A Critical Companion to James Cameron Book

A Critical Companion to James Cameron


  • Author : Adam Barkman
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2018-10-26
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498572316

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A Critical Companion to James Cameron Excerpt :

This book is a comprehensive, current scholarly analysis of the works of one of the world’s most renowned and successful filmmakers. Written by some of the top scholars working in film and media studies, philosophy, and literature, the seventeen chapters in this book illuminate the entire artistic career of James Cameron.

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis Book

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis


  • Author : Adam Barkman
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2020-10-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN 10 : 9781793623461

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A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis Excerpt :

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a comprehensive, academic and detailed study of the works of Robert Zemeckis, whose films include successful productions such as the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-90), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), Cast Away (2000) and The Polar Express (2004), but also lesser known films such as I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), and Allied (2015). Most of Zemeckis’ major productions were not only successful when they were first released but continue to enjoy popularity—with critics and fans alike—even today. This volume investigates several distinct areas of Zemeckisʼ works and addresses the different approaches: the philosophical, the artistic, the socio-cultural, and the personal. The methodologies adopted by the contributors differ significantly from each other, thus offering the reader a variegated and compelling picture of Zemeckisʼ oeuvre, which includes nineteen films. Contrary to the few volumes published in the past on the subject, the chapters in this volume offer specific case studies that have been previously ignored (or only partially mentioned) by other scholars. A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a great variety of interdisciplinary approaches to Zemeckis’ films, illuminating, re-reading and/or interpreting for the first time the entire career of the director, from his first films to the most recent ones.

A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick Book

A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick


  • Author : Elsa Colombani
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2020-10-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781793613776

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A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick Excerpt :

A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick offers a thorough and detailed study of the films of the legendary director. Labeled a recluse, a provocateur, and a perfectionist, Kubrick revolutionized filmmaking, from the use of music in film, narrative pacing and structure, to depictions of war and violence. An unparalleled visionary, his work continues to influence contemporary cinema and visual culture. This book delves into the complexities of his work and examines the wide range of topics and the multiple interpretations that his films inspire. The eighteen chapters in this book use a wide range of methodologies and explore new trends of research in film studies, providing a series of unique and novel perspectives on all of Kubrick’s thirteen feature films, from Fear and Desire (1953) to Eyes Wide Shut (1999), as well as his work on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001).

A Critical Companion to Steven Spielberg Book

A Critical Companion to Steven Spielberg


  • Author : Adam Barkman
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-07-08
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498593601

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A Critical Companion to Steven Spielberg Excerpt :

This comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of all the works of Steven Spielberg is written by some of the top scholars working in fields ranging from philosophy and art to history and film studies. The chapters illuminate for scholars and fans the entire artistic career of Steven Spielberg.

Critical Essays on Twin Peaks  The Return Book

Critical Essays on Twin Peaks The Return


  • Author : Antonio Sanna
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-01-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030047986

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Critical Essays on Twin Peaks The Return Excerpt :

This edited collection offers an interdisciplinary study of Twin Peaks: The Return, the third season of a TV program that has attracted the attention (and appreciation) of spectators, fans, and critics for over two decades. The book takes readers into several distinct areas and addresses the different approaches and the range of topics invited by the multidimensionality of the subject itself: the philosophical, the artistic, the socio-cultural, and the personal. The eighteen chapters constituting the volume are academic in their approach to the subject and in their methodology, whether they apply a historical, psychoanalytical, film studies, or gender studies perspective to the text under examination. The variety and range of perspectives in these aforementioned chapters reflect the belief that a study of the full complexity of Twin Peaks: The Return, as well as a timely assessment of the critical importance of the program, requires both an interdisciplinary perspective and the fusion of different intellectual approaches across genres. The chapters demonstrate a collective awareness of the TV series as a fundamental milestone in contemporary culture.

Critical Companion to Eugene O Neill Book

Critical Companion to Eugene O Neill


  • Author : Robert M. Dowling
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-01-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 831
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438108728

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Critical Companion to Eugene O Neill Excerpt :

Eugene O'Neill is widely considered the greatest American dramatist. Winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, O'Neill also received four Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his remarkable career.Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill explores the personal, historical, and artistic influences that combined to form such dark and influential American masterpieces as The Iceman Cometh, The Emperor Jones, Mourning Becomes Electra, Hughie, and--arguably the finest tragedy ever written by an American--Long Day's Journey into Night. Ideal for high school and college-level students, this new book covers all of O'Neill's works, as well as detailed entries on his life and related people, places, and topics.Entries include:

Contemporary American Science Fiction Film Book

Contemporary American Science Fiction Film


  • Author : Terence McSweeney
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2022-02-22
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000540642

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Contemporary American Science Fiction Film Excerpt :

Contemporary American Science Fiction Film explores and interrogates a diverse variety of popular and culturally relevant American science fiction films made in the first two decades of the new millennium, offering a ground-breaking investigation of the impactful role of genre cinema in the modern era. Placing one of the most popular and culturally resonant American film genres broadly within its rich social, historical, industrial, and political context, the book interrogates some of the defining critical debates of the era via an in-depth analysis of a range of important films. An international team of authors draw on case studies from across the science fiction genre to examine what these films can tell us about the time period, how the films themselves connect to the social and political context, how the fears and anxieties they portray resonate beyond the screen, and how the genre responds to the shifting coordinates of the Hollywood film industry. Offering new insights and perspectives on the cinematic science fiction genre, this volume will appeal primarily to scholars and students of film, television, cultural and media studies, as well as anyone interested in science fiction and speculative film.

Japanese Horror Book

Japanese Horror


  • Author : Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Horror comic books, strips, etc
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9781793647061

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Japanese Horror Excerpt :

This book investigates the philosophical, socio-cultural, and artistic world of Japanese horror through a varied range of case studies, including video games (Rule of Rose), manga (Uzumaki), and anime (the classic Devilman). Film is represented with well-known works such as Ringu and overlooked filmmakers like Mari Asato.

The Handmaid s Tale and Philosophy Book

The Handmaid s Tale and Philosophy


  • Author : Rachel Robison-Greene
  • Publisher : Open Court Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-12-04
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812699968

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The Handmaid s Tale and Philosophy Excerpt :

In The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy, philosophers give their insights into the blockbuster best-selling novel and record-breaking TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale. The story involves a future breakaway state in New England, beset by environmental disaster and a plummeting birth rate, in which the few remaining fertile women are conscripted to have sex and bear children to the most powerful men, all justified and rationalized by religious fundamentalism. Among the questions raised by this riveting and harrowing story: ● The Handmaid’s Tale displays the connection between sex and power. What light does this story shed on sex and power in our own society? ● The divinity of the feminine is associated with the female capacity to give birth. Is this association inherently exploitative? ● In the story, the revolution rapidly rebranded people by changing their names and placing them into functional groups with specific titles. How important is change in language to the suppression of individual freedom? ● The Handmaid’s Tale sees everything through the eyes of one character. How is it possible to construct a self and an identity at odds with the definition which the culture attempts to impose? ● In oppressive societies, even the most oppressed do show some freedom of choice. What is the limit of autonomy in a repressive society ruled by a fanatical ideology? ● Our present ethics of sex relies heavily on the notion of consent, but in the world of The Handmaid’s Tale there is little scope for consent. How is the power of consent constricted by the broader social conditions? ● The feminist idea of Care Ethics can be used to critique various gender relationships. How does Care Ethics evaluate our own society and the society depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale? ● The society portrayed in the story is marked by fierce religiosity, yet the Christian God presumably disapproves of its brutal exploitation and oppression. What is the relation between a loving D

Rick and Morty and Philosophy Book

Rick and Morty and Philosophy


  • Author : Lester C. Abesamis
  • Publisher : Open Court Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812694666

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Rick and Morty and Philosophy Excerpt :

The adult-oriented science-fiction cartoon series Rick and Morty, shown on Cartoon Network as part of its late-night Adult Swim feature, is famous for its nihilistic anti-hero Rick Sanchez. Rick is a character who rejects God, religion, and meaning, but who embraces science and technology. This leads to a popular show that often presents a world view favorable to science and dismissive of spirituality. It is existentialism mashed up with absurdism with a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of dick jokes thrown in. Rick and Morty and Philosophy focuses on the philosophical underpinnings of the show. The authors explain and develop ideas that are mentioned or illustrated in various episodes, so that fans can get really solid evidence for what they know already: this show is awesome and deep. Rick has access to technology that allows him to jump between dimensions or realities. He brings his grandson, Morty, along with him on these adventures, often putting Morty in mortal danger. However, Rick’s attitude is that there are an infinite number of Mortys in the multiverse, so if his Morty dies, he can always replace his Morty with another Morty from a different dimension. One question that arises is, are these Mortys really identical to each other? And if one of them dies, can he really be replaced without loss? Another character in the show is Jerry, the husband of Rick’s daughter. Jerry is a complete and total loser with no self-respect, desperate to get any kind of respect from others. Why is it so important that he has self-respect? How does his lack of self-respect affect those around him? In one adventure, Jerry finds himself in a position where he can save one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the universe whose heart is failing. Jerry can save his life by donating his penis, which is the perfect organ to match the alien’s failing heart. Does Jerry have a moral obligation to do so? Recently, ethicists such as Peter Singer and Julian Savulescu have argued that p

A Cuban Cinema Companion Book

A Cuban Cinema Companion


  • Author : Salvador Jimenez Murguía
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-01-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538107744

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A Cuban Cinema Companion Excerpt :

With the recent shift in Cuba-US relations stemming from the relaxing of travel restrictions and an influx of American visitors, interest in Cuba and its culture has increased substantially. A new emphasis has been placed on the island country’s many cultural and artistic achievements, specifically in film. Cuban cinema is recognized around the world as having produced some of the most celebrated works originating from Latin America—such as Fresa y Chocolate and La Muerte de un Burócrata—as well as many prominent artists—including directors Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Humberto Solás. In A Cuban Cinema Companion, editors Salvador Jimenez Murguía, Sean O’Reilly, and Amanda McMenamin have assembled a collection of essays about more than 100 films across six decades, including feature films, documentaries, and animation. These entries also provide information on directors, actresses, and actors of Cuban cinema. Entries range from films like Retrato de Teresa to Buena Vista Social Club and include descriptions of each film’s plot, themes, and critical commentary, as well as comprehensive production details and brief suggestions for further reading. Beginning with the victory of the Cuban revolution—from the first ten years of what is often referred to as Cuba’s “Golden Age” of film to the present—this volume offers readers valuable insights into Cuban history, politics, and culture. An indispensable guide to one of the great world cinemas, A Cuban Cinema Companion will be of interest to students, academics, and the general public alike.

Critical Companion to Henry James Book

Critical Companion to Henry James


  • Author : Eric L. Haralson
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 529
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438117270

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Critical Companion to Henry James Excerpt :

Examines the life and writings of Henry James including detailed synopses of his works, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, and social and historical influences.

Pirates in History and Popular Culture Book

Pirates in History and Popular Culture


  • Author : Antonio Sanna
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2018-09-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476673776

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Pirates in History and Popular Culture Excerpt :

This collection of new essays covers the myriad portrayals of the figure of the pirate in historical records, literary narratives, films, television series, opera, anime and games. Contributors explore the nuances of both real and fictional pirates, giving attention to renowned works such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, and the anime One Piece, as well as less well known works such as pirate romances, William Clarke Russell’s The Frozen Pirate, Lionel Lindsay’s artworks, Steven Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, and Pastafarian texts.

James Cameron Book

James Cameron


  • Author : Alexandra Keller
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134700219

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Featuring excerpts from interviews and frame-by-frame analysis of important scenes from films such as Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic, Alexandra Keller provides the first critical study of James Cameron as an auteur. Considering in particular his treatment of gender and preoccupation with capital, both in his films and his filmmaking practice, Keller offers an overview of Cameron's work and its significance within cinematic history. Sections in the book include: Chronology Key Debates Key Scenes Sources Resources. This is a fascinating insight into the work of one of Hollywood's top directors, and will prove invalubale to students of film studies and media studies all over the English-speaking world.

A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical Book

A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical


  • Author : Elizabeth L. Wollman
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-09-21
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472510488

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A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical Excerpt :

This Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical provides the perfect introductory text for students of theatre, music and cultural studies. It traces the history and development of the industry and art form in America with a particular focus on its artistic and commercial development in New York City from the early 20th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on commercial, artistic and cultural events that influenced the Broadway musical for an ever-renewing, increasingly broad and diverse audience: the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, the World War II era, the British invasion in the 1980s and the media age at the turn of the twenty-first century. Supplementary essays by leading scholars provide detailed focus on the American musical's production and preservation, as well as its influence on daily life on the local, national, and international levels. For students, these essays provide models of varying approaches and interpretation, equipping them with the skills and understanding to develop their own analysis of key productions.