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The Philosophy of TV Noir

by Steven M. Sanders and Aeon J. Skoble

Film noir reflects the fatalistic themes and visual style of hard-boiled novelists and many émigré filmmakers in 1940s and 1950s America, emphasizing crime, alienation, and moral ambiguity.

Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About

edited by David Baggett with contributions byDavid Baggett, David F. Wallace, David Baggett, Mark Huston, Kevin Kinghorn, Kevin Kinghorn, David Detmer, Tommy Valentini, Robert R. Clewis, Mark Foreman, Helen Ditouras, Mark Huston, Jeanine Schroer, Maureen Linker, David Baggett, and Neil Delaney

Tennis smashed onto the worldwide athletic scene soon after its modern rules and equipment were introduced in nineteenth-century England.

The Philosophy of War Films

edited by David LaRocca with contributions by David LaRocca, Fredric Jameson, Garrett Stewart, Stacey Peebles, Joshua Gooch, Burke Hilsabeck, Garry L. Hagberg, Robert Burgoyne, Inger S. B. Brodey, Holger Pötzsch, Andrew Fiala, K. L. Evans, Robert Pippin, Lawrence F. Rhu, and Elisabeth Bronfen

Wars have played a momentous role in shaping the course of human history.

The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams

edited by Patricia Brace and Robert Arp

American auteur Jeffrey Jacob “J. J.” Abrams’s genius for creating densely plotted scripts has won him broad commercial and critical success in TV shows such as Felicity (1998–2002), Emmy-nominated Alias (2001–2006), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Lost (2004–2010), and the critically acclaimed Fringe (2008–2013). In addition, his direction in films such as Cloverfield (2008), Super 8 (2011), and the new Mission Impossible and Star Trek films has left fans eagerly awaiting his revival of the Star Wars franchise.

The Philosophy of Tim Burton

edited by Jennifer L. McMahon

Director and producer Tim Burton impresses audiences with stunning visuals, sinister fantasy worlds, and characters whose personalities are strange and yet familiar.