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  • - Adapting the Sublime
    by Elisa Pezzotta
    £23.99 - 67.99

    Although Stanley Kubrick adapted novels and short stories, his films deviate in notable ways from the source material. In particular, since 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), his films seem to definitively exploit all cinematic techniques, embodying a compelling visual and aural experience. But, as author Elisa Pezzotta contends, it is for these reasons that his cinema becomes the supreme embodiment of the sublime, fruitful encounter between the two arts and, simultaneously, of their independence. Stanley Kubrick's last six adaptations-2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999)-are characterized by certain structural and stylistic patterns. These features help to draw conclusions about the role of Kubrick in the history of cinema, about his role as an adapter, and, more generally, about the art of cinematic adaptations. The structural and stylistic patterns that characterize Kubrick adaptations seem to criticize scientific reasoning, causality, and traditional semantics. In the history of cinema, Kubrick can be considered a modernist auteur. In particular, he can be regarded as an heir of the modernist avant-garde of the 1920s. However, author Elisa Pezzotta concludes that, unlike his predecessors, Kubrick creates a cinema not only centered on the ontology of the medium, but on the staging of sublime, new experiences.

  • - The Careys of Chicago
    by Dennis C. Dickerson
    £35.49 - 73.99

  • - Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century
    by Dan Yashinsky

    By turns humorous, inspiring, instructive, and philosophical, Suddenly They Heard Footsteps is fired with the magic of storytelling and instructs both the listener and the storyteller in gaining deep appreciation of the experience.

  • - How Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush Exploited Catastrophes
    by Paul Martin Lester
    £35.49 - 57.49

    Presidents Herbert Clark Hoover and George Walker Bush were challenged many times during their political careers. On Floods and Photo Ops: How Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush Exploited Catastrophes focuses on the visual record of two such tests: the relief efforts led by Commerce Secretary Hoover during the 1927 Mississippi River flood and the Bush team's response to Hurricane Katrina.

  • - Material Culture and Race in the Antebellum Imagination
    by Bridget T. Heneghan

    Bridging literary scholarship, archaeology, history, and art history, Whitewashing America: Material Culture and Race in the Antebellum Imagination explores how material goods shaped antebellum notions of race, class, gender, and purity.

  • by Davis W. Houck & Matthew A. Grindy

    Employing never-before-used historical materials, the authors of Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press reveal how Mississippi journalists both expressed and shaped public opinion in the aftermath of the 1955 Emmett Till murder.

  • - History, Myth, and Trauma in the Work of John Edgar Wideman
    by Tracie Church Guzzio
    £35.49 - 67.99

    Provides the first full-length study of John Edgar Wideman's entire oeuvre to date. Specifically, Tracie Church Guzzio examines the ways in which Wideman (b. 1941) engages with three crucial themes - history, myth, and trauma - throughout his career, showing how they intertwine.

  • - The House That Country Music Built
    by Nathan D. Gibson

    This is the first book entirely dedicated to one of the most influential music labels of the twentieth century. Written with label president and cofounder Don Pierce (1915-2005), this book traces the label's origins in 1953 through the 1968 Starday-King merger. Interviews with artists and their families, employees, and Pierce contribute to the stories behind famous hit songs.

  • by Miriam Bloom
    £13.49 - 17.99

    Although more is known about sickle cell disease than about any other inherited disease, no cure for it exists. In America alone, about one in 375 who are of African ancestry is born with sickle cell disease. A smaller number of Americans descended from families from the Mediterranean area, the Middle East, and India also are affected. In addition, about eight percent of black Americans who do not suffer from the disease itself carry the gene for it that can be transmitted to their children. Sickle cell disease is of enormous biological, social, and historic importance. It was first described in medical literature almost a century ago. Improvements during the past two decades in our understanding of the disease and in medical care are permitting those afflicted to live longer, more comfortable and more productive lives. This book was written for all who are interested in this disease-those who have it, their families, the carriers of the sickle cell gene, teachers, and those who wish to update their information about it. This overview of sickle cell disease explains what it is and how it is inherited, as well as the relationship between the sickle cell gene and its geographic origins, the way the gene has been spread throughout history, and the effect of sickle cell hemoglobin on red blood cells that carry it. Understanding Sickle Cell Disease describes the variety of symptoms in both children and adults and details the emotional aspects of the disease. Of particular interest is a chapter on the care, especially the home care, of those who are affected. This book explains how it is possible today for couples carrying the genes to raise families free of the disease. Although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, there is little doubt that one will ultimately be devised. This volume surveys current research efforts and the promise they hold.

  • - Travellers' Songs, Stories and Tunes of the Fetterangus Stewarts
    by Elizabeth Stewart
    £19.99 - 79.49

    Elizabeth Stewart is a highly acclaimed singer, pianist and accordionist whose reputation has spread widely not only as an outstanding musician but as the principal inheritor and advocate of her family and their music. First discovered by folklorists in the 1950s, the Stewarts of Fetterangus, including Elizabeth's mother Jean, her uncle Ned, and her aunt Lucy, have had immense musical influence. Lucy in particular became a celebrated ballad singer and in 1961 Smithsonian Folkways released a collection of her classic ballad recordings that brought the family's music and name to an international audience.Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen is a significant memoir of Scottish Traveller life, containing stories, music, and songs from this prominent Traveller family. The book is the result of a close partnership between Elizabeth Stewart and Scottish folk singer and writer Alison McMorland. It details the ancestral history of Elizabeth Stewart's family, the story of her mother, the story of her aunt, and her own life story, framing and contextualizing the music and song examples and showing how totally integrated these art forms are with daily life. It is a remarkable portrait of a Traveller family from the perspective of its matrilineal line. The narrative, spanning five generations and written in Scots, captures the rhythms and idioms of Elizabeth Stewart's speaking voice and is extraordinary from a musical, cultural, sociological, and historical point of view. The book features 145 songs, eight original piano compositions, folk-tale versions, rhymes and riddles, and eighty fascinating illustrations, from the family of Elizabeth, her mother Jean (1912-1962) and her aunt Lucy (1901-1982). In addition, there are notes on the songs and a series of appendices. Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen will appeal to those interested in traditional music, folklore, and folk song--and in particular, Scottish tradition.

  • - Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian American Fictions
    by A. Robert Lee

    Closely examines the fiction and autobiographical writings of Ishmael Reed, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ralph Ellison, N. Scott Momaday, Toni Morrison, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Jessica Hagedorn in cultural perspective.

  • by Deborah L. Madsen

    Exceptionalism, the notion that Americans have a distinct and special destiny different from that of other nations, permeates every period of American history. It is the single most powerful force in forming the American identity. Deborah Madsen traces this powerful theory from its origins to its latest manifestations.

  • - A Black Briton's Journey through the American South
    by Gary Younge

    Awakened to his own identity as a black in a predominantly white society and absorbed by a sense of southern myth and racial history, Gary Younge produced this account, a blend of travel writing, historical research, wit, and social commentary. His probing examination of the Southland gives fresh perspective on race relations in America.

  • - Interviews

    The interviews in this book offer a range of insights into the theoretical, critical, and practical circumstances of Eric Rohmer's remarkably coherent body of films, but also allow Rohmer to act as his own critic, providing us with an array of readings concerning his interest in setting, season, colour, and narrative.

  • - The ""Great Truth"" about the ""Lost Cause

    Most Americans hold basic misconceptions about the Confederacy, the Civil War, and the actions of subsequent neo-Confederates. Errors persist because most have never read the key documents about the Confederacy. These documents, set in context by sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, put in perspective the mythology of the Old South.

  • - Conversations

    Collects interviews and articles with cartoonist Mort Walker that span from 1938 to 2004. His engagement with the Museum of Cartoon Art - which he founded - is discussed in these pieces, along with the politics involved in working with cartoonists' unions, artistic communities, and syndications.

  • - Conversations

    In this collection of more than a dozen interviews one of the giants of American comic strips talks about his life and his craft. The years spanning 1937 to 1986, when the interviews were conducted, embrace almost all of Caniff's career as he was producing the legendary Terry and the Pirates and his masterpiece Steve Canyon.

  • - Transformations for a New Media Era

    The soap opera, one of U.S. television's longest-running and most influential formats, is on the brink. The Survival of Soap Opera investigates the causes of their dwindling popularity, describes their impact on TV and new media culture, and gleans lessons from their complex history for twenty-first-century media industries.

  • - Seventy-one Portraits in Jazz
    by Whitney Balliett

    Collect all the jazz profiles Whitney Balliett has written for The New Yorker during the past 24 years. The book can be taken as a kind of history of jazz, as well as a biographical encylopedia of many of its most important performers. It can also be regarded as a model of American prose.

  • - Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

    This volume's sixteen essays illuminate, through Constance Fenimore Woolson's example, the neglected world of Reconstruction's backwaters in literary developments that were politically charged and genuinely unpredictable. These essays investigate the mysterious, ravaged territory of a defeated nation as curious northern readers first saw it.

  • - Transformations for a New Media Era

    The soap opera, one of U.S. television's longest-running and most influential formats, is on the brink. The Survival of Soap Opera investigates the causes of their dwindling popularity, describes their impact on TV and new media culture, and gleans lessons from their complex history for twenty-first-century media industries.

  • by Jack Winton Gunn & Gladys C. Castle

    Presents the story of Delta State University, in a form both narrative and pictorial, at a time when many participants in the early history of the institution were still living. This account of the major events under the administrations of each of the presidents in the more than fifty-year history of the school is amply illustrated with photos of people and events.

  • - The Strange History of the British Horror Comics Campaign
    by Martin Barker

    The British "horror comics" campaign of the 1950s reveals the inadequacy of some conventional assessments of anti-media panics. In showing a curious gap between the private concerns of the campaigners and their public rhetoric, A Haunt of Fears raises serious questions about the state of British culture during this era.

  • by R. Gerald Alvey

    Horse breeding, the cultures of tobacco and bourbon, the forms of architecture, the codes of the hunt, the traditions of gambling and dueling, convivial celebrations, regional foodways - all of these are ingredients in the folklife of the Inner Bluegrass Region that is the focus of this fascinating book.

  • by William L. Whitwell

  • by Hugh L. Keegan

    Presents an account of the distribution, morphology, biology and classification of those scorpions considered to be of medical importance. The book also contains information on the clinical aspects of scorpion envenomation, and on methods for scorpion control.

  • - The Satiric Art of Oliver W. Harrington

    It was none other than Langston Hughes who called Oliver Wendell Harrington America's greatest black cartoonist. Yet largely because he chose to live as an expatriate he has been almost entirely overlooked by contemporary historians and scholars of African American culture. This volume offers an omnibus of Harrington's best cartoons from the past four decades.


    Presents the first comprehensive view of authors who have published books in the one hundred and fifty years since Mississippi achieved statehood. The writers included in this biographical dictionary range from William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright to persons who have published only one book and about whom it may be difficult to obtain information.

  • - World War II Letters from a Woman Back Home
    by Mrs. Keith Frazier Somerville

    Throughout the war years of the 1940s there were enormous outpourings of correspondence from all parts of the United States to men and women in the service. Among these were local news columns written in the form of letters to soldiers. Dear Boys collects memorable columns written by Mrs. Keith Frazier Somerville (1888-1978) for the newspaper of Bolivar County, Mississippi.

  • by W. K. McNeil

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