New Books Network

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
Joe Street, “Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash” (UP of Florida, 2016)
When “Dirty Harry” first premiered in 1971, it was both praised and condemned for its portrayal of a rogue policeman fighting crime by ignoring many of the rules and procedures of the profession. Yet director Don Siegel denied any attempt to make a political statement with the film. Joe Street’s... Read More
David LaRocca, “The Philosophy of War Films” (U Press of Kentucky, 2018)
Films that feature war as a theme have been made almost since the beginning of the industry. In The Philosophy of War Films (University Press of Kentucky, 2018), part of the “Philosophy of Popular Culture Series,” David LaRocca brings together a number of prominent authors to discuss the genre as a... Read More
Christian B. Long, “The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960-2000” (Intellect, 2017)
While most every live-action film takes place in a specific location, the role of these places has not often been studied. In his new book The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960-2000 (Intellect, 2017), Christian B. Long examines American films in the late 20th century to get a better understanding of locales... Read More
Tison Pugh, “The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
Perhaps no form of popular art has appeared as poised to resist subversive sexual themes as the television situation comedy. But Tison Pugh writes that the sitcom’s historic dogmatic insistence on an earnest innocence was doomed to fail, and that the weight of this strain reveals itself under close scrutiny.... Read More