Category Archives: film

Melanie Bell, author of Movie Workers: The Women Who Made British Cinema, answers questions on her scholarly influences, discoveries, and reader takeaways in her book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? The absence of a nuanced understanding … Continue reading

From the beginnings of silent films to the talkies we have now, women have played a pivotal role in the development of film whether it be behind the scenes or on the screen. In early theater, women challenged gender roles … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author interviews, and more. If you buy … Continue reading

Richard Porton, the author of Film and the Anarchist Imagination, shares the inspirations and discoveries behind the expanded second edition of his exploration of anarchism’s images, ideas, and influence in cinema. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? … Continue reading

Author, Sara E. Lampert, of Starring Women: Celebrity, Patriarchy, and American Theater, 1790-1850 answers questions about her purpose for writing, book influences, and discoveries about entertainers for her book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I have … Continue reading

Author of Werner Herzog, Joshua Lund answers questions about his motivations for writing, and dispels some myths about Herzog. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? A book about the politics of Herzog’s films has been percolating in … Continue reading

April’s free ebook is here! This time, we’re giving away Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? by Jane M. Gaines: Women held more positions of power in the silent film industry than at any other time … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema by Susan Potter is this year’s winner of the Pop Culture Association’s John Leo and Dana Heller Award for Best Single Work, Anthology, Multi-Authored or … Continue reading

Get started on those new year’s resolutions to read more books with our January ebook giveaway! This month, we’re giving away Todd Haynes by Rob White in our Contemporary Film Directors Series. Haynes most recently directed Dark Waters (2019) and … Continue reading

Hannah Durkin is a lecturer in literature and film at Newcastle University. She is a coeditor of Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora. She recently answered some questions about her new book, Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema. … Continue reading