Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics

By Jason Dittmer

Nationalist superheroes - reminiscent of Captain the USA, Captain Canuck and Union Jack - usually represent the countryside for readers, yet how do those characters and comedian books deal with problems with multiculturalism and geopolitical order? In his enticing e-book, Superpowers, geographer Jason Dittmer lines the evolution of the comedian publication style because it tailored to new nationwide audiences. He argues that those iconic superheroes give a contribution to our modern understandings of nationwide identification, the righteous use of energy, and the function of the united states, Canada, and Britain on the earth. Tracing the nationalist superhero style from its global conflict II origins to its modern manifestations through the global, Superpowers analyzes approximately 1000 comedian books, and contains interviews with key comedian booklet writers from Stan Lee and J.M. DeMatteis to Steve Englehart and Paul Cornell.

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Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy: How to Philosophize With a Pair of Pliers and a Blowtorch (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 29)

By Richard Greene, K. Silem Mohammad

The movies of Quentin Tarantino are ripe for philosophical hypothesis, elevating compelling questions on justice and ethics, violence and aggression, the character of causality, and the stream of time. during this witty number of articles, no topic is simply too taboo for the writers to take on. From a cultured meditation at the use of spraying blood in Kill Bill to the conundrum of translation and reference in Vincent and Jules' dialogue approximately French substantial Macs in Pulp Fiction, Tarantino and Philosophy shies clear of not anything. Is The Bride a heroic determine, although she’s inspired completely via revenge? How is Tarantino capable of create a coherent tale whilst he jumps among prior, destiny, and current? The philosophers during this booklet tackle these questions and extra in essays as provocative because the motion pictures themselves.

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The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By William Irwin

The Matrix conveys the horror of a fake global made from not anything yet perceptions. in keeping with the idea that truth is a dream managed via malevolent forces, it's probably the most brazenly philosophical videos ever to return out of Hollywood. those thought-provoking essays by means of an identical group of younger philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy talk about diverse elements of the first philosophical puzzle of The Matrix: will we make sure the realm is de facto there, and if no longer, what may still we do approximately it? different chapters handle problems with faith, way of life, popular culture, the Zeitgeist, the character of brain and topic, and the truth of fiction.

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Reading the Popular (Routledge Classics (Paperback))

By John Fiske

This revised variation of a now vintage textual content features a new creation by way of Henry Jenkins, explaining ‘Why Fiske nonetheless issues’ for today’s scholars, through a dialogue among former Fiske scholars Kevin Glynn, Jonathan grey, and Pamela Wilson at the subject of ‘Reading Fiske and realizing the Popular’. either underline the continued relevance of this foundational textual content within the examine of well known culture.

Beneath the skin of the cultural artifacts that encompass us – purchasing department stores, well known tune, many of the different types of tv – lies a mess of meanings and methods of utilizing them, no longer them all these meant via their designers. In Reading the Popular, John Fiske analyzes those renowned "texts" to bare either their particular and implicit (and usually contrary) meanings and makes use of, and the social and political dynamics they reflect.

Fiske’s "readings" of those cultural phenomena spotlight the conflicting responses they evoke: Madonna could be promoted as a "boy toy", yet younger women believe empowered by means of her skill to toy with boys; Chicago’s Sears Tower could be a vast expression of capitalist domination, however it may also permit one to tower over the town. In each one case it's the latter choice that pursuits him, for this can be the place Fiske locates pop culture: it's the aspect at which individuals take the products provided them by means of commercial capitalism (however oppressive they could appear) and switch them to their very own inventive, or even subversive, uses.

Designed as a spouse to Understanding pop culture, studying the Popular supplies the mislead theories that painting a mass viewers that mindlessly consumes each product it truly is provided. Fiske’s acute conception and full of life wit mix to supply a really democratic imaginative and prescient of pop culture, person who respects the attention and the organization of the folk who make it.

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Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen

"All stars are celebrities, yet now not all celebrities are stars," states David Shumway within the advent to Rock Star, an off-the-cuff heritage of rock stardom. This deceptively easy assertion belies the complicated definition and that means of stardom and extra in particular of rock icons. Shumway appears on the careers and cultural legacies of 7 rock stars within the context of well known tune and culture―Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the thankful lifeless, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. Granted, there are lots of extra names that fall into the rock icon classification and that may rightfully seem in this checklist. in part, that's the aspect: "rock big name" is a well-known and wanted type but in addition a contested one.

Shumway investigates the rock big name as a selected type of cultural development, diversified from mere big name. After the golden age of moviemaking, media publicity allowed rock stars extra political sway than Hollywood's studio stars, and rock stars steadily changed motion picture stars as key cultural heroes. due to alterations in American society and the media industries, rock stars became even more explicitly political figures than have been the celebrities of Hollywood’s studio period. Rock stars, furthermore, are icons of switch, although no longer regularly innovative, whose public personas learn like texts produced collaboratively through the performers themselves, their managers, and checklist businesses. those stars thrive in a number of media, together with recorded track, live performance functionality, gown, staging, conceal artwork, motion pictures, tv, video, print, and others.

Filled with memorable pictures, Rock Star will attract someone drawn to sleek American pop culture or tune history.

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The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU

Named the easiest radio station in the USA by way of Rolling Stone journal 4 years working, WFMU is taken into account the choice radio station. liquid crystal display (Lowest universal Denominator), the station's application guide—begun in 1986 as a visible counterpart to WFMU’s oddball programming—was a depraved cocktail of satire, cultural information, replacement background, and provocative paintings that has earned its personal committed cult fans. It ceased book in 1998 and its again concerns became treasured—and valuable—collector’s goods. Dave the Spazz has spent the previous two decades web hosting a weekly radio convey on WFMU, self-publishing, freelance writing, making art, making a song in punk-rock bands, and maintaining down one crummy activity after another.

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Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Seth Vannatta

Since he burst at the global along with his heavy-metal memoir Fargo Rock City in 2001, Chuck Klosterman has been some of the most winning novelists and essayists in the United States. His collections of essays Sex, medicinal drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious humans and unsafe Ideas have verified Klosterman not just as a reputable spokesman for clever purveyors of pop culture. His writings and common columns (in Spin, Esquire, The ny occasions Magazine and different venues) approximately tune, activities, and glossy tradition have occasionally develop into themselves touchstones in pop culture. The good fortune of his card-based video game Hypertheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations has proven that Klosterman can connect to his lovers and readers even off the broadcast page.

As he writes in his contribution to this publication, Klosterman “enjoys writing approximately gigantic, unwieldy rules” as they movement in tradition, in humans, in track, and in activities. The twenty-two different philosophers writing along Klosterman couldn’t agree extra. they give their very own tackle the thoughts and puzzles that fascinate him and take in a lot of Chuck’s numerous demanding situations to reply to brain-twisting "hypertheticals" or vintage moral quandaries that might come up if, say, Aristotle wandered behind the curtain at a Kiss concert.

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Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen

By Julian Darius

This definitive, unauthorized examine of Christopher Nolan's landmark 2005 movie demonstrates how BATMAN starts tailored and fused a part century of comedian books right into a unmarried, unified motion picture. This publication additionally examines earlier makes an attempt to movie Batman's origins, how these origins developed over the years, and the place Nolan's realism falls on a spectrum with earlier Batman video clips or even the Nineteen Sixties television express. Dr. Julian Darius manages to bare secrets and techniques to even the main hardcore Batman fan, whereas closing absolutely obtainable to these new to the nature. From Sequart study & Literacy association. extra information at

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Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews

By Fred Patten

Anime’s impact are available in each nook of yank media, from movie and tv to video games and photo arts. And Fred Patten is basically liable. He used to be studying manga and staring at anime ahead of many of the present iteration of fanatics was once born. in truth, it used to be his lively participation in fan golf equipment and his prolific journal writing that helped create a marketplace and construct American anime fandom into the colourful neighborhood it really is at the present time. Watching Anime, interpreting Manga gathers jointly a quarter-century of Patten’s lucid observations at the company of anime, fandom, artists, jap society and the main influential titles. Illustrated with unique fanzine covers and archival images. Foreword via Carl Macek (Robotech).

Fred Patten lives in Los Angeles.

"Watching Anime, analyzing Manga is a worthy addition in your library; it makes reliable rest room shopping, cover-to-cover examining, and a useful reference for writing or studying anime and manga, let alone a window into the heritage of fandom within the United States." -- SF Site


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Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower

Neatly geared up, Mr. Monk and Philosophy makes use of philosophy to discover extra in regards to the terrific obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk. With the information of history’s maximum thinkers, readers research who Monk rather is, why he's the best way he's, and what they could research from him. Chapters handle such issues as Mr. Monk’s exact use of good judgment, how every body makes use of their very own phobias and idiosyncrasies to navigate a threatening international, and what Monk says approximately what it potential to be a hero (albeit a mistaken one). Monk's relationships obtain precise realization: his commitment to his past due spouse, Trudy, teaches us approximately romantic partnership, whereas his relationships with Sharona and Natalie demonstrate the significance of friendship in facing sickness, loss of life, and tragedy.

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