Wednesday, June 27, 2012

JPC June 2012

Details for the latest number of The Journal of Popular Culture:

Vol. 45.3, June 2012


Gary Hoppenstand


“Toward A More Valid Definition of ‘Pornography’” by David Andrews.
“‘Lovelier the Second Time Around’: Divorce, Desire, and Gothic Domesticity in Invasion of the Body Snatchers” by Jennifer L. Jenkins.
Left Behind, the Holocaust, and that Old Time Antisemitism” by Lisa Lampert-Weissig.
“The Evolution of the ‘Chick Car’ Or: What Came First, the Chick or the Car?” by Chris Lezotte.
“Imagined Presidencies: The Representation of Political Power in Television Fiction” by Patricia F. Phalen. Jennie Kim, and Julia Osellame.
“Dawn of the Different: The Mulatto Zombie in Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead” by Justin Ponder.
“The Far Side of the World: Naomi Novik and the Blended Genre of Dragon Fantasy and the Sea Adventure” by Timothy E. Scheurer and Pam Scheurer.
“Red Skelton, The Crack-up, and the Quick-change” by Greg M. Smith.
“Careless Girls and Repentant Wives: Gender in Postwar Classroom Films” by Meagan Stemm-Wade.
“Literature for Us ‘Older Children’: Lost Girls, Seduction Fantasies, and the Reeducation of Adults” by Eric L. Tribunella.
“The Social Construction of Nature and Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers” by Jeremy Withers.

Book Reviews

Kaufman, Will. Woody Guthrie: American Radical. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Reviewed by Brittany Bounds.
Lipkin, Elline. Girls’ Studies. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2009. Reviewed by Rachel Dean-Ruzicka.
Lauterbach, Preston. The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock & Roll. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.  Reviewed by Frank Johnson.
Christie, Deborah and Sarah Juliet Lauro. Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011. Reviewed by Sharla Hutchison.
LaBennett, Oneka. She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn. New York: New York University Press, 2011.  Reviewed by Andreea Micu.
Tibbetts, John C. The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Reviewed by Laurence Raw.
Constandinides, Costas. From Film Adaptation to Post-Celluloid Adaptation: Rethinking the Transition of Popular Narratives and Characters Across Old and New Media. London and New York: Continuum, 2010. Reviewed by Laurence Raw.
Watson, Elwood and Marc E. Shaw, Eds. Performing American Masculinities: The 21st-Century Man in Popular Culture.  Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2011. Reviewed by Jennifer Forsberg.
Lavigne, Carlen and Heather Marcovitch, Eds. American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations. New York: Rowan & Littlefield, 2011. Reviewed by Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Prisoner Remake

More catching up:

The 2009 remake/re-envisioning of the cult TV series The Prisoner from ITV and AMC is now available on home video. It has some interesting ideas but didn't seem engaging enough for "quality television". The series posits a science fictional origin for The Village existing within the mind of one of the series's characters, and The Village is used (though its not always explained how) to help make disaffected or disturbed members of society into productive members of their community.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Falling Skies

The SF series Falling Skies on TNT returns this summer starting 17 June with an all new season:

Season One is also available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and video on-demand.

Dallas, A Modern Legend

The iconic television series Dallas returns to TV this summer starting June 13 in a continuation series on TNT, as this older video from the network explains:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lost Girls on Syfy

Syfy recently aired a paranormal series called Lost Girl. Wikipedia includes a good introduction to the series, while Syfy has provided this clip on its YouTube channel:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Doctor Who 2012

BBC America has uploaded to their website the following trailer for the new season of Doctor Who:

Ray Bradbury RIP

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury passed away yesterday. A detailed obituary can be accessed from The New York Times or from other news media outlets.