New Books Network

Jennifer Cazenave, “An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah” (SUNY Press, 2019)
Jennifer Cazenave’s An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (SUNY Press, 2019) is a fascinating analysis of the 220 hours of outtakes edited out of the final nine and a half-hour 1985 film with which listeners and readers might be familiar. Well known around the... Read More
Stephen Benedict Dyson, “Imagining Politics: Interpretations in Political Science and Political Television” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
Stephen Dyson has provided a fascinating and engaging analysis of political science, the discipline, and political television in his new book, Imagining Politics: Interpretations in Political Science and Political Television (University of Michigan Press, 2019). By examining particular popular culture narratives, in this case, nine popular and engaging television series,... Read More
Seán Crosson, “Gaelic Games on Film” (Cork UP, 2019)
Today we are joined by Seán Crosson, leader of the Sport and Exercise Research Group at NUI Galway, co-director of the MA in Sports Journalism and Communication, and Professor at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media.  He is also the author of Gaelic Games on Film: From Silent... Read More
Simone Knox and Kai Hanno Schwind, “Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
What does Friends mean to us now? In Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Simone Knox, an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Theatre, and Television at the University of Reading, and Kai Hanno Schwind, an Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Design and Media... Read More
Hunter Vaughan, “Hollywood’s Dirtiest Secret: The Hidden Environmental Costs of the Movies” (Columbia UP, 2019)
In his new book, Hollywood’s Dirtiest Secret: The Hidden Environmental Costs of the Movies (Columbia University Press, 2019), Hunter Vaughan offers a new history of the movies from an environmental perspective, noting that both filmmaking and film viewing has an often-hidden impact on the environment. He reviews four blockbusters, “Gone... Read More
Claudia Moscovici, “Holocaust Memories: A Survey of Holocaust Memoirs, Histories, Novels, and Films” (Hamilton, 2019)
Claudia Moscovici’s recent book, Holocaust Memories: A Survey of Holocaust Memoirs, Histories, Novels, and Films (Hamilton Books, 2019), is intended for educators and politicians to draw attention to and educate people about the Never Again Education Act. Moscovici: “Nearly eighty years have passed since the Holocaust. There have been hundreds... Read More
Alicia Izharuddin, “Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Since the fall of the Indonesian New Order regime in 1998 there has been a steady rise of Islamic popular culture in the nation. Muslim consumers and producers have cultivated a mediated domain where they can encounter commercial entertainment though the prism of spiritual reflection and piety. In Gender and... Read More
Liz Gloyn, “Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
What is it about ancient monsters that popular culture still finds so enthralling? Why do the monsters of antiquity continue to stride across the modern world? In Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), the first in-depth study of how post-classical societies use the creatures from ancient myth,... Read More