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Rollins, Peter C.

Works: 51 works in 236 publications in 2 languages and 16,269 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Miscellanea  Trivia and miscellanea  Military history  Humor  Bibliography  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs  Anecdotes 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Production personnel
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Most widely held works by Peter C Rollins
Television histories : shaping collective memory in the media age by Gary R Edgerton( )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 2,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas such as Roots, from A & E's Biography series to CNN, television has become the primary source for historical information for tens of millions of Americans today. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? How is one to know what is real and what is imagined--or ignored--by producers, directors, or writers? Gary Edgerton and Peter Rollins have collected a group of essays that answer these and many other questions. The contributors examine the full spectrum of historical genres, but also institutions such as the History Channel and production histories of such series as The Jack Benny Show, which ran for fifteen years. The authors explore the tensions between popular history and professional history, and the tendency of some academics to declare the past "off limits" to nonscholars. Several of them point to the tendency for television histories to embed current concerns and priorities within the past, as in such popular shows as Quantum Leap and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The result is an insightful portrayal of the power television possesses to influence our culture."--Publisher's description
The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past by Peter C Rollins( )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 2,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American history has always been an irresistible source of inspiration for filmmakers, and today, for good or ill, most Americans sense of the past likely comes more from Hollywood than from the works of historians. In important films such as The Birth of a Nation (1915), -Roots (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), and -Saving Private Ryan (1998), how much is entertainment and how much is rooted in historical fact? In The Columbia Companion to American History on Film, more than seventy scholars consider the gap between history and Hollywood. They examine how filmmakers have presented and interpreted the most important events, topics, eras, and figures in the American past, often comparing the film versions of events with the interpretations of the best historians who have explored the topic. Divided into eight broad categories: Eras; Wars and Other Major Events; Notable People; Groups; Institutions and Movements; Places; Themes and Topics; and Myths and Heroes. The volume features extensive cross-references, a filmography (of discussed and relevant films), notes, and a bibliography of selected historical works on each subject. The Columbia Companion to American History on Film is also an important resource for teachers, with extensive information for research or for course development appropriate for both high school and college students. Though each essay reflects the unique body of film and print works covering the subject at hand, every essay addresses several fundamental questions: What sources did the filmmaker use, and how did the film deviate (or remain true to) its sources? What are the key films on this topic? How have film interpretations of a particular historical topic changed, and what sorts of factors -technological, social, political, historiographical -have affected their evolution? Have filmmakers altered the historical record with a view to enhancing drama or to enhance the "truth" of their putative message?
Hollywood's West : the American frontier in film, television, and history by John E O'Connor( )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 2,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Hollywood's West, Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor, and the nation's leading film scholars analyze popular conceptions of the frontier as a fundamental element of American history and culture. This volume examines classic Western films and programs that span nearly a century, from Cimarron (1931) to Turner Network Television's recent made-for-TV movies. Many of the films discussed here are considered among the greatest cinematic landmarks of all time."--Jacket
Hollywood as historian : American film in a cultural context by Peter C Rollins( )

25 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Motion picture images have influenced the American mind since the earliest days of film, and many thoughtful people are becoming ever more concerned about that influence, as about the pervasive influence of television. In eras of economic instability and international conflict, the film industry has not hesitated to use motion pictures for definite propaganda purposes. During less troubled times, the American citizen's ability to deal with political and social issues has been enhanced or thwarted by images absorbed in the nation's theatres. Hollywood As Historian tracks the interaction of Ame
Why we fought : America's wars in film and history by Peter C Rollins( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Film moves audiences like no other medium; both documentaries and feature films are especially remarkable for their ability to Influence viewers. In Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History, editors Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor explore tile complexities of war films, describing the ways in which such productions interpret history and illuminate American values, politics, and culture." "This comprehensive volume covers representations of war in film from the American Revolution to today's Global War on Terror. The contributors examine iconic battle films such as The Big Parade (1925), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), From Here to Eternity (1953), and Platoon (1986), considering them as historical artifacts. The authors explain how film shapes our cultural understanding of military conflicts, analyzing the depiction of war on television programs, through news media outlets, and in fictional and factual texts."--Jacket
Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history( )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Washington, The crossing, and revolutionary leadership / Stuart Leibiger -- The Adams chronicles : domesticating the American presidency / Scott F. Stoddart -- Jefferson in love : the farmer framed / Jim Welsh -- Abraham Lincoln in John Ford's The iron horse : both trumpets and silences / Andrew Piasecki -- Redeeming Lincoln, redeeming the South : representations of Abraham Lincoln in D.W. Grifith's The birth of a nation (1915) and historical scholarship / Bryan Rommel-Ruiz -- Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders : a century of leadership in film / J. Tillapaugh -- Wilson in technicolor : an appreciation / Donald E. Staples -- A juxtaposition of conflicting images : Hubert H. Humphrey and the television coverage of Chicago, 1968 / Jaap Kooijman -- Motion picture presidents of the 1930s : factual and fictional leaders for a time of crisis / Michael G. Krukones -- Gabriel over the White House (1933) : William Randolph Hearst's fascist solution for the Great Depression / Deborah Carmichael -- Populism, pragmatism, and political reinvention : the presidential motif in the films of Frank Capra / Ian Scott -- The absent president : Mr. Smith, The candidate, and Bulworth / Linda Alkana -- Who's in charge here? Technology and the presidency in Fail-safe (1964) and Colossus (1970) / Robert E. Hunter -- The 100 million$ men : presidential action/adventure heroes of Independence day (1996) and Air Force One (1997) / John Shelton Lawrence -- A man of his word : Aaron Sorkin's American presidents / Loren P. Quiring -- Hollywood's presidents, 1944-1996 : the primacy of character / Peter C. Rollins -- Richard Nixon as Dick (1999) and the comedic treatment of the presidency / Charlene Etkind -- "Biological business-as-usual" : the beast in Oliver Stone's Nixon / Donald Whaley -- Myth and reality in the Hollywood campaign film : Primary colors (1998) and The war room (1994) / Myron A. Levine -- Bestowing knighthood : the visual aspects of Bill Clinton's Camelot legacy / Luc Herman -- Hollywood, impersonation, and presidential celebrity in the 1990s / David Haven Blake -- Television satire and the presidency : the case of Saturday night live / John Matviko -- The transformed presidency : the Real presidency and Hollywood's Reel presidency / Myron A. Levine -- A filmography for images of American presidents in film / John Shelton Lawrence
Hollywood's Indian : the portrayal of the Native American in film by Peter Rollins( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The bloodthirsty savage, whooping and screaming and eager to scalp any white man who dared travel west, has been a staple of film since the earliest days of the medium. More recently, Native Americans have frequently been portrayed as environmentally aware, unburdened by the trappings of modern life, with much to teach whites. In this collection of essays, seventeen scholars explore the changing depictions of Hollywood's Indian and how those representations have reflected larger changes in American society." "All the contributors are concerned with Hollywood's portrayal of history, and how America's long record of mistreatment of Native Americans has been manipulated by the film industry. Though their opinions do not represent a united front, they agree that the Hollywood stereotypes that permeate our cultural consciousness bear little resemblance to reality." "Offering both in-depth analyses of specific films and overviews of the industry's output, from The Vanishing American (1926) to The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Hollywood's Indian provides insightful characterizations of the depiction of Native Americans in film. Taken as a whole the volume explores the many ways in which these portrayals have made an impact on our collective cultural life."--Jacket
The West Wing : the American presidency as television drama by Peter C Rollins( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work shows that while the series 'The West Wing' may be criticized as 'idealistic', its clever techniques of camera work, lighting, editing and mise en scene reflect America's best image of itself and entertain a loyal audience that wants to believe in the nobility of the American Dream
Hollywood's World War I : motion picture images( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this study of feature films and documentaries, Hollywood's World War I traces America's changing views over five decades, as filmmakers have focused on a crisis that still reverberates in our civic and spiritual lives
Will Rogers, a bio-bibliography by Peter C Rollins( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters of a self-made diplomat to his President by Will Rogers( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to His President Rogers' first-hand appraisal of the pressing foreign policy issues confronting the nation in the mid-1920s." -- Publishers description
Shakespeare's theories of blood, character, and class : a festschrift in honor of Dr. David Shelley Berkeley( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender in popular culture : images of men and women in literature, visual media, and material culture( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America reflected : language, satire, film, and the national mind by Peter C Rollins( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scope of scholarly embrace ranges from Will Rogers and Benjamin Whorf to studies of the history of wars and their depictions on film from World War I to Vietnam
Television's Vietnam( Visual )

6 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two separately produced hour-long programs which evaluate the coverage of the Vietnam war by the American press, focussing particularly on the PBS series, Vietnam, a television history
Benjamin Lee Whorf : lost generation theories of mind, language, and religion by Peter C Rollins( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typewritten manuscript, with photocopies of the published volume's title page, verso, and a portrait of Benjamin Lee Whorf
The Benjamin Lee Whorf legacy( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Television's Vietnam, the real story. Television's Vietnam, the impact of media( Visual )

in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two documentaries about television's coverage of the Vietnam War. "The real story" exposes errors in the PBS series "Vietnam: a television history". "The impact of media" shows that misleading reporting from Vietnam contributed to the loss of will to fight
Hollywood: el cine como fuente histórica : la cinematografía en el contexto social, político y cultural( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hollywood Indian( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Hollywood's West : the American frontier in film, television, and history
The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American pastHollywood's West : the American frontier in film, television, and historyHollywood as historian : American film in a cultural contextWhy we fought : America's wars in film and historyHollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and historyHollywood's Indian : the portrayal of the Native American in filmThe West Wing : the American presidency as television dramaHollywood's World War I : motion picture images
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