New Books Network

Maggie Hennefeld, “Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In the early days of film, female comedians appeared in short movies that included both strange activities and slapstick pranks. In her new book Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes  (Columbia University Press, 2018), Maggie Hennefeld (Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) explores the... Read More
Kendall Phillips, “A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema” (U Texas, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Kendall Phillips (he) of Syracuse University on his fabulous new book A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema (University of Texas, 2018). In it, Phillips explores the emergence of the horror film... Read More
Pema Tseden, “Enticement: Stories of Tibet” (SUNY Press, 2018)
Though most renowned for his award-winning Tibetan films, Pema Tseden, is also a prolific author and translator. Enticement: Stories of Tibet (State University of New York Press, 2018) is a collection of Pema Tseden’s short stories edited and translated by Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani and Michael Monhart, with assistance from Southwest University’s... Read More
W. K. Stratton, “The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
On June 18, 1969, “The Wild Bunch” premiered to critical success. Over the past 50 years it has been rightly recognized as one of the landmark films from the end of the Hollywood studio system. Yet it was developed out of chaos, with a controversial director who had already largely... Read More
Nathan Holmes, “Welcome to Fear City: Crime Film, Crisis, and the Urban Imagination” (SUNY Press, 2018)
The so-called Urban Crisis of the 1970s continues to loom large in narratives of US urban politics and history, but what can we learn about the period from movies? In Welcome to Fear City: Crime Film, Crisis, and the Urban Imagination (SUNY Press, 2018), Nathan Holmes burrows down into some key visual... Read More
Arnika Fuhrmann, “Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema” (Duke UP, 2016)
Since the late 1990s Thai cinema has come to global attention with movies like the famous ghost film, Nang Nak, and more recently the evocative films of director Aphichatpong Weerasethakul, who won a Palme D’Or award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. A perennially popular theme in Thai cinema is... Read More
Shanna de la Torre, “Sex for Structuralists: The Non-Oedipal Logics of Femininity and Psychosis” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
What might Levi-Strauss and structuralism have to offer to psychoanalysis beyond the incest prohibition and the Oedipus complex? What happens if we understand Lacan’s notion of the symbolic as creative, rather than prohibitory? And what’s the difference between the psychoanalyst and the shaman? Shanna de la Torre’s Sex for Structuralists:... Read More