Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production
by John Berra

Berra explores the controversy of Independent American cinema, using directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderberg as examples of those who have also flourished in the mainstream circuit. This comprehensive book profiles the industry, questioning the supposed autonomy of independent cinema and asking if independent film can possibly survive in the face of the mass-production and profit of Hollywood. Praise for the book: There has long been a gap in the film literature marked American Independent Cinema. John Berra's handsome and generous new study fills it to repletion. Prodigiously well-informed, economically literate, lengthy in its reach […] and infectiously enthusiastic in excellent prose, he has made an addition to the best literature of film without ever lapsing into the jargon of Theory.’ – Professor Fred Inglis, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. While the survival of American independent cinema may be in question, it is reassuring to know that the efforts of those involved are celebrated: The Los Angeles Film Festival from June 19th-28th 2008 explores the work of independent filmmakers.

Hong Kong New Wave Cinema 1976 – 2000

by Pak Tong Cheuk

If you’re interested in film you’ll also be pleased to hear about Pak Tong Cheuk’s
new book. Tong presents a comprehensive picture of the films made in this vibrant era and the complexity of issues they tackle such as East-West conflict, colonial politics, the struggle of women in a modernizing Asian city and identity crisis, all portrayed in visually striking ways. The book explores the development of TV and film industries in Hong Kong during the 1960s and 1970s, the elevated quality of cinema during this period and the entry of Hong Kong filmmakers, such as Tsui Hark and Ann Hui, into the mainstream and Hollywood in the 1990s. His study of the celebrated golden age of Hong Kong film contextualises 'New Wave' and describes its wide-reaching effects upon contemporary cinema in Hong Kong, the greater China region and far beyond. Praise for Hong Kong New Wave Cinema; ‘an interesting and detailed look at one of the most vital movements in the film industry during the latter part of the twentieth century.’ – Neil Koch, HKFilm.net.

Lovefuries: The Contracting Se
a; The Hanging Judge; Bite or Suck
by David Ian Rabey

Fans of D
avid Ian Rabey’s The Wye Plays can now get hold of the dramatist’s second volume of plays, Lovefuries, (part of Intellect’s Playtext series) Hailed as a fierce, pioneering Welsh playwright, David Ian Rabey is well known for his innovative, extreme drama that pushes the boundaries of contemporary theatre. Lovefuries offers a triple helping of powerful performance
pieces that dare to challenge the subjects of grief and sexual abuse and defy national and personal pressures to keep silent. David Ian Rabey reflects on one of the plays from the collectio
n, The Hanging Judge; 'I think there may be a Hanging Judge in us all-an internalised voice…which mocks our achievements, dismisses our worth and is witheringly reductive of all possibilities.' Theatre in Wales describes the collection: ‘The struggle is fierce, suspenseful, and genuinely surprising in its outcome.’

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Intellect E-Books now available via Dawsonera

Intellect ebooks are now available for libraries to purchase via dawsonera, a leading eBook lending platform and acquisitions tool for academic and research libraries worldwide.
Intellect has 140 ebook titles available within the dawsonera catalogue (containing over 35,000 ebooks in total), and as we publish new books, we will ensure these are made available in ebook format on the dawsonera platform. Librarians can search all available Intellect titles at - http://www.dawsonera.com/ - login via the Admin portal, and click on the Advance search. Intellect is listed under the A-Z Publisher Directory.

For further information on how to order Intellect ebooks through dawsonera, contact Jude Norris (enquiries@dawsonera.com), or visit http://www.dawsonbooks.co.uk/services/e-books.html.

Intellect books are also available as e-books through the following providers:
Ebooks Corporation (Individuals and Libraries), Ebrary (Libraries), Netlibrary (Libraries), Myilibrary (Libraries), Ellibs (Individuals and Libraries) and Lightning Source (Libraries).

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Monday, 28 April 2008

Spring 2008 Promotion

Make a new Intellect journal subscription before 30th May 2008 and enjoy a book of your choice from our extensive range for FREE! Simply place your journal order with our journal distributors, Turpin, by contacting: custserv@turpin-distribution.com quoting reference ‘intellectspring’ in the subject header of your email and we’ll be in touch to find out which book you’d like to receive!

See our extensive list of titles at www.intellectbooks.com

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Latest Issue of IQ – out now!

The Spring 2008 edition of IQ magazine is available now. IQ lets you in on all the latest releases and what the authors, editors and publishers at Intellect have to say! Why not take a look at what IQ has to offer this spring…

Hear what it is that makes Intellect stand out from the crowd in an exclusive interview with Intellect’s Marketing Manager, Sam King: ‘Intellect’s ethos is reflected in its particular production and editorial policies- for example, there is little editorial intervention in comparison with other publishers… Intellect strives to represent the author authentically rather than to appease the reader.

Read relevant and up-to-date articles, including David Cronenberg: An Author Looking for a Text, in which author Mark Browning explores the director’s adaptations of literary texts for the big screen, a fascinating Q & A session with the editors of the recently launched Journal of War and Cultural Studies, and Beatles fans won’t want to miss IQ’s interview with John Scheinfeld director of The U.S. vs. John Lennon.

To download your copy, go to www.intellectbooks.com/magazine/IQ6.pdf or email us on info@intellectbooks.com to order a free paper copy.

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A Summer of Conferences...

Intellect has an exciting summer planned as we prepare to attend these topical conferences:

We are attending the 2008 International Communication Association conference. The event takes place between the 22nd-26th of May in Montreal and promises to provide an interesting forum for debate on all aspects of communication. The 58th annual conference will include over 425 presentations to be attended by 2,200 scholars. This year’s ICA conferences theme is ‘Communicating for Social Impact’, and the variety of speakers will ensure that the many angles on this theme are well covered! To view the conference program, to register and become a member of ICA go to: http://www.icahdq.org/index.asp
The conference will be held at: Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

MeCCSA Postgraduate conference
Intellect will be in attendance at the 5th Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Postgraduate Network conference! The conference is an opportunity for postgraduates to showcase their own research and discuss these ideas in an intellectual environment. Intellect’s presence at the event will be a brilliant opportunity for postgraduates and other academics to find out what Intellect has to offer! To find out more visit the MeCCSA website: http://www.meccsa.org.uk/pgn
The conference takes place from Tuesday 1st July to Wednesday 2nd of July 2008 and will be held at The University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Screen Studies Conference
Following the MeCCSA conference Intellect will be hotfooting it to Glasgow for the Screen Studies Conference taking place from the 4th to the 6th of July 2008. Screen journal organise the conference as a forum for debate on areas of cinematic and televisual interest. The theme for the 17th international conference will be ‘Sound and Music in Film, TV and Video’ and keynote speakers include: Claudia Gorbmann, Stan Link and Will Straw. For more information on this exciting conference, visit the website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/screen/conference
The event is being held at: Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, UK.

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Bristol Books and Publishers

Intellect is part of Bristol Books and Publishers. The Bristol Books and Publishers (BPP) are a friendly consortium of publishers local to the Bristol area, publishing between them over a 1000 titles in a wide variety of categories. Masoud Yazdani, publisher and founder of Intellect, reflects on the publishing scene outside of London; “Bristol is an ideal home for a publishing company like us. People are less hung up about making money as those in London, but are just as talented…I think Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the rest of the South West is an untapped intellectual powerhouse.”

Why not visit the website to find out more about the range of publishers in Bristol and to see Intellect’s entry?

Visit: http://www.bristolbooksandpublishers.co.uk/

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