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When Writing Met Art: From Symbol to Story

by Denise Schmandt-Besserat

Denise Schmandt-Besserat opened a major new chapter in the history of literacy when she demonstrated that the cuneiform script invented in the ancient Near East in the late fourth millennium BC-the world's oldest...


Brought to You By: Postwar Television Advertising and the American Dream

by Lawrence R. Samuel

This book is a history of how television advertising rose to become a defining force in American culture in the two decades after World War II.


Women Filmmakers in Mexico: The Country of Which We Dream

by Elissa J. Rashkin

Women filmmakers in Mexico were rare until the 1980s and 1990s, when women began to direct feature films in unprecedented numbers. Their films have won acclaim at home and abroad, and the filmmakers have become...


Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies

by Stephen Prince

More than any other filmmaker, Sam Peckinpah opened the door for graphic violence in movies. In this book, Stephen Prince explains the rise of explicit violence in the American cinema, its social effects, and...


Constructing the Image of the Mexican Revolution: Cinema and the Archive

by Zuzana M. Pick

With a cast ranging from Pancho Villa to Dolores del Río and Tina Modotti, Constructing the Image of the Mexican Revolution demonstrates the crucial role played by Mexican and foreign visual artists in revolutionizing...


Musical Ritual in Mexico City: From the Aztec to NAFTA

by Mark Pedelty

On the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City, Mexico's entire musical history is performed every day. "Mexica" percussionists drum and dance to the music of Aztec rituals on the open plaza. Inside the Metropolitan...


Sound Design and Science Fiction

by William Whittington

Sound is half the picture, and since the 1960s, film sound not only has rivaled the innovative imagery of contemporary Hollywood cinema, but in some ways has surpassed it in status and privilege because of the...


Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex

by David Welling & Jack Valenti

Cinema Houston celebrates a vibrant century of movie theatres and moviegoing in Texas's largest city. Illustrated with more than two hundred historical photographs, newspaper clippings, and advertisements, it...


Mouse Morality: The Rhetoric of Disney Animated Film

by Annalee R. Ward & Clifford Christians

Kids around the world love Disney animated films, and many of their parents trust the Disney corporation to provide wholesome, moral entertainment for their children. Yet frequent protests and even boycotts...


Dames in the Driver's Seat: Rereading Film Noir

by Jans B. Wager

With its focus on dangerous, determined femmes fatales, hardboiled detectives, and crimes that almost-but-never-quite succeed, film noir has long been popular with moviegoers and film critics alike. Film noir...


Houston Lost and Unbuilt

by Steven R. Strom

Driven by an almost fanatical desire for whatever is new, "modern," and likely to make money, Houston is constantly in the process of remaking itself. Few structures remain from the nineteenth century, and even...


The Poetics of Appearance in the Attic Korai

by Mary Stieber

Some of the loveliest works of Archaic art were the Athenian korai-sculptures of beautiful young women presenting offerings to the goddess Athena that stood on the Acropolis. Sculpted in the sixth and early...


The Adventures of a Cello: Revised Edition, with a New Epilogue

by Carlos Prieto, Elena C. Murray & Álvaro Mutis

In 1720, Antonio Stradivari crafted an exquisite work of art-a cello known as the Piatti. Over the next three centuries of its life, the Piatti cello left its birthplace of Cremona, Italy, and resided in Spain,...


Kilgore Rangerettes

by O. Rufus Lovett, Katy Vine & Elliott Erwitt

Whether she knows it or not, every girl who has ever dreamed of taking her place in a line of high-kicking dancers on a football field at halftime has been inspired by the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the world's...


Don't Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country

by Rhonda Lashley Lopez

Many people dream of "someday buying a small quaint place in the country, to own two cows and watch the birds," in the words of Texas ranchwoman Amanda Spenrath Geistweidt. But only a few are cut out for the...


The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter

by Kathleen Rowe

Unruly women have been making a spectacle of themselves in film and on television from Mae West to Roseanne Arnold. In this groundbreaking work, Kathleen Rowe explores how the unruly woman-often a voluptuous,...


Spanish Film Under Franco

by Virginia Higginbotham

How does a totalitarian government influence the arts, and how do the arts respond? Spanish Film Under Franco raises these important questions, giving English speakers a starting point in their study of Spanish...


Hollywood TV: The Studio System in the Fifties

by Christopher Anderson

The 1950s was one of the most turbulent periods in the history of motion pictures and television. During the decade, as Hollywood's most powerful studios and independent producers shifted into TV production,...


Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Jack Gould

by Lewis L. Gould

Providing video companionship for isolated housewives, afternoon babysitting for children, and nonstop evening entertainment for the whole family, television revolutionized American society in the post-World...


Technophobia!: Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology

by Daniel Dinello

Techno-heaven or techno-hell? If you believe many scientists working in the emerging fields of twenty-first-century technology, the future is blissfully bright. Initially, human bodies will be perfected through...