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The Art and Architecture of the Texas Missions

by Jacinto Quirarte

Built to bring Christianity and European civilization to the northern frontier of New Spain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries...secularized and left to decay in the nineteenth century...and restored...


The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock: New Edition

by Jan Reid & Scott Newton

Musical magic hit Austin, Texas, in the early 1970s. At now-legendary venues such as Threadgill's, Vulcan Gas Company, and the Armadillo World Headquarters, a host of country, rock-and-roll, blues, and folk...


Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art

by Gay Robins & Ann S. Fowler

The painted and relief-cut walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples record an amazing continuity of customs and beliefs over nearly 3,000 years. Even the artistic style of the scenes seems unchanging, but...


Men and Popular Music in Algeria: The Social Significance of Ra

by Marc Schade-Poulsen

Raï music is often called the voice of the voiceless in Algeria, a society currently swept by tragic conflict. Raï is the voice of Algerian men, young men caught between generations and classes, in political...


Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes: An Anthology

by Margot Blum Schevill, Janet Catherine Berlo & Edward B. Dwyer

In this volume, anthropologists, art historians, fiber artists, and technologists come together to explore the meanings, uses, and fabrication of textiles in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from...


Cinema, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: Perspectives from the French and Francophone Worlds

by Dina Sherzer

In this first major study of French colonial and postcolonial cinema, Dina Sherzer compiles essays by some of the foremost scholars on the subject who interrogate and analyze the realities behind the images...


Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs

by Paul Edmund Stanwick

As archaeologists recover the lost treasures of Alexandria, the modern world is marveling at the latter-day glory of ancient Egypt and the Greeks who ruled it from the ascension of Ptolemy I in 306 B.C. to the...


High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood

by Justin Wyatt

Steven Spielberg once said, "I like ideas, especially movie ideas, that you can hold in your hand. If a person can tell me the idea in twenty-five words or less, it's going to make a pretty good movie." Spielberg's...


Classical and Modern Interactions: Postmodern Architecture, Multiculturalism, Decline, and Other Issues

by Karl Galinsky

Postmodernism, multiculturalism, the alleged decline of the United States, deconstruction, leadership, and values-these topics have been at the forefront of contemporary intellectual and cultural debate and...


Landmarks of Texas Architecture

by Lawrence W. Speck & Richard Payne

"This selection of twenty of Texas' proudest architectural achievements is a tiny sampling of the state's rich, but little-heralded, architectural heritage. The visual presentation of these buildings in Richard...


Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City

by Stephen Verderber

From iconic neighborhoods such as the French Quarter and the Garden District to more economically modest but no less culturally vibrant areas, architecture is a key element that makes New Orleans an extraordinary...


Cinema of Anxiety: A Psychoanalysis of Italian Neorealism

by Vincent F. Rocchio

The "new" realism of Italian cinema after World War II represented and in many ways attempted to contain the turmoil of a society struggling to rid itself of Fascism while fighting off the threat of radical...


Celluloid Vampires: Life After Death in the Modern World

by Stacey Abbott

In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Méliès brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable. The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in...


Indian Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction: First Nations' Voices Speak Out

by Sierra S. Adare

According to an early 1990s study, 95 percent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations peoples. Sierra Adare...


The Color of Loss: An Intimate Portrait of New Orleans after Katrina

by Andrei Codrescu & Dan Burkholder

The devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina has been imprinted in our collective visual memory by thousands of images in the media and books of dramatic photographs by Robert Polidori, Larry Towell,...


Cinema and the Sandinistas: Filmmaking in Revolutionary Nicaragua

by Jonathan Buchsbaum

Following the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, young bohemian artists rushed to the newly formed Nicaraguan national film institute INCINE to contribute to "the recovery of national identity" through the creation...


Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946-Present

by Douglas Brode & Fess Parker

Since the beginning of television, Westerns have been playing on the small screen. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, they were one of TV's most popular genres, with millions of viewers tuning in to such...


Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment

by Douglas Brode

In his latest iconoclastic work, Douglas Brode-the only academic author/scholar who dares to defend Disney entertainment-argues that "Uncle Walt's" output of films, television shows, theme parks, and spin-off...


Reading between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who

by Piers D. Britton & Simon J. Barker

From the alien worlds of Star Trek to the realistic operating room of ER, the design of sets and costumes contributes not only to the look and mood of television shows, but even more importantly to the creation...


House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios

by Andy Bradley & Roger Wood

Founded in a working-class neighborhood in southeast Houston in 1941, Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios is a major independent studio that has produced a multitude of influential hit records in an astonishingly...