Books

BOOK-Cinematic Overtures How to Read Opening Scenes-CUP

Annette Insdorf

From Joe Gillis's voice-over in Sunset Boulevard to the hallucinatory opening of Apocalypse Now, from the stream-of-consciousness montage as found in Hiroshima, mon amour to the slowly unfolding beginning of Schindler's ListCinematic Overtures analyzes opening shots from a range of Hollywood as well as international films. 
 
Annette Insdorf pays close attention to how the viewer makes sense of these scenes and the cinematic world they are about to enter. Including dozens of frame enlargements that illustrate the strategies of opening scenes, Insdorf also examines how films explore and sometimes critique the power of the camera's gaze. Along with analyses of opening scenes, the book offers a series of revelatory and surprising readings of individual films by some of the leading directors of the past seventy-five years. 
 

BOOK-Becoming the News How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight - CUP

Ruth Palmer

What does it feel like to be featured, quoted, or just names in a news story? Based on dozens of interviews with news subjects, Becoming the News studies how ordinary people make sense of their experience as media subjects. Ruth Palmer charts the arc of the experience of "making" the news, from the events that brought an ordinary person to journalists' attention through the decision to cooperate with reporters, interactions with journalists, and reactions to the news coverage and its aftermath. Pointing to the ways traditional news organizations both continue to hold on to and are losing their authority, Becoming the News has important implications for how we think about the production and consumption of news at a time when Americans distrust the news media more than ever.
 

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BOOK- Safwan M. Masri, Tunisia An Arab Anomaly, CUP

Foreword by Lisa Anderson
 
The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected president. But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case?

In Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, Safwan M. Masri explores the factors that have shaped the country's exceptional experience since the Arab Sping. Tracing Tunisia's history of reform back to the mid-1800s and earlier in the realms of education, religion, and women's rights, Masri documents the seeds of today's relatively liberal and democratic Tunisian society.

The Conversation Yearbook 2017 - MUP, AUSTRALIA

The Conversation Yearbook 2017