Thursday, April 25, 2013

Editor's Peek into Spring 2013 Film Books

Our senior editor Jim Burr gives a glimpse into our Spring 2013 film books below, all of which are now available on our website at a 33% discount.

The University of Texas Press has an extensive list in film and media studies with a range of over 150 titles that cover everything from the history of the industry and the content of films and television programs, to the impact that they have on society and culture, and the growth and development of other forms of media such as video games and comic books.

Our Spring 2013 season is no exception. Director studies predominate here, though each is very different: Martha Nochimson examines the more recent films of David Lynch through the lenses of quantum physics and Vedic philosophy; Mark Gallagher uses the varied output of Steven Soderbergh to investigate what film authorship really means now; and the queer nature of Ingmar Bergman's films leads Daniel Humphrey into a new examination of that director's work and its role in the burgeoning queer culture in America after World War II.

In addition, Eric Goldman writes about the evolving story of American Jews as told through film over the last century, while Cynthia Thompkins offers an overview of experimental Latin America cinema from the past two decades. Finally, Peter Lev details the history of Twentieth Century-Fox during its first thirty years from both a filmmaking and business perspective.

In recent seasons, we have attracted a lot of interest in our books on the cultural impact of black superheroes (Super Black by Adilifu Nama); the proliferation of images from John F. Kennedy's assassination (Zaprudered by Øyvind Vågnes); the role of the CIA in the creation of various films and programs (The CIA in Hollywood by Tricia Jenkins); and the history of filmmaking in Austin, Texas (Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids by Alison Macor), among many others. We are very proud of these books and the role they play in our overall film and media studies offerings! 

Jim Burr, Senior Editor at UT Press


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