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  • Download Media Sport Stars: Masculinities and Moralities by Garry Whannel PDF

    By Garry Whannel

    Media game Stars considers how masculinity and male id are represented via photos of activity and recreation stars. From the pre-radio period to contemporary expert television channels, newspaper supplementations and internet sites, Whannel strains the turning out to be cultural significance of recreation and sportmen, exhibiting how the very practices of activity are nonetheless certain up with the construction of masculinities.
    Through a chain of case stories of British and American sportsmen, Whannel strains the emergence of of the carrying 'hero' and 'star' , and considers the ways that the lives of recreation stars are narrated in the course of the media. targeting figures like Muhammad Ali and David Beckham, whose popularity has unfold way past the area of activity, he indicates how transforming into media assurance has helped produced a wearing method, and examines how glossy famous person addresses the problems of race and kingdom, functionality and identification, morality and violence.
    From Babe Ruth to Mike Tyson, Media game Stars demonstrates that, in an period within which either morality and masculinity are percieved to be 'in crisis', activity holds a important position in modern tradition, and activity stars develop into the point of interest for discourses of masculinity and morality.
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  • Download Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to by Jason Tondro PDF

    By Jason Tondro

    Few students nursed at the literary canon could dispute that wisdom of Western literature merits readers and writers of the superhero style. This research of superhero comics as Romance literature indicates that the opposite is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has whatever to educate critics of conventional literature. setting up the comedian style as a cousin to Arthurian delusion, Spenser, and Shakespeare, it makes use of comics to notify readings of The Faerie Queene, The Tempest, Malory's Morte and extra, whereas making use of authors like Ben Johnson to aid clarify comics by means of Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, and furnish Morrison and characters like Iron guy, the Hulk, the X-Men, and the Justice League. students of comics, medieval and Renaissance literature alike will locate it beautiful.
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  • Download Harry Potter and History (Pop Culture and History Series) by Nancy Reagin PDF

    By Nancy Reagin

    A advisor to the heritage in the back of the area of Harry Potter
    Harry Potter lives in an international that's either magical and old. Hogwarts scholars trip an old school steam teach to varsity, notes are taken on parchment with quill pens, and Muggle legends come to existence within the kind of werewolves, witches, and magical spells. This booklet is the 1st to discover the genuine background during which Harry's global is rooted.
    Did you recognize that bezoars and mandrakes have been trendy luxurious goods for hundreds of years? learn how Europeans first built the potions, spells, and charms taught at Hogwarts, from Avada Kedavra to like charms. learn the way the eu prosecution of witches resulted in the Statute of Secrecy, meet the genuine Nicholas Flamel, see how the Malfoys stack up opposed to Muggle English aristocrats, and evaluate the historical past of the wizarding global to real-life history.
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    • encompasses a timeline evaluating the historical past of the wizarding international to Muggle "real" history
    Filled with interesting evidence and heritage, Harry Potter and History is a necessary significant other for each Harry Potter fan.
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  • Download Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling by James B. South PDF

    By James B. South

    Twenty-three essays by way of younger specialist philosophers study an important moral and metaphysical facets of the Buffyverse (the international of Buffy). notwithstanding the exhibit already attracted a lot scholarly realization, this can be the 1st booklet to completely disinter the highbrow matters. Designed through Whedon as a multilevel tale with so much of its meanings deeply buried in lots of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the exhibit that explains to american citizens the character of the robust forces of evil continuously threatening to surge into our global of daily decency and crush it. within the culture of the vintage horror movies Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral concerns that experience lengthy interested audiences. This booklet attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.
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  • Download Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can by Aaron Allen Schiller PDF

    By Aaron Allen Schiller

    On the head of The Colbert Report, essentially the most renowned indicates on tv, Stephen Colbert is a popular culture phenomenon. a couple of million humans sponsored his faux candidacy within the 2008 U.S. presidential election on fb, a testomony to the rather wealthy set of concerns and feelings Colbert brings to brain. Stephen Colbert and Philosophy is filled with considerate and a laugh chapters, every one written by way of a thinker and all curious about Colbert's inimitable fact — from his observe creations (truthiness, wikiality, freem, and others) to his place as a faux-pundit who brazenly mocks Fox information and CNN. even though lots of the dialogue is established round The Colbert Report, this assortment doesn't forget both his best-selling e-book, I Am the USA (And So Can You!), or his public performances, together with his incendiary 2006 White residence Press Correspondents' Dinner speech.


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  • Download Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The PDF

    Containing many solutions to the questions posed by way of the 1st 'Matrix' movie, this booklet explores the frontiers of philosophy, know-how and non secular symbolism. It explores the big dilemmas the Wachowski brothers awarded once they gave the motion picture its many layers of that means - fusing myriad philosophical and spiritual issues with futuristic technological know-how and expertise.
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  • Download The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone by Sharon M. Kaye PDF

    By Sharon M. Kaye

    Accelerated and up-to-date-the final advisor that explores which means and philosophy of all six seasons of Lost

    misplaced is greater than only a renowned tv exhibit; it's a posh exam of significant philosophical questions. What does reliable as opposed to evil suggest at the island? Is it a accident that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after real philosophers? what's the ethics of accountability for Jack?

    An action-adventure tale with greater than a slightly of the metaphysical, misplaced forces audience to invite tough questions of themselves simply because the tale asks tough questions of its characters. final misplaced and Philosophy is helping you discover the deeper which means and philosophical questions hidden inside each advanced twist and switch within the ancient show's complete six-season run.

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  • Download Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish by David E. Kaufman PDF

    By David E. Kaufman

    A full of life examine 4 significant Jewish celebrities of early Nineteen Sixties the US, who jointly made their mark on either American tradition and Jewish identity.

    Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand first got here to public cognizance within the early Nineteen Sixties, a interval Kaufman identifies as traditionally ripe for American Jews to reexamine their (Jewish) identities. All 4 completed awesome luck of their respective fields and have become celebrities inside of an American context, whereas whilst they have been truly identifiable as Jews—although they have been seemed to be Jewish in very assorted ways.

    Kaufman investigates those celebrities’ upward push to repute, the explicit model of Jewishness every one represented, and the way their lovers and the general public at huge perceived their ethnic id as Jews. Situating Koufax, Bruce, Dylan, and Streisand in the higher heritage of yankee Jewish star, Kaufman argues that the 4 early Nineteen Sixties figures signify a turning aspect among megastar Jews of the past—such as Hank Greenberg, Groucho Marx, Irving Berlin, and Fanny Brice—and these of the current, akin to Jon Stewart, Matisyahu, and Natalie Portman. supplying an access into Jewish megastar stories, this full of life narrative explores the intersection among renowned megastar and Jewish id and thereby examines the cultural development of Jewishness within the latter half the 20 th century.
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