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The Politics of Alternative Theatre in Britain, 1968-1990: The Case of 7:84 by Maria DiCenzo
This book examines one of the most influential modern theatre companies, 7:84 (Scotland), under the directorship of John McGrath. 7:84 (Scotland) has been a vital contributor to the place and importance of alternative theatre on the modern British stage. DiCenzo explores the development of this company, the growth of popular theatre in general within the last twenty years and offers a methodology for analysing records and materials found in theatre company archives and illustrates the many issues inherent in running a theatre company, including venues, practitioners and the politics of funding. The book includes valuable primary source material and informative production photographs and company posters.
“…a clearly written and very valuable introduction to a style of radical theatre which still has a lot to teach. …Maria DiCenzo’s welcome study may then be seen as an especially timely reminder of the power of theatre ti inject subversive vitality into the heart of the body politic.”
Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence by Chuck Tryon
For over a century, movies have played an important role in our lives, entertaining us, often provoking conversation and debate. Now, with the rise of digital cinema, audiences often encounter movies outside the theatre and even outside the home. Traditional distribution models are challenged by new media entrepreneurs and independent film makers, user-generated video, film blogs, mashups, downloads, and other expanding networks.
“Reinventing Cinema” examines film culture at the turn of this century, at the precise moment when digital media are altering our historical relationship with the movies. Spanning multiple disciplines, Chuck Tryon addresses the interaction between production, distribution, and reception of films, television, and other new and emerging media. Through close readings of trade publications, DVD extras, public lectures by new media leaders, movie blogs, and YouTube videos, Tryon navigates the shift to digital cinema and examines how it is altering film and popular culture. Computers. The Internet. Digital media. New media. Is this the end of cinema as we know it?
CHUCK TRYON is an assistant professor in the English department at Fayetteville State University.
Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins
This edition has been thoroughly updated and features substantial new material that addresses, among other things, the promise and perils of Web 2.0 and the rise of YouTube.”Convergence Culture” maps a new territory: where old and new media intersect, where grassroots and corporate media collide, where the power of the media producer and the power of the consumer interact in unpredictable ways.Henry Jenkins, one of America’s most respected media analysts, delves beneath the new-media hype to uncover the important cultural transformations that are taking place as media converge.
He takes us into the secret world of Survivor Spoilers, where avid internet users pool their knowledge to unearth the show’s secrets before they are revealed on the air. He introduces us to young Harry Potter fans who are writing their own Hogwarts tales while executives at Warner Brothers struggle for control of their franchise.
He shows us how “The Matrix” has pushed transmedia storytelling to new levels, creating a fictional world where consumers track down bits of the story across multiple media channels.Jenkins argues that struggles over convergence will redefine the face of American popular culture. Industry leaders see opportunities to direct content across many channels to increase revenue and broaden markets. At the same time, consumers envision a liberated public sphere, free of network controls, in a decentralized media environment. Sometimes corporate and grassroots efforts reinforce each other, creating closer, more rewarding relations between media producers and consumers.
Sometimes these two forces are at war.Jenkins provides a riveting introduction to the world where every story gets told and every brand gets sold across multiple media platforms. He explains the cultural shift that is occurring as consumers fight for control across disparate channels, changing the way we do business, elect our leaders, and educate our children.
“Jenkins’ impressive ability to break down complex concepts into readable prose makes this study vital and engaging.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “Jenkins is an astute observer of media culture and his insights are spot-on.” LOS ANGELES TIMES “For any Sony PS3 execs out there wondering why their technological masterpiece is being ridiculed by customers before it’s even released…. Convergence Culture is a must read.”
HENRY JENKINS is the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities and the Founder/Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. The author or editor of eleven books including Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture and The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture (both NYU Press), Jenkins also writes a regular column for Technology Review.
Time Machine by Gilles Deleuze (Post-Contemporary Interventions / Latin America in Translation)
Although Gilles Deleuze is one of France’s most celebrated twentieth-century philosophers, his theories of cinema have largely been ignored by American scholars. Film theorist D. N. Rodowick fills this gap by presenting the first comprehensive study, in any language, of Deleuze’s work on film and image. Placing Deleuze’s two books on cinema – “The Movement-Image and The Time-Image” – in the context of French cultural theory of the 1960s and 1970s, Rodowick examines the logic of Deleuze’s theories and their relationship to his influential philosophy of difference.
Rodowick illuminates the connections between Deleuze’s writings on visual and scientific texts and describes the formal logic of his theory of images and signs.Revealing how Deleuzian views on film speak to the broader network of philosophical problems addressed in Deleuze’s other books – including his influential work with Felix Guattari – Rodowick shows not only how Deleuze modifies the dominant traditions of film theory, but also how the study of cinema is central to the project of modern philosophy. An important bridge between contemporary French and American philosophy, this work has value not only for Deleuze scholars but for students of cinema/film and others interested in contemporary philosophy and cultural and critical theory.
This book will become a standard work for anyone who wants to learn about Deleuze on cinema and about Deleuze more generally.
“Anglo-American critics have not yet begun to plumb the riches of Deleuze’s investigation into cinema, and David Rodowick, well versed in philosophy and cinema studies, is the perfect person to bring these important works into focus for the American critical establishment. This book will become a standard work for anyone who wants to learn about Deleuze on cinema and about Deleuze more generally.” – Dana Polan, University of Pittsburgh “Deleuze is now coming to be seen in the anglophone world for what the French have long known him to be – someone who is perhaps the most productive and important philosophical thinker of this century. And Rodowick has a flair for making genuinely illuminating connections between Deleuze’s cinema books and his other works.”
Kenneth Surin, Duke University
“… an extremely cogent and helpful book, treating Deleuze’s movie volumes “as a logical development through cinema of Deleuze’s more general concerns”
Michael Wood, London Review of Books