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Authorship in Film Adaptation

by Jack Boozer

Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this...


Career Movies: American Business and the Success Mystique

by Jack Boozer

Achieving the American Dream became inextricably linked with career/business success after World War II, as an increasingly consumerist America learned to define the dream through possessions and status. Not...


Canar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador

by Judy Blankenship

Once isolated from the modern world in the heights of the Andean mountains, the indigenous communities of Ecuador now send migrants to New York City as readily as they celebrate festivals whose roots reach back...


Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film

by Daniel Bernardi

Addressing representation and identity in a variety of production styles and genres, including experimental film and documentary, independent and mainstream film, and television drama, Filming Difference poses...


Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance

by Charles Ramírez Berg

The bandido, the harlot, the male buffoon, the female clown, the Latin lover, and the dark lady-these have been the defining, and demeaning, images of Latinos in U.S. cinema for more than a century. In this...


Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America

by O. Hugo Benavides

Soap opera speaks a universal language, presenting characters and plots that resonate far beyond the culture that creates them. Latin American soap operas-telenovelas-have found enthusiastic audiences throughout...


Imagining Identity in New Spain: Race, Lineage, and the Colonial Body in Portraiture and Casta Paintings

by Magali M. Carrera

Reacting to the rising numbers of mixed-blood (Spanish-Indian-Black African) people in its New Spain colony, the eighteenth-century Bourbon government of Spain attempted to categorize and control its colonial...


What Women Watched: Daytime Television in the 1950s

by Marsha F. Cassidy

In this pathfinding book, based on original archival research, Marsha F. Cassidy offers the first thorough analysis of daytime television's earliest and most significant women's genres, appraising from a feminist...


Crafting Tradition: The Making and Marketing of Oaxacan Wood Carvings

by Michael Chibnik

Since the mid-1980s, whimsical, brightly colored wood carvings from the Mexican state of Oaxaca have found their way into gift shops and private homes across the United States and Europe, as Western consumers...


Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio

by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle & A.L. (Bill) Prince

During the 1980s war in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos was the main news outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla organization that challenged the government....


Thelma & Louise Live!: The Cultural Afterlife of an American Film

by Bernie Cook

When they floored their Thunderbird off a cliff rather than surrender to the law, Thelma and Louise became icons of female rebellion, provoking strong reactions from viewers who felt either empowered or outraged...


All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music

by Michael Corcoran

From country and blues to rap and punk, Texas music is all over the map, figuratively and literally. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, instruments, and playing styles, proving themselves to...


Cinemachismo: Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexican Film

by Sergio De La Mora

After the modern Mexican state came into being following the Revolution of 1910, hyper-masculine machismo came to be a defining characteristic of "mexicanidad," or Mexican national identity. Virile men (pelados...


The Solaris Effect: Art and Artifice in Contemporary American Film

by Steven Dillon

What do contemporary American movies and directors have to say about the relationship between nature and art? How do science fiction films like Steven Spielberg's A.I. and Darren Aronofsky's π represent the...


Black Directors in Hollywood

by Melvin Donalson

Hollywood film directors are some of the world's most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960s, African Americans have increasingly joined their...


El Narcotraficante: Narcocorridos and the Construction of a Cultural Persona on the U.S.-Mexico Border

by Mark Cameron Edberg

Since the late 1970s, a new folk hero has risen to prominence in the U.S.-Mexico border region and beyond-the narcotrafficker. Celebrated in the narcocorrido, a current form of the traditional border song known...


Bonfire of Roadmaps

by Joe Ely

Since he first hitched a ride out of Lubbock, Texas, at the age of sixteen, singer-songwriter and Flatlanders band member Joe Ely has been a road warrior, traveling highways and back roads across America and...


Art in the Cinematic Imagination

by Susan Felleman

Bringing an art historical perspective to the realm of American and European film, Art in the Cinematic Imagination examines the ways in which films have used works of art and artists themselves as cinematic...


Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier

by Camilla Fojas

The southern frontier is one of the most emotionally charged zones in the United States, second only to its historical predecessor and partner, the western frontier. Though they span many genres, border films...


Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

by David William Foster

Viewing contemporary Latin American films through the lens of queer studies reveals that many filmmakers are exploring issues of gender identity and sexual difference, as well as the homophobia that attempts...