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Film and Reform:: John Grierson and the Documentary Film Movement

by Ian Aitken

Best known for his documentaries such as Drifters, North Sea, and Housing Problems, John Grierson was the most important figure in the British documentary film movement and one of the most influential of British...


Film and the Working Class: The Feature Film in British and American Society

by Peter Stead

Taking the subject chronologically from the 1890s to when the book was initially published in 1989, this book analyses those films specifically concerned with working-class conditions and struggle, and discusses...


The Cinema of Apartheid: Race and Class in South African Film

by Keyan Tomaselli

This study analyses the historical development of South African cinema up to he book's original publication in 1988. It describes the films and comments on their relationship to South African realities, addressing...


Image and Influence: Studies in the Sociology of Film

by Andrew Tudor

This text outlines what sociologists need to know of the nature of communication and of mass culture, while also looking in some empirical detail at the workings of the Hollywood community and the psychology...


Early Cinema in Russia and Its Cultural Reception

by Yuri Tsivian & Richard Taylor

This book examines the development of cinematic form and culture in Russia, from its late nineteenth-century beginnings as a fairground attraction to the early post-Revolutionary years.

The author traces the...


Materialist Film

by Peter Gidal

A polemical introduction to the avant-garde and experimental in film (including making and viewing), Materialist Film is a highly original, thought-provoking book.

Thirty-seven short chapters work through a...


Best of Books by the Bed #1: What Writers Are Reading Before Lights Out

by Olsen Cheryl & Olsen Eric

Twenty-five writers divulge the special books-all 250 of them-occupying the prime real estate next to their beds: how they got there, what makes them stand out, what longings they fulfill. Along the way, the...


Travel and Ethics: Theory and Practice: Theory and Practice

by Corinne Fowler, Charles Forsdick & Ludmilla Kostova

Despite the recent increase in scholarly activity regarding travel writing and the accompanying proliferation of publications relating to the form, its ethical dimensions have yet to be theorized with sufficient...


The New York Public Library Literature Companion

by Staff of The New York Public Library & Anne Skillion

Pick up The New York Public Library Literature Companion to check the dates of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past or to find out how James Joyce's Ulysses changed U.S. obscenity laws, and you may find...


Filmspeak: How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

by Edward Tomarken

Filmspeak is an accessible, innovative book which uses specific examples to show how once arcane literary and cultural theory has infiltrated popular culture.

Theory reaches us in ways we do not even realize....


Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

by Julian W Connolly

Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov is unquestionably one of the greatest works of world literature. With its dramatic portrayal of a Russian family in crisis and its intense investigation into the essential...


Out of Place: German Realism, Displacement and Modernity

by John Lyon

In late nineteenth-century Germany, the onset of modernity transformed how people experienced place. In response to increased industrialization and urbanization, the expansion of international capitalism, and...


The Poet Resigns

by Robert Archambeau

What are we really wishing for when we want poetry to have the prominence it had in the past? Why do American poets overwhelmingly identify with the political left? How do poems communicate? Is there an essential...


Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World

by Sarah Vowell

Take the Cannoli is a moving and wickedly funny collection of personal stories stretching across the immense landscape of the American scene. Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell...


Immigration, Ethnicity, and Class in American Writing, 1830-1860: Reading the Stranger

by Leonardo Buonomo

This book examines fiction and nonfiction texts from the period 1830 to 1860 to demonstrate how major and minor American writers constructed their country’s identity by contrasting their own characteristics...


Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon: A Philosophical Analysis of Fang Tales, Myths, and Legends

by Bonaventure Mvé|Barnes, James F. Ondo

In Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon, Bonaventure Mvé Ondo argues that Fang tales, myths, and legends are components of the foundation of a worldview that sustains and protects a unique, historical Fang identity....


The Trip to Echo Spring

by Olivia Laing

WHY IS IT THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF LITERATURE HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM, AN ADDICTION THAT COST THEM PERSONAL HAPPINESS AND CAUSED HARM TO THOSE WHO LOVED THEM?

In The...


Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide

by Bernard A. Drew

In 1989 alone, for example, there were some forty-five major motion pictures which were sequels or part of a series. The film series phenomenon crosses all genres and has been around since the silent film era....


The Epic Film: Myth and History

by Derek Elley

As Charlton Heston put it: 'There's a temptingly simple definition of the epic film: it's the easiest kind of picture to make badly.' This book goes beyond that definition to show how the film epic has taken...


Our Lady Cinema: How and Why I Went Into the Photo-Play World and What I Found There

by Harry Furniss

This charming classic of film literature was originally published in 1914 and hence represents an early attempt to catalogue the allure of cinema and how the motion picture industry began. This tale of life...