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21st Century Film Essentials Cinema has a storied history, but its story is far from over. 21st Century Film Essentials offers a lively chronicle of cinema’s second century, examining the landmark films of our ever-changing moment. Each book makes a case for the importance of a particular contemporary film for artistic, historical, or commercial reasons. The twenty-first century has already been a time of tremendous change in filmmaking the world over, from the rise of digital production and the ascent of the multinational blockbuster to increased vitality in independent filmmaking and the emergence of new voices and talents both on screen and off. The films examined here are the ones that embody and exemplify these changes, crystallizing emerging trends or pointing in new directions. At the same time, they are films that are informed by and help refigure the cinematic legacy of the previous century, showing how film’s past is constantly reimagined and rewritten by its present. These are films both familiar and obscure, foreign and domestic; they are new but of lasting value. This series is a study of film history in the making. It is meant to provide a different kind of approach to cinema’s story­—one written in the present tense.

Series Editor: Donna Kornhaber

Forthcoming Series Titles The LEGO Movie dana pol an fa l l 2020

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban pat rick ke at ing spr in g 2021

The Florida Project j.j. murph y fa l l 2021

Black Panther sco t t buk at man spr in g 2022

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New and Noteworthy All New, All Different? A History of Race and the American Superhero A l l a n W. A u s t i n a n d Pat r i c k L . H a m i lt o n

An eye-opening exploration of the relationship between racial attitudes and the evolution of the superhero in America, from Superman’s debut in 1938 through the Civil Rights era and contemporary reinventions. Paperback $34.95

winner of the john g. cawelti award for the best textbook/primer, popular culture association

Comics and Pop Culture Adaptation from Panel to Frame E d i t e d b y B a r r y K e i t h G r a n t a n d Scot t Henderson

This engaging collection explores the multi-media intersections of comics, film, television, and popular culture over the last century, ranging from Felix the Cat to Black Panther. Paperback $34.95

Graphic Memories of the Civil Rights Movement Reframing History in Comics Jorge J. San t os, Jr.

A study of five graphic novels or memoirs that have reshaped the narrative of civil rights in America—and an examination of the format’s power to allow readers to participate in the memory-making process. Paperback $29.95

2019 CHOICE outstanding academic title

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Television Rewired The Rise of the Auteur Series TELEVISION REWIRED THE RISE OF T H E AU T E U R SERIES M A R T H A P. NOCHIMSON

M a r t h a P. N o c h i m s o n

From Twin Peaks (including the 2017 return) to Girls, a veteran critic and scholar draws on decades of industry expertise and exclusive interviews with renowned creators to examine the rise of art television. Paperback $34.95

The Art of Pere Joan Space, Landscape, and Comics Form Benjamin Fraser

A close reading of the innovative, distinctive vision of Pere Joan, who has pushed boundaries in Spain’s comics scene for more than four decades and stoked a new understanding of the nature of reading comics. Hardcover $50.00

Animated Personalities Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts Dav id McGowa n

Broadening the field of star studies to include animation, this pioneering book makes the case that iconic cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse, are legitimate cinematic stars, just as popular human actors are. Paperback $34.95

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The Film Photonovel A Cultural History of Forgotten Adaptations Jan Bae tens

The first book devoted to the hybrid genre of the film photonovel, applying a comparative textual media framework to a previously overlooked aspect of the history of film and literary adaptation. Hardcover $39.95

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Recently Published Hollywood in San Francisco Locating Shooting and the Aesthetics of Urban Decline Joshua Gleich

This pioneering study of postwar feature films set in San Francisco tracks the transformation of Hollywood filmmaking as location shooting became the dominant production method in an era of urban anxiety. Paperback $3.95

Selling the Movie The Art of the Film Poster I a n H ay dn Smi t h

Showcasing a century of iconic movie posters by the medium’s top designers, this lavishly illustrated book charts the international history of the poster and how it has lured audiences to cinemas across the globe. Hardcover $45.00

The Television Code Regulating the Screen to Safeguard the Industry Deborah L. Jaramillo

Revisiting early debates about TV content and censorship from industry and government perspectives, this book recounts the development of the Television Code, the TV counterpart to the Hays Motion Picture Production Code. Paperback $29.95

finalist for the 2018 richard wall memorial award, theatre library association

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Breaking the Frames Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies Marc Singer

Challenging common critical practices and offering new interpretations of canonical texts by Marjane Satrapi, Alan Moore, Kyle Baker, Chris Ware, and others, this volume offers the first major critique of the field of comics studies. Paperback $34.95

will eisner comic industry awards shortlist for best academic title 2019 CHOICE outstanding academic title

On Story—The Golden Ages of Television Aus t in F il m F e s t i val

Award-winning television creators and writers discuss the evolution of TV storytelling in these lively conversations from the acclaimed PBS series On Story.

Paperback $19.95

Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before Subversive Portrayals in Speculative Film and TV Diana Adesola Mafe

With in-depth explorations of six contemporary American and British films and shows, this pioneering volume spotlights black female characters who play central, subversive roles in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Paperback $27.95

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Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz Ed i t ed by R. Ba r t o n Pa l mer a nd M u r r ay P o mer ance

Leading film studies scholars explore the astonishing range of Michael Curtiz, the most prolific director of studio-era Hollywood, whose nearly one hundred films include Casablanca, White Christmas, and Mildred Pierce. Paperback $29.95

2nd runner-up for the ray and pat browne award for the best edited collection, popular culture association

A Place of Darkness The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema Kendall R. Phillips

Analyzing films from La manoir du Diable to Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as their promotion and critical reception, this book reveals how tales of horror are intimately bound to questions of nationhood and national identity. Paperback $29.95

Screening Stephen King Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television Simon Brown

Surveying adaptations of Stephen King’s work across four decades, this volume links the evolution of King’s “brand” to the changing preoccupations and industrial contexts of the horror genre in film and TV since the seventies. Paperback $29.95

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Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution N a di a Yaq ub

Bringing to light the origins of an important national cinema, this book examines Palestinian filmmaking during the long 1970s, and how it sustained a revolution and continues to inspire in a new century. Paperback $34.95

shortlisted for the 2019 palestine book awards

The Comedy Studies Reader Edi t ed by Nick Mar x and Mat t Sienkie wicz

Surveying comedic texts and performers from The Jack Benny Program to Key and Peele, Saturday Night Live, and Stephen Colbert, this classroom-ready anthology offers a first-ever overview of the field of comedy studies. Paperback $27.95

CinemaTexas Notes The Early Days of Austin Film Culture louis bl ack & collins swords

Written to accompany movies screened by the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas, the CinemaTexas Notes open a fascinating window on the early Austin film scene and the rise of film studies. Paperback $29.95

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Sculpting in Time Reflection on the Cinema Andre y Tarkovsk y Translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair

Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films. Paperback $29.95

Theorizing Art Cinemas Foreign, Cult, Avant-Garde, and Beyond Dav id A ndre w s

Ranging across world cinema, avant-garde films, experimental films, and cult cinema, this book proposes a flexible, inclusive theory of art cinema that emphasizes quality, authorship, and anticommercialism. Paperback $30.00

Film Genre Reader IV barry keith grant

Newly revised and expanded nearly a decade after the third edition, Film Genre Reader is the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with more than 25,000 copies sold.

Paperback $29.95

Dread of Difference, 2nd edition Gender and the Horror Film barry keith grant

In this pioneering exploration of the cinema of fear, Barry Keith Grant and twenty other film critics posit that horror is always rooted in gender, particularly in anxieties about sexual difference and gender politics. Paperback $29.95

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Movies and Marketing in Hollywood J us t in W yat t JUSTIN WYATT

This pioneering study explores the development and dominance of the high concept movie within commercial Hollywood filmmaking since the late 1970s.


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Indie, Inc. Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s Alisa Perren

Pioneering the field of media industry studies, Indie, Inc. explores how Miramax changed the landscape not only of independent filmmaking but of Hollywood itself during the 1990s. Paperback $30.00

peter c. rollins book award in film/television studies, southwest/texas popular culture and american culture association

Cineaste on Film Criticism, Programming, and Preservation in the New Millennium Edited by Cynthia Lucia and Rahul Hamid

Collecting some of the most frequently requested articles from one of the most influential publications on film, this volume explores the paradoxical ways that digital technology and the Internet have transformed film criticism, programming, and preservation. Paperback $29.95

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Super Black American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes Adilifu Nama

An exploration of black superheroes as a fascinating racial phenomenon and a powerful source of racial meaning, narrative, and imagination in American society. Paperback $24.95

ray and pat brown award for best reference/primary source work, popular culture association

Latino Images in Film Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance Charles Ramírez Berg

In this book, Charles Ramírez Berg develops an innovative theory of stereotyping that accounts for the persistence of images of Latinos in U.S. popular culture. Paperback $26.95

Disney’s Most Notorious Film Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South Jason Sperb

Analyzing histories of film reception, convergence, and race relations over seven decades, this pioneering book undertakes a superb, multifaceted reading of one of Hollywood’s most notorious films, Disney’s Song of the South. Paperback $28.95

Hysterical! Women in American Comedy Edited by Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturt e van t

Ideal for classroom use, this anthology of original essays by the leading authorities on women’s comedy surveys the disorderly, subversive, and unruly performances of women comics from silent film to contemporary multimedia Paperback $34.95

winner of the 2017 susan koppelman award for best anthology, multi-authored, or edited book in feminist studies in popular american culture, popular culture association

Independent Stardom Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System Emily Ca r m a n

Bringing to light an often-ignored aspect of Hollywood studio system history, this book focuses on female stars who broke the mold of a male-dominated, often manipulative industry to dictate the path of their own careers through freelancing. Paperback $24.95

finalist for the theatre library association 2016 richard wall memorial award

Pretty/Funny Women Comedians and Body Politics Linda Mizejewski

Focusing on star writer/performer comedians—Kathy Griffin, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, and Ellen DeGeneres— Pretty/Funny demonstrates that women’s comedy has become a prime site of feminism in the twenty-first century. Paperback $27.95

PROSE awards, honorable mention in media and cultural studies emily toth award from the popular culture association, honorable mention

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New Gay for Pay The Sexual Politics of American Television Production Julia Himberg

Taking a bottom-up approach through interviews with numerous industry workers, this book deepens our understanding of the intricate processes behind the creation of the LGBT representations that appear on television. Paperback $29.95

Unruly Woman Gender and the Genres of Laughter K at hl een R ow e K a r ly n

How the unruly woman uses humor and excess to undermine patriarchal norms and authority.

Paperback $30.00

emily toth award, 1995 popular culture association’s women caucus

Classical Mexican Cinema The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films Charles RamĂ­rez Berg

In one of the first systematic studies of style in Mexican filmmaking, a preeminent film scholar explores the creation of a Golden Age cinema that was uniquely Mexican in its themes, styles, and ideology. Paperback $27.95

CHOICE outstanding academic title hamilton book awards grand prize

Graphic Borders Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future frederick luis aldama & christopher gonzález

The first volume in a trailblazing series on world comics and graphic nonfiction, this book presents a comprehensive array of historical, formal, and cognitive approaches to Latino comics—an exciting popular culture space that captures the distinctive and wide-ranging experiences of US Latinos. Paperback $29.95

La India María Mexploitation and the Films of María Elena Velasco seraina rohrer

Drawing on extensive interviews with the late actress and other film industry professionals, this book surveys the work of performer, director, and producer María Elena Velasco and her central place in Mexploitation cinema.

Paperback $29.95

The Nutshell Technique Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting Jill Chamberlain

Presenting a proven technique for screenwriting centered on a character’s flaws and strengths, an expert screenwriting coach shows writers exactly how to construct screenplays that tell compelling, satisfying stories. Paperback $21.95

The Making of Gone With the Wind Steve Wilson Foreword by Robert Osborne

More than 600 rarely seen items from the David O. Selznick archive offer fans and film historians alike a must-have behind-the-camera view of the production of this classic movie on its seventy-fifth anniversary. Hardcover $50.00

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84 the velvet light trap

the velvet light trap

a critical journal of film & television

The Velvet Light Trap

number 84 | 2019

The Velvet Light Trap offers critical essays on significant issues in film studies while expanding its commitment to television as well as film research. Each issue provokes debate about critical, theoretical, and historical topics relating to a particular theme. The Velvet Light trap is edited at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Texas at Austin, with the support of media scholars at those institutions and throughout the country.

THE 1990s: A decade of change

Semiannual ISSN 0149-1830

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Editor: Melissa A. Fitch, the University of Arizona

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Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, an annual interdisciplinary journal, publishes articles, review essays, and interviews on diverse aspects of popular culture in Latin America. Since its inception in 1982, the journal has defined popular culture broadly as “some aspect of culture which is accepted by or consumed by significant numbers of people.� individuals $43/yr institutions $130/yr

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