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  • The Cinema of Hayao Miyazaki
  • Hayao Miyazaki: Pocket Guide
  • Spirited Away: Hayao Miyazaki: Pocket Movie Guide
  • Princess Mononoke: Hayao Miyazaki: Pocket Movie Guide
  • Ken Russell
  • Tommy: Pocket Movie Guide
  • Women In Love: Ken Russell: D.H. Lawrence
  • The Devils: Ken Russell
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Blade Runner and the Cinema of Philip K. Dick
  • Blade Runer: Pocket Movie Guide
  • Mel Brooks: Genius and Loving It!
  • The Comic Art of Mel Brooks
  • The Cinema of Donald Cammell
  • Performance: Pocket Movie Guide
  • Jean-Luc Godard: The Passion of Cinema
  • Jean-Luc Godard: Pocket Guide
  • The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Andei Tarkovsky: Pocket Guide
  • John Hughes and Eighties Cinema
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Pocket Guide
  • The Lord of the Rings Movies
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Pocket Movie Guide
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Pocket Movie Guide
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Pocket Movie Guide
  • Liv Tyler
  • The Cinema of Richard Linklater
  • Walerian Borowczyk
  • The Beast: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Christmas Movie Book
  • The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion
  • The Peyote Cult
  • Principles of Shamanism
  • Media Hell: Explorations of Radio, Television and the Press
  • Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK
  • Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism
  • Julia Kristeva: Art, Love, Melancholy, Philosophy, Semiotics and Psychoanalysis
  • Luce Irigaray: Lips, Kissing, and the Politics of Sexual Difference
  • Helene Cixous I Love You: The Jouissance of Writing
  • Andrea Dworkin
  • Sex in Art: Pornography and Pleasure in Painting and Sculpture
  • Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism
  • The Erotic Object: Sexuality in Sculpture From Prehistory to the Present Day
  • Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism
  • 'Cosmo Woman': The World of Women's Magazines
  • Women in Pop Music
  • Maurice Sendak and the Art of Children's Book Illustration
  • Maurice Sendak in Close-Up
  • Sacred Gardens: The Garden in Myth, Religion & Art
  • Stepping Forward: Essays, Lectures and Interviews
  • Paul Bowles and Bernardo Bertolucci: Under Two Sheltering Skies
  • The Poetry of Cinema
  • Harry Potter: The Books, The FIlms, The Cultural Phenomenon
  • An Open Letter to the BBC
  • Feminism and Shakespeare
  • Princess Diana in Culture, Media, Society, Feminism and the Arts

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    The Cinema of Hayao Miyazaki

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Born on January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Hayao Miyazaki is known as the ‘Japanese Disney’, a filmmaker as revered - and as popular - as Walt Disney or Steven Spielberg. Miyazaki, in short, is a true phenomenon in contemporary animation and in world cinema.
    Hayao Miyazaki's movies include Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Laputa: Castle In the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro.
    Hayao Miyazaki may be the most talented fantasy filmmaker of his generation: not even the finest filmmakers of Hollywood can rival his films when it comes to creating fantasy worlds, and fantastical characters and events. Miyazaki has millions of fans around the world, not least among fellow animators and filmmakers, for whom he is a genius.
    What Hayao Miyazaki’s films do is to bring you completely into a fantasy world that is actually instantly recognizable and familiar. It’s as if these fantasy realms have always existed - very much like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth or Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea (both influences on Miyazaki). The visionary and magical elements are fused with the domestic and familial and social elements , so that it seems completely ordinary and believable that, say, flying machines soar overhead which have flapping wings like an insect, or that little white creatures pop up out of trees.
    To write one hit animation movie is amazing, to write seven is remarkable. To write and direct one spectacular animated picture is very impressive, to write and direct seven features is almost unheard-of in the world of contemporary commercial animation.

    This new study of Hayao Miyazaki considers all of his films and TV shows (and his manga work). It also includes chapters on Studio Ghibli • on fellow director Isao Takahata • Miyazaki's influences • his contemporaries and colleagues • his characters • his movies' relation to Western animation (including Disney) • his unmade films • and his themes and motifs.

    The Cinema of Hayao Miyazaki also explores Japanese animation, its production and style, some classics of anime, and digital animation.

    Includes quotes by Miyazaki; fans on Miyazaki; and resources.
    The second edition has been completely updated and revised. There is a new chapter on The Wind Rises, and Ghibli’s latest films, including The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Jean-Luc Godard (2009), J.R.R. Tolkien (2010) and Andrei Tarkovsky (2012). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: I hope this book offers readers some new insights into the films of the incredible filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, so they can go back and enjoy them all over again. I have looked at all of the key research for this book, which was begun years ago. I have focussed mainly on the movies themselves, exploring each one in detail. The book also includes technical info on animation, a chapter on the animation industry in Japan, and comparisons between Miyazaki’s films and those in the West, including Walt Disney’s work. I have also included chapters on the output of Studio Ghibli, and also Isao Takahata, Miyzaki’s colleague.
     

    The second edition has been completely revised and updted.
    Fully illustrated, with images from the films of Miyazaki, Takahata, Ghibli, influences, and other anime. With filmography, bibliography and notes. 664 pages.
    The hardcover edition comes in a case laminate cover, with a matte finish, in full colour.
     

    PAPERBACK     ISBN 9781861715159.

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    Hayao Miyazaki: Pocket Guide



    By Jeremy Mark Robinson

    To write one hit animation movie is amazing, to write eleven is remarkable. To write and direct one spectacular animated picture is very impressive, to write and direct eleven features, each one a hit (and some enormous hits), is unheard-of in the world of contemporary commercial anim-ation. Then add to that storyboarding each movie (a huge undertaking in itself). Then add to that personally overseeing drawings and cels, including drawing key anim-ation, and you simply cannot believe one man can do it all! And of Hayao Miyazaki's 11 movies as director, five are widely acknowledged as masterpieces ? Nausicaä, Totoro, Mononoke, Spirited and Wind. You could add Laputa, Kiki, Porco and Ponyo. Some would add Cagliostro. Which only leaves Howl! (And Howl has plenty of admirers!).

    Hayao Miyazaki's movies include Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Laputa: Castle In the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro.
    This new study of Hayao Miyazaki considers all of his films and TV shows (and his manga work). It also includes chapters on Studio Ghibli • on fellow director Isao Takahata • Miyazaki's influences • his contemporaries and colleagues • his characters • his movies' relation to Western animation (including the Walt Disney Company) • his unmade films • and his themes and motifs.
    Includes quotes by Miyazaki; fans on Miyazaki; and resources.

    Fully illustrated. With filmography, bibliography and notes. 424 pages.

    The hardcover edition comes in a smart case laminate cover, with a matte finish, in full colour.
    www.crmoon.com

    ISBN 9781861715173.   £14.99 / $22/99  Pbk

    ISBN 9781861715166.   £24.99 / $36.99  Hbk
     
     





     
     

    Spirited Away: Hayao Miyazaki: Pocket Movie Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new study of Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's and Studio Ghibli's hit 2001 movie.
    Born on January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Hayao Miyazaki is known as the ‘Japanese Disney’, a filmmaker as revered - and as popular - as Walt Disney or Steven Spielberg. Miyazaki, in short, is a true phenomenon in contemporary animation and in world cinema.
    Hayao Miyazaki's movies include Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Laputa: Castle In the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro.
     

    Includes chapters on Japanese animation, its production and style, some classics of anime, and digital animation.

    Includes critics on Miyazaki; fans on Miyazaki; and resources.

    The hardcover edition comes in a case laminate cover, with a matte finish, in full colour. For the hardcover edition, 20 extra pages of illustrations have been added.

    Fully illustrated. With filmography, bibliography and notes. 284 pages.
    Paperback.   ISBN 9781861715197.
    Hardback. . ISBN 9781861715265.
    www.crmoon.com

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    Princess Mononoke: Hayao Miyazaki: Pocket Movie Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new study of Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki's and Studio Ghibli's hit 1997 movie.
    Born on January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Hayao Miyazaki is known as the ‘Japanese Disney’, a filmmaker as revered - and as popular - as Walt Disney or Steven Spielberg. Miyazaki, in short, is a true phenomenon in contemporary animation and in world cinema.
    Hayao Miyazaki's movies include Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Laputa: Castle In the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro.

    Includes chapters on Japanese animation, its production and style, some classics of anime, and digital animation.

    Includes quotes by Miyazaki;  critics on Miyazaki; reviews by fans; and resources.
    The hardcover edition comes in a case laminate cover, with a matte finish, in full colour. For the hardcover edition, 20 extra pages of illustrations have been added.

    Fully illustrated. 264 pages. With filmography, bibliography and notes.
    ISBN 9781861715180. Pbk
    ISBN 9781861715258. Hardcover
    www.crmoon.com
     

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    C O W B O Y  B E B O P

    The Animé TV Series and Movie


     

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Sex + drugs + rock music + comedy + Westerns + crime + drifter lifestyles + space battles + bars + casinos + fashion ­ and more music ­ what’s not to like in Cowboy Bebop?! ­ and how it wittily and cleverly mixes all of those elements, and many more. That Cowboy Bebop (first broadcast in 1998, and produced by Sunrise (a subsidiary of Bandai) and TV Tokyo), is a fan favourite goes without saying. It is a masterpiece of storytelling, invention, design and production on every level. It is unique. It regularly features in top ten lists of anime favourites, and sometimes tops the lists. Easy to see why: it’s got everything, and then some.
    This book focusses on the celebrated, hugely entertaining, cult 26-episode Japanese anime TV series Cowboy Bebop (1998), as well as the 2001 movie of the series. Cowboy Bebop is one of the masterpieces of animation of recent times.
    Includes chapters on the Japanese animation industry; on the personnel and the production of Cowboy Bebop; on the style, world and music of the series; and its many cultural links.
    At the centre of this book is an episode guide to Cowboy Bebop, running through every show in great detail.
    There is a chapter on the movie of Cowboy Bebop, released in 2001.

    The appendices include accounts of shows and manga linked to Cowboy Bebop (such as Macross Plus, Samurai Champloo and samurai manga).
    Includes: filmographies; resources; video and DVD availability; quotes from fans on  I.

    Fully illustrated, including many images of the series and the movie, the actors and personnel, and related animé shows. Bibliography and notes.

    ISBN 9781861714961. 436 pages.  £14.99 / $22.99
     



    Ken Russell

    England's Great Visionary Film Director and Music Lover




    By Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Foreword by actress Sammi Davis (star of The Rainbow)

    A filmmaker like no other, Ken Russell remains one of cinema’s extraordinary talents, a creator of masterpieces such as The Devils, Tommy and The Music Lovers, and a body of work that flies from the pastoral, Romantic lyricism of Delius: Song of Summer and Elgar to the wild extremes of Lisztomania, Altered States and Mahler.
    Ken Russell is the greatest living filmmaker in Britain. Even though he died on November 27, 2011, he’s still somehow very much alive. After the death of Michael Powell in 1990, who else was there? As an image-maker, Russell is not only a total natural, he has very few peers among filmmakers ? not only in Britain; but also around the globe. Russell’s inventiveness seems to know no bounds, and his films are cascades of images, so much that it can’t all be taken in on the first viewing of a picture. Russell does everything a great director and a great artist should do, and then he does so much more.
    Why do we love Ken Russell’s movies so much? For many reasons: the spirituality, such a rare commodity in recent British cinema: Russell’s films are not afraid of addressing spiritual issues. • The poetry. • The music ? no other filmmaker of the same era in Britain has been such a tireless and enthusiastic promoter of music. • The dancing ? no other British film director has included so much dance in their output (and very few directors anywhere!). • The British popular culture elements. • The English landscape. • The romance and romantic sensibility • His stories of artists and creativity. • His interviews and public persona, appearing on everything from websites and YouTube to silliness like British TV’s Big Brother. • His encouragement to young filmmakers and his teaching.
    Ken Russell has been dubbed ‘a fish and chips Fellini’, ‘the enfant terrible of British cinema’ and ‘the Wild Man of the BBC’. The two periods of ‘classic’ Ken Russell work would be the TV documentaries of the early-to-mid 1960s (with 1962’s Elgar as the highpoint that everyone remembers), and the feature films of the late 1960s to late 1970s (with Women in Love and Tommy being the high watermarks among audiences if not critics).

    This book explores all of Ken Russell’s key movies and television productions, his themes and symbols, his filmic style and direction, and his use of music and visuals.
    Plus chapters on Russell’s unmade productions, a biography of the director, quotes by Russell, resources, video and DVD availability, and the fans on Russell.

    Fully illustrated, with 290 images from all of Russell’s films. Bibliography and notes. 820 pages.
     

    PBK  ISBN 9781861715081. £19.99 / $29.99

    HBK  ISBN 9781861714923. £39.99 / $59.99
     
     



     

    Tommy

    Ken Russell: The Who: Pocket Movie Guide





    By Jeremy Mark Robinson.

    Tommy is a 1975 movie based on the rock opera by the British pop band the Who and directed by British genius Ken Russell. Shamelessly over-the-top, silly, wild, dynamic, primitive, glitzy and violent, Tommy ain’t subtle: it presents pop psychology which’s crude as a sledgehammer, symbolism which’s heavy-handed like a pinball machine hurled out of a hotel onto Sunset Strip; it’s decked out in Pop Art colours and costumes by way of glam rock; it’s proudly and bizarrely English and parochial and provincial; it’s perverse and kinky; it’s shrill and hysterical; and it contains some of the finest music ever included in a musical movie.
    If Richard Wagner was making movies out of his music in the 1970s, this is what it would look like.

    Tommy would have to rank in the top three of anyone’s Ken Russell films. It’s one of those movies where every element comes together beautifully, and where everyone in the production seems to be working at their best. Tommy’s not perfect, but you wouldn’t want to change anything.

    Includes chapters on the Who; appendices on Quadrophenia; filmographies and discographies; and bibliography; quotes by Ken Russell, resources, video and DVD availability, and fans on Tommy.

    Fully illustrated, including images of the Who, musicals of Tommy, and inspirations. Bibliography and notes.

    ISBN 9781861715050. 308 pages.

    £11.99 / $17.99



    Women In Love

    Ken Russell: D.H. Lawrence: Pocket Movie Guide





    By Jeremy Mark Robinson.

    Women In Love (1969) is the most well-known film of a D.H. Lawrence novel. It was included in the British Film Institute’s Top 100 British movies. People always cited Women In Love as their favourite Ken Russell film. Russell complained that he has made better films than Women In Love, his third feature as director, but recognized that it seemed to chime with the public. Russell is right there: The Devils, Savage Messiah, and The Music Lovers are better movies cinematically, but it’s Women In Love that people remember more than those three pictures.

    There are lengthy chapters on every aspect of director Ken Russell.
    Where are the great ?lmmakers who can make mythical, visionary works about Britain?
    Ken Russell has got closer than most.

    Plus chapters on the novel of Women in Love; on D.H. Lawrence, and film adaptions of his work; appendices on The Rainbow (1989) and Lady Chatterley (1993), both directed by Ken Russell; filmographies; resources, video and DVD availability, and fans on Women In Love.

    Fully illustrated, including many images of the movie, and Ken Russell’s cinema. Bibliography and notes.

    ISBN 9781861715074. 264 pages.

    £11.99 / $17.99
     
     


    The Devils

    Ken Russell: Pocket Movie Guide






    By Jeremy Mark Robinson.

    The Devils is a celebrated 1971 picture based on the Loudun demonology trials in the 17th century, scripted by Ken Russell from Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun (1952) and the 1961 play by John Whiting (1918-63). The Devils was undoubtedly director Russell’s most notorious hour. It was the site of conflicts between the filmmakers, the American film studio (Warners), the censors and the critics.
    A tour-de-force of direction (and organization and production), the most significant contribution to The Devils may well be the screenplay ? and Ken Russell has the screen credit for the script. Which makes The Devils all the more remarkable. (And as if writing the script and directing the movie wasn’t enough, Russell also co-produced it.)
    Who would open a savage exploration of religious and political hypocrisy set in plague-ridden 17th century France with a dance number featuring the King of France dressed as the Goddess Venus?! Only Ken Russell!

    This book about The Devils contains lengthy chapters on every aspect of director Ken Russell.

    Includes: filmographies; resources; video and DVD availability; quotes from Russell; and fans on The Devils.
    Fully illustrated, including many images of the movie, and Ken Russell’s cinema.
    Bibliography and notes.

    ISBN 9781861715067. 240 pages.

    £11.99 / $17.99
     
     



     

    Blade Runner and the Cinema of Philip K. Dick

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Foreword by Sheena Duggal and a chapter by Thomas A. Christie

    Blade Runner is among the most popular cult movies of recent years, with critics as well as fans. Few films have been analyzed in such detail, by so many writers.
    This book considers the films made from the fiction of Philip K. Dick, focussing on Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly, as well as movies such as Next, Impostor, Screamers and Paycheck. The book also includes chapters on filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven and Ridley Scott.
    A thorough exploration of Blade Runner forms the core of the book, looking at the conception, production, themes and influence of the 1982 Warner Brothers film in every detail.
    Philip Kindred Dick (1928-1982) was a key figure in 20th century science fiction, famous for embracing drugs and the counter-culture in his work. Dick's fiction includes The Man In the High Castle, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, A Scanner Darkly, The Game Players of Titan, Clan of the Alphane Moon, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Valis, The Divine Invasion, Martian Time-Slip, The Minority Report, and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. Dick's themes included perception and reality, drugs, state control, global capitalism, surveillance, and paranoia.
    Four films are explored here: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly (in a chapter by Thomas Christie). The other films based on Phil Dick's fiction, which are discussed in the final chapter, include Confessions d'un Barjo (a French movie based on Confessions of a Crap Artist), a Canadian film, Screamers, based on Dick's Second Variety story, Paycheck, directed by John Woo, Next (Lee Tamahori, 2007), based on TheGoldenMan, and Impostor (Gary Fleder, 2002).

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Jean-Luc Godard (2009), J.R.R. Tolkien (2010) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War In the U.K. (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Fully illustrated, with a newly revised text for this edition. Bibliography, filmography and notes. 240pp
     
     

    PAPERBACK    ISBN 9781761713568      £14.99 / $22.99

    HARDBACK    ISBN 9781761713575     £34.99 / $52.99
     
     
     



     

    Blade Runner

    Pocket Movie Guide


     

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    This book is a guide to the 1982 movie made from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - Blade Runner. A thorough exploration of Blade Runner forms the core of the book, looking at the conception, production, themes, critical reception and influence of the 1982 Warner Brothers movie in every detail.

    On its initial release, Blade Runner grossed $27 million in the United States, placing it no. 16 in that year’s box office chart (it was released on June 25, 1982, in 1,290 theatres in the U.S.A.). 1982 was the year, of course, of E.T. Many reviewers and critics came out against Blade Runner on its first release, including Roger Ebert, Pauline Kael, Sheila Benson, and Janet Maslin. ‘Muddled’, ‘gruesome’, ‘pretentious’ and ‘overheated’ were some of the words used to describe it.
    Since then, Blade Runner has rightly achieved cult as well as classic status. Its influence on science fiction and sci-fi cinema has been enormous (this book looks at some of the movies inspired by Blade Runner, including Ghost In the Shell, Akira, Brazil and Batman).

    Fully illustrated. Pocket size. Bibliography, filmography and notes.

    ISBN 971861714466.

    ISBN 971861714251    £9.99 / $15..99



     



     

    Mel Brooks
    Genius and Loving It!
    Freedom and Liberation in the Cinema of Mel Brooks

    by Thomas A. Christie

    Beloved by his fans and equally praised and derided by the critics many times throughout his long career, Mel Brooks is a creative polymath, a comic talent to be reckoned with - influential, fearless and totally unafraid of his detractors.  Yet whether you admire his work or not, one thing remains absolutely certain: this larger-than-life character is a very difficult man to ignore.
    Mel Brooks has been immortalised as the definitive maestro of big-screen bad taste, a pioneer of the cinematic spoof (and very influential, too - you can see Brooks’ influence in many places today). But throughout his film-making career, his ardent championship of personal liberty is too often neglected. Examining all eleven of the movies that Brooks directed, from The Producers (1968) to Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), this book examines the way that this most distinctive of cinematic visionaries came to earnestly and vigourously defend freedom in all of its forms, whether creative, individual, social, cultural or political.
     As well as famous films like The Producers (‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it, baby!’), Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (‘Frankenstein?’ ‘Fronkensteen’), this book also looks at lesser-known Brooks movies such as 12 Chairs, Silent Movie and Life Stinks.
     Includes a detailed filmography, movie statistics, examples of critical opinions, a guide to further reading, and a bibliography.

    Fully illustrated, with stills from all of Mel Brooks’ movies.
    404 pages. www.crmoon.com

    ISBN 9781861715203. HBK  £29.99 / $44.99

    ISBN 9781861715104. PBK  £14.99 / $22.99
     



     
     


     

    The Comic Art of Mel Brooks

    By Maurice Yacowar

    Mel Brooks is a mystery. On the one hand, he is notorious for his wacky public behaviour and for his zany films. On the other, some of his public pronouncements show him to be a very serious fellow. While his audiences clutch their sides in helpless laughter, Madman Mel warns us that serious things are going on amid those wild goings-on.
    There is a section on Mel Brooks’ background and origins, including his work on television, his early works, audio recordings, and how Brooks uses comedy. Each film directed by Brooks is analysed, with a brief plot summary to refresh the memory, a close reading of the films’ major themes and strategies, and a scattering of background information about the movies.

    This book is a new, updated edition of Maurice Yacowar’s classic book on Brooks, first published in 1981.
     

    MAURICE YACOWAR

    In his academic career Maurice Yacowar served as Dean of Humanities at Brock University, Dean of Academic Affairs and Acting President at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary, where he retired as professor emeritus of English and Film Studies.
    Maurice Yacowar’s recent books are Roy and Me: This is Not a Memoir (2010), Hitchcock’s British Films (2010), the satire Mondays with Moishe (2009), The Great Bratby, a biography of the British painter (2008), The Sopranos Season Seven (2007), The Sopranos On the Couch: Analyzing TV’s Greatest Series (2003, 2005,and 2006), and the satiric novel The Bold Testament (1999). He is also the author of The Films of Paul Morrissey (1993), Studies in International Cinema (1992), Loser Take All: The Comic Art of Woody Allen (1991), Method in Madness (1981), I Found It at the Movies (1978), Tennessee Williams and Film (1977), and No Use Shutting the Door (1971). He provided the commentary for the Criterion laser disc editions of Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1987) and Paul Morrissey’s Blood for Dracula (1996; DVD 1998) and Flesh for Frankenstein (1996; DVD 1998).
     

    Includes a detailed filmography and a bibliography.
    Fully illustrated, with stills from all of Mel Brooks’ movies.
    320 pages. www.crmoon.com
     

    ISBN 9781861715210. HBK  £24.99 / $36.99

    ISBN 9781861715111. PBK  £11.99 / $17.99
     



    The CInema of Donald Cammell

    Death. And Sex. Art. And Madness. Magic. And Performance

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Although Donald Cammell’s credits consist of a very few titles as a film director ­ Performance (1970), Demon Seed (1977), White of the Eye (1987) and Wild Side (1995) ­ he remains one of the most fascinating of British filmmakers.
    This book explores all of Donald Cammell’s key movies, his themes and symbols, his cinematic style and direction, and his use of music and visuals.
    As a writer and director, Donald Cammell directed Performance (1970), a masterpiece combining the British gangster genre with the world of rock ’n’ roll, starring Mick Jagger, James Fox and Anita Pallenberg; Demon Seed (1977), a sci-fi chiller starring Julie Christie; White of the Eye (1987), a bizarre American thriller; Wild Side (1995), a kind of erotic thriller; and the unfinished The Argument (1999). Cammell’s scripts which were made into films include the above five movies, plus Duffy (Robert Parrish, 1968), Tilt (Rudy Durand, 1978) and R.P.M. (Ian Sharp, 1997).
    Otherwise, Donald Cammell’s film career is a story of scripts that didn’t get made, a series of setbacks, false starts, possible then abandoned projects (but that’s a familiar story with most filmmakers ­ every filmmaker has a drawer full of unmade projects).
    Performance, Demon Seed, White of the Eye and Wild Side form the centre of this new book. There is also chapter on Cammell’s unmade productions; his other movie projects; a biography; and sections on his influences and collaborators (including Kenneth Anger, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Aleister Crowley, and Jean-Luc Godard).

    Appendices include films and artists linked to Donald Cammell, including: Nic Roeg; The Man Who Fell To Earth; Fitzcarraldo; Syd Barrett; and Sympathy For the Devil.

    Fully illustrated (including images from Cammell’s movies, from Roeg’s films, of the Rolling Stones, and from the 1960s period of Performance).
    Bibliography, filmographies and notes. 368 pages.

    ISBN 9781861715227  Pbk.  £14.99 / $22/99

    ISBN 9781861714998. Hbk. £29.99 / $44.99




     

    Performance

    Donald Cammell: Nic Roeg: Pocket Movie Guide


     
     

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    This book explores Performance, a classic movie co-directed by Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and starring Mick Jagger, James Fox and Anita Pallenberg, released in 1970. Among the supporting cast were Michele Breton, Ann Sidney, Johnny Shannon and Anthony Valentine. ‘A perverted love affair between Homo Sapiens and Lady Violence’, was how Jagger and Cammell described Performance in their telegram to the president of Warners, Ted Ashley.

    The book includes chapters on the culture, gangster and pop music worlds of Performance, on directors Nic Roeg and Donald Cammell, on Mick Jagger, and on links to the movie, such as Kenneth Anger and Aleister Crowley.

    Fully illustrated (including images from the movie, from Cammell’s and Roeg’s films, from the Rolling Stones, and from the 1960s period of Performance).

    Bibliography, filmographies and notes. 270 pages.

    ISBN 9781861715012.   £11.99 / $17/99



     

    Jean-Luc Godard

    The Passion of Cinema /  Le Passion de Cinéma

    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new study of the French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (b. 1930), director of iconic films such as Breathless, Weekend, Pierrot le Fou, Passion and Vivre Sa vie. This book explores 27 of Godard's major films, from Breathless to Notre Musique, and includes a scene by scene analysis of Godard's controversial 1985 film of the Virgin Mary, Je Vous Salue, Marie.
     

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995), Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997) and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky (2006). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   420pp
     

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781761712271   £39.99 / $59.99

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    Jean-Luc Godard: Pocket Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Jean-Luc Godard is one of the two or three most significant filmmakers of the contemporary era. An extraordinarily inventive and challenging filmmaker, his series of movies in the 1960s remain some of the richest works in the history of cinema.

    There’s no one else quite like Godard. Where the flood of movies globally now runs into many thousands, Godard’s works stand out as original, acerbic, romantic, ironic, humorous and explorative.
    This pocket guide includes chapters on all of Godard’s output.
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   316pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781761712998   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     





     
     

    The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A major new study of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986), director of seven feature films, including Mirror, Andrei Roublyov, Solarisand The Sacrifice.
    Exploring every aspect of Andrei Tarkovsky’s output, including scripts, budget, production, shooting, editing, camera, sound, music, acting, themes, motifs, and spirituality. His films are analyzed in depth, with scene-by-scene discussions.
    Andrei Tarkovsky is one of the most fascinating of filmmakers. He is supremely romantic, an old-fashioned, traditional artist - at home in the company  Leonardo da Vinci, Pieter Brueghel, Aleksandr Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoievsky and Byzantine icon painters. Tarkovsky is a magician, no question, but argues for demystification (even while  films celebrate mystery). His films are full of magical events, dreams, memory sequences, multiple viewpoints, multiple time zones and bizarre occurrences.

    This is an important addition to film studies, the most detailed study of Tarkovsky's work available. It contains 150 illustrations, of Tarkovsky’s films, Tarkovsky at work, his contemporaries, and his favourite painters.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Jean-Luc Godard (2009), J.R.R. Tolkien (2010) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War In the U.K. (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   720pp
     

    Hardback     ISBN 1861710968 and 1861712332      £49.99 / $74.99

    Paperback     ISBN 1-86171-028-3      £29.99 / $44.99
     

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    Andrei Tarkovsky: Pocket Guide

    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A pocket guide to Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) and his 7 films: Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Roublyov, Solaris, Stalker, Mirror, Nostalghiaand The Sacrifice.
    This book explores every aspect of Andrei Tarkovsky's output, including scripts, budget, production, shooting, editing, camera, sound, music, acting, themes, symbols, motifs, and spirituality. Tarkovsky's films are analyzed in depth, with scene-by-scene discussions.
    Andrei Tarkovsky is one of the most fascinating of filmmakers. He is supremely romantic, an old-fashioned, traditional artist - at home in the company  Leonardo da Vinci, Pieter Brueghel, Aleksandr Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoievsky and Byzantine icon painters. Tarkovsky is a magician, no question, but argues for demystification (even while  films celebrate mystery). His films are full of magical events, dreams, memory sequences, multiple viewpoints, multiple time zones and bizarre occurrences.
     

    The book has been revised for the new editions. Fully illustrated.
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   288pp     NEW

    Paperback     ISBN 9781861713957   £14.99 / $23.99

    Hardback     ISBN 9781861713834   £29.99 / $44.99
     
     


    John Hughes and Eighties Cinema

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    by Thomas A. Christie

    John Hughes’s teen dramas are still fondly remembered today - not least by members of Generation X, who grew up through the eighties and many of whom now look back on generation-defining films like Pretty in Pink (1986) and Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) with considerable nostalgic affection.

    Although it is easy to remember John Hughes for his meteorically successful teen movies right the way through the decade, including The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), he was every bit as adroit in his handling of madcap suburban satires such as Mr Mom (1983) and Uncle Buck (1989), his wry observations of the great American holiday in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) and The Great Outdoors (1988), the trials of an exasperated everyman commuter in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), and the expectation of anxious new parents in She’s Having a Baby (1988).
     

     ‘Thomas Christie’s scholarship is as always immaculate. Full marks to him for another informative, well written and erudite guide to a neglected director and episode of film history.'

    Review of John Hughes and Eighties Cinema
    Douglas J. Allen (Lecturer in Social Sciences, Motherwell College)

    The new edition has been updated and revised in the wake of John Hughes' death in 2009.

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   372pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781761713896   £14.99 / $22.99
     

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781761713988   £39.99 / $59.99
     
     
     

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    J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural Phenomenon

    Including a Scene-By-Scene Analysis of the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings Films

    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new cultural analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle-earth and author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other books.
    This new critical study explores Tolkien's major writings (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics, The Letters, The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth volumes), Tolkien and fairy tales, the mythological, political and religious aspects of Tolkien's Middle-earth, the critics' response to Tolkien's fiction over the decades, the Tolkien industry (merchandizing, toys, role-playing games, posters, Tolkien societies, conferences and the like), Tolkien in visual and fantasy art, the cultural aspects of The Lord of the Rings (from the 1950s to the present), Tolkien's fiction's relationship with other fantasy fiction, such as C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter, and the TV, radio and film versions of Tolkien's books, including the new Hollywood interpretations of The Lord of the Rings. The 2001-03 Hollywood films are discussed in great detail, with a scene-by-scene analysis of each film.

    This new book draws on contemporary cultural theory and analysis and offers a sceptical but sympathetic and illuminating account of the Tolkien phenomenon. This book is designed to appeal to the general reader (and viewer) of Tolkien: it is written in a clear, jargon-free and easily-accessible style.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     

    The book has been completely updated and revised for the second edition.
     

    826pp    Illustrations, bibliography, notes.

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861712804   £24.99 / $36.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713208    £39.99 / $59.99
     
     
     
     
     

    When Bilbo, son of Bungo, of the respectable family of Baggins prepared to celebrate his seventy-first birthday there was some little talk in the neighbourhood, and people polished up their memories. Bilbo had once had some brief notoriety among the hobbits of Hibbiton and Bywater - he had disappeared after breakfast one April 30th and had not reappeared until lunch-time on June 22nd in the following year. A very odd proceeding, and one for which he had never accounted satisfactorily. He wrote a book about it, of course: but even those who had read it never took that seriously.

    (J.R.R. Tolkien, from an early draft of the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings)
     

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    J.R.R. Tolkien: Pocket Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new guide to the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the premier British fantasy author of the 20th century, and his great works: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. This guide is clearly written for the general reader, offering an all-round introduction to this hugely popular writer. The book is full of illuminating facts and details about Tolkien and his works.The text has been revised for this edition.The book has been newly revised.

    272pp    Illustrations, bibliography, notes

    PBK   ISBN 9781861712783    £14.99 / $22.99

    HBK   ISBN 9781861713797    £29.99 / $44.99

    E-BOOK   ISBN 9781861713445    £5.99 / $8.99
     

     


     

    The Lord of the Rings Movies: Pocket Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A Pocket Guide to the popular Lord of the Rings movies movies, Hollywood’s live action version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1954-55 book The Lord of the Rings, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
    The book tells you everything you need to know about these very popular films, from writing the script through casting and financing, to shooting and performances, to visual effects, editing and theatrical distribution.
    The pocket guide includes discussions of every single scene in the three movies, including the Special Extended Editions (some scenes are explored in great detail, as well as some key individual shots). There are sections on the all of the important differences between The Lord of the Rings book and the Hollywood movies (including numerous details), as well as a chapter exploring the additions and the omissions. Looks at behind the scenes stories, and also the critical response to the movies.
    There are chapters on the visual effects, on the casting and key personnel of the movies, on the studio and the financing of the films, on the music and sound, and the marketing and release of the movies in 2001-2003 (including the home entertainment releases on DVD and video). There is also a chapter on the critical response to the movies.

    There is also an appendix on other adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's books.

    Includes bibliography, 63 illustrations, appendices and notes. 496 pages.
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861712790    £14.99 / $22.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713780    £29.99 / $44.99
     
     



     

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Pocket Movie Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A pocket guide to the Hollywood adaption of the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, released in 2001. The book tells you everything you need to know about this popular film, from writing the script through casting and financing, to shooting and performances, to visual effects, editing and theatrical distribution.
    The pocket guide includes discussions of every single scene in The Fellowship of the Ring, including the Special Extended Edition (including some key individual shots). There are sections on the all of the important differences between The Lord of the Rings book and the movie adaption of The Fellowship of the Ring (including numerous details), as well a chapter exploring the additions and the omissions. Looks at behind the scenes stories, and also the critical response to the 2001 picture.
    There are chapters on the visual effects, on the casting and key personnel of The Fellowship of the Ring, on the studio and the financing of the production, on the music and sound, and the marketing and release of the movie in 2001 (including the home entertainment releases on DVD and video). There is also a chapter on the critical response to the movie.
    There is also an appendix on other adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, a detailed filmography, plus info on availability and websites.

    Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, Hayao Miyazaki, Ken Russell, Walerian Borowczyk, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; J.M.W. Turner; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; Arthur Rimbaud; André Gide; John Cowper Powys; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.

    Includes bibliography, 51 illustrations, appendices and notes. ISBN 9781861713803. 292 pages.

    ISBN 9781861713803   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     



     

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Pocket Movie Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A pocket guide to the Hollywood adaption of the second part of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy epic book The Lord of the Rings, released in 2002. The book tells you everything you need to know about this popular movie, from writing the script through casting and financing, to shooting and performances, to visual effects, editing and theatrical distribution.
    The pocket guide includes discussions of every single scene in The Two Towers, including the Special Extended Edition (including some key individual shots). There are sections on the all of the important differences between The Lord of the Rings book and the movie adaption of The Two Towers (including numerous details), as well a chapter exploring the additions and the omissions. Looks at behind the scenes stories, and also the critical response to the 2002 picture.
    There are chapters on the visual effects, on the casting and key personnel of The Two Towers, on the studio and the financing of the production, on the music and sound, and the marketing and release of the movie in 2002 (including the home entertainment releases on DVD and video). There is also a chapter on the critical assessment of the movie.
    There is also an appendix on other adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, a detailed filmography, plus info on availability and websites.

    Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, Hayao Miyazaki, Ken Russell, Walerian Borowczyk, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; J.M.W. Turner; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; Arthur Rimbaud; André Gide; John Cowper Powys; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.

    Includes bibliography, 54 illustrations, appendices and notes. 308 pages.

    ISBN 9781861713810.    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Pocket Movie Guide

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson
     

    A pocket guide to the Hollywood adaption of the third part of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy epic book The Lord of the Rings, released in 2003. The book tells you everything you need to know about this popular movie, from writing the script through casting and financing, to shooting and performances, to visual effects, editing and theatrical distribution.
    The pocket guide includes discussions of every single scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, including the Special Extended Edition (including some key individual shots). There are sections on the all of the important differences between The Lord of the Rings book and the movie adaption of The Return of the King (including numerous details), as well a chapter exploring the additions and the omissions. Looks at behind the scenes stories, and also the critical response to the 2003 picture.
    There are chapters on the visual effects, on the casting and key personnel of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, on the studio and the financing of the production, on the music and sound, and the marketing and release of the movie in 2003 (including the home entertainment releases on DVD and video). There is also a chapter on the critical assessment of the movie.
    There is also an appendix on other adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, a detailed filmography, plus info on availability and websites.

    Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, Hayao Miyazaki, Ken Russell, Walerian Borowczyk, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; J.M.W. Turner; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; Arthur Rimbaud; André Gide; John Cowper Powys; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.
     

    Includes bibliography, 56 illustrations, appendices and notes. . 300 pages.

    ISBN 9781861713827   £14.99 / $22.99
     



     
     


     

    Liv Tyler

    Star in Ascendance: Her First Decade in Film

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    by Thomas A. Christie

    A new study of the films of Hollywood star Liv Tyler, charting all of her film career up to the present - including Armageddon (1998), Cookie's Fortune (1999), One Night at McCool's (2001) and the Lord of the Rings movies (2001-03).

    This is the only in-depth exploration of Liv Tyler's films available anywhere.
     
     

    Thomas Christie's pioneering account of Liv Tyler's film career to date is a truly impressive product, combining a wide-ranging knowledge of the film world with a strong, readable narrative style. His meticulous approach has resulted in a work that is factually informative, while his judgements and opinions are scrupulously fair and even-handed. For anyone looking for an authoritative account of Liv Tyler's film career, drawn from an impressively wide-ranging selection of international sources, moving easily between the worlds of high art and popular culture, this volume can be thoroughly recommended.

    Douglas J. Allen

    Lecturer in Social Sciences, Motherwell College, Scotland.

    REVIEW FROM AMAZON:

    At last a proper examination of Liv Tyler the actress by someone who has taken the time to view her work and give sensible opinions of what she has achieved rather than what you read on don't read in the tabloids. A good introduction to her work and recommended for those with an interest in all things hollywood and acting.

    REVIEW FROM AMAZON:

    You wont find any redtop gutter-monkey style ‘scandals’ in this offering! This is a well constructed easy to read publication,On one of Hollywood’s finest talents.the book has 284 pages,wich has been carefully put together by the author to give the reader an easy and enjoyable read.Its refreshing to have a book wich has clearly had time and effort put into it.So if you want the FACTS on Liv Tyler this is the book for you,Its a must have for fans of cinematography!!!


    Bibliography, notes, colour illustrations   240pp

    Pbk    ISBN 1-86171-131-X      £14.99 / $22.99
     

    E-Book   ISBN 9781861713377   £5.99 / $8.99
     
     

    To read extracts from Liv Tyler, click here
     



     
     


    The Cinema of Richard Linklater

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    by Thomas A. Christie

    Richard Linklater (b. 1960) is an important American film director whose movies include School of Rock, Dazed and Confused, Slacker, A Scanner Darkly and Before Sunrise. Also includes Orson Welles and Me, and a scene-by-scene analysis of Before Sunrise.

    This new edition - the only full-length appreciation of Richard Linklater's work available anywhere - includes his latest films - Me and Orson Welles and Inning By Inning, and an in-depth, scene-by-scene analysis of Before Sunrise.
     

    FROM THE FOREWORD:

    Welcome to the world of Richard Linklater, the extraordinary US movie director from Austin, whose broad range of films - from indie (Slacker) to mainstream (School of Rock) - makes it impossible to pigeonhole him. What is not open to debate is  quality of his output - his films are entertaining, intelligent, philosophical, innovative, adventurous, unpredictable, eclectic... to be honest, the adjectives could go on ad infinitum.


    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   292pp

    HARDBACK    ISBN 9781861712387    £39.99 / $59.99

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781761712486   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     



     
     

    Walerian Borowczyk

    Cinema of Erotic Dreams

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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Walerian Borowczyk (1923-2006) was a Polish artist, animator and filmmaker who lived in France for much of his life. He is the author of European art cinema masterpieces Goto: Island of Love, Blanche and Immoral Tales, some surreal animated shorts, and controversial films such as The Beast. This new book concentrates on Borowczyk's feature films, from Goto to Love Rites, which contain some of the most extraordinary images and scenes in recent cinema. Erotica for some, porn for others, Borowczyk's films are highly idiosyncratic and unforgettable.
     

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Jean-Luc Godard (2009), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War In the U.K. (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).

    Fully illustrated, with stills from Walerian Borowczyk's movies, and from the history of erotica, a bibliography, filmography and notes. 252pp.
    The text has been updated for this new (2nd) edition.

    Paperback     ISBN 9781861713674      £14.99 / $23.99

    Hardback     ISBN 9781861713124      £34.99 / $52.99
     
     

     



     


     

    The Beast

    Walerian Borowczyk: An Erotic Fairy Tale: Pocket Movie Guide


     
     

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    La Bête (a.k.a. The Beast, The Beast in Heat and Death’s Ecstasy, 1975) was Walerian Borowczyk’s most controversial film, a mixture of French farce, surrealism, and a lot of sex (including bestiality).

    The story of La Bête involves an American heiress Lucy Broadhurst (Lisbeth Hummel) being brought to a French chateau with her aunt Virginia (Elisabeth Kaza) by the scheming owners (in particular the marquis, Pierre de l’Esperance [played by Guy Tréjan]), who need to marry her to the earthy, degenerate (and somewhat backward) son of the family Mathurin (Pierre Benedetti) in order to circumvent a will which’ll keep the family home intact.
    That’s the framing story, about grasping aristocrats, decadent morality, degenerate priests and sexually repressed young women. This part of the film’s set in the 20th century, though it’s not the conventional modern, urban world of most movies. La Bête takes place exclusively at the French chateau and its grounds (the film is in French, but there is English dialogue - Virginia, Lucy and their chauffeur speak English).

     AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book is expanded from my book on Walerian Borowczyk. The book includes an introduction relating Borowczyk to many other filmmakers and movies, from the European art movie tradition, but also the horror genre, and animation; an assessment the critical reception of Borowczyk, and the current perception of Borowczyk as a director. There are many illustrations (some of which are rare). And it contains a useful bibliography and list of sources.
    The aim is to offer an introduction the extraordinary 1975 movie The Beast, in a clearly written in an entertaining style, which I hope will encourage the reader to seek out some of Borowczyk's strange, lyrical, hallucinatory and erotic movies. I hope my book will offer some fresh insights into Borowczyk and The Beast.

    The appendices include a note on fairy tales, and on other versions of Beauty and the Beast (including the Jean Cocteau movie, and the 1991 Walt Disney musical movie).
    Fully illustrated, with stills from The Beast, and Walerian Borowczyk's movies, plus influences, a bibliography, filmography, appendices, quotes from Borowczyk and notes. 168pp.

    ISBN 9781861714244       £9.99 / $15.99    PAPERBACK.
     



     
     

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    The James Bond Movies of the 1980s

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    by Thomas A. Christie

    A survey of the James Bond films of the Eighties. Thomas Christie explores topics such as the political backgrouind and context of the movies (such as the Cold War), the critical reception of the films, and how the Bond franchise has changed over time.
    The James Bond Movies of the 1980s includes a scene-by-scene analysis of The Living Daylights.

    The James Bond films have long been considered among the most popular and successful of British movies, and have also come to be regarded as a useful barometer of Western geopolitical attitudes throughout the series’ long-running duration. This new book from Thomas A. Christie takes a look at all of the Bond films produced during the 1980s, and investigates the series’ changing approach to its subject matter during this most socially turbulent of decades.
    Moving from the East-West tension plotlines of the later Roger Moore James Bond films into a conscious deviation towards less conventional subject areas during the Timothy Dalton era, Bond’s evolving role as a Cold War hero is examined in order to ascertain just how the character was adapted to meet the demands of rapidly changing world affairs.
    The Eighties saw a more nuanced approach to the Iron Curtain in comparison to earlier films in the series, with the films covering topics as wide-ranging as free-market capitalism and the home electronics boom, and the movie producers’ ongoing efforts to ensure the cycle’s continuing relevance to contemporary audiences are considered in detail.
    Drawing on statistical data and a wide range of research material, The James Bond Movies of the 1980s considers issues such as the films’ cultural impact, the series’ radical shifts in style, and its often subtle approach to issues of ideology both domestic and international. Assessing this multifaceted era of the Bond series, this book evaluates differences in contemporary critiques and asks to what extent these motion pictures succeeded in charting the seismic shifts in the global balance of power which took place during that eventful period of history.

    Fully illustrated, featuring film posters and stills from the movies. 340 pages.

    ISBN 9781861714848   £14.99 / $22.99   PBK

    ISBN 9781861714855   £29.99 / $44.99  HBK

     
    REVIEW ON AMAZON

    Tom Christie's latest book is undoubtedly the best written and most intellectual tome ever written about the James Bond films. What makes the book so enjoyable to read is that Christie is such a good writer. An excellent wordsmith, possessing a formidable vocabulary , Christie expertly makes his points in a way that lesser writers with average skills would be unable to do .His mastery of grammar, punctuation and syntax elevates this tome to the level of a masterpiece .
    There is also a highly detailed scene-by-scene description of The Living Daylights, arguably one of the finest films in the series, which features John Barry's final composition for Eon Productions. This book will appeal to serious film historians, Bond fans and ordinary members of the public and I would recommend it most highly.



     
     
     
     



    Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Pocket Movie Guide

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    by Thomas A. Christie

    One of John Hughes’s most charmingly offbeat films, 1986's Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is certainly among the most overtly humorous of his canon of teen movies. It is also one of his best-remembered, its profile challenged only by the acclaimed The Breakfast Club which was released the year beforehand. Contrasting perfectly with the more serious, issue-based tone of Pretty in Pink which immediately preceded it in the same year, Hughes’s wittily incisive dialogue was never as razor-sharp as when delivered by the smart-mouthed high school slacker Ferris Bueller.
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   132pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781761713063   £10.00 / $16.00
     
     






























     
     

    The Christmas Movie Book

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    by Thomas A. Christie

    Christmas and the world of cinema: two things that go together like mincemeat pies and mulled wine. There are few categories of film which have captured the imagination of young and old for so many years, or which have brought with them such nostalgic charm and warm sentiment. But what is it about the Christmas movie that has proven to be so creatively adaptive over the years, and why has the genre remained so perennially popular amongst audiences all across the world?
    This new study charts the evolution of the Christmas film, starting in 1945 with The Bells of St Mary’s (Leo McCarey), and continuing up to the present day with the 3D version of A Christmas Carol (Robert Zemeckis, 2009). From the silver screen magic of It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street to the madcap seasonal comedy of Home Alone and Elf, by way of White Christmas and Black Christmas, this book considers a wide selection of some of the most enduring festive movies from the past seven decades.

    With a detailed exploration of each film’s themes and cultural influences, The Christmas Movie Book also features a comprehensive timeline of key works in the genre, a filmography, notes, and illustrations, and examines why it is that these well-loved classics continue to enrapture generations of movie-goers.
     

    Fully illustrated   With filmography, timeline, bibliography and notes.

    PAPERBACK    412 pages.     ISBN 97818617133346    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     



     

    The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion

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    by Weston La Barre

    The classic work by Weston La Barre on the origins of religion is now back in print. This masterpiece explores shamanism, Native American spirituality, ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian religon, and contemporary theories of religion.

    Weston La Barre (1911-1996) is best known for his work in anthropology and ethnography, in which he drew on the theories of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Born in Uniontown, PA, La Barre studied at Princeton and Yale, and later taught at Rutgers, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Duke universities. La Barre conducted field work across North and South America, and later through India, China, Africa and Europe. He studied the Plains Indians and their peyote cult with Richard Evans Schultes (which resulted in the 1938 book The Peyote Cult). La Barre’s masterwork is The Ghost Dance: The Origin of Religion (1970), which draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems. His other books include The Human Animal (1954), They Shall Take Up Serpents (1962), Culture In Context (1990), and Muelos (1985).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   696pp
     

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    The Peyote Cult

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    by Weston La Barre

    The classic work on the use of peyote and other drugs in religious rituals and practice.

    The Peyote Cult by Weston La Barre (1915-1996) is the classic work on peyotism, originating in La Barre’s studies of the use of peyote in the rituals of fifteen Native American tribes in the 1930s. It has been revised many times. This is the latest edition (the fifth, enlarged edition), now back in print.
       For decades, readers on peyotism have enjoyed Weston La Barre's fascinating original study, which began when the author at age twenty-four, studied the rites of Native American tribes using Lophophora williamsii,
    the small, spineless, carrot-shaped peyote cactus growing in the Rio Grande Valley and Southward.
        The Peyote Cult includes discussions of contemporary drug culture and experiments with altered states of consciousness and psychedelic drugs, including Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Carlos Casteneda. La
    Barre looks at the legal aspects of drug use, ritual drug use (including in the Native American Church), and the increasing spread of peyotism from the South-West to other Native American tribes. La Barre also explores
    related issues, such as anthropology, economics, chemistry, botany, pharmacology, and archeology.
     

    The Peyote Cult is still quite generally considered to be the one outstanding work on peyote… La Barre follows the search for the ‘mystic experience’ through use of chemical substances - a new fashion albeit as old as history - in an unusually objective manner.

    Richard Evans Schultes, Psychedelic Review


    Weston La Barre (1911-1996) is best known for his work in anthropology and ethnography, in which he drew on the theories of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Born in Uniontown, PA, La Barre studied at Princeton and Yale, and later taught at Rutgers, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Duke universities. La Barre conducted field work across North and South America, and later through India, China, Africa and Europe. He studied the Plains Indians and their peyote cult with Richard Evans Schultes (which resulted in the 1938 book The Peyote Cult). La Barre’s masterwork is The Ghost Dance: The Origin of Religion (1970), which draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems. His other books include The Human Animal (1954), They Shall Take Up Serpents (1962), Culture In Context (1990), and Muelos (1985).
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   356pp
     

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    Principles of Shamanism

    Third Edition

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    by Leo Rutherford

    This updated edition of Principles of Shamanism (a.k.a. Shamanism Today) offers an introduction to shamanism, the oldest spiritual path of them all (at least 50,000 years).
    Shamanism is the oldest way in which humanity has sought connection with Creation. The origins of shamanism go back at least 50,000 years to Stone Age times. All of us have evolved from shamanic cultures, shamanism is not imported, it is our roots wherever we live.
    Anthropologists have studied shamanism in North, Central and South America, Africa, amongst the aboriginal people of Australasia, the Eskimo and Lapps of the far North, in Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, Patagonia, Siberia, Bali, Ancient Britain and across Europe, in Tibet where the path of Bon shamanism underlies Tibetan Buddhism - in places all over the world. Leo Rutherford has learned from Inca and Shipibo of Peru, Lakota, Cherokee, Pueblo, Hopi and Ojibway of North America, and from apprentices of the Huichols of Mexico. All over the world there is evidence of shamanic practices from as far back as the palaeolithic period. From ancient cave drawings and similar records it seems that all indigenous peoples shared a similar cosmology, a similar understanding of how the universe works.

    Leo Rutherford is a trained psychotherapist with an M.A. in Holistic Psychology. He has studied with many shamanic teachers including Black Elk, and particularly Inca shaman Don Eduardo Calderon. He runs the Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism in Sussex, England, which features many workshops associated with shamanism, including trance dance (www.eagleswing.co.uk).

    Fully illustrated. Third edition. Resources and notes. 208pp.
    ISBN 9781861714497 & 9781861714831  £14.99 / $22.99 (PBK)
    ISBN 9781861714862  $29.99 / $44.99 (HBK)



     
     

    Media Hell: Global Media Warning

    (new edition)

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    by Oliver Whitehorne

    A new edition, including a new bibliography and introduction.

    An incisive analysis of the 'megavisual' hyperspace that is global media. Whitehorne's wry overview takes in juicy, hypocrisy-rich topics such as censorship in the media; consensus politics and the news; the religious dimensions of advertizing; excessive consumerism; media narratives; radio voices; soap operas; pornography; adverts in print, radio and television; tabloid and broadsheet newspapers; Cosmopolitan and 'women's magazines'; violence and bad language; 'family' viewing; British radio, including a detailed study of Radio 1; the Madonna phenomenon; pop promos, MTV and pop music; feminism and the media.

    Oliver Whitehorne is a freelance writer who has written extensively on the media. His previous books include TV Texts (1985), Eat the Media: Advertizing and Consumerism (1989), and Media Hell: Explorations of Radio, Television and the Press (Crescent Moon (1995).
     
     

    Bibliography, illustrations, notes  ISBN 1-871846-28-5  £21.99 / $34.50
     



     
     


    Detonation Britain

    Nuclear War in the UK


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    An exploration of how the United Kingdom would fare in a nuclear war; nuclear politics; nukespeak and 'nuclear theology'; atomic bomb tests and 'accidents'; American bases in the UK; the superpowers' military programmes and strategies; the cost of nuclear war; British civil defence; the Gulf War, 'infowar' and 'smart' technology; nuclear attack scenarios; anti-war and peace initiatives.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, illustrationss, and notes  166pp   ISBN 1861711735    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     

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    Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva

    The Jouissance of French Feminism


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    by Kelly Ives

    As writers, philosophers, speakers and feminists, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray are among the most provocative, subtle and illuminating voices in contemporary culture. Their concepts and methodologies continue to excite debate and contention among feminists and cultural critics. Ives discusses their major ideas, which include: jouissance and 'explosive' sexuality; women and marginality; the 'gift'; the pre-oedipal chora and semiotic realm; labial lips that embrace; social oppression; the relations between writing, language and identity; and the politics of gender, patriarchy and motherhood. Ives studies the relation of Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva to other feminists, and to figures such as Nietzsche, de Beauvoir, Hegel, Marx, Joyce, Derrida, Barthes, Rimbaud, Lacan and Freud.
    A useful guide to some of the key ideas of the three French philosophers and feminists, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray and Hélène Cixous (though none of them were born in France). They all have highly individual approaches to philosophy and feminism - and sometimes quite eccentric ideas. They also don’t write like anyone else - Cixous in particular is a very poetic writer, and a very beautiful and emotional writer, too.
    Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva have all written an enormous amount of material, and it can be daunting trying to absorb all of their many books. This study looks at some of their important ideas, and some of their more unusual views.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     

    This new edition has a new introduction and a new bibliography, and has been completely updated.
    Full bibliography and notes   196pp
     

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    And why don’t you write? Write! Writing is for you, you are for you... Write, let no one hold you back, let nothing stop you.

    (Hélène Cixous, from "The Laugh of the Medusa")
     

    I shall term “writer” that ability to rebound whereby the violence of rejection, in extravagant rhythm, find its way into a multiplied signifier. It is not the reconstruction of an unwary subject, remin-iscing, in hysterical fashion, about his lacks in meaning, his plunges into an underwater body. It is rather the return of the limit-as-break, castration, and the bar separating signifier from signified, which found naming, codification, and language; they do this not in order to vanish at that point (as communal meaning would have it), but in order, lucidly and consciously, to reject and multiply them, to dissolve even their boundaries, and to use them again.

    (Julia Kristeva, from Desire in Language)
     
     



     
     

    Julia Kristeva

    Art, Love, Melancholy, Philosophy, Semiotics and Psychoanalysis


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    by Kelly Ives

    Julia Kristeva is a highly influential French philosopher and writer whose work encompasses semiotics; linguitics; women in China; modern America; the intellectual or dissident; concepts such as the power of horror; abjection; melancholy; and the chora or 'semiotic, pre-oedipal realm'; the Madonna and maternal world; and avant garde modernists such as Artaud, Joyce, Mallarme and Beckett.

    Julia Kristeva has produced a huge body of work, going back to the 1960s. She is a remarkable thinker by any standards, but some of her ideas can be a little tricky and avant garde to grasp at first (the chora, the semiotic realm, the abject, etc). She uses a good deal of psychology, drawing on Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, as well as cultural theory.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography, illustrations and notes  172pp

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    The other that will guide you and itself through this dissolution is a rhythm, music, and within language, a text. But what is the connection that holds you both together? Counter-desire, the negative of desire, inside-out desire, capable of questioning (or provoking) its own infinite quest. Romantic, filial, adolescent, exclusive, blind and Oedipal: it is all that, but for others. It returns to where you are, both of you, disappointed, irritated, ambitious, in love with history, critical, on the edge and even in the midst of its own identity crisis.

    (Julia Kristeva, from Desire in Language)
     

    Julia Kristeva, life and work



     
     

    Luce Irigaray

    Lips, Kissing, and the Politics of Sexual Difference


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    by Kelly Ives
    An exploration of the often controversial French thinker and feminist. Ives discusses Irigaray's relation with Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, and other feminists. Irigaray's provocative notions include: labial lips embracing; sexual difference; the speculum; 'sexuate rights' and sexual ethics; women's language and power; angels; and female mystics.
    Luce Irigaray was born in 1932 in Belgium. Irigaray was, famously, a member of the Ecole Freudienne, presided over by Jacques Lacan. Irigaray's dissertation (Speculum de l'autre femme, later published) created some controversy among the members of the Freudian School, and Irigaray became an outcast of the ecole freudienne.
    During the 1970s and 1980s, Luce Irigaray taught at Rotterdam, Bologna, Toronto and Paris, among other places. With books such as Ce Sexe qui n'en est pas un, Et l'une ne bouge pas sans l'autre, Amante Marine: De Friedrich Nietzsche, Sexes et parentes, Sexes et genres a travers les langues and Le Oubli de l'air: Chez Martin Heidegger, Irigaray became a major philosopher.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography and notes  126pp  ISBN 9781861711885   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography and notes  126pp  ISBN 1861711883   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     
     

    We need both space and time. And perhaps we are living in an age when time must re-deploy space. Could this be the dawning of a new world? Immanence and transcendence are being recast, notably by that threshold which has never been examined in itself: the female sex. It is a threshold unto mucosity. Beyond the classic opposites of love and hate, liquid and ice lies this perpetually half-open threshold, consisting of lips that are strangers to dichotomy. Pressed against one another, but without any possibility of suture, at least of a real kind, they do not absorb the world either into themselves or through themselves, provided they are not abused or reduced to a mere consummating or consuming structure. Instead their shape welcomes without assimilating or reducing or devouring. A sort of door unto voluptuousness, then? Not that, either: their useful function is to designate a place: the very place of uses, at least on a habitual plane. Strictly speaking, they serve neither conception nor jouissance. Is this, then, the mystery of female identity, of its self-contemplation, of that strange word of silence; both the threshold and reception of exchange, the sealed-up secret of wisdom, belief and faith in every truth?

    (Luce Irigaray)


     



     
     

    Hélène Cixous I Love You

    The Jouissance of Writing


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    by Kelly Ives

    Hélène Cixous is a challenging and lyrical French feminist and writer, author of the influential esay "The Laugh of the Medusa" and (with Catherine Clément) The Newly-Born Woman. Cixous is immensely productive, writing novels, plays, essays and poetic prose. Her ideas have provoked much debate in feminism: on the body, orgasmic writing, 'feminine' texts ('écriture féminine'), essentialism and the Nietzschean 'gift'.
    Hélène Cixous was born in Oran, Algeria, on June 5, 1937. She studied at the Universite de Bordeaux, the Sorbonne, and the new, experimental post-1968 Universite de Paris VIII-Vincennes, which is now at Saint Denis. Her doctoral thesis, L'Exil de James Joyce ou l'art du remplacement, was published in 1968. Her best known works are The Newly Born Woman (written with Catherine Clement) and the the essay "The Laugh of the Medusa" (both 1975).
    By 1991 Hélène Cixous had written some 50 novels, plays, and texts. She has been aligned with the French publishing house Des Femmes, and collaborated with the Theatre du Soleil (Cixous has worked for years with the theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine).

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Brontë and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     

    European Writers Series   Bibliography and notes   182pp    ISBN 1861711891    £14.99 / $22.99     NEW
     

     

    For her joyous benefits she is erogenous; she is the erotogeneity of the heterogeneous: airborne swimmer, in flight, she does not cling to herself; she is dispersible, prodigious, stunning, desirous and capable of others, of the other woman that she will be, of the other woman she isn't, of him, of you.

    (Hélène Cixous, from The Newly Born Woman)
     

    I ask of writing what I ask of desire: that it have no relation to the logical which puts desire on the side of possession, of acquisition, or even of that consumption - consummation which, when pushed to its limits with such exultation, links (false) consciousness with death.

    (Hélène Cixous)
     
     



     
     

    Andrea Dworkin


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A very powerful feminist, writer and public speaker, Dworkin is the author of the highly influential book Pornography: Men Possessing Women, of which Mary Daly wrote: 'An original, brilliant, courageous work combining massive and precise research with incisive analysis.' Cited by many feminists, often in passing, often in a negative light, Dworkin has rarely been the subject of a full-length treatment, as here. This book sympathetically and critically surveys the chief themes of Dworkin's polemical feminism, including her anti-pornography stance; the controversial bill of rights; sexual politics; and literary æsthetics. Robinson links Dworkin to French feminism, queer, gay and lesbian theory, Anglo-American feminism, and American literature.

    'It's amazing for me to see my work treated with such passion and respect.' (Andrea Dworkin)
     

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes    ISBN 9781861711277   196pp     £14.99 / $22.99
     
     
     

    I wrote them [the essays and speeches] to communicate and to survive: as a writer and as a woman; for me, the two are one. I wrote them because I care about fairness and justice for women. I wrote them because I believe in bearing witness, and I have seen a lot. I wrote them because people are being hurt and the injury has to stop... I wrote them because I believe in writing, in its power to right wrongs, to change how people see and think, to change how and what people know, to change how and why people act. I wrote them out of the conviction, Quaker in origin, that one must speak truth to power. This is the basic premise in my work as a feminist: activism or writing'

    (Andrea Dworkin, from Letters From a War Zone)
     



     
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    Sex in Art

    Pornography and Pleasure in the History of Art and Design: Special Edition

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    by Cassidy Hughes

    A comprehensive and detailed survey of erotic art from ancient times to the modern era.

    All of the major erotic artists of the Western tradition are analyzed (Egon Schiele, Hans Bellmer, Thomas Rowlandson, Pablo Picasso, Titian, Jean Baptiste Dominique Ingres, Felicien Rops, Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, and Eric Gill).
    Other chapters include erotica in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Oriental erotic art (Taoist and Tantric art from China, Japan and India), gender and eroticism in Renaissance art, and the sensuality of sculpture. Each chapter contains illustrations. A discussion of the complex relationship between art and pornography provides the central critical axis for this challenging book. Each of the major views on erotica and porn are examined, from each political persuasion and argument. There are also chapters on censorship, on feminism, and the relation of erotic art to erotic literature.
    There are individual sections on many of the key erotic artists, such as Michelangelo Buonaroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Eric Gill, Gustave Moreau, the Surrealists, Jasper Johns, Constantin Brancusi, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt.

    Cassidy Hughes is a writer and photographer. His previous books include Images of India (1982), Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours (1992) and Sex in Art (1993). His photographs have been exhibited in London, Rome, Hong Kong and New York (among others). He lives near St Just in West Penwith, Cornwall.
     

    This new, special (4th) edition contains many new illustrations (some of which are rare), a new introduction and bibliography.
    The text has been completely revised and updated.
     

    Bibliography, index, 158 illustrations  New, special edition  464pp

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    Wild Zones

    Pornography, Art and Feminism

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    by Kelly Ives

    A perceptive and ironic exploration of the controversial debate surrounding pornography and feminism, and how it relates to art and literature. Ives discusses the key points of the many-sided discourses of censorship, the politics of representation, violence, sexuality, æsthetics and law. She discusses pornography in film, TV, painting, theatre and literature as well as in magazines. Other topics include the new 'women's pornography'; lesbian porn; and S/M, gay and queer practices. An important contribution to feminist criticism.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations

    PAPERBACK   268pp  ISBN 9781861712929  £14.99 / $22.99

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    As an artist and adult entertainment industry veteran, I found this book to be surprisingly well written, in spite of the fact that several of the chapters provide more written text than visual support. Must read it.

     


     


    The Erotic Object

    Sexuality in Sculpture From Prehistory to the Present Day: Special Edition


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    by Susan Quinnell

    The power of sculpture, form, volume and space is sensitively explored in this wide-ranging study. Featuring discussions of many famous sculptors: Michelangelo, Canova, Rodin, Brancusi, Picasso, Hepworth and Bernini. Many contemporary artists are discussed, including installation and performance artists (Catherine Elwes, Karen Finley, Carolee Schneemann), and women sculptors such as Alice Aycock, Mary Miss, Rebecca Horn, Nancy Graves, Eva Hesse, Kathe Kollwitz and Judy Chicago.
     
     

    This new edition has been completely updated, with many new ilustrations, a new introduction and bibliography.  296 pages

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    Sexing Hardy

    Thomas Hardy and Feminism


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    by Margaret Elvy

    There are surprisingly few feminist analyses of Hardy, and most do not get beyond vague notions of sexism and misogynism, in the Kate Millett manner. Elvy's book, however, uses up-to-date research in the fields of cultural studies, feminist poetics, gay, lesbian and queer theory. This new, postmodern and incisive exploration of Hardy offers an exciting and radical reappraisal of the discourses of gender, desire, class, economy, socialization, identity and patriarchy in his fiction and poetry.

    Margaret Elvy recently taught at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. She has written books on George Eliot, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. She has three books on Thomas Hardy from Crescent Moon (Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism).
     

    This new edition has been updated, and includes a new introduction and a new bibliography.
     

    Thomas Hardy Studies     Extensive bibliography and notes  190pp  ISBN 1-86171-065-8   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     

    ...there is nothing perverted or depraved in Sue's nature. The abnormalism consists in disproportion, not in inversion, her sexual instinct being healthy as far as it goes, but unusually weak and fastidious. Her sensibilities remain painfully alert notwith-standing, as they do in nature with such women. One point illustrating this I could not dwell upon: that, though she has children, her intimacies with Jude have never been more than occasional, even when they were living together. (I mention that they occupy separate rooms, except towards the end), and one of her reasons for fearing the marriage ceremony is that she fears it would be breaking faith with Jude to withhold herself at pleasure, or altogether, after it; though while uncontracted she feels at liberty to yield herself as seldom as she chooses. This has tended to keep his passion as lust at the end as at the beginning, and helps to break his heart. He has never really possessed her as freely as he desired.

    (Thomas Hardy, writing to Edmund Gosse about Jude the Obscure)
     

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    'Cosmo Woman'

    The World of Women's Magazines

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    by Oliver Whitehorne

    Fashion, image-making, sexism, gender, identity, materialism, feminism, commodity capitalism in the 'women's magazine' market. Ranging from the monthly 'glossies' (Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle and Vogue) to the 'homely' weeklies (Bella, Best and Woman's Own), through the 'style press' (Arena, GQ, i-D, The Face) to 'teenage' magazines (Jackie, Smash Hits, Mizz and Just Seventeen), this is one of the very few full-length analyses of the cultural products that sell in their millions.
    As well as Cosmopolitan, the author also studies many other magazines in the women's magazine market, and related magazines, such as lifestyle magazines and men's magazines.
    The author looks at the use of advertizing and consumerism in women's magazines and other lifestyle and consumer magazines, drawing on many examples of ads which are deconstructed in detail.

    Oliver Whitehorne is a freelance writer who has written extensively on the media. His previous books include TV Texts (1985), Eat the Media: Advertizing and Consumerism (1989), and Media Hell: Explorations of Radio, Television and the Press (Crescent Moon (1995).

    The book has been completely revised and updated for the new edition.

    Bibliography, 42 illustrations, notes   168pp

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    Women in Pop Music


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    by Helen Challis

    A survey of female pop artists and their place in the largely male-dominated rock industry, featuring studies of women in punk (The Slits, Poly Styrene, Siouxsie Sue), the Riot Grrrl 'movement' (Courtney Love, Hole, Bikini Kill, L7, and others), bhangra, indie/ alternative pop, rap and hip-hop, and sexism in pop music.

    There are chapters on musicians and singers such as Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, Joan Armatrading, P.J. Harvey, and Madonna. 'Whatever I did was sabotaged by the fact that I had tits.' (Caroline Coon, on managing The Clash)

    Helen Challis has written for many music magazines, including Spin, Q, Vox, Rolling Stone and the New Musical Express. Her books include The Madonna Cult (1991).
     
     

    Bibliography,  notes, illustrations   192pp  ISBN 1-86171-130-1   £14.99 / $22.99
     



     
     

    Maurice Sendak

    and the Art of Children’s Book Illustration: Special Edition


    ....

    by L.M. Poole

    Maurice Sendak is the widely acclaimed American children's book author and illustrator. This critical study focusses on his famous trilogy, Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There, as well as the early works and Sendak's superb depictions of Grimm's fairy tales in The Juniper Tree.
    L.M. Poole begins with a chapter on children's book illustration, in particular the treatment of fairy tales. Sendak's work is situated within the history of children's book illustration, and he is compared with many contemporary authors.
    There is also a chapter on Sendak and Walt Disney, later works such as Dear Mili, and a discussion of Sendak and other book illustrators.
     

    This new edition includes a new introduction, a new bibliography and many more illustrations.

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations    264pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713070    £14.99 / $22.99
     

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713469   £39.99 / $59.99
     



     
     

    Maurice Sendak in Close-Up

    ...

    by L.M. Poole

    Just about the best children’s book author and illustrator of recent times, if not the most significant, Maurice Sendak ranks alongside Dr Seuss (Theodore Geisel) as one of America’s biggest talents in the world of children’s picture books. Now he’s having the Hollywood blockbuster treatment, with the release of Where the Wild Are, it’s a good time to reappraise the art of this astonishingly inventive book artist.
    And it’s not only Maurice Sendak that Hollywood is turning to in its hunt for more children’s fantasy literature: two huge recent movies, The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat, are based on Dr Seuss ? and there’s Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, of course (with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series on the way).
     
     

    Art in Close-up Series   Bibliography, notes, illustrations   132pp  ISBN 1-86171-076-3  £19.99 / $32.00   forthcoming
     



    Sacred Gardens: The Garden in Myth, Religion & Art


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    The garden, even the smallest and most modest of front lawns, can be a miniature version of Paradise. This book relates gardens to sacred places, such as churches, temples, stone circles, mosques and mythic gardens. The nostalgic myth of a 'Golden Age', Arcadia or Paradise lies at the heart of this study of the history of gardens.
     
     

    With notes and photographs  35pp  ISBN 1-871846-86-2    £7.99 / $12.50
     
     

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    Stepping Forward

    Essays, Lectures and Interviews


    ....

    by Wolfgang Iser

    New, unpublished pieces on reader theory; Tom Jones; fictionalizing; and cultural studies, among others. Wolfgang Iser is a leading exponent of 'reception theory'.

    Wolfgang Iser's books include The Implied Reader (1974), The Act of Reading (1978), Prospecting (1989) and The Fictive and the Imaginary (1993). He has written books on Laurence Sterne (1988) and Walter Pater (1987). He is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Constance in Germany.
     
     

    Paperback    75pp  ISBN 1-86171-168-9   £7.99 / $12.50

    Hardcover    92pp  ISBN 9781861713865  £14.99 / $22.99
     

    Interview with Wolfgang Iser
     
     



     
     

    Paul Bowles and Bernardo Bertolucci

    Under Two Sheltering Skies


    ...

    by Cassidy Hughes

    American ex-pat writer Paul Bowles and New Wave Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci collaborated on the 1990 film The Sheltering Sky, based on Bowles' 1949 novel. Hughes looks at Bowles' fiction, which is concerned with exile, alienation, violence and social collapse, often in a vividly portrayed North African setting. Next, Hughes analyzes Bertolucci's provocative cinema, which ranges from the New Wave and politically-conscious art movies The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris to the more 'mainstream' Hollywood epic treatments of The Last Emperor and Little Buddha.

    Cassidy Hughes is a writer and photographer. His previous books include Images of India (1982), Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours (1992) and Sex in Art (1993). His photographs have been exhibited in London, Rome, Hong Kong and New York (among others). He lives near St Just in West Penwith, Cornwall.
     
     

    Filmography and bibliography, notes. 76pp  ISBN 1-871846-66-8  £8.99 / $13.50
     


    The Poetry of Cinema


    ....

    by John Madden

    The 'cinema of poetry' studied here includes filmmakers such as Welles, Ozu, Bresson, Cocteau, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Kurosawa, Godard, Bertolucci, Pasolini and Mizoguchi. Though the (mainly European) art film is the chief field of Madden's enquiry, his analysis takes in the whole of the history of cinema, from the Lumiere brothers, through the silent era and golden age of Hollywood to avant garde filmmakers such as Anger, Snow and Brakhage. Madden reappraises the æsthetics of cinema and its affinities with poetry, mythology, religion, magic and narrative art.
     
     

    Bibliography, illustrations, notes  87pp  ISBN 1-871846-52-8  £10.99 / $17.00
     
     

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    Harry Potter

    The Books, The Films, The Cultural Phenomenon

    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new critical study of Harry Potter, the Harry Potter cultural phenomenon, the Harry Potter books, the Harry Potter films and the Harry Potter franchise.
    This new critical analysis explores the Harry Potter cultural phenomenon, the most remarkable event publishing of the past ten, twenty, thirty or more years. Since 1997, J.K. Rowling's books have sold nearly 200 million copies, selling more than Stephen King, John Grisham and J.R.R. Tolkien.
    Topics studied include: the relation of Harry Potter to fantasy fiction, and to British literature and culture;   the history of children's literature and Harry Potter; Rowling's literary sources. Rowling's literary and narrative strategies;  the use of magic and witchcraft in the books; issues of gender, race, class and  psychology in Harry Potter;  analyses of each book;  the Harry Potter phenomenon in book publishin and the story of the publication of the books;  the Harry Potter films: the making of the films, the scripts, the adaption process, casting, production, critical reception; the relationship of the Harry Potter films to other contemporary Hollywood movies;  the economic and business aspects of the Harry Potter phenomenon;  the marketing of the Harry Potter franchise;  the audiences of Harry Potter products;   merchandizing, licensing, toys, etc;  J.K. Rowling as author (and celebrity).
    This book is written for the general reader (and viewer) of Harry Potter.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   142pp  ISBN 1-861-058-5  £14.99 / $22.99   forthcoming
     
     

        'You never told him? Never told him what was in the letter Dumbledore left fer him? I was there! I saw Dumbledore leave it, Dursley! An' you've kept it from him all these years?'
        'Kept what from me?' said Harry eagerly.
        'STOP! I FORBID YOU!' yelled Uncle Vernon in panic.
        Aunt Petunia gave a gasp of horror.
        'Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh,' said Hagrid. 'Harry - yer a wizard.'
        There was silence inside the hut. Only the sea and the whistling wind could be heard.
        'I'm a what?'
        'A wizard, o' course,' said Hagrid, sitting back down on the sofa, which groaned and sank even lower, 'an' a thumpin good'un, I'd say, once yeh've been trained up a bit. With a mum an' dad like yours, what else would yeh be?' An' I reckon it's abou' time yeh read yer letter.'

    (J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
     
     



     
     

    An Open Letter to the BBC


    ...

    by Oliver Whitehorne

    A scathing review of the BBC's output in television and radio.

    Oliver Whitehorne is a freelance writer who has written extensively on the media. His previous books include TV Texts (1985), Eat the Media: Advertizing and Consumerism (1989), and Media Hell: Explorations of Radio, Television and the Press (Crescent Moon, 1995).
     
     

    With notes. 30pp  ISBN 1-898283-00-1  £3.99 / $6.00
     



     
     

    Feminism and Shakespeare


    ...

    by B.D. Barnacle

    A survey of contemporary feminism, and its relation to literature's 'god'. The author employs up-to-date research in gay, lesbian and feminist approaches to the Renaissance world and literary texts.
     
     

    With extended notes 30pp  ISBN 1-898283-01-X  £3.99 / $6.00
     



     

    Princess Diana in Culture, Media, Society, Feminism and the Arts


    ...

    by M.K. Pace

    This book offers an unflinching critical analysis of 'the most famous woman in the world'. Though featuring prominently in the popular press, TV, radio, magazines and so on, 'the Diana phenomenon' has been largely neglected by serious academic criticism. Topics studied include: the Princess of Wales as a Goddess-type and icon; Diana and the tabloids; Diana in women's magazines; Diana in the media; Diana, the monarchy, politics and the constitution; Diana and charity; gender, sexuality, romance and fantasy in the world of the Princess; Diana, image-making and her public persona; the Princess in the arts (in fiction, painting, pop music, etc); the media's portrayal of her personal life; the Princess in TV news and documentaries; Diana as media star and the cult of celebrity; the 'national mourning' of Diana; and how feminism has treated the Princess.
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations  180pp   ISBN 1-86171-044-5   £14.99 / $23.50  forthcoming
     
     



     

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  • The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky
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  • Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK
  • Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism
  • Julia Kristeva: Art, Love, Melancholy, Philosophy, Semiotics and Psychoanalysis
  • Luce Irigaray: Lips, Kissing, and the Politics of Sexual Difference
  • Helene Cixous I Love You: The Jouissance of Writing
  • Andrea Dworkin
  • Sex in Art: Pornography and Pleasure in Painting and Sculpture
  • Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism
  • The Erotic Object: Sexuality in Sculpture From Prehistory to the Present Day
  • Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism
  • 'Cosmo Woman': The World of Women's Magazines
  • Women in Pop Music
  • Maurice Sendak and the Art of Children's Book Illustration
  • Maurice Sendak in Close-Up
  • Sacred Gardens: The Garden in Myth, Religion & Art
  • Stepping Forward: Essays, Lectures and Interviews
  • Paul Bowles and Bernardo Bertolucci: Under Two Sheltering Skies
  • The Poetry of Cinema
  • An Open Letter to the BBC
  • Feminism and Shakespeare
  • Princess Diana in Culture, Media, Society, Feminism and the Arts


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