The Donna Reed Show
Analyzes The Donna Reed Show, which aired from 1958 to 1966, as a key moment of cultural transition.
Before the Crash
Early Video Game History
Contributors examine the early days of video game history before the industry crash of 1983 that ended the medium’s golden age.
The Golem Redux
From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction
Traces the history of the golem legend and its appropriations in German texts and film as well as in post-Holocaust Jewish-American fiction, comics, graphic novels, and television.
Considers the HBO series Deadwood in the context of the television Western genre and the intersection of capital and violence in American history.
An analysis of the under-studied sitcom Gilligan’s Island that addresses key questions about American social life in the 1960s.
A social, cultural, historical, and institutional analysis of the classic original series The Fugitive.
Analyzes the unique satirical social and political commentary offered by Hogan’s Heroes during a volatile period in American history.
Head On, A Journey through the Michigan Underground
The story of seminal Ann Arbor punk rock band the Stooges, told through original interviews with the band members and associates.
If We Must Die
From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smalls
Investigates a variety of texts in which the self-image of poor, urban black men in the U.S. is formed within, by, and against a culture of racial terror and state violence.
Explores the cultural, industrial, formal, and generic contexts of the television soap opera Dark Shadows as a precursor to today’s popular gothic media franchises.
Sonically Speaking, A Tale of Revolution and Rock'n'Roll
A definitive history of the MC5 that considers the band’s musical legacy and revolutionary political roots.
Discusses the aesthetic appeal, production history, philosophical themes, and enduring importance of the groundbreaking 1980s television series.
On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger
A photo-driven insider’s look at Bob Seger’s career from the early days to his breakthrough as a world-famous musician.
I Love Lucy
An analysis of I Love Lucy, one of the best loved sitcoms in the history of American television.
The Renegades of Electronic Funk
An updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit.
Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters
A Hollywood History
Considers the history of the American blockbuster—the large-scale, high-cost film—as it evolved from the 1890s to today.
Examines the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of The Honeymooners in the context of postwar American values.
A Motor City Year
Photographs of the unique people, places, and events that make up a year in the life of Metropolitan Detroit.
A comprehensive account of Doctor Who as a television series and product of popular culture.
Tracking King Kong
A Hollywood Icon in World Culture, 2nd Edition
Studies the cultural impact and audience reception of King Kong from the 1933 release of the original film until today.