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AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora's Surrealist Fiction

AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora's Surrealist Fiction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rochelle Spencer
December 20, 2019

Examining the surrealist novels of several contemporary writers including Edwidge Danticat, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Junot Díaz, Helen Oyeyemi, and Colson Whitehead, AfroSurrealism, the first book-length exploration of AfroSurreal fiction, argues that we have entered a new and exciting era...

Death in Contemporary Popular Culture

Death in Contemporary Popular Culture

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Adriana Teodorescu, Michael Hviid Jacobsen
December 20, 2019

With intense and violent portrayals of death becoming ever more common on television and in cinema and the growth of death-centric movies, series, texts, songs and video clips attracting a wide and enthusiastic global reception, we might well ask whether death has ceased to be a taboo. What makes...

Crazy Funny: Popular Black Satire and The Method of Madness

Crazy Funny: Popular Black Satire and The Method of Madness

1st Edition

Lisa A. Guerrero
October 28, 2019

This book examines the ways in which contemporary works of black satire make black racial madness legible in ways that allow us to see the connections between suffering from racism and suffering from mental illness. Showing how an understanding of racism as a root cause of mental and emotional...

HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power

HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power

1st Edition

Victoria McCollum, Giuliana Monteverde
October 17, 2019

This book constitutes the first major exploration of HBO's current programming, examined in the context of the transformation of American television and global society. With studies of well-known shows such as Game of Thrones, Girls, Insecure, Looking, Silicon Valley, The Comeback, The Leftovers,...

Prestige Television and Prison in the Age of Mass Incarceration: A Wall Rise Up

Prestige Television and Prison in the Age of Mass Incarceration: A Wall Rise Up

1st Edition

Victoria M. Bryan
September 03, 2019

Television shows that we might call ‘prestige television’ represent prison in ways that are sometimes reductive, sometimes powerful, and sometimes exceedingly complex. This book examines various programmes across the genres of drama, comedy and horror that utilize prison or places of incarceration...

Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear

Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear

1st Edition

Victoria McCollum
June 25, 2019

Horror films have traditionally sunk their teeth into straitened times, reflecting, expressing and validating the spirit of the epoch, and capitalising on the political and cultural climate in which they are made. This book shows how the horror genre has adapted itself to the transformation of...

A Perfect Union?: Television and the Winning of Same-Sex Marriage

A Perfect Union?: Television and the Winning of Same-Sex Marriage

1st Edition

Cory Albertson
June 10, 2019

On June 26, 2015, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy declared same-sex marriage "is so ordered" across the United States. The day will no doubt be remembered as a landmark shift in how U.S. society views and validates marriage and romantic relationships. But the shift would not have happened...

Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle

Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle

1st Edition

CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, Christopher J. Olson
March 05, 2019

This book examines how the current era of "convergence" has affected, and is reflected in, the world of professional wrestling, which combines several different genres, including drama, action, comedy, horror, science fiction, and even romance. Professional wrestling’s business practices exist...

Belligerent Broadcasting: Synthetic argument in broadcast talk

Belligerent Broadcasting: Synthetic argument in broadcast talk

1st Edition

Michael Higgins, Angela Smith
January 31, 2019

Why is rudeness such a prominent feature of contemporary broadcasting? If broadcasting is about the enactment of sociability, then how can we account for the fact that broadcasting has become a sphere of anger, humiliation, anger, dispute and upset? And to what extent does belligerence in...

Contemporary European Cinema: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis

Contemporary European Cinema: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis

1st Edition

Betty Kaklamanidou, Ana M. Corbalán
December 03, 2018

This book offers a range of accounts of the state of "European Cinema" in a specific sociopolitical era: that of the global economic crisis that began in 2008 and the more recent refugee and humanitarian crisis. With the recession having become a popular theme of economic, demographic, and...

Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity

Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity

1st Edition

David Berry
October 18, 2018

In 2008 another economic crisis emerged in the long history of capitalism which created a period of ‘austerity economics’ across many nations. Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity examines how austerity has impacted upon cultural politics in relation to understanding how established power...

Superheroes and American Self Image: From War to Watergate

Superheroes and American Self Image: From War to Watergate

1st Edition

Michael Goodrum
June 16, 2017

This book offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of comic-books, mobilising them as a means to understand better the political context in which they are produced. Structured around key political events in the US between 1938 and 1975, the author combines analyses of visual and textual...

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