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Download E-books Theorizing the Moving Image (Cambridge Studies in Film) PDF

By Noel Carroll

Theorizing the relocating picture brings jointly a range of essays written by means of one of many prime critics of movie during the last twenty years. during this quantity, Noël Carroll examines theoretical points of movie and tv via penetrating analyses of such genres as cleaning soap opera, documentary, and comedy, and such issues as sight gags, movie metaphor, point-of-view enhancing, and film track. all through, person motion pictures are thought of extensive. Carroll's essays, additionally, signify the cognitivist flip in movie experiences, containing in-depth feedback of present methods to movie idea, and heralding a brand new method of movie conception.

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Download E-books The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines PDF

By Mike Madrid

The Supergirls is a protracted late tribute to the tremendous struggling with women whose good looks and bravado brighten the pages of your favourite comics.”—STAN LEE

“A considerate, accomplished historical past of ladies in comics . . . The Supergirls gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, wonderful excess.” —NPR “Best 5 Books To proportion along with your pals” citation

“Sharp and lively—and simply obsessive adequate approximately girls who put on capes and boots to be cool yet now not creepy. [Madrid] basically loves these items. And he is sufficient of a historian which will hint the ways that the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing emotions approximately girls and sex.” —Entertainment Weekly

Has ask yourself lady hit the comedian e-book glass ceiling? Is that the only competition that even her Amazonian power can’t defeat? enjoyable and informative, The Supergirls explores iconic superheroines and what it capability for the tradition after they do every thing the superhero does, purely in thongs and excessive heels.

This much-needed substitute heritage of yank comedian e-book icons—from ask yourself girl to Supergirl and beyond—delves into the place those crime-fighting adult females slot in pop culture and why, and what their tales say in regards to the position of girls in society from their construction to now, and into the future.

Mike Madrid is the writer of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: misplaced Heroines of Golden Age Comics (forthcoming from Exterminating Angel Press in October 2013) and The Supergirls: model, Feminism, fable, and the historical past of comedian publication Heroines, an NPR “Best ebook To percentage along with your associates” and American Library organization Amelia Bloomer undertaking outstanding ebook. Madrid, a San Francisco local and lifetime fan of comedian books and pop culture, additionally looks within the documentary Wonder girls! The Untold tale of yankee Superheroines.

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Download E-books Star Trek and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series) PDF

A consultant to the background that informs the area of Star Trek—just in time for the following JJ Abrams Star Trek movie

For a sequence set in our destiny, Star Trek revisits the previous always. Kirk and Spock conflict Nazis, Roman gladiators, and witness the good melancholy. while they don't seem to be doubling again all alone prior timelines, the workforce makes use of the holodeck to spend time within the American previous West or Victorian England. Alien races have their very own complicated and engaging histories, too.

The Star Trek universe is a sci-fi imagining of a destiny global that's rooted in our personal human background. Gene Roddenberry created a tv exhibit with a brand new global and new principles so that it will touch upon social and political problems with the Nineteen Sixties, from the Vietnam conflict and race family to the warfare on terror and women's rights. Later Star Trek sequence and movies additionally grapple with the problems in their personal a long time: HIV, ecological threats, the cave in of the Soviet Union, and terrorism.

How did Uhura spur real-life gender and racial swap within the Sixties? Is Kirk inextricably associated with the legendary previous West? What historical past do the Klingons percentage with the Soviet Union? Can Nazi Germany make clear the historical past and tradition of the Cardassians? Star Trek and History explains how the holodeck is as a lot a resource for leisure because it is a old instructing device, how a lot of the know-how we take pleasure in this present day had its conceptual roots in Star Trek, and the way by means of taking a look at Norse mythology we will be able to locate our own Q.

  • Features an particular interview with Nichelle Nichols, the actress in the back of the unique Lt. Uhura, performed on the nationwide Air and area Museum
  • Explains the historic thought in the back of a few of the show's alien races and storylines
  • Covers issues starting from how stellar cartography dates again to historical Rome, Greece, and Babylonia to how our ""Great Books"" of western literature remain an enormous impact to Star Trek's characters of the future
  • Includes a timeline evaluating the stardates of Star Trek's timeline to our personal genuine international history

Filled with attention-grabbing historic comparisons, Star Trek and History is a vital significant other for each Star Trek fan.

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Download E-books The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times PDF

By Joseph J. Darowski

The X-Men comedian ebook franchise is likely one of the most well liked of all time and some of the most interesting for severe research. With storylines that regularly comprise overt social messages inside its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is usually credited with having extra intensity than the typical superhero estate. during this assortment, each 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 booklet in 1963 to an interpretation of a storyline in mild of rhetoric of President Obama's first presidential crusade. subject matters starting from Communism to megastar tradition to college violence are addressed through students who offer new insights into certainly one of America's most vital pop culture items.

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Download E-books Futurama and Philosophy: Bite My Shiny Metal Axiom (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By Courtland Lewis, Shaun P. Young

Futurama is a unusual, lively sitcom created by way of Simpson's mastermind, Matt Groening. It follows the adventures of a pizza supply guy transported a long way, a ways right into a cosmic way forward for witty, sarcastic robots and one-eyed femme fatales. due to the fact that first airing at the Fox community from 1999 to 2003, Futurama's many devoted enthusiasts created web pages and newsletters and arranged Comic-Con meetups and letter-writing campaigns in hopes of studying the extra adventures of Bender, Leela, Dr. Farnsworth, and the deliveryman Philip J. Fry. meanwhile, lovers survived on syndicated re-runs, books, wall calendars, and 4 feature-length videos published on DVD and on-line streaming.

In 2009, Fox introduced that Futurama may have a destiny and new episodes again to Comedy crucial channel. Futurama and Philosophy will meet this new surge of curiosity and recognition in its pop culture and Philosophy sequence. Twenty-first-century philosophers and Futurama lovers can evaluate notes approximately time go back and forth, trade universes, the evolution of existence, man made intelligence, and the moral dilemmas of suicide compartments, “mad" scientists like Farnsworth and robots like Bender who aspire to undesirable style and “kiss-my-metal-ass" rudeness. might “interplanetary golf" quite be attainable? Why is it fossilized puppy is absolutely “man's most sensible friend"? what's going within Dr. Zoidberg's Freedom Lesson? Why is Bender, in reality, a liable ethical being? Is demise Intrinsically undesirable? And what's with the “Seriously Freaked Up Nature of Morality" exhibited within the show?

Fans who enjoy the wit and knowledge Futurama's characters, and particularly the cosmic, existential framework during which their adventures spread, will locate Futurama and Philosophy to be a distinct and lasting contribution to the Futurama reviva—at least till Philip J. Fry is unfrozen.

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Download E-books Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture PDF

By L. Andrew Cooper

Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction could motivate deviant sexuality, instill heretical ideals, and inspire delinquent violence--this ebook places those ideals to the attempt. After studying the assumptions in the back of critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century issues approximately sexual deviance, displaying how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian grey, and different works helped build homosexuality as a pathological, risky phenomenon. It then turns to tv and picture, really Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video video clips, to track Gothicized sexuality's lasting effect. relocating to heretical ideals, Gothic Realities surveys ghost tales from Dickens's A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships among fiction and the "real" supernatural. ultimately, it considers connections among Gothic horror and real-world violence, specifically the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

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