“Peter Decherney has literally written the book on Hollywood-everything you ever needed to know about the history of the film industry in eight captivating chapters.” –Stacey Snider, Co-Chair, 20th Century Fox
“Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction is incredibly insightful when it comes to explaining how movies have evolved, both creatively and financially, over the last century.” –Dick Wolf, producer of Law & Order
“Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction captures the essentials without ever sacrificing nuance.” –Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam
“A splendid new study of the legal, technological, and aesthetic wrangling over motion picture copyright wrongs and rights, particularly timely.” —Thomas Doherty, Brandeis
“Have you ever wondered if a book about copyright law could be as compelling as the Fifty Shades trilogy, but without BDSM scenes? Well, wonder no further. The answer, after reading Hollywood’s Copyright Wars by Peter Decherney, is definitely yes.” —Eleonora Rosati Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
“A frequently profound ethical query into the costs of patronage.” —Kevin Hagopian Film Quarterly
“Thought-provoking.” —The American Historical Review
All of the short essays in this volume look past the rhetoric of technological determinism and reliance on the natural logic of the market to consider the power of law and policy to steer new media in one direction or another. Many of the essays look backwards through history or outwards across national borders. They all look forward to how today’s policies will shape the future of the internet and society.
“Highly original and timely, this book helps us understand Iranian cinema from many perspectives. The authors in this volume don’t shy away from the most difficult questions that have arisen in the past few decades, and seek to complicate received discourses about Iranian film.” — Pardis Mahdavi, Pomona College
The work of cultural and political theorist Stuart Hall, a pioneer of Cultural Studies who passed away in 2014, remains more relevant than ever. In Stuart Hall Lives, scholars engage with Hall’s most enduring essays, including “Encoding/Decoding” and “Notes on Deconstructing the Popular,” bringing them into the context of the 21st century. Different chapters consider resistant media consumers, online journalism, debates around the American Confederate flag and rainbow flags, the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and contemporary moral panics. The book also includes Hall’s important essay on French theorist Louis Althusser, which is introduced here by Lawrence Grossberg and Jennifer Slack. Finally, two reminiscences by one of Hall’s former colleagues and one of his former students offer wide-ranging reflections on his years as director of Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, and as head of the Department of Sociology at The Open University. Together, the contributions paint a picture of a brilliant theorist whose work and legacy is as vital as ever.