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History & Criticism

  • French Cinema and the Great Warby Marcelline Block; Barry Nevin

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 84.99

    Even a century after its conclusion, the devastation of the Great War still echoes in the work of artists who try to make sense of the political, moral, ideological, and economic changes and challenges it spawned. This volume provides the first book-length study of World War I as it is featured in French cinema, from the silent era to contemporary... more...

  • The X-Men Filmsby Claudia Bucciferro

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 84.99

    This edited collection focuses on the X-Men film franchise, with essays that considers the movies as popular culture products. Chapters in this volume address various aspects featured in individual films or throughout the series. The essays discuss such topics as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, and a sense of ?otherness? that pervades... more...

  • Desires for Realityby Benjamin Halligan

    Berghahn Books 2016; US$ 95.00

    As with many aspects of European cultural life, film was galvanized and transformed by the revolutionary fervor of 1968. This groundbreaking study provides a full account of the era's cinematic crises, innovations, and provocations, as well as the social and aesthetic contexts in which they appeared. The author mounts a genuinely fresh analysis of... more...

  • West of Edenby Jean Stein

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 30.00 US$ 22.50

    An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classic  Edie Jean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol ?superstar? Edie Sedgwick, which was edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, she turns... more...

  • Economy, Emotion, and Ethics in Chinese Cinemaby David Leiwei Li

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The First and Second Comings of capitalism are conceptual shorthands used to capture the radical changes in global geopolitics from the Opium War to the end of the Cold War and beyond. Centring the role of capitalism in the Chinese everyday, the framework can be employed to comprehend contemporary Chinese culture in general and, as in this study,... more...

  • The Holy Fool in European Cinemaby Alina G. Birzache

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This monograph explores the way that the profile and the critical functions of the holy fool have developed in European cinema, allowing this traditional figure to capture the imagination of new generations in an age of religious pluralism and secularization. Alina Birzache traces the cultural origins of the figure of the holy fool across a variety... more...

  • Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Faberby Manny Farber; Robert Polito

    Library of America 2016; US$ 29.95

    Manny Farber (1917?2008) was a unique figure among American movie critics. Champion of what he called "termite art" (focused, often eccentric virtuosity as opposed to "white elephant" monumentality), master of a one-of-a-kind prose style whose jazz-like phrasing and incandescent twists and turns made every review an adventure, he has long been revered... more...

  • The Year's Work in the Oddball Archiveby Jonathan P. Eburne; Judith Roof

    Indiana University Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    The modern age is no stranger to the cabinet of curiosities, the freak show, or a drawer full of odds and ends. These collections of oddities engagingly work against the rationality and order of the conventional archive found in a university, a corporation, or a governmental holding. In form, methodology, and content, The Year?s Work in the Oddball... more...

  • Straight Girls and Queer Guysby Christopher Pullen

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2016; Not Available

    Exploring the archetypal representation of the straight girl with the queer guy in film and television culture from 1948 to the present day, Straight Girls and Queer Guys considers the process of the ‘hetero media gaze’ and the way it contextualizes sexual diversity and gender identity. Offering both an historical foundation and a rigorous... more...

  • British Cinema in Documentsby Sarah Street

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 41.95

    British Cinema in Documents presents an introduction to the key concerns and debates in British cinema through documents, ranging from official papers to fan magazines. Sarah Street shows how such documentary material can enrich our understanding of cinema's place in national culture and shed new light on defining moments in British cinema history.... more...