Book launch: new edition of The American President in Film and Television

The new, revised edition of The American President in Film and Television: Myth, Politics and Representation by Gregory Frame will be launched at the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre in Bangor on Wednesday 31 January 2018. The launch will include a screening of The American President (dir. Rob Reiner) at 5:30pm introduced by the author. … Continue reading

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Frank Capra and the Cinema of Identity published

This study proposes a new definition of Frank Capra’s work as a cinema of identity, focusing on his reflection on American national identity as well as his own positioning as a US immigrant. The interplay of celebration and interrogation is used to show the two poles of his films’ narrative structure, placing in a new … Continue reading

Poe: The Trauma of an Era published

«I consider [Altamirano] superlatively well qualified. He has studied Poe’s works closely, and in my opinion knows them as intimately as do the leading American scholars and critics of Poe. His ‹historia intelectual› promises to open a whole new era …» — Kenneth Silverman, Professor Emeritus in English, New York University, author of the biography … Continue reading

Contemporary Writing and the Politics of Space published

This collective volume explores questions of space in contemporary literary texts from a range of theoretical perspectives. In addition to mapping the «spatial turn» in literary and cultural studies, this volume also brings together studies that apply spatial theory to the analysis of literary texts. Contributors tackle a broad range of themes, including how prose … Continue reading

Subtitling African American English into French published

In Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, African American character Mookie throws a rubbish bin through the window of the pizzeria he works for, which is owned by an Italian American family. Translators often find themselves in a position of moral ambiguity similar to that of Mookie: at the nexus between cultures, translators have to … Continue reading

John Berryman: Centenary Essays published #WorldPoetryDay

Drawing on the proceedings of two conferences organized to celebrate the centenary of John Berryman’s birth in 2014, John Berryman: Centenary Essays provides new perspectives on a major US American poet’s work by critics from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. In addition to new readings of important aspects of Berryman’s development … Continue reading

Author Gregory Frame speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Gregory Frame, author of The American President in Film and Television, will be speaking about his research at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 8 October: From The West Wing to Independence Day, fictional US presidents are everywhere on screen. Do they have any actual bearing on our understanding of the presidency, or the United … Continue reading

Masculinities in American Western Films published

The «Western» embodies many of the stereotypes of masculinity: rugged, independent men in cowboy hats roam the barren landscapes of the American West, resolving conflicts with guns and tough talk. Where did these cowboys come from? What historical trends led to their emergence on screen? This book explores the relationship between the Western, film and … Continue reading

New book series: Transamerican Film and Literature

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new book series Transamerican Film and Literature Series Editors James Ramey, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Cuajimalpa, México Maricruz Castro Ricalde, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México Lauro Zavala, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, México This series publishes scholarly contributions to the growing and ever-changing fields of film and literary studies … Continue reading

‘An assuredly deft and engaging exploration of how presidential figures function in American film and television …’

Gregory Frame’s The American President in Film and Television: Myth, Politics and Representation was the Runner-up in the BAFTSS 2016 Best Book Award! Congratulations, Greg! The award panel had this to say: ‘An assuredly deft and engaging exploration of how presidential figures function in American film and television, Gregory’s book is anchored in textual readings … Continue reading

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