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Dear SCREEN-L subscribers,

We hope you find these titles of interest.

The Disney Fetish
SeŠn J. Harrington
   "This book of Lacanian cartoon metaphysics is a wild ride, like a hacked and rewired attraction at Disneyland. It will decimate and reanimate your memories of the Disney Classics, in its carambolage of psychoanalysis, studio history, characterology, audience reception, artists' chimeric reappropriations, narrative readings and post-Marxist cultural studies." -Esther Leslie, Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London
   "Through a synthesis of theoretical perspectives, Harrington masterfully critiques and complicates Disney consumption, providing valuable insights about media consumption generally. This unique and fascinating analysis of the perversity of the Disney world provides another opportunity to understand media and media audiences. A welcome addition to the study of Disney." -Janet Wasko, Professor and Knight Chair in Communication Research, University of Oregon
   Long considered a figurehead of family values and wholesome adolescence, the Disney franchise has faced increasing criticism over its gendered representations of children in film, its stereotypical representations of race and non-white cultures, and its emphasis on the heterosexual couple. Against a historical backdrop of studio history, audience reception, and the industrial-organizational apparatus of Disney media, SeŠn Harrington examines the Disney classics through a psychoanalytical framework to explore the spirit of devotion, fandom, and frenzy that is instilled in consumers of Disney products and that underlie the fantasy of the Magic Kingdom. This compelling study demystifies the unsettling cleanliness and pretensions to innocence that the Disney brand claims to hold.

Indiana University Press
February 2015 244pp 3 color illus., 25 b&w illus. 9780861967131 Paperback £21.99 now only £17.59 when you quote CSL415JLIB when you order.

The Matter of Vision

Affective Neurobiology & Cinema
Peter Wyeth
   "The book has (an) important overlap with what some of the brightest people in computational neuroscience are saying - that there is a 'third way' for brains to work that is not connectionist or language symbol manipulation but something more pictorial that we should all have known about but has been missed. (Wyeth may have to be) content that just a few people may find it rather exciting, (but) what I particularly like about the book is that it points us in a direction with huge scope." -Journal of Consciousness Studies
   Cinematic analysis has often supported the notion that cinema can be understood by drawing parallels with language. Peter Wyeth contends that this analytical framework often fails to consider the fundamental fact of cinema's visual nature. In The Matter of Vision, Wyeth seeks to redress this oversight by grounding his analysis in neuroscience and evolutionary biology, finding herein the potential for a qualitatively superior understanding of the cinematic medium.

Indiana University Press
February 2015 226pp 9780861967124 Paperback £24.99 now only £19.99 when you quote CSL415JLIB when you order.

Alternative Projections

Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980
Edited by David E. James & Adam Hyman
   Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is a groundbreaking anthology that features papers from a conference and series of film screenings on postwar avant-garde filmmaking in Los Angeles sponsored by Filmforum, the Getty Foundation, and the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, together with newly-commissioned essays, an account of the screening series, reprints of historical documents by and about experimental filmmakers in the region, and other rare photographs and ephemera. The resulting diverse and multi-voiced collection is of great importance, not simply for its relevance to Los Angeles, but also for its general discoveries and projections about alternative cinemas.

Indiana University Press
March 2015 320pp 57 b&w illus. 9780861967155 Paperback £28.99 now only £23.19 when you quote CSL415JLIB when you order.

American Cinematographers in the Great War, 1914-1918
Edited by James W. Castellan, Ron van Dopperen & Cooper C. Graham
   At the start of hostilities in World War I, when the United States was still neutral, American newsreel companies and newspapers sent a new kind of journalist, the film correspondent, to Europe to record the Great War. These pioneering cameramen, accustomed to carrying the Kodaks and Graflexes of still photography, had to lug cumbersome equipment into the trenches. Facing dangerous conditions on the front, they also risked summary execution as supposed spies while navigating military red tape, censorship, and the business interests of the film and newspaper companies they represented. Based on extensive research in European and American archives, American Cinematographers in the Great War, 1914-1918 follows the adventures of these cameramen as they managed to document and film the atrocities around them in spite of enormous difficulties.

Indiana University Press
February 2015 320pp 10 color illus., 100 b&w illus. 9780861967179 Paperback £26.99 now only £21.59 when you quote CSL415JLIB when you order.

Performing New Media, 1890-1915
Edited by Kaveh Askari, Scott Curtis, Frank Gray, Louis Pelletier, Tami Williams & Joshua Yumibe
   In the years before the First World War, showmen, entrepreneurs, educators, and scientists used magic lanterns and cinematographs in many contexts and many venues. To employ these silent screen technologies to deliver diverse and complex programs usually demanded audio accompaniment, creating a performance of both sound and image. These shows might include live music, song, lectures, narration, and synchronized sound effects provided by any available party-projectionist, local talent, accompanist or backstage crew-and would often borrow techniques from shadow plays and tableaux vivants. The performances were not immune to the influence of social and cultural forces, such as censorship or reform movements. This collection of essays considers the ways in which different visual practices carried out at the turn of the 20th century shaped performances on and beside the screen.

Indiana University Press
May 2014 336pp 39 b&w illus. 9780861967148 Paperback £26.99 now only £21.59 when you quote CSL415JLIB when you order.

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