By D. E. Wittkower
The western is arguably the main iconic and influential style in American cinema. The solitude of the lone rider, the loyalty of his horse, and the unstated code of the West render the style renowned but lead it to provide a view of America's heritage that's occasionally erroneous. for lots of, the western embodies the United States and its values. in recent times, students had declared the western style lifeless, yet a gentle resurgence of western topics in literature, movie, and tv has reestablished the style as some of the most important.
In The Philosophy of the Western, editors Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki research philosophical subject matters within the western style. Investigating topics of nature, ethics, id, gender, environmentalism, and animal rights, the essays draw from a variety of westerns together with the hot well known and important successes Unforgiven (1992), the entire beautiful Horses (2000), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and No state for outdated males (2007), in addition to literature and tv serials equivalent to Deadwood. The Philosophy of the Western unearths the impression of the western at the American psyche, filling a void within the present scholarship of the style.
By D. E. Wittkower
By Micah L. Issitt
Goth tradition is intensely diversified, concerning visible paintings, type, movie, song, and physique aesthetics. Goths: A consultant to an American Subculture bargains a concise, easy-to-follow historical past of the way of life that explores its emergence and its impression on pop culture within the usa.
The e-book covers movies, bands, and artists principal to Goth tradition, with emphasis at the Goth method of model and physique adornment. furthermore, it discusses how America's Goth tradition has inspired Goth populations somewhere else and the way foreign advancements have replaced the U.S. Goth neighborhood. the quantity is enriched with biographies of well-known Goth celebrities, resembling Marilyn Manson and Robert Smith, in addition to with interviews that supply readers a firsthand view of the tradition. It concludes with an overview of Goth tradition this present day, a glance at what the long run may possibly carry, and a dialogue of the importance of Goth tradition to American society as a whole.
By Sherry Ginn
Reversing a standard technological know-how fiction cliche, Farscape follows the adventures of the human astronaut John Crichton after he's shot via a wormhole into one other a part of the universe. the following Crichton is the one person, going from being a member of the main clever species on our planet to being often thought of mentally poor via the beings he encounters in his new atmosphere. John Crichton befriends a bunch of beings from a variety of species trying to break out from imprisonment aboard a dwelling spaceship. The sequence, which broke a number of the so-called "rules" of technological know-how fiction, follows Crichton's makes an attempt to outlive in worlds which are frequently opposed to him and his acquaintances. Their adventures middle on every one being's try and give you the option domestic. The essays during this quantity discover subject matters working in the course of the sequence, akin to stable and evil, love and intercourse, and what it capacity to be a hero, in addition to a number of the characters populating the sequence, together with the villains or even the send itself.
By William Irwin, George A. Dunn, Rebecca Housel
The 1st examine the philosophical concerns at the back of Charlaine Harris's New York Times bestsellers The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the True Blood tv sequence
Teeming with complicated, legendary characters within the form of vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters, and so on, True Blood, the preferred HBO sequence tailored from Charlaine Harris's bestselling The Southern Vampire Mysteries, has a wealthy selection of topics to discover, from intercourse and romance to bigotry and violence to demise and immortality. The goings-on within the legendary city of Bon Temps, Louisiana, the place vampires satiate their blood lust and brazenly commingle with traditional people, current no shortages of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your the teeth into.
Now True Blood and Philosophy calls at the minds of a few of history's nice thinkers to accomplish a few philosophical bloodletting on such themes as Sookie and the metaphysics of mindreading; Maryann and sacrificial faith; werewolves, shapeshifters and private identification; vampire politics, evil, wish, and masses more.
- The first booklet to discover the philosophical concerns and issues at the back of the True Blood novels and tv series
- Adds a brand new size in your knowing of True Blood characters and themes
- The excellent significant other to the beginning of the 3rd season on HBO and the discharge of the second one season on DVD
Smart and entertaining, real Blood and Philosophy offers food—or blood—for idea, and a enjoyable, new approach to examine the series.
By Joseph J. Darowski
The X-Men comedian booklet franchise is among the most well liked of all time and probably the most exciting for severe research. With storylines that regularly include overt social messages inside its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is frequently credited with having extra intensity than the typical superhero estate. during this assortment, every one essay examines a particular period of the X-Men franchise in dating to modern social issues. The essays are prepared chronologically, from an research of renowned technology on the time of the 1st X-Men comedian ebook in 1963 to an interpretation of a storyline in mild of rhetoric of President Obama's first presidential crusade. themes starting from Communism to superstar tradition to college violence are addressed via students who offer new insights into one in all America's most important pop culture items.
Table of Contents:
“The Day the PCA/ACA didn't Stand Still”
"Toward A extra legitimate Definition of “Pornography”" via David Andrews
"“Lovelier the second one Time Around”: Divorce, wish, and Gothic Domesticity in Invasion of the physique Snatchers" via Jennifer L. Jenkins
"Left in the back of, the Holocaust, and that outdated Time Antisemitism" through Lisa Lampert-Weissig
"The Evolution of the “Chick Car” Or: What got here First, the Chick or the Car?" through Chris Lezotte
"Imagined Presidencies: The illustration of Political strength in tv Fiction" by means of Patricia F. Phalen, Jennie Kim and Julia Osellame
"Dawn of the various: The Mulatto Zombie in Zack Snyder's sunrise of the Dead" by means of Justin Ponder
"The a long way facet of the area: Naomi Novik and the combined style of Dragon fable and the ocean Adventure" by way of Timothy E. Scheurer and Pam Scheurer
"Red Skelton, The Crack-up, and the Quick-change" by means of Greg M. Smith
"Careless women and Repentant better halves: Gender in Postwar school room Films" through Megan Stemm-Wade
"Literature for Us “Older Children”: misplaced ladies, Seduction Fantasies, and the Reeducation of Adults" through Eric L. Tribunella
"The Social development of Nature and Oliver Stone's usual Born Killers" via Jeremy Withers
Woody Guthrie: American Radical. Will Kaufman. Champaign: college of Illinois Press, 2011.
Reviewed through Brittany Bounds.
Girls’ Studies. Elline Lipkin. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2009.
Reviewed by means of Rachel Dean-Ruzicka
The Chitlin’ Circuit and the line to Rock & Roll. Preston Lauterbach. ny: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.
Reviewed by means of Frank Johnson
Better Off lifeless: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human. Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro. big apple: Fordham college Press, 2011.
Reviewed by way of Sharla Hutchison
She's Mad actual: pop culture and West Indian women in Brooklyn. Oneka LaBennett. long island: long island college Press, 2011.
Reviewed by means of Andreea Micu
The Gothic mind's eye: Conversations on fable, Horror, and technology Fiction within the Media. John C. Tibbetts. manhattan: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Reviewed through Laurence Raw
From movie variation to Post-Celluloid version: Rethinking the Transition of well known Narratives and Characters throughout previous and New Media. Costas Constandinides. London: Continuum, 2010.
Reviewed via Laurence Raw
Performing American Masculinities: The 21st-Century guy in well known Culture. Eds. Elwood Watson and Marc E. Shaw. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2011.
Reviewed via Jennifer Forsberg
American Remakes of British tv: changes and Mistranslations. Eds. Carlen Lavigne and Heather Marcovitch. ny: Rowan & Littlefield, 2011.
Reviewed by means of Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy
By William Irwin
The ideal better half to Lewis Carroll's vintage publication and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland
Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland has interested childrens and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins stay after their heads have light away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and recalls forwards? Is all of it simply nonsense? used to be Carroll lower than the effect? This ebook probes the deeper underlying that means within the Alice books, and divulges an international wealthy with philosophical existence classes. Tapping into the various maximum philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life?s final questions throughout the eyes of possibly the main endearing heroine in all of literature.
- Looks at compelling matters similar to conception and fact in addition to how good judgment fares in a global of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
- Offers new insights into favourite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, together with the Mad Hatter and his tea occasion, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat
Accessible and unique, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will increase your event of Alice's undying adventures with new which means and fun.