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.

‘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

Peter Lang at MeCCSA

Peter Lang will have a bookstand at MeCCSA on 10-12 January 2018 at London South Bank University. Please plan to come by our bookstand to see our latest publications and speak with our Publishing Director, Lucy Melville (l.melville@peterlang.com), and our Senior Commissioning Editor, Laurel Plapp (l.plapp@peterlang.com). We are also happy to schedule appointments in advance … Continue reading

Mexican Transnational Cinema and Literature published

«It was a great night for Mexico, as usual.» Donald Trump’s words about Alejandro González Iñárritu on Oscars’ night 2014 were a preview of his now-notorious attitude toward Mexicans: «He’s walking away with all the gold? Was it that good? I don’t hear that. It was certainly a big night for them.» Although the future … Continue reading

Book launch for Children’s Media and Modernity and Wallace & Gromit screening

Children’s Media and Modernity: Film, Television and Digital Games by Ewan Kirkland will be launched on Friday 20 October at 11 am at the Duke of York’s Picture House in Brighton. The event will include a screening of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and an introduction by author Dr Kirkland. Throughout the modern … Continue reading

Series re-launch: New Studies in European Cinema

Peter Lang Oxford is pleased to announce the re-launch of the series New Studies in European Cinema under new editorship: New Studies in European Cinema Series Editors Wendy Everett (University of Bath) and Fiona Handyside (University of Exeter) With its focus on new critical, theoretical, and cultural developments in contemporary film studies, this series encourages … Continue reading

(Re)imagining African Independence published

The fortieth anniversary of the independence of the African countries colonized by Portugal presents a valuable opportunity to reassess how colonialism has been «imagined» through the medium of the moving image. The essays collected in this volume investigate Portuguese colonialism and its filmic and audio-visual imaginaries both during and after the Estado Novo regime, examining … Continue reading

Children’s Media and Modernity published

Throughout the modern era the figure of the child has consistently reflected adult concerns about industrialisation, urbanisation, technology, consumerism and capitalism. Children represent a symbolic retreat from modern life, culturally aligned with fairy tales, medievalism, animals and nature. Yet children also embody the future and are often identified with the most contemporary forms of popular … Continue reading

Book launch: Mapping Cinematic Norths

  Mapping Cinematic Norths: International Interpretations in Film and Television, edited by Julia Dobson and Jonathan Rayner, will be launched at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Jessop West, Sheffield, on Wednesday 19 July at 5.30pm.   Mapping Cinematic Norths presents an international range of research and enquiry into the significance, representation and manipulation of depictions of the ‘North’ in cinema and … Continue reading

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