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24 Bars to Kill

by Andrew B. Armstrong Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

The most clearly identifiable and popular form of Japanese hip-hop, “ghetto” or “gangsta” music has much in common with its corresponding American subgenres, including its portrayal of life on the margins,...

One Sound, Two Worlds

by Michael Rauhut Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Although it first emerged in the United States, blues music has been performed and enjoyed across the world for over a century. Among the varied places where it took root was Germany, where in the postwar era...

Persistently Postwar

by Blai Guarné, Artur Lozano-Méndez & Dolores P. Martinez Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

From melodramas to experimental documentaries to anime, mass media in Japan constitute a key site in which the nation’s social memory is articulated, disseminated, and contested. Through a series of stimulating...

Screening Art

by Séan Allan Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

With internationalist aspirations and wide-ranging historical perspectives, East German films about artists and their work became hotly contested spaces in which filmmakers could look beyond the GDR and debate...

Re-Imagining DEFA

by Séan Allan & Sebastian Heiduschke Berghahn Books (September 01, 2016)

By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, the cinema of the German Democratic Republic—to the extent it was considered at all—was widely regarded as a footnote to European film history, with little of enduring...

Dreams of Germany

by Neil Gregor & Thomas Irvine Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

For many centuries, Germany has enjoyed a reputation as ‘land of music’. But just how was this reputation established and transformed over time, and to what extent was it produced within or outside of Germany?...

Sofia Coppola

by Anna Backman Rogers Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

All too often, the movies of Sofia Coppola have been dismissed as “all style, no substance.” But such an easy caricature, as this engaging and accessible survey of Coppola’s oeuvre demonstrates, fundamentally...

Curating Live Arts

by Dena Davida, Marc Pronovost, Véronique Hudon & Jane Gabriels Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

Situated at the crossroads of performance practice, museology, and cultural studies, live arts curation has grown in recent years to become a vibrant interdisciplinary project and a genuine global phenomenon....

Polish Cinema: A History

by Marek Haltof Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished—yet unjustly...

Screened Encounters

by Caroline Moine Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Established in 1955, the Leipzig Film Festival’s location in the German Democratic Republic deeply implicated it in cultural and political competition between East and West Germany, opening a political and...

Lullabies and Battle Cries

by Jaime Rollins Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

Set against a volatile political landscape, Irish republican culture has struggled to maintain continuity with the past, affirm legitimacy in the present, and generate a sense of community for the future. Lullabies...

Music and International History in the Twentieth Century

by Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht Berghahn Books (April 01, 2015)

Bringing together scholars from the fields of musicology and international history, this book investigates the significance of music to foreign relations, and how it affected the interaction of nations since...

The Man from the Third Row

by Fredrik Gustafsson Berghahn Books (October 01, 2016)

Until his early retirement at age 50, Hasse Ekman was one of the leading lights of Swedish cinema, an actor, writer, and director of prodigious talents. Yet today his work is virtually unknown outside of Sweden,...

Singing Ideas

by Tríona Ní Shíocháin Berghahn Books (December 29, 2017)

Considered by many to be the greatest Irish song poet of her generation, Máire Bhuí Ní Laeire (Yellow Mary O'Leary; 1774–1848) was an illiterate woman unconnected to elite literary and philosophical circles...

The Ethics of Seeing

by Jennifer Evans, Paul Betts & Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann Berghahn Books (January 09, 2018)

Throughout Germany's tumultuous twentieth century, photography was an indispensable form of documentation. Whether acting as artists, witnesses, or reformers, both professional and amateur photographers chronicled...

Stories Make the World

by Stephen Most Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood...

Spanish Lessons

by Paul Julian Smith Berghahn Books (September 01, 2017)

Though unjustly neglected by English-language audiences, Spanish film and television not only represent a remarkably influential and vibrant cultural industry; they are also a fertile site of innovation in...

Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany

by John Davidson & Sabine Hake Berghahn Books (July 01, 2007)

The demise of the New German Cinema and the return of popular cinema since the 1990s have led to a renewed interest in the postwar years and the complicated relationship between East and West German cinema...

The Journey of G. Mastorna: The Film Fellini Didn't Make

by Federico Fellini Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

Federico Fellini's script for perhaps the most famous unmade film in Italian cinema, The Journey of G. Mastorna (1965/6), is published here for the first time in full English translation. It offers the reader...

Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe

by Marc Silberman, Karen E. Till & Janet Ward Berghahn Books (May 01, 2012)

How is it that walls, borders, boundaries-and their material and symbolic architectures of division and exclusion-engender their very opposite? This edited volume explores the crossings, permeations, and constructions...

Destination London: German-Speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950

by Tim Bergfelder & Christian Cargnelli Berghahn Books (August 01, 2008)

The legacy of emigrés in the British film industry, from the silent film era until after the Second World War, has been largely neglected in the scholarly literature. Destination London is the first book to...

Cultures of Colour: Visual, Material, Textual

by Chris Horrocks Berghahn Books (June 01, 2012)

Colour permeates contemporary visual and material culture and affects our senses beyond the superficial encounter by infiltrating our perceptions and memories and becoming deeply rooted in thought processes...

Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell

by Liana Chua & Mark Elliott Berghahn Books (March 01, 2013)

One of the most influential anthropological works of the last two decades, Alfred Gell's Art and Agency is a provocative and ambitious work that both challenged and reshaped anthropological understandings of...

Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais's <I>Night and Fog</I>

by Griselda Pollock & Max Silverman Berghahn Books (January 01, 2012)

Since its completion in 1955, Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) has been considered one of the most important films to confront the catastrophe and atrocities of the Nazi era. But was it a...

Screening the East: <I>Heimat</I>, Memory and Nostalgia in German Film since 1989

by Nick Hodgin Berghahn Books (May 01, 2011)

Screening the East considers German filmmakers' responses to unification. In particular, it traces the representation of the East German community in films made since 1989 and considers whether these narratives...

Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective

by Jean-Pierre Boule & Ursula Tidd Berghahn Books (September 01, 2012)

Simone de Beauvoir's work has not often been associated with film studies, which appears paradoxical when it is recognized that she was the first feminist thinker to inaugurate the concept of the gendered 'othering'...

New Austrian Film

by Robert von Dassanowsky & Oliver C. Speck Berghahn Books (April 01, 2011)

Out of a film culture originally starved of funds have emerged rich and eclectic works by film-makers that are now achieving the international recognition that they deserve: Barbara Albert, Michael Haneke,...

Poland Daily

by Ewa Mazierska Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Like many Eastern European countries, Poland has seen a succession of divergent economic and political regimes over the last century, from prewar "embedded capitalism," through the state socialism of the Soviet...

Collaborative Intimacies in Music and Dance

by Evangelos Chrysagis & Panas Karampampas Berghahn Books (April 01, 2017)

Across spatial, bodily, and ethical domains, music and dance both emerge from and give rise to intimate collaboration. This theoretically rich collection takes an ethnographic approach to understanding the...

The Total Work of Art: Foundations, Articulations, Inspirations

by David Imhoof & Margaret Eleanor Menninger Berghahn Books (July 01, 2016)

For two centuries, Gesamtkunstwerk-the ideal of the "total work of art"-has exerted a powerful influence over artistic discourse and practice, spurring new forms of collaboration and provoking debates over...

Durkheim, the Durkheimians, and the Arts

by Alexander Tristan Riley, William Watts Miller & W.S.F. Pickering Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

Using a broad definition of the Durkheimian tradition, this book offers the first systematic attempt to explore the Durkheimians' engagement with art. It focuses on both Durkheim and his contemporaries as well...

The Men with the Movie Camera: The Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s

by Philip Cavendish Berghahn Books (December 01, 2013)

Unlike previous studies of the Soviet avant-garde during the silent era, which have regarded the works of the period as manifestations of directorial vision, this study emphasizes the collaborative principle...

Nationalism and the Cinema in France: Political Mythologies and Film Events, 1945-1995

by Hugo Frey Berghahn Books (July 01, 2014)

It is often taken for granted that French cinema is intimately connected to the nation's sense of identity and self-confidence. But what do we really know about that relationship? What are the nuances, insider...

Desires for Reality: Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film

by Benjamin Halligan Berghahn Books (February 01, 2016)

As with many aspects of European cultural life, film was galvanized and transformed by the revolutionary fervor of 1968. This groundbreaking study provides a full account of the era's cinematic crises, innovations,...

Transactions with the World: Ecocriticism and the Environmental Sensibility of New Hollywood

by Adam O’Brien Berghahn Books (February 01, 2016)

In their bold experimentation and bracing engagement with culture and politics, the "New Hollywood" films of the late 1960s and early 1970s are justly celebrated contributions to American cinematic history....

Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy

by Stephen Gundle Berghahn Books (December 01, 2013)

The intersection between film stardom and politics is an understudied phenomenon of Fascist Italy, despite the fact that the Mussolini regime deemed stardom important enough to warrant sustained attention and...

In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition

by Lauren Miller Griffith Berghahn Books (January 01, 2016)

Every year, countless young adults from affluent, Western nations travel to Brazil to train in capoeira, the dance/martial art form that is one of the most visible strands of the Afro-Brazilian cultural tradition....

Michael Haneke's Cinema: The Ethic of the Image

by Catherine Wheatley Berghahn Books (January 01, 2009)

Existing critical traditions fail to fully account for the impact of Austrian director, and 2009 Cannes Palm d'Or winner, Michael Haneke's films, situated as they are between intellectual projects and popular...

Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens

by Sabine Hake & Barbara Mennel Berghahn Books (October 01, 2012)

In the last five years of the twentieth century, films by the second and third generation of the so-called German guest workers exploded onto the German film landscape.  Self-confident, articulate, and dynamic,...

Performing Place, Practising Memories: Aboriginal Australians, Hippies and the State

by Rosita Henry Berghahn Books (September 01, 2012)

During the 1970s a wave of 'counter-culture' people moved into rural communities in many parts of Australia. This study focuses in particular on the town of Kuranda in North Queensland and the relationship...

Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History and Cinephilia

by Mattias Frey Berghahn Books (May 01, 2013)

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there has been a proliferation of German historical films. These productions have earned prestigious awards and succeeded at box offices both at home and abroad, where they...

The Viennese Café and Fin-de-Siècle Culture

by Charlotte Ashby, Tag Gronberg & Simon Shaw-Miller Berghahn Books (January 01, 2013)

The Viennese café was a key site of urban modernity around 1900. In the rapidly growing city it functioned simultaneously as home and workplace, affording opportunities for both leisure and intellectual exchange....

Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-fashioning in Urban Senegal

by Helene Neveu Kringelbach Berghahn Books (November 01, 2013)

Senegal has played a central role in contemporary dance due to its rich performing traditions, as well as strong state patronage of the arts, first under French colonialism and later in the postcolonial era....

Cinema of Choice: Optional Thinking and Narrative Movies

by Nitzan Ben Shaul Berghahn Books (July 01, 2012)

Standard Hollywood narrative movies prescribe linear narratives that cue the viewer to expect predictable outcomes and adopt a closed state of mind. There are, however, a small number of movies that, through...

Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age

by William Brown Berghahn Books (May 01, 2013)

Drawing on a variety of popular films, including Avatar, Enter the Void, Fight Club, The Matrix, Speed Racer, X-Men and War of the Worlds, Supercinema studies the ways in which digital special effects and editing...

The Great Tradition and Its Legacy: The Evolution of Dramatic and Musical Theater in Austria and Central Europe

by Michael Cherlin, Halina Filipowicz & Richard L. Rudolph Berghahn Books (October 01, 2003)

Both dramatic and musical theater are part of the tradition that has made Austria - especially Vienna - and the old Habsburg lands synonymous with high culture in Central Europe. Many works, often controversial...

Andrzej Wajda: History, Politics & Nostalgia In Polish Cinema

by Janina Falkowska Berghahn Books (December 01, 2006)

The work of Andrzej Wajda, one of the world's most important filmmakers, shows remarkable cohesion in spite of the wide ranging scope of his films, as this study of his complete output of feature films shows....

Peter Lorre: Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe

by Sarah Thomas Berghahn Books (February 01, 2012)

Peter Lorre described himself as merely a 'face maker'. His own negative attitude also characterizes traditional perspectives which position Lorre as a tragic figure within film history: the promising European...

Willing Seduction: <I>The Blue Angel</I>, Marlene Dietrich, and Mass Culture

by Barbara Kosta Berghahn Books (May 01, 2009)

Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) is among the best known films of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). A significant landmark as one of Germany's first major sound films, it is known...

Turning the Tune: Traditional Music, Tourism, and Social Change in an Irish Village

by Adam Kaul Berghahn Books (November 01, 2009)

The last century has seen radical social changes in Ireland, which have impacted all aspects of local life but none more so than traditional Irish music, an increasingly important identity marker both in Ireland...