Monday, December 21, 2015

New Additions to the UNT Dallas Library Catalogue

Bending over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism & Other Difficult Positions 
by Lennard J. Davis
Unlike race, gender, and sexual orientation, disability remains one of the least examined or explored areas of human categorization. This book challenges that lack of scholarly examination diving into topics of the body including its relation to politics, the environment, and the legal system. Bending over Backwards also argues that the topic of disability exhibits the very nature of postmodernism by being widely seen as a deviation from normalcy, whereas issues like race and gender merely serve as variations in categories. This is a unique look into a frequently ignored topic and should be read by anyone wishing to expand their understanding of disability.

directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
This Academy Award nominated documentary follows the rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. full-contact quadriplegic rugby teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

New Additions to the UNT Dallas Library Catalogue

With December comes an onslaught of movies that are just in time for winter break. Even outside of the holiday season, movies and movie-going are an integral part of American life. These two new books in the UNT Dallas Library catalog are excellent reads for anyone interested in looking deeper into the private experience of cinema-watching or fans of director Alfred Hitchcock.

Savage Theory: Cinema as Modern Magic by Rachel O. Moore
Rather than think about movie-going as just a mindless form of entertainment or a fun way to pass the time, Savage Theory looks at the act of watching a movie in a theater as a magic ritual. This approach may seem strange, but it is actually not the first time such an approach has been used. Many other theorists viewed cinema as a form of primal communication, leading to this text seeing cinema as a magical tool with the power to enliven, enchant, and heal its audience. 

Find the Director and Other Hitchcock Games by Thomas M. Leitch
Find the Director offers a new explanation for why Alfred Hitchcock's films are so memorable and powerful. The games that Hitchcock plays in his films offers a chance for audiences to both immerse themselves in the narrative and to stand outside of the narrative to observe the various techniques employed in the film. The various games that Hitchcock plays serve as the book's chapter titles: Find the Director, Grave to Gay, Odd Man Out, Cat and Mouse, Home Free All, Tails You Lose, and Fill in the Blanks. For fans of the director and film in general, this book is an insightful and invaluable resource. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

New Additions to the UNT Dallas Library Catalogue

The Critique of Pure Reason
One of the most influential works in the history of philosophy, Kant’s first critique aims to determine the limits and scope of pure reason. The book is divided in to two parts: Transcendental Doctrine of Elements and Transcendental Doctrine of Method. 

Gender and Political Economy: Incorporating Diversity into Theory and Policy
This collection of essays explores feminist political economy in two parts titled “Dissolving Dichotomies: New Approaches to Social Reproduction and Labor Supply” and “Engendering Production: The Social Construction of Low-Wage Labor Markets.” Topics discussed include reformulations of economic theory; historical and empirical research on the economic roles and status of women and people of color; and proposals for broadening the public policy agenda. 
A Companion to African-American Studies
This collection of essays takes a look at the history and future of African American studies, written by expert contributors in the very same field of study. Also included is a series of essays by some of the people who helped establish African American studies as an academic discipline.  

How to Read Shakespeare
This excellent book is for anyone who has ever felt that Shakespeare is boring or too difficult to understand. Taking a creative approach to Shakespeare’s works, this text shows readers how to read Shakespeare’s plays without worrying about the “academic” interpretation. Chapters include discussions on dramatic conventions, the poetry of the theater, characters, structure and dramatic scene, and much more. 

Queer Iberia: Sexualities, Cultures, and Crossings from the Middles Ages to the Renaissance
Moors, Jews, martyred saints, cross-dressers, kings, and queens are some of the many people that make up this exploration of sexual diversity in 10th to 16th century Iberia in this collection of essays. The source material used is just as diverse as the people discussed – the martyrdom of Pelagius, the exploits of the transgendered Catalina de Erauso, archival evidence of sexual otherness, and alternative readings of canonical texts. Anyone interested in medieval, cultural, Hispanic, gender, and gay and lesbian studies will find this book useful and enlightening.  

These books and many more are available in the UNT Dallas Library.