American War Cinema and Media since Vietnam

Author: Patricia Keeton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137277890
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No other cinematic genre more sharply illustrates the contradictions of American society - notions about social class, politics, and socio-economic ideology - than the war film. This book examines the latest cycle of war films to reveal how they mediate and negotiate the complexities of war, class, and a military-political mission largely gone bad.

History and Film

Author: Eleftheria Thanouli
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501340794
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History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines addresses the representation of history in cinema, a much-argued debate on the need to understand cinematic history in its own terms and develop a certain vocabulary for discussing historical films, their relation to public history, and their impact on public historical consciousness. Eleftheria Thanouli does this by changing the agenda altogether - combining a macro-level perspective with a micro-level one in order to argue that cinematic history is the dominant form of historiography in the 20th century, as it succeeded in remediating and repurposing the key formal, rhetorical, and ideological practices of 19th-century professional historiography. With case studies ranging from The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful, to The Fog of War and The Last Bolshevik, Thanouli bridges the gap between history and film studies and lays the foundations for a new visual historiography.

Camera Politica

Author: Michael Ryan
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253206046
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" … a modern mythography, a study of contemporary Hollywood films based on the tools offered by feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxist cultural theory, and deconstruction." —Village Voice "Solidly thought-out observation of the films of the 70's and 80's that comment on the system." —Audience "... intelligent, open advocacy. Its responsible arrangement of carefully described cultural materials will challenge students and instructors alike." —Teaching Philosophy Camera Politica is a comprehensive study of Hollywood film during a period of tremendous change in American history, a period that witnessed the end of the American empire, crises in the economy, a failure of political leadership, loss at war, and the rise of the Right.

North American Critical Theory After Postmodernism

Author: P. Nickel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137262869
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In a series of interviews this book explores the formative experiences of a generation of critical theorists whose work originated in the midst of what has been called 'the postmodern turn,' including discussions of their views on the evolution of critical theory over the past 30 years and their assessment of contemporary politics.

Beyond the Stars Themes and ideologies in American popular film

Author: Paul Loukides
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879727017
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The essays in Beyond the Stars 5 examine a small but important sample of the conventional themes and ideologies treated in popular film. Among the topics covered are family, social class, gender roles, politics, warfare, hedonism, and the 1960s.

Political Regimes and the Media in Asia

Author: Center for Research in Culture and Communication Krishna Sen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134142145
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This book analyzes the relationship between political power and the media in a range of nation states in East and Southeast Asia, focusing in particular on the place of the media in authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes. It discusses the centrality of media in sustaining repressive regimes, and the key role of the media in the transformation and collapse of such regimes. It questions in particular the widely held beliefs, that the state can have complete control over the media consumption of its citizens, that commercialization of the media necessarily leads to democratization, and that the transnational, liberal dimensions of western media are crucial for democratic movements in Asia. Countries covered include Burma, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Der Sympathisant

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 3641207894
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»Meisterhaft. DER SYMPATHISANT ist zum Klassiker bestimmt.« T.C. Boyle Im April 1975 wird eine Gruppe südvietnamesischer Offiziere unter dramatischen Bedingungen aus Saigon in die USA geflogen. Darunter ein als Adjutant getarnter kommunistischer Spion. In Los Angeles soll er weiterhin ein Auge auf die politischen Gegner haben, ringt jedoch immer mehr mit seinem Doppelleben, den Absurditäten des Spionagewesens, der Konsumgesellschaft und seiner eigenen Identität: “Ich bin ein Spion, ein Schläfer, ein Maulwurf, ein Mann mit zwei Gesichtern. Da ist es vielleicht kein Wunder, dass ich auch ein Mann mit zwei Seelen bin.“ Ein literarischer Polit-Thriller über den Vietnamkrieg und seine Folgen, eine meisterhafte Aufarbeitung über die Missverständnisse zwischen Kapitalismus und Kommunismus, ein schillerndes Werk über das Scheitern von Idealen, ein bravouröser Roman über die universelle Erfahrung von Verlust, Flucht und Vertreibung.

Starship Troopers

Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783404141593
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Die Menschheit befindet sich ein einem unerbittlichen Krieg mit den Bugs, Insektenwesen aus den Tiefen des Weltalls, einem Krieg, der alle Lebensbereiche durchdringt. Die Bürgerrechte werden auf der Erde nur jenem zugesprochen, der seinen Militärdienst geleistet hat. Auch die Soldaten an Bord der Rodger Young müssen in den Kampf zeihen. Sie sind Starship Troopers, die Infanteristen in diesem galaktischen Konflikt, und sie trifft der Schrecken, die Einsamkeit und die Angst am härtesten ... 1959 erhielt Robert Heinlein für diesen Roman den Hugo Award, einen der international bedeutendsten Preise der Science Fiction. Seit seinem Erscheinen löst er immer wieder heftige Diskussionen aus. Eines ist jedoch sicher: Er ist einer der spannendsten Romane des Autors und zählt zu seinen Schlüsselwerken. Aufwendig fürs Kino verfilmt wurde das Buch Ende der 90er Jahre von Paul Verhoeven.

Iraq in the Twenty First Century

Author: Tareq Y. Ismael
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317567587
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Much has been written about the events surrounding the 2003 Anglo-American invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, especially about the intentions, principles, plans and course of action of US policy, but much less attention has been given to the consequences of US policy on Iraqi political and social development. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the impact of US policy on the social and political development of Iraq in the twenty-first century. It shows how not just the institutions of the state were destroyed in 2003, leaving the way open for sectarianism, but also the country’s cultural integrity, political coherence, and national-oriented economy. It outlines how Iraq has been economically impoverished, assessing the appalling situation which ordinary people, including women and children, have endured, not just as a result of the 2003 war, but also as a consequence of the 1991 war and the sanctions imposed in the following years. The book argues that the social, political, and cultural ruin that accompanied the Iraq war was an absolute catastrophe; that the policies which had such adverse effects were the foreseeable consequences of deliberate policy choices; and that those responsible continue to evade being made accountable.