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No. 46, Summer 2003
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Free market, branded imagination—
Harry Potter and the commercialization of children’s culture

by Jyotsna Kapur

The Harry Potter enterprise sets limits on providing children with transformative, imaginative fantasies.

The Goblin’s dilemma in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan and Spider-Man
by Boyd White and Tim Kreider

Two very different Sam Raimi films, in terms of visual style, have a striking similarity thematically.

A beautiful mind(fuck): Hollywood structures of identity
by Jonathan Eig
Who is that staring back at you in the mirror? In today’s Hollywood, the answer is more confusing than ever.

“Pansies don't float”– gay representability, film noir,
and The Man Who Wasn’t There

by Vincent Brook and Allan Campbell
A queer reading of the Coen brothers’ 2001 noir homage examines questions of subtext in a supposed age of “gay visibility.”

Three Kings: neocolonial Arab representation
by Lila Kitaeff
Revisits the film Three Kings, set in the first Gulf War, to examine further mainstream U.S. media’s misrepresentation of Arabs, especially in the last two years.

Contemporary Singapore filmmaking:
history, policies and Eric Khoo

by Tan See Kam, Michael Lee Hong Hwee and Annette Aw
Eric Khoo’s Mee Pok Man and 12 Storeys offer an innovative critique of Singapore society. The development and social-economic context of Singapore feature filmmaking are also examined.

Letter from Cuba
by Michael Chanan

A visit to the Cuban film school at San Antonio de los Baños provides the occasion for a look at contemporary Cuban media education.

Why the personal is still political —
some lessons from contemporary Indian documentary

by Jyotsna Kapur

The lyrical documentary has a new life in alternative media in India.

Chinese feminist film criticism
by Gina Marchetti
Review of Dai Jinhua, Cinema and Desire: Feminist Marxism and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua, eds. Jing Wang and Tani E. Barlow. London: Verso, 2002.

Received wisdom: three reception studies
by Tomas Kemper
Review of Janet Staiger, Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception (New York University Press, 2000); Janet Staiger, Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era (New York University Press, 2000); Annette Kuhn, Dreaming of Fred and Ginger: Cinema and Cultural Memory (New York University, 2002).

Selections from “A road-map for America“
by Anandam P. Kavoori
Selections from a
Jump Cut contributor’s forthcoming book of poetry. Here he offers an immigrant’s understanding of U.S. news presentations of the Gulf War.

The last word

Unruly consumption
by the Editors
U.S. administrators’ and media treatment of looting in Iraq versus the conspicuous consumption of energy, and thus oil, in the United States that goes uncommented on.


Using the Internet for contingent faculty organizing
by John Hess
Contingent facultyare non-tenure eligible college faculty with term appointments (one semester, two years, etc.) that are contingent on enrollment, funding and program change. This faculty has little or no job security and very low wages compared to their professorial counterpart. Since many of our readers are connected to colleges, this resource guide will be of special interest to them.