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Deconstructing Dirty Dancing

Autor: Stephen Lee Naish
Publisher: Zero Books
ISBN: 9781782799719
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Renowned film critic Roger Ebert said Dirty Dancing -might have been a decent movie if it had allowed itself to be about anything.- In this broadly researched and accessible text, Stephen Lee Naish sets out to deconstruct and unlock a film that has haunted him for decades, and argues that Dirty Dancing, the 1987 sleeper hit about a young middle-class girl who falls for a handsome working-class dance instructor, is actually about everything. The film is a union of history, politics, sixties and eighties culture, era-defining music, class, gender, and race, and of course features one of the best love stories set to film. Using scene-by-scene analyses, personal interpretation, and comparative study, it's time to take Dirty Dancing out of the corner and place it under the microscope.

Coming Of Age In Popular Culture Teenagers Adolescence And The Art Of Growing Up

Autor: Donald C. Miller
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 144084061X
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Documenting the evolution of teens and media from the 1950s through 2010, this book examines the films, books, television shows, and musical artists that impacted American culture and shaped the "coming of age" experience for each generation. • Presents concise content and detailed analysis written in an easy-to-understand style • Provides key historical context that enables readers to more clearly understand the significance of media presentations and their tremendous impact within our culture • Documents how media reflect the values and beliefs of a specific era but in some cases can also challenge these entrenched views and serve to change them

Masquerade Of The Dream Walkers

Autor: Peter A. Redpath
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042004023
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This book concludes that the prevailing opinion about the nature of modern and contemporary philosophy is wrong. It maintains that almost all such philosophy is deconstructed, secularized, Augustinian theology, not philosophy. In support of this startling contention, extensive textual analysis is provided of Cartesian thought, Hobbes, Newton, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Lessing, Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel.

The Hollywood Musical

Autor: Jane Feuer
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253207685
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". . . both fresh and informed, as well as a pleasure to read." -- Film Quarterly Since 1982, when this book first appeared, the Hollywood musical has undergone a rebirth, with the rise of teen musicals such as Dirty Dancing and Flashdance. In a chapter written especially for this second edition of her well-known study, Jane Feuer shows how this new development in the genre relates to important changes in the cinema audience itself. It is the text for the study of Hollywood musicals.

Appropriating Blackness

Autor: E. Patrick Johnson
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
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Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative study examines how blackness is appropriated and performed—toward widely divergent ends—both within and outside African American culture. Appropriating Blackness develops from the contention that blackness in the United States is necessarily a politicized identity—avowed and disavowed, attractive and repellent, fixed and malleable. Drawing on performance theory, queer studies, literary analysis, film criticism, and ethnographic fieldwork, Johnson describes how diverse constituencies persistently try to prescribe the boundaries of "authentic" blackness and how performance highlights the futility of such enterprises. Johnson looks at various sites of performed blackness, including Marlon Riggs’s influential documentary Black Is . . . Black Ain’t and comedic routines by Eddie Murphy, David Alan Grier, and Damon Wayans. He analyzes nationalist writings by Amiri Baraka and Eldridge Cleaver, the vernacular of black gay culture, an oral history of his grandmother’s experience as a domestic worker in the South, gospel music as performed by a white Australian choir, and pedagogy in a performance studies classroom. By exploring the divergent aims and effects of these performances—ranging from resisting racism, sexism, and homophobia to excluding sexual dissidents from the black community—Johnson deftly analyzes the multiple significations of blackness and their myriad political implications. His reflexive account considers his own complicity, as ethnographer and teacher, in authenticating narratives of blackness.

Contemporary American Cinema

Autor: Linda Ruth Williams
Publisher: Open Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780335218318
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The first complete study of mainstream and nontraditional film since 1960 Indispensable to film students and general readers interested in this art form, Contemporary American Cinema culls together the writings of the world's leading film scholars to provide the first comprehensive introduction to postclassical American film. Heavily illustrated with more than 50 color and black-and-white stills, it takes a close look at all aspects of the genre, including influential movies, directors, producers, and actors. This unique and accessible resource includes two Tables of Contents, allowing readers to research chronologically or thematically. In addition, it includes a glossary of important terms, suggestions for further reading, sample essay questions, and a filmography. Subjects include: Decline of the early studio system Rise of American new-wave cinema Parallel histories of independent and underground cinema Black cinema--from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s to the 1990s Full history of the American blockbuster Uses and effects of new film making technologies America's ever-changing audiences Key genres and industry statistics

Deconstructing Harold Hill

Autor: Scott Miller
Publisher: Heinemann Drama
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This is a book for all fans of musical theatre, and a must for directors and actors.

Deconstructing Disney

Autor: Eleanor Byrne
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745314563
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Demonising Disney is nothing new. Disney films have long been synonymous with a certain conservative, patriarchal, heterosexual ideology, occupying a centre-stage position at the heart of the evil empire. Deconstructing Disney takes issue with knee-jerk polarities, overturning classical oppositions and recognising that, just as the Disney ‘text’ has changed, so too must the terms of critical engagement. This book is a sharply focused deconstruction of the political culture — and the cultural politics — of the Disney canon in the years since the emergence of the so-called New World Order. Eleanor Byrne and Martin McQuillan offer a critical encounter with Disney which alternates between readings of individual texts and wider thematic concerns such as race, gender and sexuality, the broader context of American contemporary culture, and the global ambitions and insularity of the last great superpower. The movies discussed include The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Pocohontas, Snow White, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Hercules and Mulan.

Plato And Popcorn

Autor: William G. Smith
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476603979
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Many believe there is nothing like seeing a good movie, one that is enjoyable both in itself and for the thought processes it stimulates. From The Usual Suspects and When Harry Met Sally to Gandhi and The Color Purple, this handbook functions as a guide to watching and reflecting upon 75 great films. The author, a philosophy instructor, presents a text designed to lead readers through a series of intellectual gymnastics; to help strengthen critical thinking abilities and to inspire exciting and philosophical thoughts and discussions. “Civil Disobedience,” “Death,” “Fate and Determinism,” “War,” “Sexism and Women’s Issues,” “Gay Rights,” “The Greatest Happiness Principle,” “Anxiety and Inauthenticity” and “The Holocaust” are examples of the 18 different categories into which the films are divided. Each chapter includes the author’s introductory comments to be read prior to watching movies along with a section of “Questions to Ponder” to be considered afterward. Photographs of many movie scenes are included throughout the text. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.