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Bloody Mary in the Mirror

By Alan Dundes
Categories: Folklore

Bloody Mary in the Mirror mixes Sigmund Freud with vampires and The Little Mermaid to see what new light psychoanalysis can bring to folklore techniques and forms.

Ever since Freud published his analysis ...

Performing the Pilgrims

Traces how the representation of pilgrim settlers to North America has evolved over the past hundred years at the Living Museum of Seventeenth-Century Plymouth, in the town of Plimoth Plantation. Beginning ...

Ain't That a Knee-Slapper

By Tim Hollis
Categories: Popular Culture

There was a time when rural comedians drew most of their humor from tales of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill country high jinks. Lum and Abner and Ma and Pa Kettle might not have toured happily ...

Working with Walt

By Don Peri
Categories: Comics Studies

This book includes interviews with Ken Anderson, Les Clark, Larry Clemmons, Jack Cutting, Don Duckwall, Marcellite Garner, Harper Goff, Floyd Gottfredson, Dick Huemer, Wilfred Jackson, Eric Larson, Clarence ...

Stepping into the Picture

Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble reveals the extraordinary personal journey of one of the pioneers of the Golden Age of Animation. In a career spanning seven decades, Noble (1911-2001) ...

Comics as Philosophy

Edited by Jeff McLaughlin
Categories: Comics Studies

Contributions by Jeremy Barris, Laura Canis and Paul Canis, Stanford W. Carpenter, Kevin de Laplante, Robert C. Harvey, Terry Kading, Jeff McLaughlin, Amy Kiste Nyberg, Aldo Regalado, Pierre Skilling, ...

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Interviews features talks with the master director of such classics as All About Eve, The Barefoot Contessa, and Cleopatra. Mankiewicz (1909–1993) was a creative force in Hollywood ...

Francois Truffaut

Edited by Ronald Bergan
Categories: Film Studies

The French New Wave was one of the most seismic events in cinema\'s history, and among its contributors François Truffaut (1932-1984) was a key figure. Along with Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, ...

Sentenced to Death

By David Guest
Categories: Popular Culture

The criminal justice system in America is as powerful a shaper of history and society as its better-known counterparts--the military, politics, government, and technology. In a country that lacks a mandatory ...

Groucho and W. C. Fields

Before Groucho Marx and W. C. Fields, American comedy was innocent. After they left their hilarious smudges on the genre, comedy was anything but.

Here in a captivating book comparing and contrasting ...