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Grand Illusions - American Art and the First World War (Hardcover): David Lubin Grand Illusions - American Art and the First World War (Hardcover)
David Lubin
R889 Discovery Miles 8 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A vivid, engaging account of the artists and artworks that sought to make sense of America's first total war, Grand Illusions takes readers on a compelling journey through the major historical events leading up to and beyond US involvement in WWI to discover the vast and pervasive influence of the conflict on American visual culture. David M. Lubin presents a highly original examination of the era's fine arts and entertainment to show how they ranged from patriotic idealism to profound disillusionment. In stylishly written chapters, Lubin assesses the war's impact on two dozen painters, designers, photographers, and filmmakers from 1914 to 1933. He considers well-known figures such as Marcel Duchamp, John Singer Sargent, D. W. Griffith, and the African American outsider artist Horace Pippin while resurrecting forgotten artists such as the mask-maker Anna Coleman Ladd, the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and the combat artist Claggett Wilson. The book is liberally furnished with illustrations from epoch-defining posters, paintings, photographs, and films. Armed with rich cultural-historical details and an interdisciplinary narrative approach, David Lubin creatively upends traditional understandings of the Great War's effects on the visual arts in America.

Inside Studio 54 (Hardcover): Mark Fleischman Inside Studio 54 (Hardcover)
Mark Fleischman; As told to Denise Chatman, Mimi Fleischman
R535 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R76 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Inside Studio 54, the former owner takes you behind the scenes of the most famous nightclub in the world, through the crowd, to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled-up hundred-dollar bills. In the early eighties, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world's most glamorous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978 landed its former owners in jail. Inside Studio 54 invites you to revisit the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and seemingly endless partying. Following Fleischman as he built connections as a hotel, restaurant, and club owner that lead him to Studio 54. Inside Studio 54 takes the reader from Brazil to the heights of debauchery in the Virgin Islands and finally to New York City. A star-studded thrill ride through decadent and drug-fueled parties at the legendary Studio 54.

Desert Islands and the Liquid Modern (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Barney Samson Desert Islands and the Liquid Modern (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Barney Samson
R1,338 Discovery Miles 13 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book investigates desert islands in postwar anglophone popular culture, exploring representations in radio, print and screen advertising, magazine cartoons, cinema, video games, and comedy, drama and reality television. Drawing on Zygmunt Bauman's theory of liquid modernity, desert island texts are analysed in terms of their intersections with repressive and seductive mechanisms of power. Chapters focus on the desert island as: a conflictingly in/coherent space that characterises identity as deferred and structured by choice; a location whose 'remoteness' undermines satirical critiques of communal identity formation; a site whose ambivalent relationship with 'home' and Otherness destabilises patriarchal 'Western' subjectivity; a space bound up with mobility and instantaneity; and an expression of radical individuality and underdetermined identity. The desert island in popular culture is shown to reflect, endorse and critique a profoundly consumerist society that seduces us with promises of coherence, with the threat of repression looming if we do not conform.

Xiangsheng and the Emergence of Guo Degang in Contemporary China (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Shenshen Cai, Emily Dunn Xiangsheng and the Emergence of Guo Degang in Contemporary China (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Shenshen Cai, Emily Dunn
R2,324 Discovery Miles 23 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores xiangsheng, one of the most popular folk art performance genres in China, its enlistment by official propaganda machine after the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and its revival in popularity under Guo Degang and his Deyun Club. Just as the 1950's saw the shift of xiangsheng 's social function from entertainment to the political tool of 'serving the party', Guo Degang has completed the paradigm shift by turning its focus back to 'serving the people' as a means of entertainment and social criticism. This volume examines how Guo has resurrected the essence of xiangsheng, successfully commercialised it in a market economy, and simultaneously deconstructed the official discourse through grassroots means.

Indie Reframed - Women's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema (Paperback): Linda Badley, Claire... Indie Reframed - Women's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema (Paperback)
Linda Badley, Claire Perkins, Michele Schreiber
R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With the consolidation of 'indie' culture in the 21st century, female filmmakers face an increasingly indifferent climate. Within this sector, women work across all aspects of writing, direction, production, editing and design, yet the dominant narrative continues to construe 'maverick' white male auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson as the face of indie discourse. Defying the formulaic myths of the mainstream 'chick flick' and the ideological and experimental radicalism of feminist counter-cinema alike, women's indie filmmaking is neither ironic, popular nor political enough to be readily absorbed into pre-existing categories. This ground-breaking collection, the first sustained examination of the work of female practitioners within American independent cinema, reclaims the 'difference' of female indie filmmaking. Through a variety of case studies of directors, writers and producers such as Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham and Christine Vachon, contributors explore the innovation of a range of female practitioners by attending to the sensibilities, ideologies and industrial practices that distinguish their work -- while embracing the 'in-between' space in which the narratives they represent and embody can be revealed.

Metz: Film Language (Pr Only) (Hardcover, Univ of Chicago PR ed.): Metz Metz: Film Language (Pr Only) (Hardcover, Univ of Chicago PR ed.)
Metz
R827 Discovery Miles 8 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A pioneer in the field, Christian Metz applies insights of structural linguistics to the language of film.
"The semiology of film . . . can be held to date from the publication in 1964 of the famous essay by Christian Metz, 'Le cinema: langue ou langage?'"--Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, "Times Literary Supplement"
"Modern film theory begins with Metz."--Constance Penley, coeditor of "Camera Obscura"
"Any consideration of semiology in relation to the particular field signifying practice of film passes inevitably through a reference to the work of Christian Metz. . . . The first book to be written in this field, "Film Language"] is important not merely because of this primacy but also because of the issues it raises . . . issues that have become crucial to the contemporary argument."--Stephen Heath, "Screen"

Every Trick in the Book (Paperback): Charlie Dancey Every Trick in the Book (Paperback)
Charlie Dancey 1
R383 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Leading circus skills author Charlie Dancey has spent over 20 years compiling this book of the world's coolest tricks, from unicycles to levitation, and vanishing coins to lion-taming.

Film-Induced Tourism (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Sue Beeton Film-Induced Tourism (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Sue Beeton
R901 R821 Discovery Miles 8 210 Save R80 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This research-based monograph presents an introduction to the concept of film-induced tourism, building on the work of the seminal first edition. Many new case studies exploring the relationship between film and TV and tourism have been added and existing cases have been updated. The book incorporates studies on film studio theme parks, the impact of film-induced tourism on communities and the effect of film on tourists' behaviour. It introduces new content including film-induced tourism in non-Western cultures, movie tours and contents tourism. The book is an essential resource for postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of tourism, film and media studies.

Easy Maze Puzzle Book for Kids - Volume 2 (Small Hardcover Puzzle Book for Children) (Hardcover): Sheba Blake Easy Maze Puzzle Book for Kids - Volume 2 (Small Hardcover Puzzle Book for Children) (Hardcover)
Sheba Blake
R695 R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Save R69 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Our Paused World (Hardcover): Oskar Leonard Our Paused World (Hardcover)
Oskar Leonard
R632 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R61 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Audition - Everything An Actor Needs To Know To Get The Part (Paperback): Michael Shurtleff Audition - Everything An Actor Needs To Know To Get The Part (Paperback)
Michael Shurtleff
R196 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R33 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for  Broadway shows like Chicago and  Becket and for films like The  Graduate and Jesus Christ  Superstar. His legendary course on auditioning has  launched hundreds of successful careers. Now in this  book he tells the all-important HOW for all  aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to  the proven talent trying out for that  chance-in-a-million role!

Cinematography for Directors, 2nd Edition - A Guide for Creative Collaboration (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Jacqueline B. Frost Cinematography for Directors, 2nd Edition - A Guide for Creative Collaboration (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Jacqueline B. Frost
R796 R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Save R156 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Searching for Candy - John Candy:A Biography (Paperback): Tracey J. Morgan Searching for Candy - John Candy:A Biography (Paperback)
Tracey J. Morgan
R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
La Divina Caricatura - Bunraku Meets Motown (Paperback): Lee Breuer La Divina Caricatura - Bunraku Meets Motown (Paperback)
Lee Breuer
R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This unique book is a graphic novel and performance poem, a mixed-media musical cartoon, an animated feature film come to life. Lee Breuer's La Divina Caricatura is in the pataphysical tradition of Alfred Jarry--if Jarry had been a Dante fan. In this play we meet unforgettable characters: Rose the Dog, who thinks she is a woman; her lover John, a junkie filmmaker; Ponzi Porco, PhD, a pig in love with the New York Times; and the Warrior Ant, who, to impress his father, Trotsky the Termite, declares the "perpetual revolution" of the bugs of the fifth world. Each a soul on its own pilgrimage, seldom with a Virgil or a Beatrice to guide them, they often try to guide each other, only to get more lost. A dazzling, comic, potent mix of ideas and character, invention and reality, the plays in La Divina Caricatura reinvigorate the stage for our time.

Advertising in Contemporary Consumer Culture (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Helene de... Advertising in Contemporary Consumer Culture (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Helene de Burgh-Woodman
R2,353 Discovery Miles 23 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the first scholarly book dedicated to reading the work of contemporary filmmakers and their impact on modern marketing and advertising. Drawing from consumer culture theory, film and media studies, the author presents an expansive analysis of a range of renowned filmmakers who have successfully applied their aesthetic and narrative vision to commercial advertising. It challenges some traditional advertising tropes and sheds light on the changing nature of advertising in the contemporary media context. Utilising Deleuze and Guattari's notion of assemblage, this book addresses themes of spatiality and time, narrative and aesthetics and consumer reception within a new frame of reference that re-contextualises classical concepts of genre, platform and aesthetic categories. These diverse elements are embedded into a larger discussion of the resonance of contemporary advertising for consumer culture and the implications of the hybridity characteristic of convergent media platforms for understanding the potential of advertising in the twenty-first century. It offers a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary perspective for researchers, academics, and practitioners working in marketing communications, advertising, and media studies.

Platform Power and Policy in Transforming Television Markets (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Tom... Platform Power and Policy in Transforming Television Markets (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Tom Evens, Karen Donders
R1,746 Discovery Miles 17 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book seeks to investigate 'platform power' in the multi-platform era and unravels the evolution of power structures in the TV industry as a result of platformisation. Multiple TV platforms and modes of distribution are competing-not necessarily in a zero-sum game-to control the market. In the volume, the contributors work to extend established 'platform theory' to the TV industry, which has become increasingly organised as a platform economy. The book helps to understand how platform power arises in the industry, how it destabilises international relations, and how it is used in the global media value chain. Platform Power and Policy in Transforming Television Markets contributes to the growing field of media industry studies, and draws on scholarly work in communication, political economy and public policy whilst providing a deeper insight into the transformation of the TV industry from an economic, political and consumer level. Avoiding a merely legal analysis from a technology-driven perspective, the book provides a critical analysis of the dominant modes of power within the evolving structures of the global TV value chain.

The Future of Audiences - A Foresight Analysis of Interfaces and Engagement (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st... The Future of Audiences - A Foresight Analysis of Interfaces and Engagement (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Ranjana Das, Brita Ytre-Arne
R2,364 Discovery Miles 23 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book brings together contributions from scholars across Europe to present findings from a foresight analysis exercise on audiences and audience analysis, looking towards an increasingly datafied world and anticipating the ubiquity of the internet of things. The book uses knowledge emerging out of three foresight exercises, produced in co-operation with more than 50 stake-holding organisations and building on systematic reviews of audience research. It works through these exercises to arrive at a renewed agenda for audience studies within communication scholarship in the context of intrusive and connected interfaces and emerging communicative practices.

The Topos of Music III: Gestures - Musical Multiverse Ontologies (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 2nd ed. 2017):... The Topos of Music III: Gestures - Musical Multiverse Ontologies (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 2nd ed. 2017)
Guerino Mazzola, Rene Guitart, Jocelyn Ho, Alex Lubet, Maria Mannone, …
R3,367 Discovery Miles 33 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the third volume of the second edition of the now classic book "The Topos of Music". The authors present gesture theory, including a gesture philosophy for music, the mathematics of gestures, concept architectures and software for musical gesture theory, the multiverse perspective which reveals the relationship between gesture theory and the string theory in theoretical physics, and applications of gesture theory to a number of musical themes, including counterpoint, modulation theory, free jazz, Hindustani music, and vocal gestures.

African Youth Languages - New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the... African Youth Languages - New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Ellen Hurst-Harosh, Fridah Kanana Erastus
R2,146 Discovery Miles 21 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book showcases current research on language in new media, the performing arts and music in Africa, emphasising the role that youth play in language change and development. The authors demonstrate how the efforts of young people to throw off old colonial languages and create new local ones has become a site of language creativity. Analysing the language of 'new media', including social media, print media and new media technologies, and of creative arts such as performance poetry, hip-hop and rap, they use empirical research from such diverse countries as Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and South Africa. This original edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of African sociolinguistics, particularly in the light of the rapidly changing globalized context in which we live.

Law and Opera (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Filippo Annunziata, Giorgio Fabio Colombo Law and Opera (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Filippo Annunziata, Giorgio Fabio Colombo
R3,013 Discovery Miles 30 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores the various connections between Law and Opera, providing a comprehensive, multinational, and multidisciplinary (with approaches from jurists, philosophers, musicologist, historians) resource on the subject. Further, it makes a valuable contribution to studies on law and the humanities. While, for example, the relationship between law and literature has been extensively researched, the relationship between Law and Opera remains largely overlooked. The book approaches the topic from three perspectives in three main sections: Law in Opera, Law on Opera, and Law around Opera.

Women's Domestic Activity in the Romantic-Period Novel, 1770-1820 - Dangerous Occupations (Paperback, Softcover reprint of... Women's Domestic Activity in the Romantic-Period Novel, 1770-1820 - Dangerous Occupations (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Joseph Morrissey
R2,138 Discovery Miles 21 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book examines women's domestic occupations in the Romantic-period novel at the most intimately human level. By examining the momentary thought and feeling processes that informed the playing of a harp, the stitching of a dress, or the reading of a gothic novel, the book shifts the focus from women's socio-cultural contributions through domestic endeavor to how women's day-to-day tasks shaped experiences of joy, friendship, resentment, and self. Through an understanding of domestic occupations as forms of human action, the study emphasises the inherent unpredictability of quotidian activities and draws attention to their capacity for exceeding cultural parameters. Specifically, the book examines needlework, musical accomplishment, novel reading, and sensibility in the work of Charlotte Smith, Jane Austen, and Frances Burney, giving new perspectives on established canonical works while also providing the most sustained analysis of Charlotte Smith's little studied novel, Ethelinde, to date.

David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (Hardcover): David Sedaris David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (Hardcover)
David Sedaris; Edited by Jeffrey Jenkins; Introduction by David Sedaris; Foreword by David Sedaris 1
R854 R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Save R147 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Theft by Finding, David Sedaris opened up his written diaries (and himself) to the world in an unprecedented way. Now, in this illustrated volume, readers will for the first time be able to experience the elaborate, three-dimensional, handmade form that his diaries have always taken. For, in addition to being an unparalleled chronicler of the world around him, Sedaris has always been a keen observer and collector of the art, objects, and ephemera that are part of his visual landscape. A celebration of the odd and unexpected, the beautiful and the ugly, and the humorous and sensitive reflections so familiar to any fan of his writing, David Sedaris Diaries (1977-2016): A Visual Compendium offers unique insight into the author's view of the world and stands alone as a striking, collectible volume in itself. Compiled and edited by Sedaris's longtime friend Jeffrey Jenkins, and including interactive components, postcards, and never-before-seen photos and artwork, this is a necessary addition to any Sedaris collection, and will enthrall the author's fans for many years to come.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - The Haunted Notebook of Sarah Bellows (Hardcover): Richard Ashley Hamilton Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - The Haunted Notebook of Sarah Bellows (Hardcover)
Richard Ashley Hamilton
R540 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Representing Reality - Issues and Concepts in Documentary (Paperback): Bill Nichols Representing Reality - Issues and Concepts in Documentary (Paperback)
Bill Nichols
R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

..". a valuable and important book..." The Year s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

Representing Reality is the first book to offer a conceptual overview of documentary filmmaking practice. It addresses numerous social issues and how they are presented to the viewer by means of style, rhetoric, and narrative technique. The volume poses questions about the relationship of the documentary tradition to power, the body, authority, knowledge, and our experience of history. This study advances the pioneering work of Nichols's earlier book, Ideology and the Image.

" Nichols] has written a road-block of a book which reconfigures the debate on the documentary at a new level of sophistication and complexity which can only be ignored at the risk of ignoring the whole area of documentary film." Sight and Sound

..". the most important book on documentary film yet published." Canadian Journal of Film Studies"

William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox - The Annotated Screenplays (Hardcover): Sarah Gleeson-White William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox - The Annotated Screenplays (Hardcover)
Sarah Gleeson-White
R2,270 Discovery Miles 22 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox: The Annotated Screenplays presents for the first time and in one volume the five screenplays Faulkner wrote while under contract to Twentieth Century-Fox in the mid 1930s and a sixth he wrote in 1952. An informative introduction describes Faulkners screenwriting practices, such as adaptation and collaboration, and contextualizes these within a broader genealogy of Hollywood screenwriting and within one of the most important moments in the history of American cinema. Each of the six screenplays appears in full with scholarly annotations, and brief prefatory essays elucidate their evolution over various drafts and with various co-writers.

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