the show?s viewers make meaning from... more...

  • Wendy & Peter Pan (NHB Modern Plays)by Ella Hickson; J.M. Barrie

    Nick Hern Books 2015; US$ 14.57

    <p>Ella Hickson's version of J.M. Barrie's much-loved story puts the character of Wendy firmly centre stage, in an adaptation that is refreshingly modern but never loses the charm of the original.</p> <p>Winter 1908. Snow is falling across London. Wendy Darling and her brothers sleep peacefully in their bedroom, as their parents bicker... more...

  • The Maltese Falcon to Body of Liesby Robert von Hallberg

    University of New Mexico Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Examining twenty-eight great noir films from the earliest examples of the genre, including The Maltese Falcon , The Big Sleep , and Out of the Past , to such twenty-first-century spy films as The Good Shepherd , Syriana , and The Bourne Ultimatum , this study explores the representations of trust and commitment that noir and spy films propose. more...

  • The Shape of Spectatorshipby Scott Curtis

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern conceptions of spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows specialists across disciplines as they... more...

  • The Maciste Films of Italian Silent Cinemaby Jacqueline Reich

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Italian film star Bartolomeo Pagano's "Maciste" played a key role in his nation?s narratives of identity during World War I and after. Jacqueline Reich traces the racial, class, and national transformations undergone by this Italian strongman from African slave in Cabiria (1914), his first film, to bourgeois gentleman, to Alpine soldier of the Great... more...

  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universeby Chris Taylor

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 16.99

    In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and Jediism? has become a religion in its own right. Lucas?s creation has grown into far more than a cinematic... more...

  • The Poetic Enlightenmentby Rowan Boyson

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    The essays in this edited collection look at the role of poetry in the development of Enlightenment ideas. As scholarly disciplines began to emerge ? anthropology, linguistics, psychology ? the ancient art of poetry was invoked to create new ways of defining and expanding this philosophy of human science. more...

  • Studio Ghibliby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    The first English language book about Studio Ghibli, now updated to include The Wind Rises The animations of Japan?s Studio Ghibli are among the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash.... more...

  • Improper Namesby Marco Deseriis

    University of Minnesota Press 2015; Not Available

    Improper Names offers a genealogy and theory of the ?improper name,? which author Marco Deseriis defines as the adoption of the same pseudonym by organized collectives, affinity groups, and individual authors. Although such names are often invented to pursue a specific social or political agenda, they are soon appropriated for different and sometimes... more...

  • Syllabus of Errorsby Troy Jollimore

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 16.95

    . . . we are fixed to perpetrate the species?     I meant perpetuate? as if our duty? were coupled with our terror. As if beauty     itself were but a syllabus of errors. Troy Jollimore?s first collection of poems won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was hailed by the New York Times as "a snappy, entertaining book," and led... more...