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Now available from Indiana University Press:

The B Word
Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television
Maria San Filippo

"In The B Word . . . Maria San Filippo turns her razor-sharp intellect on
the representation of bisexuality in modern media, where it still remains
somewhat unspoken, often overshadowed by the hard-won visibility of gays
and lesbians. Placing bisexual desire center stage, San Filippo¹s book is
a much-needed addition to the field of queer media studies." ‹Next Magazine

Often disguised in public discourse by terms like "gay," "homoerotic,"
"homosocial," or "queer," bisexuality is strangely absent from queer
studies and virtually untreated in film and media criticism. Maria San
Filippo aims to explore the central role bisexuality plays in contemporary
screen culture, establishing its importance in representation, marketing,
and spectatorship. By examining a variety of media genres including art
cinema, sexploitation cinema and vampire films, "bromances," and series
television, San Filippo discovers "missed moments" where bisexual readings
of these texts reveal a more malleable notion of subjectivity and
eroticism. San Filippo's work moves beyond the subject of
heteronormativity and responds to "compulsory monosexuality," where it's
not necessarily a couple's gender that is at issue, but rather that an
individual chooses one or the other. The B Word transcends dominant
relational formation (gay, straight, or otherwise) and brings a discursive
voice to the field of queer and film studies.

294 pp., 26 b&w screen grabs
cloth 978-0-253-00879-4 $75.00
paper 978-0-253-00885-5 $25.00
ebook 978-0-253-00892-3 $21.99

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African Cinema from Below
Kenneth W. Harrow

"Reading these films in this manner becomes a metaphor of how one must
understand African nations in a global context . . . . highly original and
deeply historicized." ‹Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan

Highlighting what is melodramatic, flashy, low, and gritty in the
characters, images, and plots of African cinema, Kenneth W. Harrow uses
trash as the unlikely metaphor to show how these films have depicted the
globalized world. Rather than focusing on topics such as national
liberation and postcolonialism, he employs the disruptive notion of trash
to propose a destabilizing aesthetics of African cinema. Harrow argues
that the spread of commodity capitalism has bred a culture of materiality
and waste that now pervades African film. He posits that a view from below
permits a way to understand the tropes of trash present in African
cinematic imagery.

344 pp., 44 b&w illus.
cloth 978-0-253-00744-5 $85.00
paper 978-0-253-00751-3 $30.00
ebook 978-0-253-00757-5 $25.99

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Post-Revolution Nonfiction Film
Building the Soviet and Cuban Nations
Joshua Malitsky

"A splendid and highly readable book which imbues a suggestive comparison
of cinema in the early years of the Soviet and Cuban revolutions with
fresh insights." ‹Michael Chanan, author of Cuban Cinema

In the charged atmosphere of post-revolution, artistic and political
forces often join in the effort to reimagine a new national space for a
liberated people. Joshua Malitsky examines nonfiction film and nation
building to better understand documentary film as a tool used by the state
to create powerful historical and political narratives. Drawing on
newsreels and documentaries produced in the aftermath of the Russian
revolution of 1917 and the Cuban revolution of 1959, Malitsky demonstrates
the ability of nonfiction film to help shape the new citizen and unify,
edify, and modernize society as a whole. Post-Revolution Nonfiction Film
not only presents a critical historical view of the politics, rhetoric,
and aesthetics shaping post-revolution Soviet and Cuban culture but also
provides a framework for understanding the larger political and cultural
implications of documentary and nonfiction film.

290 pp., 19 b&w illus.
cloth 978-0-253-00764-3 $80.00
paper 978-0-253-00766-7 $28.00
ebook 978-0-253-00770-4 $23.99

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Related Russian film/media titles:

Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s

Blockbuster History in the New Russia

Laura Baich
Electronic Marketing Manager
Indiana University Press
Office of Scholarly Publishing
Herman B Wells Library 350
1320 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-3907

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