New Books Network

Clifford Mason, “Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by Clifford Mason, celebrated actor, director, writer, and playwright, and author of thirty-four plays, is a sweeping history of Black theatre from the early nineteenth century through 1959. With an “Introduction”... Read More
Jeremy Black, “The World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
This book by renowned Professor of History Jeremy Black presents an insightful and hugely entertaining exploration of the political and cultural context of the Bond books and films in the book. In The World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), Jeremy Black offers... Read More
Robert Pippin, “Filmed Thought: Cinema as Reflective Form” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
Robert Pippin‘s book Filmed Thought: Cinema as Reflective Form (University of Chicago Press, 2020) is a work in the philosophy of film published in 2020 by the University of Chicago Press. Each chapter in Filmed Thought treats a film in-depth, including works by Hitchcock, Ray, Malick, Sirk, Almodovar, Polanski, and the... Read More
Jon Wilkman, “Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America (Bloomsbury, 2020) is a widescreen view of how American “truth” has been discovered, defined, projected, televised, and streamed during more than one hundred years of dramatic change, through World Wars I and II, the dawn of mass media, the social and political turmoil... Read More
Scott Henderson, “Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame” (U Texas Press, 2019)
It is hard to discuss the current film industry without acknowledging the impact of comic book adaptations, especially considering the blockbuster success of recent superhero movies. Yet transmedial adaptations are part of an evolution that can be traced to the turn of the last century, when comic strips such as... Read More
Brian Crim, “Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
In his new book, Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Brian Crim explores the diverse ways in which the Holocaust influences and shapes science fiction and horror film and television by focusing on notable contributions from the last fifty years.... Read More
Joseph Rex Young, “George R.R. Martin and the Fantasy Form” (Routledge, 2019)
“In the game of thrones you either win or you die”––with over 10 million viewers per episode of Game of Thrones, one of the most successful television shows of all time, George R.R. Martin definitely wins. The success of the show is even more amazing considering it’s genre television––fantasy, to... Read More
Kunio Hara, “Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
A beloved Japanese anime move released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they deal with the separation from their mother who is in the hospital, and their adventures with the forest creatures they meet called the Totoro. In Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack... Read More
Kristen Hoerl, “Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements” (UP of Mississippi, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Kristen Hoerl (she/hers) on her impressive new book The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements (University Press of Mississippi,... Read More
Joshua Foa Dienstag, “Cinema Pessimism: A Political Theory of Representation and Reciprocity” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Joshua Foa Dienstag, Professor of Political Science and Law at UCLA, considers, in his new book, the interaction between our experiences in watching films and our positions as citizens in a representative democracy. In both situations, as an audience member watching a movie and as a citizen in a representative... Read More