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Booker, M. Keith

Works: 122 works in 584 publications in 3 languages and 37,563 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  Science fiction television programs  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor, edi, Other
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Most widely held works by M. Keith Booker
Vargas Llosa among the Postmodernists by M. Keith Booker( )

9 editions published in 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mario Vargas Llosa is one of the world's most respected and widely read living writers. His work is marked by technical sophistication and by its alliance with a variety of trends in modern culture. To date little criticism of his work has made use of the important developments in literary theory in the past two decades. This book does so, analyzing Vargas Llosa's place in modern and postmodern criticism." "Keith Booker begins with an analysis of The Green House within the context of modernism, using this early work to develop several hypotheses concerning the differences between modernism and postmodernism in literature. He tests these hypotheses in the remainder of the book through detailed readings of Vargas Llosa's later novels (from Captain Pantoja and the Special Service onward) and within the context of theoretical discussions of postmodernism by such critics as Fredric Jameson, Terry Eagleton, Linda Hutcheon, and Andreas Huyssen. Booker's specific readings of Vargas Llosa's work are also informed by the insights of a number of critics, including Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault, and Theodor Adorno." "The readings focus on the formal characteristics of Vargas Llosa's writing and on the intense political engagement - characterized in later works by skepticism toward the claims of various political programs - that marks his career. As a result, this study yields insights into both the aesthetics and the politics of postmodernism, and it should be useful to those interested in Latin American literature and in the social and cultural landscapes of Vargas Llosa's works." "The book ends with a lucid description of published theories of modernism and postmodernism."--Jacket
Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction by M. Keith Booker( )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 1,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Employing thc theoretical resources provided by cultural critics such as Adorno, Jameson, Althusser, and Foucault, M. Keith Booker examines the treatment of issues of power and domination in modern literature. Discussing texts such as Virginia Woolf's The Waves, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Thomas Pynchon's V., and Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler, Booker focuses on gender relations as a locus of struggles for power in human relations generally. He also pays special attention to the work of Samuel Beckett, reading the novels Watt and The Lost Ones to explore the issues of power and domination in an Irish cultural context. For all of the texts read, such issues are explored in terms not only of content but of style and form. What is distinctive about many modern texts, Booker claims, is the reflexive way literary meditations on power, authority, and domination turn inward to involve examinations of textuality and reading as images of the kinds of struggles for mastery that inform society at large. Booker suggests that literary knowledge is of a different order than the traditional theoretical knowledge that is equated with power in the West. "Literature has the potential to explore and illuminate objects of inquiry in a mode of dialogue and performance rather than by seeking to dominate them in the traditional mode of science," he writes. "Especially in the difficult and complex texts of modern literature, successful reading requires that readers and texts work together, pointing toward ways the human drive for mastery can be fulfilled through cooperation rather than through demanding the submission of some Other who is being mastered or dominated."
Techniques of subversion in modern literature : transgression, abjection, and the carnivalesque by M. Keith Booker( )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disney, Pixar, and the hidden messages of children's films by M. Keith Booker( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a wide-ranging survey of American children's film that provides detailed analysis of the political implications of these films, as well as a discussion of how movies intended for children have come to be so persistently charged with meaning
Strange TV : innovative television series from the Twilight zone to the X-files by M. Keith Booker( )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years since World War II, commercial television has become the most powerful force in American culture. It is also the quintessential example of postmodernist culture. This book studies how The Twilight Zone, The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, and The X-Files display many of the central characteristics that critics and theorists have associated with postmodernism, including fragmentation of narratives and characters, multiplicity in style and genre, and the collapse of traditional categorical boundaries of all kinds. While these inventive series also challenge many of the conventions of television programming itself, they do not, however, pose a subversive threat to the capitalist order. The book argues that instead, the very characteristics that identify these series as postmodern are also central characteristics of capitalism, especially in the late consumerist phase
Postmodern Hollywood : what's new in film and why it makes us feel so strange by M. Keith Booker( )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adopting much of the theoretical perspective of Fredric Jameson's Postmodernism; or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991), Booker (English, U. of Arkansas) seeks to introduce a general audience to an understanding of postmodernism through the window of popular films. He examines the prevalence of narrative, formal, and thematic fragmentation in such films as Run Lola Run and Memento; nostalgia as a mode of postmodern film; nostalgia towards earlier motion pictures; and television and other media as a source of style and content in American postmodern film
From box office to ballot box : the American political film by M. Keith Booker( )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Given the complexity and expense of making and distributing a film, the process of filmmaking is by its very nature a political process. Moreover, given the power and persuasiveness of the cinema as a medium, film can be a powerful political tool. It should thus come as no surprise that film has had a long and extensive engagement with a variety of political topics, ranging from the actual mechanics of governance to electoral politics, to any number of specific political issues. Through a film-by-film examination of the movies explicitly concerned with American politics and American political issues, From Box Office to Ballot Box provides valuable new insights into our culture's perceptions of various political environments and serves as a witness to the cinema's own complex contribution to the media's coverage of, and relationship to, American politics at large. From Box Office to Ballot Box takes as its subject films exploring the electoral process, the process of governing, and the involvement of the media in both. Separate chapters also deal with films related to specific political issues or phenomena that are particularly relevant to the above three categories, including labor and class, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the other recent conflicts in which the media has played such a large role. Specific films discussed include: Citizen Kane, All the King's Men, The Manchurian Candidate, All the Presidents' Men, The Front, M*A*S*H*, JFK, Nixon, Wag the Dog, Three Kings, Black Hawk Down, The Quiet American, The Contender, and many more."--Jacket
Science fiction television : a history by M. Keith Booker( )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science Fiction Television traces the development of the genre as a distinct cultural phenomenon within the context of broader developments in American culture as a whole." "In the process, it offers a unique and informative guide for television fans and science fiction fans alike, one whose coverage is unprecedented in its scope and breath. A must-read for anyone interested in its subject or in American popular culture, Science Fiction Television is a history of one of television's most lasting forms of entertainment."--Jacket
Encyclopedia of comic books and graphic novels by M. Keith Booker( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a reference book compiled about the rich and enduring genre of comic books and graphic novels, from their emergence in the 1930s to their late-century breakout into the mainstream. Comic books have captivated readers since the Famous Funnies of 1930s and have remained popular ever since, even through the censorious 1950s when they were considered to be corrupting the nation's youth. But with the advent of the graphic novel in the late 1970s, such as Will Eisner's early classic, A Contract with God, his form of reading entertainment truly came of age as a revealing literature of our culture. At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, This volume serves as an exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture. It focuses on English-language comics, plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in English, with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man, the revisionist superhero drama, Identity Crisis, and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material
Alternate Americas : science fiction film and American culture by M. Keith Booker( )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"M. Keith Booker has selected fifteen of the most successful and innovative science fiction films of all time, and examined each of them at length - from cultural, technical and cinematic perspectives - to see where they came from and what they meant for the future of cinema and for America at large." "All of these films expressed our fears and dreams, our abilities and our deficiencies. In this deep-seeking investigation, ideal for general readers interested in science fiction and film, we can all find something of ourselves that we recognize - as well as something that we've never recognized before."--Jacket
The Chinua Achebe encyclopedia by M. Keith Booker( )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is widely regarded as the most important of the numerous African novelists who gained global attention in the second half of the 20th century. Achebe is certainly the African writer best known in the West, and his first novel, Things Fall Apart, is a founding text of postcolonial African literature and regarded as one of the central works of world literature of the last 50 years. Though best known as a novelist, Achebe is also a critic, activist, and spokesman for African culture. This reference is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to his life and writings. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries. Some of these are substantive summary discussions of Achebe's major work of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry."--Jacket
Monsters, mushroom clouds, and the Cold War : American science fiction and the roots of postmodernism, 1946-1964 by M. Keith Booker( )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveying a wide range of major science fiction novels and films, this book focuses on the long 1950s--the period from 1946 to 1964--when the tensions of the Cold War were at their peak. It demonstrates that these works reflect their historical and political contexts through a consistent concern with such phenomena as alienation and routinization, which Marxist critics have seen as central consequences of capitalism. Through its engagement with such issues, American science fiction of this period reflects the growing hegemony of capitalist ideology and consequently demonstrates the beginnings of postmodernism as a major American cultural phenomenon
Drawn to television : prime-time animation from the Flintstones to Family guy by M. Keith Booker( )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ulysses, capitalism and colonialism : reading Joyce after the Cold War by M. Keith Booker( )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The work of James Joyce, especially Ulysses, can be fully understood only when the colonial and postcolonial context of Joyce's Ireland is taken into account. Reading Joyce as a postcolonial writer produces valuable new insights into his work, though comparisons of Joyce's work with that of African and Caribbean postcolonial writers provides reminders that Joyce, regardless of his postcolonial status, remains a fundamentally European writer whose perspective differs substantially from that of most other postcolonial writers. In addition to exploring Joyce's writings in light of recent developm
The post-utopian imagination : American culture in the long 1950s by M. Keith Booker( )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In America, the long 1950s were marked by an intense skepticism toward utopian alternatives to the existing capitalist order. This skepticism was closely related to the climate of the Cold War, in which the demonization of socialism contributed to a dismissal of all alternatives to capitalism. This book studies how American novels and films of the long 1950s reflect the loss of the utopian imagination and mirror the growing concern that capitalism brought routinization, alienation, and other dehumanizing consequences. The volume relates the decline of the utopian vision to the rise of late ca
Socialist cultures East and West : a post-Cold War reassessment by Dubravka Juraga( )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decades of Western Cold War propaganda were designed to depict socialism as inimical to genuine aesthetic achievement. Now, in the wake of the Cold War, it is becoming possible to reassess the past and present cultural productions of artists with socialist inclinations. The contributors to this volume demonstrate that the socialist cultural productions of both the East and capitalist West were rich and varied, and that propagandistic Cold War representations of socialism as a threat to artistic expression were inaccurate and misleading. The volume focuses on socialist culture in the industrialized world, primarily Eastern Europe and the West. Topics discussed range from Soviet socialist realist fiction and film musicals, to the socialist drama of Bertolt Brecht, to British and American leftist fiction
Historical dictionary of science fiction cinema by M. Keith Booker( )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Provides more than 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on the people, films, companies, techniques, and themes that have made the genre a vital part of world cinema. An extensive chronology, introductory essay, and bibliography add to the volume, making it accessible and enlightening to fans of science fiction cinema."--Book cover
Historical dictionary of science fiction in literature by M. Keith Booker( )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature covers the history of Science Fiction in literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries significant people, themes, critical issues, and the most significant genres that have formed Science Fiction literature. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this subject"--Provided by publisher
Things fall apart, by Chinua Achebe( )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chinua Achebe, the well regarded Nigerian novelist, is perhaps best known for his novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. After a short introduction editor Booker (comparative literature and cultural studies, U. of Arkansas), presents a series of essays and excerpted chapters from other works critically examining Achebe's themes. Four essays were written especially for this volume. A complete bibliography of Achebe's works is included."--
The African novel in English : an introduction by M. Keith Booker( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"African novels are not easy reading. The African novel differs from European and American novels in its social and historical background and in its aesthetics. African novelists make important use of formal strategies and techniques that are derived from African cultural traditions. They also make extensive use of imported European forms. As Booker explains, the African novel is a hybrid of African and imported Western literary conventions. Proper appreciation of the hybridity of African novels is one of the most important and daunting tasks facing Western readers who must resist the temptation to read African literature either according to strictly Western criteria or as exotic specimens of cultural otherness. American and European students reading African novels often have to completely overhaul lifelong habits of reading. They must keep in mind certain basic issues if they are to read African novels effectively. Postcolonial African literature reacts against decades of European colonial rule in Africa while challenging the long legacy of negative representations of Africa and Africans in European and American writing. Indeed, as Booker shows, the very choice of a language in which to write is a highly political act for an African novelist." "The role of the African novel in the restoration of African history and culture gives African literature a relevance and vitality that Western readers should find exciting. Moreover, the obvious importance of African literature to the social and political world of Africa serves to demonstrate the overall social and political importance of literature. African novels raise a number of formal and ideological issues that are different from the issues students typically meet within the European or American novel. This very difference can help students to understand Western literature better. Booker concludes that Americans and Europeans have every reason to study the African novel, in so doing they will become familiar with one of the most powerful cultural forces in the world today. They will also see their own cultures in new and exciting ways."--Jacket
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Disney, Pixar, and the hidden messages of children's films
Strange TV : innovative television series from the Twilight zone to the X-filesPostmodern Hollywood : what's new in film and why it makes us feel so strangeFrom box office to ballot box : the American political filmScience fiction television : a historyEncyclopedia of comic books and graphic novelsAlternate Americas : science fiction film and American cultureThe Chinua Achebe encyclopediaMonsters, mushroom clouds, and the Cold War : American science fiction and the roots of postmodernism, 1946-1964
Alternative Names
Booker, M. K. 1953-

Booker, M. Keith 1953-

Booker, Marvin Keith

Keith-Booker, M. 1953-

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