New revised paperback edition available: The American President in Film and Television

«In the age of Trump, cinema’s relationship to politics has become more important than ever. In Frame’s brilliant book, the way presidents – real and fictional – have been portrayed on film becomes almost a playbook for the rise and conduct of the forty-fifth chief executive.» (Ian Scott, author of «American Politics in Hollywood Film») … Continue reading


Unbridling the Western Film Auteur published

According to Jim Kitses (1969), the Western originally offered American directors a rich canvas to express a singular authorial vision of the American past and its significance. The Western’s recognizable conventions and symbols, rich filmic heritage, and connections to pulp fiction created a widely spoken «language» for self-expression and supplemented each filmmaker’s power to express … Continue reading


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

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