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Jessica Pellien <[log in to unmask]>
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I hope you will include these new book notices. If the content is
inappropriate, please let me know and I will not send any further notices.

Thank you so much,

Jessica Pellien
Senior Marketing Associate


History of Israeli Television Reveals National Identity

"Oren effectively shows how debates about television become debates
about the limits of state power. As such, this book will be important
not only for those studying television but also those interested in
larger debates about nations as imagined communities."--Henry Jenkins,
director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program

New Brunswick, NJ-- What does a country's television programming say
about its deep character, beliefs, dreams, and fears? In DEMON IN THE
BOX: Jews, Arabs, Politics, and Culture in the Making of Israeli
Television (Rutgers University Press; Publication Date: July 2004; 240
pages; Paper; $21.95; 0-8135-3420-8), Tasha G. Oren recounts the
anxieties, resistances, and competing visions surrounding the volatile
history of Israeli television, which, in turn, is a reflection of the
nation itself.

Initially rejected as a corrupting influence on "the people of the
book," television became the object of fantasies and anxieties that went
to the heart of Israel's most pressing concerns: Arab-Israeli relations,
immigration, and the forging of a modern Israeli culture. Television
broadcasting was aimed toward external relations--the flow of messages
across borders, Arab-Israeli conflict, and the shaping of public opinion
worldwide--as much as it was toward internal needs and interests.
Through archival research and analysis of public scandals and early
programs, Oren traces Israeli television's transformation from a feared
agent of decadence to a powerful national communication tool, and
eventually, to a vastly popular entertainment medium.

While informed by theoretical concepts and academic arguments, Demon in
the Box is written in an accessible, narrative driven style that is
suitable for both scholars and general readers alike.

Tasha G. Oren is an assistant professor of film and media studies in the
English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is
coeditor of Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (Rutgers
University Press) and Asian American Popular Culture.

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An Indispensable Study of Queer Cinema

New Brunswick, NJ-- In New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader (Rutgers
University Press; Publication Date: September 2004; 224 pages, 6
illustrations, Paper $22.95, 0-8135-3486-0), Michele Aaron explores the
burgeoning film movement that has turned the attention of film
theorists, students, and audiences, to the proliferation of intelligent,
stylish, and daring work by lesbian and gay filmmakers within
independent cinema and to the proliferation of "queer" images and themes
within the mainstream.

She answers important questions such as why did this transition take
place? Was it political gains, cultural momentum, or market forces that
energized the evolution and transformation of this cinematic genre?

The volume is divided into four sections: defining "new queer cinema,"
assessing its filmmakers, examining geographic and national differences,
and theorizing spectatorship. Chapters address the pivotal directors
(Todd Haynes and Gregg Araki) and salient films (Paris is Burning, Boys
Don't Cry), as well as nonmainstream and non-Anglo-American work
(experimental filmmaking and third world cinema). With a critical eye to
its uneasy relationship to the mainstream, New Queer Cinema explores the
aesthetic, sociocultural, political, and, necessarily, commercial
investments of the movement. Although there are certainly other books on
gay and lesbian issues in film, this is the first full-length study of
recent developments in queer cinema, combining indispensable discussions
of central issues with exciting new work by key writers.


    * Provides a definitive introduction to New Queer Cinema
    * Clear structure with each section addressing a key topic in the
      study of New Queer Cinema
    * Themes covered include genre, gender and race, politics, media,
      and the relationship between New Queer Cinema and the mainstream.

Michele Aaron is Lecturer in Film Studies at Brunel University, London.

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Founded in 1936, Rutgers University Press is a non-profit publishing
house operating under the auspices of Rutgers, the State University of
New Jersey, and supported by its Board of Governors. The Press publishes
titles in African American studies, Asian American studies, Asian
studies, art, cultural studies, environmental studies, film, gay and
lesbian studies, health, history, literature, medicine, New Jersey and
regional studies, political science, psychology, religion, sociology,
science, and women's studies. Rutgers University Press is a member of
the Association of American University Presses.

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Jessica Pellien
Senior Marketing Associate
Rutgers University Press
100 Joyce Kilmer Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-445-7762, ext. 625

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