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American Architects and the Mechanics of Fame

by Roxanne Kuter Williamson

Why does one talented individual win lasting recognition in a particular field, while another equally talented person does not? While there are many possible reasons, one obvious answer is that something more...


The Cult Film Experience: Beyond All Reason

by J. P. Telotte

"Play it again, Sam" is the motto of cult film enthusiasts, who will watch their favorite movie over and over, "beyond all reason." What is the appeal of cult movies? Why do fans turn up in droves at midnight...


Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Song: Mpb, 1965-1985

by Charles A. Perrone

Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Song is a critical study of MPB (música popular brasileira), a term that refers to varieties of urban popular music of the 1960s and 1970s, incorporating samba, Bossa Nova,...


A History of Hispanic Theatre in the United States: Origins to 1940

by Nicolás| Kanellos

Hispanic theatre flourished in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century until the beginning of the Second World War-a fact that few theatre historians know. A History of Hispanic Theatre in the United...


Yankee Theatre: The Image of America on the Stage, 1825-1850

by Francis Hodge

The famous "Stage Yankees," with their eccentric New England dialect comedy, entertained audiences from Boston to New Orleans, from New York to London in the years between 1825 and 1850. They provided the creative...


Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema

by John Pierson

The legendary figure who launched the careers of Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater offers a no-holds-barred look at the deals and details that propel an indie film from a dream to distribution....


Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in American Cinema After 1980

by Timothy Shary

Generation Multiplex (2002) was the first comprehensive study of the representation of teenagers in American cinema since David Considine's Cinema of Adolescence in 1985. This updated and expanded edition reaffirms...


Ancient Architecture of the Southwest

by William N. Morgan & Rina Swentzell

During more than a thousand years before Europeans arrived in 1540, the native peoples of what is now the southwestern United States and northern Mexico developed an architecture of rich diversity and beauty....


Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics

by Linda Mizejewski

Women in comedy have traditionally been pegged as either "pretty" or "funny." Attractive actresses with good comic timing such as Katherine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, and Julia Roberts have always gotten plum roles...


Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power

by Camilla Fojas

Camilla Fojas explores a broad range of popular culture media-film, television, journalism, advertisements, travel writing, and literature-with an eye toward how the United States as an empire imagined its own...


Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity

by Cynthia Becker

In southeastern Morocco, around the oasis of Tafilalet, the Ait Khabbash people weave brightly colored carpets, embroider indigo head coverings, paint their faces with saffron, and wear ornate jewelry. Their...


Wicked Cinema: Sex and Religion on Screen

by Daniel S. Cutrara

From struggles over identity politics in the 1990s to current concerns about a clash of civilizations between Islam and Christianity, culture wars play a prominent role in the twenty-first century. Movies help...


Jose Limon and La Malinche: The Dancer and the Dance

by Patricia Seed

José Limón (1908-1972) was one of the leading figures of modern dance in the twentieth century. Hailed by the New York Times as "the finest male dancer of his time" when the José Limón Dance Company debuted...


Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers

by Shel Perkins

The best business guide for design professionals just got even better! This revised and expanded third edition includes everything designers need–besides talent–to turn their artistic success into business...


Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Movie Set

by Tony Bill

When is "groucho" not a comedian? A "seagull" not a bird? A "banana" not a fruit, and a "taco cart" not a food stand? What's the "Castle rock rule" and when should you call for a "buff & puff"? And why expect...


Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot

by Kris Kristoffersen & Brian C. Pohanka

Last year more than 30,000 people directly participated in reenactments of the classic battles of the Civil War, events that drew hundreds of thousands of spectators. Utterly authentic in terms of equipment...


Von Sternberg

by John Baxter

Belligerent and evasive, Josef von Sternberg chose to ignore his illegitimate birth in Austria, deprived New York childhood, abusive father, and lack of education. The director who strutted onto the set in a...


The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film

by Steven Sanders

The science fiction genre maintains a remarkable hold on the imagination and enthusiasm of the filmgoing public, captivating large audiences worldwide and garnering ever-larger profits. The Philosophy of Science...


Stephen Rolfe Powell

by Stephen Powell

An illustrated introduction to internationally acclaimed glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell's career, this book charts the evolution of Powell's remarkable body of work. Dazzling photographic close-ups not only...


Secrets of the Sideshows

by Joe Nickell

On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword...