When FQ Associate Editor Regina Longo interviewed Cara Caddoo for this column, they talked about the current state of racial politics in the United States. Despite the long road ahead and the critical, collective work that must be done to achieve equality, historians like Cara Caddoo are bringing to the surface narratives that will become part of a larger conversation of the history of race and media in the US. Read the column and a selected excerpt from Chapter 3: “Colored Theaters in the Jim Crow City.”
Eric Smoodin and Jon Lewis first met on a college campus as film studies graduate students in 1979. When the opportunity arose to talk to them about their latest collaboration, FQ Associate Editor Regina Longo welcomed the chance to learn about the process behind putting together an anthology that is very likely to become a staple in college classrooms. Read the column, then download the Introduction to the book to learn more about the editors’ motivations for this anthology.
Kristen Whissel’s latest book, Spectacular Digital Effects: CGI and Contemporary Cinema, examines the relationship between narrative and spectacle in contemporary blockbuster cinema. Whissel is no stranger to this terrain. She has been deepening her theories of spectacular narrativity since she began publishing on the subject of early cinema and the American experience of technological modernity. Read the column and then download the free chapter of the book offered here for FQ readers.
FQ Editorial Board Member Bill Nichols inaugurates the new “Page Views” column with a review of one of UC Press’s most impressive books published this year, Manifestos: A Forgotten History, carefully curated and edited by Scott MacKenzie. How to make manifest the spirit and intentions of a movement that has yet to triumph over an oppressive but dominant adversary? Issue a manifesto. Stand up and speak out. Read the column and then download a prepared selection from the book offered here for FQ readers.