New Books Network

Nicholas Baer et al. “Unwatchable” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
We all have images that we find unwatchable, whether for ethical, political, or sensory and affective reasons. Yet what does it mean to proclaim something “unwatchable”: disturbing, revolting, poor, tedious, or literally inaccessible? With over 50 original essays by leading scholars, artists, critics, and curators, this is the first book to... Read More
Eric T. Kasper and Quentin D. Vieregge, “The United States Constitution in Film: Part of Our National Culture” (Lexington Books, 2018)
The U.S. Constitution is often depicted in popular films, teaching lessons about what this founding document means and what it requires. The United States Constitution in Film: Part of Our National Culture (Lexington Books, 2018) examines several different areas of the Constitution to illuminate how films in each area have... Read More
Michael Benson, “Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clark and The Making of a Masterpiece” (Simon and Schuster, 2018)
Michael Benson talks about the making of 2001, a movie inspired by the collaboration of American director Stanley Kubrick and British futurist Arthur C. Clark. Benson is a writer, artist, and film maker. He is the author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clark and The Making of a... Read More
Robert Matzen, “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II” (GoodKnight Books, 2019)
Audrey Hepburn was justly known for her long acting career, yet her early life is largely unknown. In his book, Robert Matzen describes how she lived during the World War II period in Nazi-occupied Netherlands. Based on many interviews and other primary sources, Robert shows how she was affected by... Read More
Racquel J. Gates, “Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture” (Duke UP, 2018)
Racquel J. Gates’ new book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2018), interrogates understandings of African-American representations on screen.  This book is an important analysis of the concepts of negative and positive representations, especially in regard to the narrow space that these binary classifications create. Gates... Read More
Joan Neuberger, “This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Most of the time, this podcast focuses on the products of those who create historical fiction—specifically, novels. But what goes into producing a work of historical fiction—especially in a dictatorship where the wrong choice, or even the right choice at the wrong moment, can send the unwitting author to the... Read More
Meredith McCarroll, “Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film” (U Georgia Press, 2018)
If you mention Appalachia to many people, they may immediately respond with the “Deliverance” dueling banjos theme. Unfortunately, this is an example of how the region is stereotyped and misunderstood, particularly in films. In her book, Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film (University of Georgia Press, 2018), Meredith McCarroll, Director of... Read More