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The A to Z of the Fashion Industry

by Francesca Sterlacci & Joanne Arbuckle

The A to Z of the Fashion Industry examines the origins and history of this billion-dollar industry. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced...


The Postmodernist Turn: American Thought and Culture in the 1970s

by , Jr. Hoeveler

During the 1970s, the United States became the world's preeminent postindustrial society. The new conditions changed the way Americans lived and worked and even their perceptions of reality. In this reassessment...


Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock

by John Einarson

The first full history to describe the development of country rock.


D. W. Griffith: Interviews

by Anthony Slide

D. W. Griffith (1875-1948) is one of the most influential figures in the history of the motion picture. As director of The Birth of a Nation, he is also one of the most controversial. He raised the cinema to...


Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation

by John Gibbs

Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation explores and elucidates constructions of this fundamental concept in thinking about film. In uncovering the history of mise-en-scène within film criticism, and...


Voices in the Wilderness: Six American Neo-Romantic Composers

by Walter Simmons

Despite the Modernist search for new and innovative aesthetics and rejection of traditional tonality, several twentieth century composers have found their own voice while steadfastly relying on the aesthetics...


Backstage at the Tonight Show: From Johnny Carson to Jay Leno

by Don Sweeney & Ed McMahon

This book is a collection of celebrity vignettes and anecdotes from the peak years of the Tonight Show, and includes behind-the-scenes looks at more than two dozen celebrities, including Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby,...


Imagining America: Influence and Images in Twentieth-Century Russia

by Alan M. Ball

Drawing on a wide variety of contemporary journals, newspapers, films, and popular songs, Alan M. Ball compares American social, political, and cultural influence in two newborn Russian states: the young Soviet...


Desperately Seeking Ethics: A Guide to Media Conduct

by Howard Good

Not just another media ethics book, this engaging and unconventional text breaks away from the usual practice of presenting the ethical theories of well-known philosophers in watered-down form. Instead, the...


Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American

by Peter Decherney

As Americans flocked to the movies during the first part of the twentieth century, the guardians of culture grew worried about their diminishing influence on American art, education, and American identity itself....


The Triangle of Representation

by Christopher Prendergast

Moving deftly among literary and visual arts, as well as the modern critical canon, Christopher Prendergast's book explores the meaning and value of representation as both a philosophical challenge (What does...


Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes, and Passions

by Michael O'Pray

Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions examines the variety of concerns and practices that have comprised the long history of avant-garde film at a level appropriate for undergraduate study. It covers...


Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City

by Mark Bould

Film Noir explores the murky world of a genre responsible for many of film’s most enduring images. Mark Bould discusses problems of definition and the often ambiguous nature of film noir and looks at modern...


Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights: Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Arth

by Stella Adler

In her long-awaited book, the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler gives us her extraordinary insights into the work of Henrik Ibsen (“The creation of the modern theater took a genius like Ibsen . . . Miller...


Long Ago and Far Away: Hollywood and the Second World War

by Robert Fyne

After scrutinizing hundreds of screenplays, Robert Fyne has written an in-depth study of World War II films, analyzing the different storylines, points-of-view, and contemporary events found in each. In Long...


The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

by Maggie Nelson

“A vibrant and engaged work from a writer and thinker who is worthy of our attention.”—Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times Maggie Nelson has established herself as one of our foremost cultural critics in...


Shakespeare's Sense of Character: On the Page and From the Stage

by Yu Jin Ko & W. Shurgot

Making a unique intervention in an incipient but powerful resurgence of academic interest in character-based approaches to Shakespeare, this book brings scholars and theatre practitioners together to rethink...


The Ma'l?f in Contemporary Libya: An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition

by Philip Ciantar

Ma'luf, which literally means 'familiar' or 'customary,' bears the auditory traces of music brought to North Africa by Muslim and Jewish refugees escaping the Christian reconquista of Spain between the tenth...


Organizations: A Systems Approach

by Richard Osborne

This book traces the evolution of the recording format from its roots in the first sound recording experiments, to its survival in the world of digital technologies. Each chapter explores a different element:...


Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music

by Doris Leibetseder

Queer Tracks describes motifs in popular music that deviate from heterosexual orientation, the binary gender system and fixed identities. This cutting-edge work deals with the key concepts of current gender...