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Phases of the Moon

Phases of the Moon

Author: Craig Ian Mann Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Examines the cultural significance of the werewolf film Provides the first academic monograph dedicated to developing a cultural understanding of the werewolf film Reconsiders the psychoanalytic paradigms that have dominated scholarly discussion of werewolves in pop culture Includes over 40 individual case studies to illustrate how werewolf films can be understood as products of their cultural moment Identifies the cinematic werewolf's most common metaphorical dimensions Horror monsters such as the vampire, the zombie and Frankenstein's creature have long been the subjects of in-depth cultural studies, but the cinematic werewolf has often been considered little more than the 'beast within' a psychoanalytic analogue for the bestial side of man. This book, the first scholarly study of the werewolf in cinema, redresses the balance by exploring over 100 years of werewolf films, from The Werewolf (1913) to Wildling (2018) via The Wolf Man (1941), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Howling (1981) and WolfCop (2014). Revealing the significance of she-wolves and wolf-men as evolving metaphors for the cultural fears and anxieties of their times, Phases of the Moon serves as a companion and a counterpoint to existing scholarship on the werewolf in popular culture, and illustrates how we can begin to understand one of our oldest mythical monsters as a rich and diverse cultural metaphor.

Indiscreet Fantasies

Indiscreet Fantasies

Author: Ann Davies, Meredith Lyn Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Pedro AlmOdovar may have helped put queer Iberian cinema on the map, but there are also multitudes of other LGBTQ filmmakers from Catalonia, Portugal, Castile, Galicia, and the Basque Country who have made the Peninsula one of the world's most vital sources for queer film. Together, they have produced a cinema whose expressions of queer desire have challenged the region's conservative religious and family values, while intervening in vital debates about politics, history, and nation. Iberian Queer Cinema is a unique collection that offers in-depth analyses of fifteen different films, each by a different director, produced in the region over the past fifty years, from Narciso IbANez Serrador's La residencia (The House That Screamed, 1970) to JoAo Pedro Rodrigues' O ornitOlogo (The Ornithologist, 2016). Together, they show how queer Iberian cinema has responded to historical traumas ranging from the AIDS crisis to the repressive and homophobic Franco regime. Yet they also explore how these films gesture towards a more fluid understanding of sexuality, gender, and national identity. This book will thus give readers a new appreciation for both the cultural diversity of Iberia and the richness of its moving and thought-provoking queer cinema.

Mediating War and Identity

Mediating War and Identity

Author: Lisa Purse Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

In state and public discussion about war and conflict, figures of transgression such as deserters, pacifist and emigrants are often marginalised, but they also play a key role in rethinking cultural and national identity in the wake of military violence. Raising questions of agency, responsibility and culpability in relation to the 'other', their cultural representation can enable reflection on and renegotiation of values and collective norms after the destabilisation of war. Through an interdisciplinary lens, this collection analyses the depiction of these transgressive figures in a variety of visual media, as well as the narrative, socio-cultural, political and historical contexts in which they emerge.

Lesbian Cinema After Queer Theory

Lesbian Cinema After Queer Theory

Author: Clara Bradbury-Rance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The unprecedented increase in lesbian representation over the past two decades has, paradoxically, coincided with queer theory's radical transformation of the study of sexuality. In Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory, Clara Bradbury-Rance argues that this contradictory context has yielded new kinds of cinematic language through which to give desire visual form. By offering close readings of key contemporary films such as Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Water Lilies and Carol alongside a broader filmography encompassing over 300 other films released between 1927 and 2018, the book provokes new ways of understanding a changing field of representation. Bradbury-Rance resists charting a narrative of representational progress or shoring up the lesbian's categorisation in the newly available terms of the visible. Instead, she argues for a feminist framework that can understand lesbianism's queerness. Drawing on a provocative theoretical and visual corpus, Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory reveals the conditions of lesbian legibility in the twenty-first century.

The Political Thriller in its Global Context

The Political Thriller in its Global Context

Author: Alex Marlow-Mann Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Reanimated

Reanimated

Author: Laura Mee Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The Franchise Era

The Franchise Era

Author: Mamber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

As Hollywood shifts towards the digital era, the role of the media franchise has become more prominent. This edited collection, from a range of international scholars, argues that the franchise is now an integral element of American media culture. As such, the collection explores the production, distribution and marketing of franchises as a historical form of media-making - analysing the complex industrial practice of managing franchises across interconnected online platforms. Examining how traditional media incumbents like studios and networks have responded to the rise of new entrants from the technology sector (such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google), the authors take a critical look at the way new and old industrial logics collide in an increasingly fragmented and consolidated mediascape.

Contemporary Political Cinema

Contemporary Political Cinema

Author: Matthew Holtmeier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Explores political films that have emerged on the global film festival circuit (1990s-2010s) The political films that have emerged on the global film festival circuit since the 1990s mark a shift in cinematic strategies for critically addressing dominant, militant, or otherwise repressive ideologies. From a focus on the representation of oppression in films like The Battle of Algiers, films such as Timbuktu, Nobody Knows About Persian Cats and Chop Shop now contribute to the active formation of political characters and viewers, a form not fully realized until the 21st century due to shifts in information technologies and resulting political organization. This book demonstrates that a contemporary form of political cinema has emerged, centered on the production of subjectivity and networks of protest, which depicts the active formation of political identities that resonates with off-screen protest movements. Key Features Documents global political cinemas 1990s-2010s Argues for a contemporary shift in understanding political cinemas, beyond Third Cinema and political modernism Offers a new approach to cinematic independence by looking at understudied films, such as North/West African films and Kurdish films Revisits the cinematic politics of Gilles Deleuze

Phases of the Moon

Phases of the Moon

Author: Craig Ian Mann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Examines the cultural significance of the werewolf film Provides the first academic monograph dedicated to developing a cultural understanding of the werewolf film Reconsiders the psychoanalytic paradigms that have dominated scholarly discussion of werewolves in pop culture Includes over 40 individual case studies to illustrate how werewolf films can be understood as products of their cultural moment Identifies the cinematic werewolf's most common metaphorical dimensions Horror monsters such as the vampire, the zombie and Frankenstein's creature have long been the subjects of in-depth cultural studies, but the cinematic werewolf has often been considered little more than the 'beast within' a psychoanalytic analogue for the bestial side of man. This book, the first scholarly study of the werewolf in cinema, redresses the balance by exploring over 100 years of werewolf films, from The Werewolf (1913) to Wildling (2018) via The Wolf Man (1941), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Howling (1981) and WolfCop (2014). Revealing the significance of she-wolves and wolf-men as evolving metaphors for the cultural fears and anxieties of their times, Phases of the Moon serves as a companion and a counterpoint to existing scholarship on the werewolf in popular culture, and illustrates how we can begin to understand one of our oldest mythical monsters as a rich and diverse cultural metaphor.

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema

Author: Barbara Hales Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The burgeoning film industry in the Weimar Republic was, among other things, a major site of German-Jewish experience, one that provided a sphere for Jewish outsiders to shape mainstream culture. The chapters collected in this volume deploy new historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to understanding the significant involvement of German Jews in Weimar cinema. Reflecting upon different conceptions of Jewishness - as religion, ethnicity, social role, cultural code, or text - these studies offer a wide-ranging exploration of an often overlooked aspect of German film history.

Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong

Author: Julia (Flinders University) Erhart Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Explores how Armstrong's films re-work conventions about literary adaptation, biography and realist storytelling Examines Armstrong's work in light of new media scholarship and philosophies, including feminist cinematic ethics Situates Armstrong's achievements in the context of Australian film policies and history Provides an examination of never-before-studied elements, including Armstrong's short films Includes a never-before-utilised oral history project with Armstrong A commercially successful Australian director of over eighteen feature films and documentaries, including My Brilliant Career (1979), Gillian Armstrong is an early, notable example of a woman director connecting with mass audiences. Armstrong's films are unique in their aesthetic expression and in the ethical relationships that they depict, framed through the language of gender inclusivity and due in part to her foregrounding of original, complex and nuanced female characters. This important book fills a gap in the literature on women screen practitioners and is a long overdue response to demands for new insight into the work of this significant director.

Contemporary Balkan Cinema

Contemporary Balkan Cinema

Author: Grgic Ana Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

A critical and comprehensive analysis of post-2008 Balkan cinema through a transnational and cross-cultural approach Comprehensive account of all national cinemas from the Balkan region Emphasis on co-productions, transnational exchanges and global circulation Reference tables on national and regional film supporting institutions and film festivals Focus on small and as-yet underrepresented cinemas, such as Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Albania The first inclusive collection to examine post-2008 developments in Balkan cinema, this book brings together a number of international scholars to explore its industrial contexts and textual dimensions. With a focus on transnational links, global networks and cross-cultural exchanges, the book addresses the role of national and supranational institutions as well as film festival networks in supporting film production, distribution and reception. It also identifies key characteristics in the subject matter and aesthetics of Balkan films made since the global economic crisis. Through critical and comprehensive country profiles, and with a focus on smaller and underrepresented cinemas from Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Albania, the collection argues for the continuing relevance of the concept of 'Balkan cinema'.