In the preface, Spicer immediately admits that film noir is not relegated to black-and-white American films from the 1940s and 50s. The genre is not bIn the preface, Spicer immediately admits that film noir is not relegated to black-and-white American films from the 1940s and 50s. The genre is not bound by geographical boundaries or American influences. However, given the impact of American noir, a majority of the entries are generated from this era. At the same time, the terms themselves are judiciously chosen and reflect the multiplicity of contributors to the field: actors, directors, set designers, composers, philosophers, and writers. Not only are well-known figures like Orson Welles and David Lynch included, but lesser-known, historically important figures like Rudolph Mate and Ben Hecht as well. Of course, though comprehensiveness is always the goal of a dictionary it can never be reached, especially in a field as broad as film noir. Nevertheless, Spice has chosen entries that reflect the current controversy as to what films and directors constitute the corpus of films noir. Coupled with a brief chronology, Spicer’s introduction defines the current debate in the field and explains the origins and significance of the genre. Of particular strength is the extensive bibliography and filmography compiled at the end of the dictionary. The bibliography is divided into multiple sections ranging from general introductory texts to articles on production and marketing, and it even has its own introduction for further clarification. The filmography is organized by country of origin and is further delineated between film noir and neo-noir. Overall, this is an extremely useful and well-research reference work. Spicer’s knowledge of the complexities of the subject is evident throughout the work. ...more
Cook's A Dictionary of Philosophical Logic provides a comprehensive guide to the concepts involved in the field of philosophical logic, in addition toCook's A Dictionary of Philosophical Logic provides a comprehensive guide to the concepts involved in the field of philosophical logic, in addition to set theory, philosophy of mathematics, and the philosophy of language. Written by a single author with a concern for depth as well as breadth of coverage, this dictionary covers the major viewpoints and the technical tools used in the execution of logic. Entries are arranged alphabetically and are extensively cross-referenced. The biggest challenge in constructing a dictionary of philosophical logic is elucidating logical concepts to the uninitiated using natural language. However, higher-order logic concepts, such as the quantifier shift fallacy, require the use of formal logical notation. The bulk of the dictionary, 312 out of 322 pages, is dedicated to the numerous entries. Additional elements include an appendix of important mathematicians, logicians, and philosophers of logic, and an extensive bibliography. The bibliography is not meant to be exhaustive, but includes major works ranging from modal logic to paradoxes. These additional materials are helpful, but it is the clear and concise nature of the dictionary that make this text worthwhile for students and professors of logic. Valuable for the specialist in philosophical logic, this volume will also be of great use to advanced students of logic since it provides a ready-reference tool for clarifying the meanings of technical terms. This title is recommended for academic libraries with degree programs in mathematics, computer science, or philosophy....more
This title selectively highlights commercially successful musicians with historical and geographical breadth. Choosing performers that topped the charThis title selectively highlights commercially successful musicians with historical and geographical breadth. Choosing performers that topped the charts in either the United States or United Kingdom, this reference work is a retrospective of some of the most famous musicians to emerge on the music scene since the 1960s. The book is divided into 12 sections, 4 eras spanning from 1960 to 1990, and 8 genres ranging from blues to world music. The inclusion of an index provides easy access to individual band members and artists. Major pop stars, such as Madonna and the Beatles, are included, as well as lesser-known musicians such as Ofra Haza. Entries of individual artists are brief and provide the most basic overview of the artist's career. A selected discography, numerous color photographs, and sidebars of information accompany each entry. Informational sidebars often give context to the musical technique, cultural relevance, or influence of the artist. Of particular strength is the section covering world music, often a rare genre included in books of this focus. A weakness in this reference work is the combination of rock and rap into one section, largely excluding popular hip-hop artists of the last decade.This reference work is a well-constructed resource written for a specific audience-the casual fan. With colorful photographs occupying most of the entries, this is a highly entertaining reference work on popular musicians but not the most scholarly of titles. It will be a nice addition to any public or school library looking to expand its music reference collection....more
The 2nd edition of this title amends the factual inaccuracies and the harsh criticism of the 1st edition, in addition to including the more than 80 LiThe 2nd edition of this title amends the factual inaccuracies and the harsh criticism of the 1st edition, in addition to including the more than 80 Lincoln-related films and television programs released since the 1st edition was published in 1999 (see ARBA 2000, entry 1182). While expanding upon new portrayals of Lincoln in film and television, Reinhart also includes previously overlooked films such as The Rivalry, Abraham Lincoln (1924). Much like the 1st edition, the work begins with an informative introduction that provides a historical overview of Lincoln's portrayals in film and television for the past 100 years. Recognizing that not all portrayals of Lincoln are equal, Reinhart delineates between cinematic achievement and historical accuracy in his introduction. He praises the two most famous Lincoln films, Young Mr. Lincoln and Abe Lincoln in Illinois, for their importance in the history of cinema, but is quick to point out that they are both historically inaccurate portrayals of President Lincoln. The entries following the introduction are arranged alphabetically, provide detailed film and television credits, and give a brief commentary on Lincoln's portrayal. Reinhart oscillates between scholarly works such as the Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War and popular, comedic films such as Zoolander. However, the work is not exhaustive in scope, excluding tangential works such as appearances on The Simpsons. An index and bibliography of reference sources are available, as is a chronological listing of films and television productions. Although this updated edition is an improvement over the 1st edition and fills a niche, the narrow focus of the subject matter may not be appropriate for all libraries. For those academic libraries or museums that specialize in collecting presidential history materials and aim at comprehensive coverage, this text is necessary. Other libraries will find this work to be an expensive novelty in the reference collection....more
This one-volume, A-Z encyclopedia covers both Scott's body of work as a director and its influences. Compiled by Laurence Raw, who has published widelThis one-volume, A-Z encyclopedia covers both Scott's body of work as a director and its influences. Compiled by Laurence Raw, who has published widely in the field of cinema, this work is divided into four categories. The first category explores Scott's work as a director, placing an emphasis on his feature films but including his work in television. Of particular interest in this category is the inclusion of numerous television commercials directed by Ridley Scott. The second category comprises of the people who have helped bring Scott's vision to fruition: the actors, writers, and producers. The third category will be most useful to film students as it explores common themes in Scott's films. Thematic elements range from the construction of gender in film narrative to political activism. The fourth category includes films and directors that have influenced the director's approach to filmmaking. Entries from all four categories are alphabetically arranged by name or title. Individual entries vary from short paragraphs to multiple pages. Each actor profile gives an in-depth look at his or her role in a film, with special attention given to what attracted these individuals to the role. A reference or short bibliography completes all entries. Bibliographic references vary from published books to Websites. The volume also includes an introduction and an index, but a filmography is not included.Raw's encyclopedia is written for both high school students and undergraduates, along with the curious fan or general reader. This work would make a good addition to any public, school, or academic library with a paucity of reference literature pertaining to contemporary film directors. ...more
Intended for the general reader and undergraduate student, A to Z of Philosophy is a readable introduction to the field of philosophy. Moseley interjeIntended for the general reader and undergraduate student, A to Z of Philosophy is a readable introduction to the field of philosophy. Moseley interjects wit and humor into each explanation of the key terms, concepts, and historical figures in the philosophical world. This 261-page text covers over 100 entries, from Aquinas to Wittgenstein. Entries are alphabetically arranged and give a broad overview of the idea or person. In addition to common philosophical concepts, Moseley includes the philosophical approaches to ideas such as education, love, and war. Written more as individual essays, entries are not cross-referenced. A compilation of further readings on each entry appears at the end of the text, decentralizing information pertaining to each entry. Noticeably missing from this reference work is a comprehensive index. A list of all entries, as well as an index of names, is available, but no page numbers are included.By avoiding the intimidating nature and technical language of most philosophical dictionaries Moseley has produced an accessible reference tool, simplifying and explaining a rather obtuse subject to the beginning student. While more advanced students will find this dictionary elementary, the tone and style are appropriate for the intended audience. This work would make a good addition to any public, school, or academic library wishing to supplement their reference literature pertaining to philosophy....more
The music business has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. Historically, the musical proficiency of women was unquestioningly accepted onlyThe music business has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. Historically, the musical proficiency of women was unquestioningly accepted only when women stayed within the bounds of what was traditionally female. A woman could play an instrument, but only if she looked attractive while doing so. The 24 women chosen by Carrie Havranek as female icons of popular music manipulate and challenge the notion that women can only be sex symbols. This 504-page, 2-volume set showcases luminaries that have defined the concept of female icon in popular music. Artists represented in this text span musical genres from country (e.g., Dolly Parton) to folk (e.g., Joan Baez) to hip-hop (e.g., Missy Elliott). Artists are alphabetically arranged by name and are accompanied by a photograph. Each profile gives an in-depth look at the artist, with special attention given to their creative process, musical mission, motivation, and enduring legacy. A discography and short bibliography complete each entry. Of particular strength is the sidebar included in each profile showcasing the artist's influence on contemporary as well as future generations of female musicians. Both volumes begin with an introduction and chronological timeline. The timeline highlights the watershed moments of each artists career, weaving together the career paths of these extraordinary women. Volume 2 features a select bibliography, general music resources, artist Websites, and a comprehensive index for both volumes.Havranek's 2-volume set is written for both high school students and undergraduates, along with the curious fan or general reader. This work would make a good addition to any public, school, or academic library with a paucity of reference literature pertaining to popular female musicians....more
This book is a response to the vast changes that have taken place in academic libraries over the last decade. An update of Academic Libraries: ResearcThis book is a response to the vast changes that have taken place in academic libraries over the last decade. An update of Academic Libraries: Research Perspectives (1990), edited by Mary Jo Lynch and Arthur P. Young, this collection of seven essays is essential reading for both library practitioners and researchers wanting a broad overview of the scholarly literature. The book is divided into two major sections: perspectives and developments in the literature and current approaches to evaluation. Topics covered in the first part include reference services in the face-to-face and virtual environments, developments in information literacy, research in collection management, knowledge organization and cataloging, and changing role of leadership in library and information science. Each chapter builds upon the scholarly literature from the 1990s, contextualizing twenty-first century developments within their historical context. The second section focuses on evaluation and measurement of library services. The two topics included in this section are methods for testing the usability of library Websites and measuring the quality of library services through LibQUAL+. Devoted to recently developed evaluation practices, this section underscores the importance of data in justifying library budgets and demonstrating the worth of an academic library within the university system. A succinct introduction opens this text, with a full index supplementing the collected essays. Underscoring the professional pedigree of each author in this compilation, a brief biography is included in the text. The newest installment in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship monographic series is well written and well researched. This title is recommended reading for all librarians and information specialists interested in keeping abreast of the rapid change occurring in academic library research....more
The twenty-seventh volume in the series, Magill's Cinema Annual 2008 continues to offer an in-depth retrospective for over 250 domestic and foreign fiThe twenty-seventh volume in the series, Magill's Cinema Annual 2008 continues to offer an in-depth retrospective for over 250 domestic and foreign films released in the United States. Designed for film enthusiasts, students and the entertainment industry as a single source of information on the theatrical releases of 2007, this guide’s features include its extensive credits, awards and nominations (including the Golden Raspberries), obituaries, nine indexes, a bibliography of selected film books for the year, and most importantly its critical reviews with author bylines. Entries are alphabetically arranged by film title and each review contains up to sixteen items of information, ranging from taglines and film reviews to trivia and film quotes. A number of separate indexes allow the reader to quickly scan through the guide for specific directors, screenwriters, or subject matter. Of particular strength is the cumulative title index, including all of the films reviewed in the previous twenty-six volumes of the series. The guide’s only weakness comes from the list of contributing reviewers – many of whom are listed as freelance reviewers or publishing professionals. Analysis from noted film reviewers such as Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, among others, are cited in the individual film entry, but the full review is left to the series contributors. Although many of the contributing reviewers will not be well known to even the most dedicated of moviegoers, the newest installment in the ongoing series is still a valuable overview of the year in film. This work is recommended for any academic library supporting a film studies program.
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Uncovering the stories behind the genesis of famous band names from the sixties through today, Greg Metzer compiles an engaging reference text for theUncovering the stories behind the genesis of famous band names from the sixties through today, Greg Metzer compiles an engaging reference text for the casual music fan. The selection criteria for the inclusion of the 240 band names discussed is largely based on recognition and popularity, according to the preface. Entries, alphabetically arranged by band name, include the year the group was formed, the names of all relevant members of the group, and the group’s best known hit. In addition to anecdotal information about the origins of each band’s name, each entry contains the historical lineage and evolution of individual band names (e.g. “The Supersonic Bangs” became “The Bangs” became “The Bangles”). This information is also available through two appendixes listing previous names and names considered and rejected for each band. Of particular strength is the inclusion of an index, providing easy access to specific band members, geographic locations, record companies, and band names. Rock Band Origins is a well-constructed resource written for a specific audience, which Metzer identifies in the introduction as someone at a cocktail party spouting off about his or her knowledge of certain musical acts. Within this context, the serious scholar can excuse the questionable authority of the sources used for research. For example, the source cited for the entry on Chaka Khan was the inaccessible website www.seand85.tripod.com. This is a highly entertaining reference work on band name etymologies but not the most scholarly of titles. It serves as an ideal source for music fans who ever wondered how some of the most popular bands in history adopted their namesake.