Subject Area: Popular Culture

Alegoria E Ironia Bajo Censura En La Argentina Del Proceso (1976-1983)
2010 0-7734-1292-1
This text offers an analysis of how rhetorical strategies such as allegory, irony and symbolism, were employed by dissenting Argentine writers and singer-songwriters during the military dictatorship that seized power on March 24th 1976.

Author’s Abstract:
During the military coup in Argentina (1976 – 1983) a machinery of censorship was imposed. The state had a systematic plan of cultural repression and manipulation of public opinion. However, the dissident writers and lyricists examined in this study developed strategies of resistance that depended largely on allegory and irony. Some of the regime’s plans created the opposite result to that which was desired originally. In the musical sphere, what the authorities wanted to quash was fostered: through avoiding the diffusion of a certain type of music, what was opened up was a space that was quickly occupied by dissident music. By means of a detailed rhetorical analysis, this study is focused on the functioning of allegory, irony and symbolism under constrains of censorship.

Americanisation and the Transformation of World Cultures Melting Pot or Cultural Chernobyl?
1996 0-7734-8811-1
Essays include: Encountering America: Altered States (Phil Melling and Jon Roper); Powerful Transformations: Crevecoeur and the Emergence of Disciplinary Society (Timothy Conley); Asian Encounters with American Culture (B.K. Shrivastava); Americanisation: The Italian Case, 1938-1954 (David Forgacs); Rap and Hip Hop in France: The Americanisation of Popular Music in Europe (André J. M. Prévos); "Our Land on Foreign Soil" : The Iconography of American War Cemeteries in Western Europe (Ron Robin); Postwar Japanese Graphic Design: An Americanisation of Culture? (Jennifer Spoon); America on Record: Recorded Sound as an Agent of Americanisation (André Millard); Looks, Linguistics and Laughs: the Midatlantic Hybrid of Humour (Paul Wells); American TV Docudrama and the Americanisation of Popular Consciousness: a Case Study of Holocaust and Playing for Time (Albert Auster); Shooting Oneself in the Foot? Multiculturalists, Diversity and the Scapegoat Mechanism (Pierre Guerlain); The Fundamentalist Imagination in the New World Order (Phil Melling)

Analysis of the Position and Status of Sound Ratio in Contemporary Society
2000 0-7734-7540-0
Traces the process of specularization, whereby the hegemonies of state, church, patriarchy and the mass media have attempted to marginalize the role of sound in contemporary society. In a much under-researched file, this study contributes to an inter-disciplinary understanding of sound’s unique characteristics and how, in an often oppositional climate, in maintains its status as a vital communicative and artistic tool.

Analyzing the Divisions in the Tea Party Movement. The Varieties of American Political Passion
2012 0-7734-3065-2
In doing field work and observing Tea Party rallies, Eger discovered that the majority of its members were fiscally conservative, but socially liberal. This caused many divisions and splintering amongst its members, because its agenda was divided between social conservatives and progressives. This explains the rapid decline of its prominence since 2010. Even though the mainstream media (especially Fox News) wants to depict it as socially conservative, the biggest factions tend to be more liberal in the ‘culture war’ areas. This also shows just how out of touch the media usually is with grassroots organizers.

Anti-Primitivism and the Decline of the West the Social Cost of Cultural Ignorance Volume Two: The Failure of Christianity, Progress, and Democracy
1993 0-7734-9857-5
The work explains that the West obliterated primitive civilizations everywhere in the names of Christianity and Progress. They were not exterminated -- or better, absorbed -- in the name of democracy, because the latter was for the white man only and was thought too exotic for the primitive to grasp. From a scholarly point of view, if the idea of Progress has failed, it will eventually cause the failure of democracy. That idea has to be dealt with on at least three levels, i.e., the Third World where there are almost no prospects; Russia and eastern Europe where success with a free market economy is dubious; and, finally, here at home where, under democracy and diverse ethnic and religious groups, we seem unable to solve basic and vital issues. Any librarian whose collection includes Oswald Spengler's The Decline of the West and Edward Said's Orientalism will want to add the present work.

Britain's First TV/ Film Crime Series and the Industrialisation of Its Film Industry, 1946-1964
2009 0-7734-4763-6
The first study to date devoted to the genesis of domestic TV/Film production, this project presents for the first time an industrial and cultural history of the transformation of the lower reaches of Britain’s film industry during the period 1946-1964.

Chasse, Hockey et Baseball Dans Le Roman Québécois. Le Chasseur Comme Fondement Identitaire
2009 0-7734-4770-9
This work examines the interplay between cultural memory and fiction through the exploration of the notion of territory within the sport discourses and three Québécois novels ( L’Élan d’Amérique, by Angré Langevin (1972); Le Coeur de la baleine bleue, by Jacques Poulin ([1970] 1987); and Louis Caron’s L’emmitouflé ([1977] 1991).

Classical and Contemporary Mythic Identities: Construction of the Literary Imagination
2010 0-7734-3798-3
This volume develops recent critical work on myth, as well as alluding to seminal if superseded works in the field. The collection explores ways in which this dynamic mythmaking process has taken place — and continues to take place — in contemporary art and thought.

Comparison of Popular Tv in English and Spanish Speaking Societies: Soaps, Sci-Fi, Sitcoms, Adult Cartoons, and Cult Series
2010 0-7734-3595-6
This work is an interdisciplinary collection of essays by Spanish speaking authors that analyzes television fiction as it is experienced in the Spanish-speaking market. Comparisons are made to the productions launched in the USA during the Third Golden Age of TV Fiction.

Critical Study of Self-Help and Self-Improvement Practices. Textual, Discursive, and Ethnographic Perspectives
2011 0-7734-1576-9
The contemporary cultural phenomenon of self-help is highly visible and yet inadequately understood. This study explores the seeming polarization of self-help – the splitting of the individual (the self) and the collective (the help) – through detailed ethnographic examination of self-help books and self-help groups. It relates these “poles” by exploring a central and connecting event, hypothesized as the hyphen in self-help, a workshop for a group of readers led by a self-help book author.

Cultural Influences of William Gibson, the Father of Cyberpunk Science Fiction.
2007 0-7734-5467-5
William Gibson (b 1948), since the publication of his first, award-winning novel, Neuromancer (1984), has been celebrated as a breath of fresh air in the realm of science fiction. This anthology of essays is an attempt to analyze Gibsons literary technique, his sustained critique of emerging technologies, and the nature of how fiction writing in general is continually categorized and canonized in the Postmodern Age.

Cultural Tropes of the Contemporary American West
2005 0-7734-6219-8
This study explores the abiding fascination and provocation of the American frontier West in the contemporary period, in contexts which both ground it historically and extrapolate from it, refracting it through contemporary film, literature, science fiction and the rhetoric of information technology. A historical, geopolitical specificity in granted by chapters on D.H. Lawrence in New Mexico, contemporary Montana literature, and two popular movies set there and in Oregon respectively. The American West is more generally considered strategically in its connections to Europe, as in Wim Wenders’s classic Paris, Texas, the Beach Boys’ work in the Netherlands and the consideration of the European vision of the internet as a new frontier. Comparable connections to East Asia are granted in a chapter on the presentation of Japan in seminal works by Richard Brautigan. Close textual analysis of abiding works is given, against a background of seminal, related critical works not only in historical and cultural studies, but also in film analysis and information technology. Such extrapolations in turn reflect on the self-conception of the region, and therefore yield a pertinent and timely contribution of that reassessment of the nation as it enters the new millennium.

Depiction of Irish Masculinity in Neo-Expressionist Painting
2011 0-7734-3733-9
This study examines Irish artistic production and generates a debate on how the painters' collective artistic intentions transcend national borders to engage with the wider debate concerning male subjectivity and masculine representation within a sexual political arena where patriarchal attitudes and assumptions are questioned.

Includes 40 color reproductions of paintings by Brian Maguire, Patrick Graham, and Michael Mulcahy.

Dictionary of Cricketing Terminology
1998 0-7734-8266-0
The idiom of cricket can seem incomprehensible to the uninitiated. This dictionary, containing some 3,530 headwords and sense divisions, seeks to present a comprehensive picture of the language of cricket in the hope that the arcane will be rendered accessible to the newcomer and that even those well-versed in cricket lore may find something of interest. Includes terms of art, informal and slang designations, clichés and metaphors used by players and commentators to describe what happens on the field of play. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Phrases are recorded under the headword thought likely to be turned to first and are cross-referenced from other significant words. 6,530 examples of usage are provided.

Did Lyndon Baines Johnson Arrange the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy? The Case for the Prosecution
2014 0-7734-4502-1
The cold-blooded execution of President John F. Kennedy remains the most intriguing mystery of the 20th century. This fascinating book methodically examines the various organizations and numerous individuals who had the motive, the opportunity and the means of carrying out such an incredible crime exonerating, in theory, the alleged lone assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.


Eccentric Individuality in William Kotzwinkle’s the Fan Man, E. T., Doctor Rat, and Other Works of Fiction and Fantasy
2002 0-7734-7310-6
This is the first full-length critical study of an unusually versatile and accomplished author, discussing at length all the most ambitious novels of William Kotzwinkle. In addition to individual analytical examinations of his most prominent work, including The Fan Man and his exceptionally successful adaptation of the film E. T. The study identifies patterns of coherence, recurring themes and subjects, and strategies of comic invention. “If the critical void concerning the career and writings of contemporary author William Kotzwinkle has been inadequately noted, Leon Lewis’s study demonstrates that such attention is overdue. His book goes far toward filling this void, and it should inspire further research into this author’s significant work. . .in a worthy display of the uses of criticism, Lewis briskly and judiciously assumes the promotional role renounced by Kotzwinkle, highlighting the author’s accomplishments and identifying themes, issues, and images that unify his diverse productions into a consistent and conscientious career. . . . Lewis draws delightful examples especially from his subject’s comic writing, and his critical style often enlarges, combines, or riffs on these examples in the style of a humorous yet helpful kindred spirit. . . . Lewis crafts a field of reference as fresh as it is serious, ranging from Rimbaud to Rambo, from the high-cultural icons of Joyce, Valery, Cocteau, and Davenport to Hollywood’s Aliens and a redemptive review of Kotzwinkle’s characterization of Clark Kent ( in his screenplay for Superman III) as ‘everyklutz’. Lewis’s prose is vigorous yet measured, shifting from essential quotation to characteristic paraphrase and commentary, without the theoretical clutter that in many similar studies distracts from the textual subject. . . . This confluence of primary texts, authorial commentary, contemporary review, and a willingness to acknowledge yet question critical assumptions makes Lewis’s ground-breaking study a conscientious foundation on which future scholarship will build.” – Craig White

Edwin Mellen Press Versus Lingua Franca
2007 0-7734-5446-2
The law relating to libel in United States jurisprudence is largely the creation of common law. The law concerning defamation of character has the same general basis of all law – that human beings interact with one another, and that laws exist as codes of conduct in social interactions. Laws concerning defamation are designed to protect reputations against derogatory falsehoods. Using an actual case, this book explores how law relating to libel and slander has evolved in recent years to its current status.

Emergence of a New Rhetoric Since the 1960s. A History of the Linguistic Reformation of American Culture
2008 0-7734-5130-7
This study deals with the impact “The Sixties” had on writing instruction, particularly how expressivism as composition pedagogy emerged out of the reassessment of traditional schools of writing. The investigation explores the historical context that sparked contemporary expressivism and traces its trajectory through that turbulent era, including how overall educational reform initiatives also grew out of that period’s social movements, especially the Civil Rights Movement.

Emotional Response to Music
2001 0-7734-7439-0


Ethnography of an Adult Bookstore. Private Scenes, Public Places
1990 0-88946-629-7
Makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the pornographic phenomenon by presenting the results of the three-year sociological study into the structure of one of the locations. Uses existing evidence and participatory observations, contents, clients, and social norms operative in a pornographic store in a mid-sized American city. Removes some of the mystique surrounding this socially "illicit" activity.

Function of Contemporary Travel Narratives in the French, Anglo, and Latin Americas: Mixing and Expanding Cultural Identities
2011 0-7734-1545-9
This edited collection examines various perspectives on contemporary forms of travel and displacement in the Americas.

No other collection or monograph has been published that engages the genre of travel writing in such comprehensively hemispheric terms. The text examines new forms of displacement that characterize a globalized and increasingly interconnected world, and reexamines earlier forms of displacement in a new way.

Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Modern Portuguese Speaking Culture
1996 0-7734-8849-9
These readings of modern Portuguese, Brazilian, and Portuguese African texts articulate a challenge by drawing on different theories of how gender, ethnicity and class relate to the production and reception of culture. Consequently, the collection juxtaposes and connects new readings of well-known literary figures such as Ariano Suassuna, Agustina Bessa Luís, Hélia Correia, Henrique Teixeira de Sousa and Clarice Lispector with readings of "popular culture" as represented by samba, circo-teatro, images of women in advertising and oral narratives from the southeast of Brazil. The diversity of the critical approaches adopted demonstrates both the potential for new "coalitional" connections and the demands imposed by deconstructing the Lusist canon.

Greek Popular Meteorology From Antiquity to the Present: The Folk-Interpretation of Celestial Signs
2010 0-7734-3657-X
This book, the only one of its kind in the English language, examines the attempts of the Greeks to predict weather change by means of naked-eye observation of celestial phenomena, unaided by scientific meteorology.

Gulf War as Popular Entertainment. An Analysis of the Military-Industrial Media Complex
1997 0-7734-8666-6
Essays presented here provide analyses of war in the post-modern era, specifically the Persian Gulf War. Scholars interested in war, applications of post-modern theory, the media, communications, a history of modern warfare, and international affairs will find the analyses illuminating, applicable as they are to any post-modern combative event, such as Chechnea or Bosnia. The introduction details the focus of each paper, and the concluding chapter connects them conceptually, offering a new, post-modern perspective of war.

Hestia - Goddess of the Hearth: The Archetypal, Architectural, and Spiritual Functions of the Hearth as Home of the Human Soul
2014 0-7734-0070-2
This book honors Hestia, the goddess of the hearth. It fills the gaping void in exclusive scholarship on Hestia and explores her as a pop culture icon in a quest to grasp her relevance for people today. Thinking about Hestia as an archetype of focus and centeredness may offer soulful refuge from the e-chatter overload that people face in their daily lives. It may help fulfill contemporary yearnings for authenticity and wholeness within human hearts and souls by offering us a path homeward, back to connections with people’s inner selves.


How American Reggae Redefined Jamaican and Caribbean Reggae: A Theoretical Study of the Relationship Between Mass Communication and Cultural Domination
2015 1-4955-0365-8
This work describes changes in the Jamaican and Caribbean reggae culture by examining the relationship between mass communication and the cultural domination of African, Caribbean, and other less powerful peoples that has been based primarily on importation/exportation theoretical framework of cultural domination. The author argues this importation/ exportation framework does not acknowledge the role of African, Caribbean, and other current less powerful peoples as originators in what history indicates is the millennia-old process of domination by the more powerful.


How Do High School Students Make the Transition to University? Factors Contributing to Success or Failure
2010 0-7734-1318-9
This qualitative study provides a framework for planning institutional change and considering present institutional practices by examining the challenges and rewards experienced by first-year students in regard to adapting to the academic and social culture of a large commuter university.

How Do We Create a Philosophical Cosmos for Acting Socially and Being Happy?
2007 0-7734-5513-2
In this work the focus is on the cyclical structure of the patterns of social change. According to the Wave Principle, patterns of five waves move in the direction of a trend and three waves move against it. The author presents a theory of agency and sociality that serves as a basis for the wave-like character of social change and the individuality of the component waves of the pattern.

How Social Trauma Affects How We Write. Post 9/11 Rhetorical Theory and Composition Pedagogy
2010 0-7734-3695-2
This study explores classic rhetorical traditions and modern composition pedagogies that best suit post-9/11 students. This work utilizes concrete examples and includes a guide for instructors on bringing cultural artifacts into their writing classrooms. This work will appeal to scholars in Pedagogy, New Media, and Literacy Studies as well as Composition and Rhetoric.

How Sociopaths Destroy Good Teachers: The Invisible Threat to Education
2015 1-4955-0417-4
This book is an important piece of work to challenge the culture of bullying in schools and universities. It analyzes the presence of sociopathic individuals, their desire to bring psychological harm to others and an effective early warning system to alert those who will encounter this kind of destructive personality in the work place.

How the Internet Exposed the Private Lives of the British Royal Family: The Marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton
2011 0-7734-1507-6


How the Use of Marijuana Was Criminalized and Medicalized, 1906-2004. A Foucaultian History of Legislation in America
2010 0-7734-3772-X
Investigates the social construction of the processes of marijuana criminalization and marijuana medicalization. It is the first substantive study on the subject to include a detailed historical context in which to situate a new theoretical model for examining the contemporary U.S. drug policy debate.

Information, Its Forms and Functions the Elements of Semiology
1997 0-7734-8675-5
A synthesis which takes account of the many forms and purposes of human expression and communication. It includes topics like the recording of information, the use of signs for the elaboration of ideas, for the design and execution of projects, signs and the representation of experience, esthetics, and rituals. The author argues that language and signs are best understood as a sort of technology rather than as the manifestation of a faculty.

Integrating Spirituality and Exercise Physiology. Toward a New Understanding of Health
2010 0-7734-3679-0
This book proposes that health care is not just about physical abilities but mental and spiritual beliefs as well. The author argues for a more complex understanding of the psycho-physiological connection and advocates for a more holistic approach that may presently be perceived as a radical way to think about the practice of exercise and exercise physiology as a profession.

Interpersonal Culture on the Internet. Television, the Internet and the Making of a Community
2004 0-7734-6380-1
“Community” is a highly contested concept, and in the milieu of mass media, it is even more highly fraught. The book bolsters our understandings of the substantive processes involved, particularly those of boundary formation, spatial dimensions of communities, and how communities are always both embedded and emerging entities. Finally, it deals with the question of how seamless and/or disruptive the new technology of the Internet is vis-à-vis our traditional practices of community formation and maintenance. Ethnographic in method, and deals with community concepts such as networks, geography, boundaries, and politics.

Media Rhetoric of Law and Order: How abc Framed the Mumia Abu-Jamal Story
2010 0-7734-4683-4
This work presents a case study of journalism as persuasion through a triangulated examination of ABC 20/20’s story “Hollywood’s Unlikely Hero” (December 1998), which reports on the death penalty case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. The methodology includes rhetorical analysis, experimental design, and focus group audience research. It also examines the impact of a media literacy intervention on news reception by showing the video “Framing an Execution: the Media and Mumia Abu-Jamal” and measuring its effects on audience perceptions of the 20/20 story.

Each book includes a DVD copy of the “Framing an Execution: the Media and Mumia Abu-Jamal”.

Modeling Behavior From Images of Reality in Television. Narratives, Myths, Information and Socialization
2001 0-7734-7674-1
Examples of what may be considered inappropriate aggressive behavior modeled in television programs as a focus for the textual analysis. It provides ideological, cultural, narrative, semiotic, and political economy analyses of representative content and programs and discusses implications. Readers will gain a broad understanding of the concerns for television effects, and be able to judge the potential of television narratives to influence socialization and acculturation. The study shows that television narratives have the ability to create meanings which reinforce or refute dominant ideas and myths of the society. Examines such shows as Beavis and Butt-Head; Family Matters; Home Improvement; Jenny Jones; Married With Children; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; Oprah; Roseanne; Sally Jesse Raphael; South Park, and The Simpsons.

Mythical Expressions of Siege in Israeli Films
1997 0-7734-8608-9
This study presents a comprehensive analysis of Israeli film and society, in particular, the mythical expression of siege, from 1948 to the present. It examines the Israeli-Palestine conflict, Zionist-Socialism, Zionist Statism, post Six Day War Euphoria, the Israeli Left, and Ethnic Fusion vs. Ethnic Fission.

Narrative Rhetorical Analysis of Six Hollywood Films About Christ, 1912-2004: The Romanticization of Sacrificial Death
2014 0-7734-4367-3
An excellent historical study contributing to the areas of religion, pop culture and rhetoric of Christian themed films about Jesus Christ. The author provides an added dimension of context to his analysis by discussing the cultural milieu that influenced the production, the marketing and the portrayal of the Christ character in these selected films.
Dr Burton’s book discusses popular film interpretations of Christ’s life and how the films’ narratives function rhetorically in an attempt to understand the ways that films about Jesus aid in spreading the message of the Gospels.


Neo-medievalism in the Media. Essays on Film, Television, and Electronic Games
2012 0-7734-2662-0
This is a collection of essays that study the contemporary cultural depictions of medievalism. The book attempts to unravel distortions that tend to domesticate the era and represent it as an extension of modern life. Several authors claim that modernity is so radically different to medieval life that we can only view the past as an extension of the present, rather than as radically different. The present distorts, and often politicizes the past, and these essays explore how everything from commercials, and video games, to the war on terror can contain elements of neo-medieval revisionism. Some authors argue that even though nobody alive today has a lived experience of the period, and holding an authentic medieval experience is almost impossible, there seems to be a sort of nostalgia about medieval times that indicates dissatisfaction with contemporary life.

New Concept of Art and Popular Culture in Nicaragua Since the Revolution in 1979 an Analytical Essay and Compendium of 185 Illustrations
1989 0-88946-489-8
Provides the most definitive assessment so far of the arts in Nicaragua since 1979, with analyses of specific cultural policies and particular artworks associated with them. Demonstrates why the concept of art being advanced is innovative in relation to that of most earlier revolutions and how the ideological pluralism on which it is based is fundamentally at odds with the earlier doctrine of Socialist Realism.

New Management of Life
1998 0-7734-8508-2
This volume introduces a new approach to science that seeks to understand life and its management in a prophetic manner. This approach regards the soul and the mind as indivisible parts of humanity. There cannot be an educated mind without an educated soul. It proposes a new model for management to sustain and develop work, arts, families, government, industries.

Origins and Rise of the British Distillery
1999 0-7734-8007-2
This highly original monograph substantiates the industry's rise and contributions in an age when distilled beverages had much good to contribute to mankind and added to the power of the West to explore, to trade, and to conquer where others sickened and failed. Contains rich anecdotal material and contemporary observations that illuminate the subject from Tudor times to the mid-18th century. With illustrations.

Philosophical Dialogue with Children
2011 0-7734-1430-4
“Philosophical Dialogue with Children” is a collection of essays that explores our common presuppositions about childhood and children’s thinking, and challenges adults to re-examine their notions about children’s capacity to engage in philosophical dialogue in group settings like the classroom.

Philosophy of Baseball
2006 0-7734-5889-1
Western philosophy began with two monumental aspirations: to unravel the mysteries of the universe and to construct the best recipe for living the good life. Today, sports play a major role in the lives of many people. A striking correlation exists between the noblest virtues of baseball and discussions of living the good life by the greatest thinkers in the history of philosophy.

The book explains the nine virtues of playing and eleven commandments of coaching baseball. These virtues and commandments are then connected to the best ways to live the good life according to the wisdom of classical and contemporary philosophers such as Camus, Epictetus, Gramsci, Machiavelli, Marx, Nietzsche, Nozick, Plato, Sartre, Schopenhauer, Socrates, and Unger.

Political Graffiti on the West Bank Wall in Israel / Palestine
2012 0-7734-4070-4
Based on field research conducted by the author in 2008, the book consists of a careful examination of graffiti written on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides of the Israel-built “separation wall”; and interviews with people about the graffiti. This shows how different sides of the conflict view the conflict itself and details the various ways that graffiti can represent political strife.

Politics of Television Policy
2009 0-7734-5223-0
This book, drawing on primary sources, provides an in-depth analysis of the politics of the introduction of digital television in the United Kingdom. The author highlights the emergence of a more complex system of United Kingdom television policy-making, encompassing an ever increasing range of policy actors and political institutions.

Popular Culture and Mass Communication in Twentieth-Century France
1992 0-7734-9499-5
15 British and French specialists examine modern and contemporary French culture, with essays on: changing trends in government evaluation of culture; the proletarian writers and journalism in the 1930s; radio and cinema; popular cultural activities such as horse-racing, war-memorials, and comic strips; France's multi-cultural nature; and gender issues in the mass media. One key area, on which the volume concentrates, and which illustrates the shift in cultural definition, is advertising, both as a an historical phenomenon and a new cultural form. Finally, an essay on changing attitudes to the French language encapsulates the issues involved in the erosion of the barrier between high and popular culture.

Pow ! The Mythological Enemy of the United States and the Comic Book Super Hero
2016
This concept of pulling historical information out of comic books is not new; what is new is the concept of using comic books to interpret and understand the perceived cultural enemies of American societies during various eras. Not only can we learn of the dress, vernacular, technology and perceived threats of the past but also how they dealt with complex problems that we face today such as globalization, racial inequality and the shrinking middle class. This book sheds light on the under-utilization of comic books as historical resources and educational tools.

Professional Wrestling as Ritual Drama in American Pop Culture
1990 0-88946-112-0
In spite of the enormous popularity of professional wrestling in recent years, few sociological writings have addressed this ritualized reflection of working-class values. This book, which analyzes the phenomenon of American professional wrestling in light of the critical dramaturgy of Erving Goffman, Victor Turner, and the recent works of Mary Jo Deegan, stands alone in offering scholarly explanation and sociological insight into professional wrestling in America.

Professional Wrestling, the Myth, the Mat, and American Popular Culture
2003 0-7734-6625-8
Provides answers as to why wrestling is so popular, and illustrates the symbolic functions of wrestling as an act of social meaning. Throughout the history of professional wrestling, its peaks in popularity can be directly correlated with the political, social, and cultural events of the time. The structure has traditionally been one of good vs. evil, fashioned after the traditional morality play, though this model has recently changed. Wrestling’s villains have always represented a threat to our nation state and our livelihood. The heroes have always been for, and usually of, the people, enacting our hopes and desires through their exploits in the ring. Through analyses of past wrestling matches and storylines, it is shown that wrestling acts as myth in the same way that other genres such as westerns have done.

Psychoanalysis and Sovereignty in Popular Vampire Fictions
2003 0-7734-6831-5
This book explores the uncanny modalities of eroticism in vampire literature and film. It critiques the predominant approaches to a body of texts which depict sovereignty and the will to power, and considers the shortcomings of the overwhelming focuses on sexuality in current Gothic studies, present the vampire instead as a popular cultural version of transgressive human sovereignty. The theoretical trajectory interfaces literary, cinematic, cultural studies, and continental philosophy, and engages with psychoanalysis, and proposes a metaphysics of vampire fantasy.

Reinterpreting the Plays of Arthur Miller: An Approach Using Cultural Semiotics and New Historicism
2010 0-7734-1365-0
This study uncovers untapped symbolic layers in some of Miller’s best-known plays by linking them to famed media events or social concerns of the period of each play’s initial production.

Scholarly Studies in Harry Potter. Applying Academic Methods to a Popular Text
2005 0-7734-6010-1
This book is intended primarily for an academic audience, especially scholars – students and teachers – doing research and publication in categories such as myth and legend, children’s literature, and the Harry Potter series in particular. Additionally, it is meant for college and university teachers. However, the essays do not contain jargon that would put off an avid “lay” Harry Potter fan. Overall, this collection is an excellent addition to the growing analytical scholarship on the Harry Potter series; however, it is the first academic collection to offer practical methods of using Rowling’s novels in a variety of college and university classroom situations.

Sensationalist Literature and Popular Culture in the Early American Republic
2001 0-7734-7572-9
Previous samplers have not swept together the variety that the present editors have gathered, not invited readers to study this literature as part of a reassessment of ‘taste’ within the general populace of the early American republic, especially in the years 1780-1810.

Sociological Study of Scholarly Writing and Publishing: How Academics Produce and Share Their Research
2011 0-7734-3717-7
This book uses the methodology of institutional ethnography to explore the new territory of academic writing as a social process, a process embedded in the culture and practices of contemporary corporate universities.

Space and Time in North Caucasian Popular Culture
2001 0-7734-3131-4


Spiritual Encounter with the Holy One
1984 0-88946-012-4
The true story of a young family torn between Christianity and the occult sciences.

Spiritual, Social, and Scientific Meaning of Dreams: What Do Our Dreams Teach Us?
2013 0-7734-4506-4
A remarkable book that examines evidence contradicting the assumptions of mainstream science about what is possible both in the dreamworld and in waking life. The book argues that dreams are a multidimensional feedback system that sheds light on virtually every major area of the dreamer’s existence, namely the body, the mind, society, the environment, the cosmos, as well as the dreamer’s possible relationship to the spirit-world and the divine.

Spiritual, Social, and Scientific Meaning of Dreams: What Do Our Dreams Teach Us?
2013 0-7734-4506-4
A remarkable book that examines evidence contradicting the assumptions of mainstream science about what is possible both in the dreamworld and in waking life.
The book argues that dreams are a multidimensional feedback system that sheds light on virtually every major area of the dreamer’s existence, namely the body, the mind, society, the environment, the cosmos, as well as the dreamer’s possible relationship to the spirit-world and the divine

Sport as a Spiritual Practice. Mastery, Failure, and Transcendence in the Life of Athletes
2010 0-7734-1472-X
TThis work examines how the individual player moves toward a religious enlightenment through sport. It argues that this spiritual enlightenment is uniquely her or his own without the trappings of doctrinal creeds or traditional religious discourse.

Textual Analysis of Movie Director Oliver Stone's Nixon
2004 0-7734-6232-5
This critical analysis of director Oliver Stone's Nixon argues that the screenplay and film are early attempts in American cinema to put the life of Richard Nixon in proper historical perspective. Although known for his provocative and controversial approach in his films toward people and events of the 1960s and '70s in America, Stone has delivered an evenhanded account of the impact of Nixon on American history. This book is appropriate for anyone interested in the Cold War, American film, or popular art and politics and adds to the study of the media's depiction of history and historical figures.

Theme of Cultural Adaptation in American History, Literature and Film. Cases When the Discourse Changed
2009 0-7734-3876-9
This anthology covers new ground in the field of adaptation studies, specifically, as a branch of American Studies that not only encompasses literature and visual media, but also a wide-range of subject areas including, but not limited to, history, political science and cultural/ethnic studies. By looking at adaptation specifically in relation to the United States, the book investigates a variety of culturally and historically transformative strategies, as well showing how the process of adaptation has been influenced by social, ideological and political factors both inside and outside the United States.

To Skim the Smoke
1997 0-7734-2707-4
Reminiscent of the tradition of Oliver Sacks and Richard Selzer, these poems reflect observations of a neurologist on personal, medical and universal problems. They include both serious and humorous material and range in style from classic format to modern free form.

Truth in Advertising
1984 0-88946-912-1
A report from a symposium at the Toronto School of Theology, the first of a continuing series on the ethical implications of advertising.

What is Culture? Generating and Applying Cultural Knowledge
2010 0-7734-1320-0
This book presents a new theory of culture that attempts to present a unified taxonomy and lexicon of definitions of culture by various social scientists for use in the inter-disciplinary investigation of organizational culture. Both both qualitative and quantitative data is presented and analysed.

What Students Learned in Gym Class
2010 0-7734-3744-9
This book explores how personal experiences in mandatory K-12 physical education classes affect adult health and exercise habits. It offers a platform of understanding into the diverse experiences of gym class and how these experiences can produce repercussions throughout life.

Wonderful Wizard of Oz in American Popular Culture. Uneasy in Eden
1994 0-7734-9406-5
The study advances the concept of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of popular culture. Drawing upon archetypal theory as expounded by Jung and Frye, culture history, literary criticism, and the popular culture theories of John Fiske as they intersect with postmodern and deconstructionist interpretations, it links the conservative discipline of history to the chariot of the popular. It also makes the theories of literary critics more accessible to the average college student, who is familiar with the plot of The Wizard of Oz. This book will be of interest to students and teachers of Film Studies, Religion and Literature, American Studies, and Culture History.

Work-Famly Debate in Popular Culture: Can Women and Men Have It All?
2015 0-7734-3529-8
An insightful examination of gender roles in the workplace and how the competing demands of family-work life can be balanced. As a pop culture starting point, the study begins with an examination of the ensuing media frenzy and passionate discussions resulting from the Atlantic Magazine cover story, “Why Women Can’t Have it All” by former Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter and widens its scope into popular films and television.


Working Class Gambling in Britain c. 1906-1960s
2007 0-7734-5374-1
Examines the class nature of gambling in Britain which made the off-course ready-money gambling of the working-class illegal while permitting the middle-class off-course credit gambling. It rejects the views of the National Anti-Gambling League that working-class gambling was an excessive waste of money and suggests that it was, by and large, ‘a bit of a flutter’ by the working classes. Using rarely used Home Office and police evidence, it suggests that both the police and the Home Office would have liked the Street Betting Act of 1906, and other restrictive legislation, removed since it was an impediment to good relations with the working classes upon which the police relied for evidence of serious crimes.