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Algeria on Screen:

Society, Politics, and Culture in the Films of Merzak Allouache
Nabil Boudraa
ISBN: 9781621965008

Reveals how Allouache broke away from state-run cinema to create an original style. This book offers contextual background and insightful perspectives to illustrate the complexity that characterizes Algeria. Read More..

Zhang Yimou:

Globalization and the Subject of Culture
Wendy Larson
ISBN: 9781604979756

"Larson's detailed, concrete, and brilliant close readings of the nine films also serve as a rich and useful pedagogical resource for a Chinese film course or a Chinese culture course." —Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien:

Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion
Christopher Lupke
ISBN: 9781604979138

“In plain, jargon-free language replete with astute insights garnered from decades of scholarly engagement with the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Taiwanese cinematic and literary culture, Lupke sets out to lift the veil of the technical finesse and structural ambiguity that enshrouds much of Hou’s oeuvre and frequently frustrates film spectators. ... Lupke succeeds brilliantly. ... an abundance of insights and a wealth of information.” –MCLC Read More..

Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English-Language Cinema and Television

Timothy K. Conley
ISBN: 9781604979145

This book is unique in its scope (over one hundred and fifty productions from the 1920s to 2013) and in its inclusion of leading reviews of many films, references to cultural and historical studies of Vienna, and references to modern and contemporary Austrian fiction. Read More..

The Middle Ages in Popular Culture:

Medievalism and Genre
Helen Young
ISBN: 9781604978971

"Helen Young is indefatigable. She has published, almost simultaneously, two excellent complementary edited collections of essays that discuss many of the subfields of medievalism. The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre offers nine essays that engage what Young calls ‘the multiple Middle Ages’ (1). ... the uniformly excellent essays in this volume make a very strong case for the multiplicity of Middle Ages that Young’s introduction postulates." —Arthuriana Read More..

Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms:

From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones
Helen Young
ISBN: 9781604978964

"An excellent collection ... As with her other collection of essays, Young here offers much to our continuing discussion of medievalism in its many forms and iterations, and for that we are deeply in her debt." —Arthuriana Read More..

Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity:

The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media
Andrea Wood and Brandy Schillace
ISBN: 9781604978803

Much has been written about gender and the monstrous, but sustained engagement with textual manifestations of cultural and unconscious fears and anxieties about “unnatural” reproduction has been limited. This book expands the current discourse and analyzes how fears about unnatural reproduction and monstrous offspring—and their frequent connections to the feminine—have proliferated and propagated across the very texts which are repetitively created and consumed. Read More..

The Films of Ousmane Sembène:

Discourse, Politics, and Culture
Amadou Fofana
ISBN: 9781604978315

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer whom the Los Angeles Times considered one of the greatest authors of Africa. Often called the "father of African film," Sembène strongly believed that African films should be geared primarily toward educating the masses. This study examines the artistry of Sembène’s films and interprets the meaning conveyed by images through their placement and function within the films. It also contributes new insights into Sembène’s interpretations of cultural practices and the meanings he ascribes to social behaviors. Read More..

Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation

Abigail Burnham Bloom and Mary Sanders Pollock
ISBN: 9781604977868

"An impressive array of international scholars analyzes films extracted from works … The essays discuss 11 Victorian authors (those on Joseph Conrad, Jane Austen, and Bram Stoker are particularly interesting); topics range from queer theory to intertextuality and film praxis. Highly recommended.” – CHOICE Read More..

The Working Class in American Film:

The Creation of Image and Culture by Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s
Robert Marcink
ISBN: 9781604977721

"Provides a well-documented survey of motion pictures that reflected and defined the working class. As the author states, this simplistic version of the responsible middle class responding to the attacks of counterculture ideals had the effect of bringing both groups into the movie theaters. What is good about Marcink's commentary is that he is merciless in pointing out weaknesses on both sides of the political spectrum as well as noting the strengths of these films. He comments on 44 films. Recommended. All readers." - CHOICE Read More..

 

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