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National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987

by Sumita S. Chakravarty

Although Indian popular cinema has a long history and is familiar to audiences around the world, it has rarely been systematically studied. This book offers the first detailed account of the popular film as...


Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas

by Patsy Cravens, John Boles & Bob Patten

First settled by Stephen F. Austin's colonists in the early nineteenth century, Colorado County has deep roots in Texas history. Mainly rural and agrarian until late in the twentieth century, Colorado County...


Gender and Society in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

by David William Foster

"Gender is an absolute ground zero for most human societies," writes David William Foster, "an absolute horizon of social subjectivity." In this book, he examines gender issues in thirteen Brazilian films made...


Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema

by David William Foster

Just as Mexican national life has come to center on the sprawling, dynamic, almost indefinable metropolis of Mexico City, so recent Mexican cinema has focused on the city not merely as a setting for films but...


Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition

by Alicia Gaspar De Alba

In the early 1990s, a major exhibition Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985 toured major museums around the United States. As a first attempt to define and represent Chicano/a art for a national...


Geometry in Architecture: Texas Buildings Yesterday and Today

by Clovis Heimsath, Louis Kahn & Maryann Heimsath

Pioneer Texas Buildings opened people's eyes when it was first published in 1968. At a time when "progress" meant tearing down the weathered houses, barns, churches, and stores built by the original settlers...


Telling Stories, Writing Songs: An Album of Texas Songwriters

by Kathleen Hudson, B.B. King & Sam Phillips

Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Tish Hinojosa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett...the list of popular songwriters from Texas just goes on and on. In this collection of thirty-four interviews with these and...


Jungle of the Maya

by Jerry Barrack, Douglas Goodell & Jim Wright

The Selva Maya (Jungle of the Maya) is one of the world's most magical yet least appreciated places-an enormous tropical forest that encompasses much of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. At...


Texas Log Buildings: A Folk Architecture

by Terry G. Jordan

Once too numerous to attract attention, the log buildings of Texas now stand out for their rustic beauty. This book preserves a record of the log houses, stores, inns, churches, schools, jails, and barns that...


Indigenous Aesthetics: Native Art, Media, and Identity

by Steven Leuthold

What happens when a Native or indigenous person turns a video camera on his or her own culture? Are the resulting images different from what a Westernized filmmaker would create, and, if so, in what ways? How...


Cuba--Going Back

by Tony Mendoza

Imagine being unable to return to your homeland for thirty-six years. What would you do if you finally got a chance to go back?In 1996, after travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba were relaxed,...


Architecture and Its Sculpture in Viceregal Mexico

by Robert J. Mullen

From monumental cathedrals to simple parish churches, perhaps as many as 100,000 churches and civic buildings were constructed in Mexico during the viceregal or colonial period (1535-1821). Many of these structures...


Screen Couple Chemistry: The Power of 2

by Martha P. Nochimson

Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn. Just the mention of their names evokes the powerful chemistry between these screen couples, which utterly transcended the often formulaic films in which they appeared together....


Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home

by Pat Jasper, Jill Nokes & Betty Sue Flowers

Relatively few people in America build their own homes, but many yearn to make the places they live in more truly their own. Yard Art and Handmade Places profiles twenty homemakers who have used their yards...


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...