Film and Media

Deconstructive Variations: Music and Reason in Western Society Deconstructive Variations Music and Reason in Western Society Rose Rosengard Subotnik 1995 Fall
A new volume by one of America’s leading musicologists.
Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices Resolutions Contemporary Video Practices Michael Renov and Erika Suderburg, Editors 1995 Fall
Explores the state of the art, practice, and theory of video.
Newsworkers: Toward a History of the Rank and File Newsworkers Toward a History of the Rank and File Hanno Hardt and Bonnie Brennen, Editors 1995 Fall
The first examination of the role of the laborer in media history.
Negotiating Hollywood: The Cultural Politics of Actors’ Labor Negotiating Hollywood The Cultural Politics of Actors’ Labor Danae Clark 1995 Spring
Actors' screen images have too often stolen the focus of attention from their behind the scenes working conditions. In Negotiating Hollywood, Danae Clark begins to fill this gap in film history by providing a rich historical account of actors' labor struggles in 1930s Hollywood. Taking the formation of the Screen Actors Guild in 1933 as its investigative centerpiece, Negotiating Hollywood examines the ways in which actors' contracts, studio labor policies and public relations efforts, films, fan magazines, and other documents were all involved in actors' struggles to assert their labor power and define their own images. Clark supplies information not only on stars, but on screen extras, whose role in the Hollywood film industry has remained hitherto undocumented.
Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema Bad Women Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema Janet Staiger 1995 Fall
Charts the cultural tensions played out on-screen in early American cinema.
The Ethics of Marginality: A New Approach to Gay Studies The Ethics of Marginality A New Approach to Gay Studies John Champagne 1995 Spring
An original and timely critique which moves gay studies beyond both identity politics and the “rights” discourse, as it questions whose interests are served in an uncritical celebration of the Other. Champagne analyzes a number of recent films, including Paris is Burning, Urinal, and Marlon Riggs' 1989 video Tongues Untied, along with gay pornography. He uses the work of such critics as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gayatri Spivak, as he establishes a ground-breaking and controversial new theoretical model for studies of the Other.
Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine’s Visual Culture Screening the Body Tracing Medicine’s Visual Culture Lisa Cartwright 1995 Spring
Traces the fascinating history of scientific film during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and shows that early experiments with cinema are important precedents of contemporary medical techniques such as ultrasound. Lisa Cartwright brings to light eccentric projects in the history of science and medicine, such as Thomas Edison's sensational attempt to image the brain with X rays before a public audience, and the efforts of doctors to use the motion picture camera to capture movements of the body, from the virtually imperceptible flow of blood to epileptic seizures.
Queer Noises: Male and Female Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Music Queer Noises Male and Female Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Music John Gill 1995 Spring
This fascinating account of gays and lesbians in the music industry considers the lives of a host of performers-from Benjamin Britten and John Cage to Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin, from Billy Strayhorn and Cecil Taylor to Sun Ra and the Pet Shop Boys. Witty, opinionated, and occasionally outrageous, Gill attempts to end the silence about the contributions of gays and lesbians to twentieth-century music.
Television, Tabloids, and Tears: Fassbinder and Popular Culture Television, Tabloids, and Tears Fassbinder and Popular Culture Jane Shattuc 1994 Fall
The first book to discuss Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the context of West German television and popular culture.
Narrative Mortality: Death, Closure, and New Wave Cinemas Narrative Mortality Death, Closure, and New Wave Cinemas Catherine Russell 1994 Fall
Analyzes New Wave cinema from a postmodern perspective.
Syncope: The Philosophy of Rapture Syncope The Philosophy of Rapture Catherine Clement 1994 Fall
Clément takes us whirling through the timelessness of syncope, the stop-time of music, literature, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. Examining moments of “syncopation” in the discourses of Plato, Descartes, Pascal, Hegel, and Kierkegaard, the author critiques a classical Western logocentric philosophy that always tries to master any fissure of uncertainty.
Small Media Big Revolution: Communication, Culture and the Iranian Revolution Small Media Big Revolution Communication, Culture and the Iranian Revolution Annabelle Sreberny-Mohammadi and Ali Mohammadi 1994 Fall
Reveals how small media (leaflets and audio cassettes) played an important role in the revolution that deposed the Shah of Iran.
Mapping World Communication: War, Progress, Culture Mapping World Communication War, Progress, Culture Armand Mattelart 1994 Fall
A distinguished media theorist exposes the connection between militarism and the evolution of the media industry.
The Electronic Eye: The Rise of Surveillance Society The Electronic Eye The Rise of Surveillance Society David Lyon 1994 Spring
Lyon looks into our mediated way of life, where every transaction and phone call, border crossing, vote, and application registers in some computer, to show how electronic surveillance influences social order in our day.
Rethinking Technologies Rethinking Technologies Verena Andermatt Conley, Editor 1993 Fall
Grounded on the assumption that the relationship between the arts and the sciences is dictated by technology, the essays in Rethinking Technologies explore trends in contemporary thought that have been changing our awareness of science, technology, and the arts. Contributors: Teresa Brennan, Patrick Clancy, Verena Andermatt Conley, Scott Durham, Thierry de Duve, Françoise Gaillard, Félix Guattari, N. Katherine Hayles, Alberto Moreiras, Jean-Luc Nancy, Avital Ronell, Ingrid Scheibler, and Paul Virilio.