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From the introductory pages of their cowritten book Queer Cinema in the World, Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt plot a course for their readers by mapping the themes they will address throughout the book: counterpublics, covert and overt identities, and the legibility of sexuality and politics across and between different (social, political, economic, national, regional, linguistic) cultures and different cinematic cultures.

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Book excerpt available! Click here to get started. from Film Quarterly Fall 2016, Volume 70, Number 1 Regina Longo Michael Boyce Gillespie’s introduction to Film Blackness and the Idea of Black Film begins with a series of questions that seem to be posed to reader and author alike, for he declares that this book is […]

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Laura Horak’s first monograph, Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908–1934, is refreshing and invigorating. In a moment when pop culture is ablaze with stories of the “novelty” of transgender and gender nonconforming people, this historian was delighted to sink into a thoroughly researched book that was ten years in the making.

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Book excerpt available! Click here to get started. from Film Quarterly Spring 2016, Volume 69, Number 3 Regina Longo There is no easy way into an anthology of primary source texts of German-language film theory, originally published between 1907 and 1933, featuring well over 250 carefully curated texts appearing for the first time in English-language […]

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Homay King’s book, her second, is the kind that warrants more than one reading. But there is no awkward or dense prose, often a hallmark of theoretical texts that turn reading into an academic exercise.

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Book excerpt available! Click here to get started. from Film Quarterly Summer 2015, Volume 68, Number 4 Regina Longo When I met with Bernie Cook in his office on the Georgetown University campus—where he is Associate Dean in Georgetown College (the University’s College of Arts and Sciences) and Director of Film and Media Studies—he confirmed […]

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When I interviewed Cara Caddoo for this column, we talked about the current state of racial politics in the United States. Despite the long road ahead and the critical, collective work that must be done to achieve equality, historians like Cara Caddoo are bringing to the surface narratives that will become part of a larger conversation of the history of race and media in the US.

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Eric Smoodin and Jon Lewis first met on a college campus as film studies graduate students in 1979. When the opportunity arose to talk to them about their latest collaboration, I welcomed the chance to learn about the process behind putting together an anthology that is very likely to become a staple in college classrooms

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Kristen Whissel’s latest book, Spectacular Digital Effects: CGI and Contemporary Cinema, examines the relationship between narrative and spectacle in contemporary blockbuster cinema. Whissel is no stranger to this terrain. She has been deepening her theories of spectacular narrativity since she began publishing on the subject of early cinema and the American experience of technological modernity.

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How to make manifest the spirit and intentions of a movement that has yet to triumph over an oppressive but dominant adversary? Issue a manifesto. Stand up and speak out.

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