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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...


Lourdes Portillo: The Devil Never Sleeps and Other Films

by Rosa Linda Fregoso

Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo sees her mission as "channeling the hopes and dreams of a people." Clearly, political commitment has inspired her choice of subjects. With themes ranging from state repression to AIDS,...


Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth

by M. E. Warlick & Franklin Rosemont

Surrealist artist Max Ernst defined collage as the "alchemy of the visual image." Students of his work have often dismissed this comment as simply a metaphor for the transformative power of using found images...


On Story-Screenwriters and Their Craft

by Austin Film Festival, Barbara Morgan & Maya Perez

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is the first organization of its kind to focus on the writer's creative contribution to film. Its annual Film Festival and Conference offers screenings, panels, workshops, and roundtable...


James M. Cain and the American Authors' Authority

by Richard Fine

The 1940s offered ever-increasing outlets for writers in book publishing, magazines, radio, film, and the nascent television industry, but the standard rights arrangements often prevented writers from collecting...


Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist

by Bernard Gordon

The Hollywood blacklist, which began in the late 1940s and ran well into the 1960s, ended or curtailed the careers of hundreds of people accused of having ties to the Communist Party. Bernard Gordon was one...


Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art

by Charissa N. Terranova

In the twenty-first century, we are continually confronted with the existential side of technology-the relationships between identity and the mechanizations that have become extensions of the self. Focusing...


Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War

by Matthew Israel

The Vietnam War (1964-1975) divided American society like no other war of the twentieth century, and some of the most memorable American art and art-related activism of the last fifty years protested U.S. involvement....


Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin' Hopkins

by Timothy J. O'Brien & David Ensminger

In a career that took him from the cotton fields of East Texas to the concert stage at Carnegie Hall and beyond, Lightnin' Hopkins became one of America's greatest bluesmen, renowned for songs whose topics effortlessly...


Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border

by Kate Bonansinga & Lucy Lippard

Located less than a mile from Juárez, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso is a non-collecting institution that serves the Paso del Norte region. In Curating...


Blossoms and Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

by Jason Sperb

From his film festival debut Hard Eight to ambitious studio epics Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's unique cinematic vision focuses on postmodern excess and media culture....