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Re-creating Paul Bowles, the Other, and the Imagination: Music, Film, and Photography

by Raj Chandarlapaty Lexington Books (November 05, 2014)

This work underscores the true brilliance and timelessness of colonial metaphors of authorship that extend into the postmodern Age. The emphasis is upon both re-invention and comprehensive scholarship on music...


Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati

by Mickie Mwanzia Koster, Msia Kibona Clark, Sheba Lo & Rico Chapman et al. Lexington Books (October 30, 2014)

This book explores the role of hip hop in grassroots changes occurring today in Africa. It argues that artists use hip hop to confront social structures and reveals the complexity and dynamic nature of African...


Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb

by Robert Jacobs, Judy Hiramoto, John Canaday & Tom Engelhardt et al. Lexington Books (April 12, 2010)

Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future presents an international collaboration of scholars and artists who examine multiple reactions of popular culture and the arts to the advent of nuclear weapons. Featuring...


Hip Hop's Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement

by Reiland Rabaka Lexington Books (March 31, 2011)

Hip Hop's Inheritance arguably offers the first book-length treatment of what hip hop culture has, literally, 'inherited' from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, the Feminist Art movement, and...


Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology

by David G. Hebert, Jonathan McCollum, Ann E. Lucas & Judah M. Cohen et al. Lexington Books (September 11, 2014)

Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology demonstrates various ways that new approaches to historiography––and the related application of new technologies––impact the work of ethnomusicologists...


The Philosophies of Richard Wagner

by Julian Young Lexington Books (September 09, 2014)

Julian Young presents Richard Wagner as an important philosopher of art and life, first as a utopian anarchist-communist and later as a Schopenhauerian pessimist. Understanding Wagner’s philosophy is crucial...


The Daily Show and Rhetoric: Arguments, Issues, and Strategies

by Trischa Goodnow, Stephanie M. Purtle, Josh Compton & Aaron Hess et al. Lexington Books (March 31, 2011)

The Daily Show and Rhetoric approaches the popular program from a scholarly, rhetorical perspective to uncover the rhetorical nature of the show. Using a variety of rhetorical methods, the book, taken as a whole,...


Where Is My Home?: The Art and Life of the Russian-Jewish Sculptor Mark Antokolskii, 1843-1902

by Musya Glants Lexington Books (November 10, 2010)

Where Is My Home? is a biography of Mark Antokolski (1843-1902), one of the leading innovative sculptors in Russian and Western art of the late 19th century. This interdisciplinary study pays particular attention...


Lyrical Nationalism in Post-Apartheid Namibia: Kings, Christians, and Cosmopolitans in Catholic Youth Songs

by Wendi A. Haugh Lexington Books (June 25, 2014)

This book explores how young people living in a former ethnic homeland in post-apartheid Namibia imagine the nation through songs they compose and perform. The author argues that these Oshiwambo-speaking youth...


African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience

by Ashraf Esmail, Jas M. Sullivan, Stephanie J. Rowley & William E. Cross Jr. et al. Lexington Books (April 26, 2012)

African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience, edited by Jas M. Sullivan and Ashraf M. Esmail, is a multidisciplinary exploration of the African American racial identity....


Reelpolitik Ideologies in American Political Film

by Beverly Merrill Kelley Lexington Books (March 22, 2012)

Reelpolitik Ideologies in American Political Film, by Beverly Merrill Kelley, is a unique investigation that advances beyond typical left (liberal) and right (conservative) political distinctions found in most...


Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle

by Carlen Lavigne, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman, Ryan Lizardi & Heather Marcovitch et al. Lexington Books (February 27, 2014)

Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, examines multiple definitions of television remakes, from reboots (like Charlie’s Angels) to adaptations (The Walking Dead) and sequels...


Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations

by Sada Niang Lexington Books (February 14, 2014)

Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations reexamines African cinema of the nationalist era within the context of contemporary major Euro-American film trends. It argues that the aesthetic diversification...


Chinese Religious Art

by Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky Lexington Books (December 19, 2013)

Chinese Religious Art is a broad survey of the origins and development of the various forms of artistic expression of Chinese religions. This survey of icons, temples, and rituals reveals the varied ways the...


Geographies of Dance: Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

by Olaf Kuhlke, Adam M. Pine, Matthew Kurtz & Teresa Heiland et al. Lexington Books (December 24, 2013)

This book is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between dance and geography. It includes articles from geographers, anthropologists, dance historians, architects, and urban planners and...


Giorgio Strehler Directs Carlo Goldoni

by Scott Malia Lexington Books (December 11, 2013)

Giorgio Strehler Directs Carlo Goldoni explores the relationship between directorial aesthetic and the dramatic canon. Scott Malia examines how director Giorgio Stehler established his own reputation while bolstering...


Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality

by Andre E. Johnson, Tim Huffman, Weldon Merrial McWilliams Iv & Angela M. Nelson et al. Lexington Books (August 28, 2013)

Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality, edited by Andre Johnson, is a collection of essays that examine the religious and spiritual in hip hop. The contributors argue that the prevailing narrative...


Performance on Behalf of the Environment

by Jnan A. Blau, Richard D. Besel, Courtney Ryan & Jess Larson et al. Lexington Books (November 26, 2013)

Performance on Behalf of the Environment is a collection of essays from a diverse group of scholars representing the fields of art, communication studies, dance, environmental studies, performance studies, rhetoric,...


Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series

by David P. Pierson Lexington Books (November 21, 2013)

Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, edited by David P. Pierson, examines the social contexts, cultural politics, and visual, aural, and narrative...


Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality

by Amanda Scheiner McClain Lexington Books (October 29, 2013)

The Kardashian family is a contemporary cultural touchstone, recognizable throughout the world, connoting warrantless celebrity, voluptuous beauty, and social media savviness. This book explores the Kardashians’...


Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns

by Benjamin S. Schoening & Eric T. Kasper Lexington Books (December 16, 2011)

The book discusses the use of music in presidential campaigns and the factors that have caused changes to occur (1) within the music used by campaigns and(2) music developed independent of those campaigns. The...


The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer

by Timothy Dodge Lexington Books (September 12, 2013)

Arizona Dranes (1889-1963) was a true musical innovator whose recordings made for the Okeh label during the years 1926-1928 helped lay the foundations for what would soon be known as gospel music. The School...


Mysticism and Architecture: Wittgenstein and the Meanings of the Palais Stonborough

by Roger Paden Lexington Books (January 11, 2007)

A multi-disciplinary study of the house that the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein built for his sister in Vienna between 1926 and 1928, this book weaves together ideas taken from a number of disciplines_sociology,...


Rainbow Jews: Jewish and Gay Identity in the Performing Arts

by Jonathan C. Friedman Lexington Books (March 26, 2007)

Rainbow Jews looks at the intersection of gay and Jewish identity in American and Israeli film and theater from the 1960s to the present. Through a close reading of the texts of numerous American and Israeli...


Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo

by Lorie Brau Lexington Books (February 15, 2008)

Rakugo introduces the storytelling genre of Edo-style rakugo as performed around the turn of the twenty-first century, focusing on the performers' image, training, and techniques and the art's contexts and audiences....


Punk Record Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy: The Emergence of DIY

by Alan O'Connor Lexington Books (April 30, 2008)

Unlike studies that consider punk as subculture and style, this innovative book maps the field of punk-rock labels. Using the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu, it describes the social life of the field and the struggles...


Movement, Manifesto, Melee: The Modernist Group, 1910-1914

by Milton A. Cohen Lexington Books (September 14, 2004)

Providing a historical taxonomy of the early modernist art groups in Europe and America, Milton Cohen demonstrates how these groups were largely responsible for the artistic innovation and nearly all the avant-garde...


Inexorable Modernity: Japan's Grappling with Modernity in the Arts

by Hiroshi Nara Lexington Books (February 16, 2007)

The book represents a compilation of case studies about Japanese intellectuals' relationships to modernity in three majors arenas of art (art and aesthetics, theater, and literature) beginning in the 1850s to...


The Immortal Comedy: The Comic Phenomenon in Art, Literature, and Life

by Agnes Heller Lexington Books (October 17, 2005)

This book is the first attempt to think philosophically about the comic phenomenon in literature, art, and life. Working across a substantial collection of comic works author Agnes Heller makes seminal observations...


The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self

by Scott A. Lukas Lexington Books (October 07, 2007)

The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation and Self is the first edited collection focused on the subject of the themed space. Twelve authors address a range of themed spaces, including restaurants, casinos,...


Salsa and Its Transnational Moves

by Sheenagh Pietrobruno Lexington Books (March 07, 2006)

Salsa and Its Transnational Moves presents a critical analysis of salsa dancing in Quebec, Canada. Pulling from such varied fields as anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, and popular music studies,...


Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park

by Ted Gournelos Lexington Books (September 30, 2009)

Popular Culture and the Future of Politics examines changes in popular culture and political culture in the United States, particularly in terms of progressive change. Because it provides overviews of theory...


Apocalyptic Transformation: Apocalypse and the Postmodern Imagination

by Elizabeth K. Rosen Lexington Books (February 15, 2008)

Apocalyptic Transformation explores how one the oldest sense-making paradigms, the apocalyptic myth, is altered when postmodern authors and filmmakers adopt it. It examines how postmodern writers adapt a fundamentally...


Song and Social Change in Latin America

by Lauren E. Shaw, Lisette Balabarca, Phillip J. Chidester & Juan Carlos Ureña et al. Lexington Books (March 15, 2013)

Politics and music are intertwined in this study of different musical forms in Latin America from the twentieth century to the present as scholars from diverse disciplines analyze various musical genres contextualized...


Branding the Teleself: Media Effects Discourse and the Changing Self

by Ernest A. Hakanen Lexington Books (August 13, 2007)

An ongoing topic of debate in our times is how exactly the media affects the public. Hakanen analyzes that debate as it has developed in media effects research in order to reveal the changes from a modern to...


Creating Global Music in Turkey

by Koray Degirmenci Lexington Books (January 04, 2013)

Creating Global Music in Turkey mainly analyzes how the local and global interact in the very place that is defined as the “local” by the global cultural system. It examines the different music traditions...


Modernity, Complex Societies, and the Alphorn

by Charlotte Vignau Lexington Books (February 01, 2013)

This easily accessible book offers a pioneering study about the alphorn, its music, and its performance, based on extensive field research in Switzerland and other countries. It also offers new insights about...


Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s

by David Simonelli Lexington Books (December 19, 2012)

In Working Class Heroes, David Simonelli explores the influence of rock and roll on British society in the 1960s and '70s. At a time when social distinctions were becoming harder to measure, rock musicians appeared...


Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television: Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects

by Agustín Zarzosa Lexington Books (November 16, 2012)

Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television: Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects, by Agustín Zarzosa, challenges the long-standing definition of melodrama as a cultural mode that anxiously...


The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

by Deborah Allison Lexington Books (November 06, 2012)

The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom, by Deborah Allison, examines eight films by the contemporary British director Michael Winterbottom. This study explores the ways his inflection of established genre traditions...


The O.C.: A Critical Understanding

by Lori B. Bindig & Andrea M. Bergstrom Lexington Books (October 25, 2012)

The O.C.: A Critical Understanding, by Lori Bindig and Andrea M. Bergstrom, is a feminist cultural studies analysis of the hit television series The O.C. (2003-2007). The show is examined in terms of five ideological...


Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers

by Alena Amato Ruggerio, Rebecca K. Ivic, Hao-Chieh Chang & Dacia Charlesworth et al. Lexington Books (September 27, 2012)

Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers, edited by Alena Amato Ruggerio, explores how television, film, the internet, and other media variously perpetuate gender stereotypes. The contributors to this...


Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival

by Thomas M. Kitts Lexington Books (December 20, 2012)

Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival, edited by Thomas M. Kitts, begins to correct the scholarly neglect of John Fogerty, one of America’s great songwriters,...


Terrence Malick and the Thought of Film

by Steven Rybin Lexington Books (November 17, 2011)

Terrence Malick and the Thought of Film explores how the experience of viewing Terrence Malick's films enables imaginative acts of philosophical interpretation. Useful for both professional philosophers interested...


Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz

by Mauricio A. Font & Alfonso W. Quiroz Lexington Books (December 23, 2004)

While Fernando Ortiz's contribution to our understanding of Cuba and Latin America more generally has been widely recognized since the 1940s, recently there has been renewed interest in this scholar and activist...


Crisis of Gender and the Nation in Korean Literature and Cinema: Modernity Arrives Again

by Kelly Y. Jeong Lexington Books (December 28, 2010)

This book is about the changing constructs of modernity, masculinity, and gender relations and discourses in Korean literature and cinema during the crucial decades of the colonial and postcolonial era, from...


Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row

by Gary D. Rhodes, Alison Peirse, Graeme Harper & Kevin Heffernan et al. Lexington Books (May 13, 2008)

Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row examines the full scope of the career of this often overlooked film auteur, with essays exploring individual films, groups of films (such as his important work in film noir),...


Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki

by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart Lexington Books (December 03, 2009)

Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki provides an interpretive critical history of director Gregg Araki's career trajectory to date. In doing so, Kylo-Patrick R. Hart articulates...


Fear, Cultural Anxiety, and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remade

by John Marmysz, Scott A. Lukas, Zilia Papp & Daniel Herbert et al. Lexington Books (June 22, 2010)

The contributors to this volume explore the themes of fear, cultural anxiety, and transformation as expressed in remade horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. While opening on a note that emphasizes the...


Extra-Ordinary Men: White Heterosexual Masculinity and Contemporary Popular Cinema

by Nicola Rehling Lexington Books (June 21, 2010)

This book analyzes popular cinematic representations of normative masculinity, exploring the idea that its positioning as the 'ordinary' identity is a source of not only ideological and political strength but...