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Politics Through Popular Culture: Movies and TV

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The materials in the column to the right are examples of resources in the Library that deal with politics and tv/movies. To find even more information, search the Library Catalog, using the Books and Media option, for the following subjects:

Motion Pictures Political Aspects

Politics in Motion Pictures

Television and Politics

Also try key words for specific events or eras, such as:

Cold War Motion Pictures

Communism Motion Pictures

Holocaust Motion Pictures



Screening Politics: Politics on TV and in the Movies

Allen, Michael A., and Justin S. Vaughn, eds. Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction. PN3433.6 P65 2016.

Brownell, Kathryn Cramer. Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political LIfe. PN1993.5 U6 B758 2014.

Christensen, Terry. Beel Politics: American Political Movies from Birth of a Nation to Platoon. PN1995.9 P6 C48 1987.

Collins, Peter A., and David C. Brody. Crime and Justice in the City as Seen through The Wire. PN1992.77 W53 C65 2013.

Deylami, Shirin S., and Jonathan Havercroft, eds. The Politics of HBO's The Wire: Everything Is Connected. PN1992.77 @53 P65 2015.

DiPaolo, Amanda, and Jamie Gillies, eds. The Politics of Twin Peaks. PN1992.77 T88 P64 2019.

Dyson, Stephen Benedict. Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica . JZ1305 D98 2015.

Engstrom, Erika. Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC's Parks and Recreation. PN1992.77 P2655 E54 2017.

Feldman, Leslie Dale. Rustics and Politics: The Political Theory of The Beverly HillbilliesPN1992.77 B46 F45 2014.

Foy, Joseph J.l, and Timothy M. Dale, eds. Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory. 2013. Also available in paper, E169.12 H664 2013.

Franklin, Daniel P. Politics and Film: The Political Culture of Film in the United States. PN1995.9 P6 F73 2016.

Gonzalez, George A. The Politics of Star Trek: Justice, War, and the Future. PN1992.77 S73 G66 2015.

Jones, Jeffrey P. Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political Engagement. 2d ed. HE8700.76 U6 J6634 2010.

Kasper, Eric T. Machiavelli Goes to the Movies: Understanding The Prince Through Television and Film. 2015.

Kelley, Beverly Merrill, et al. Reelpolitik: Political Ideologies in '30s and '40s Films. PN1995.9 P6 R44 1998. Followed by Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films. PN1995.9 P6 K43 2004.

Kiersey, NIcholas J., and Iver B. Neumann, eds. Battlestar Galactica and International Relations. 2013.

Kolker, Robert P. Politics Goes to the Movies: Hollywood, Europe, and Beyond. PN1995.9 P6 K65 2018.

Lichter, S. Robert. Politics Is a Joke! How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life. Also available in paper, HE8700.76 U6 L52 2014.

McDowell, John C. The Politics of Big Fantasy: The Ideologies of Star Wars, The Matrix and The Avengers. Also available in print, PN1995.9 S695 M47 2014.

Nelson, John S. Politics in Popular Movies: Rhetorical Takes on Horror, War, Thriller, and SciFi Films. PN1995.9 P6 N45 2015.

Nelson, John S. Popular Cinema as Political Theory: Idealism and Realism in Epics, Noirs, and Satires. PN1995.9 P6 N46 2013.

Ogletree, Charles J. Jr., and Austin Sarat, eds. Punishment in Popular Culture. PN1995.9 P795 P86 2015.

Parenti, Michael. Make-Believe Media: The Politics of Entertainment. PN1995.9 P6 P37 1992.

Rosenbaum, Jonathan. Movies as Politics. Also available as another electronic book and in print, PN1995.9 R67 1997.

Rushton, Richard, The Politics of Hollywood Cinema: Popular Film and Contemporary Political Theory. PN1995.9 P6 R88 2013.

Sachleben, Mark. World Politics on Screen: Understanding International Relations Through Popular Culture. 2014. Another copy available in print, PN1995.9 I57 S33 2014.

Sarris, Andrew. Politics and Cinema. PN1995.9 P6 S2.

Scott, Ian. American Politics in Hollywood Film. 2011. Also available in another electronic version. An earlier edition is available in print, PN1995.9 P6 S36 2000.

Sedlmayr, Gerold, and Nicole Waller, eds. Politics in Fantasy Media: Essays on Ideology and Gender in Fiction, Film, Television and Games. P96 F362 P86 2014.

Sweet, Derek R. Star Wars in the Public Square:The Clone Wars as Political Dialogue. PN1995.9 S695 S94 2015.

Tryon, Chuck. Political TV. PN1992.6 T755 T79 2016.

Vetinde, Lifongo J., and Amadou T. Fofana. Ousmane Sembene and the Politics of Culture. 2014.


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