Action and Adventure: A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Library


Action & Adventure:
A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Library












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Action and adventure cinema
Edited by Yvonne Tasker. London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
Main Stack PN1995.9.A3.A28 2004
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0413/2004001612.html

Action chicks : new images of tough women in popular culture
Edited by Sherrie A. Inness. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Full text available online (UCB users only)
Main (Gardner) Stacks P94.5.W652 U614 2004

Action/spectacle cinema : a Sight and sound reader
Edited by José Arroyo. London : British Film Institute, 2000.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .A259 2000 AVAILABLE
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.A3 A38 2000

Ayers, Drew.
"Bodies, Bullets, and Bad Guys: Elements of the Hardbody Film." Film Criticism; Spring2008, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p41-67, 27p
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Bakke, Gretchen
"Dead White Men: An Essay on the Changing Dynamics of Race in US Action Cinema." Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 83, no. 2, pp. 400-428, 2010 Spring
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Brown, Jeffrey A.
"Gender and the Action Heroine: Hardbodies and the Point of No Return." Cinema Journal, Spring96, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p52-71, 20p
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This article explores how the figure of the tough heroine in the early 1990s action films crosses variable gender boundaries. The heroine is a performance of masculinity in "Aliens" and "Terminator" and is the reinscription of a feminine masquerade in "Point of No Return." The article also discusses the emergence of the action film which has done much to construct the body of the male hero as spectacle and describes how the gender-destabilizing work performed by the modern action heroine poses a direct challenge to key perspectives of film theory.

Chan, Kenneth.
"The Construction of Black Male Identity in Black Action Films of the Nineties." Cinema Journal, Winter98, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p35, 14p
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Charney, Leo
"The Violence of a Perfect Moment." In: Violence and American cinema / edited by J. David Slocum. New York : Routledge, 2001.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.V5 V56 2001
Moffitt PN1995.9.V5 V56 2001

Cobley, Paul
The American thriller : generic innovation and social change in the 1970s / Paul Cobley. New York : Palgrave, 2000.
Full text available online (UCB users only)
Main (Gardner) Stacks PS374.D4 C57 2000

Donovan, Barna William
The Asian influence on Hollywood action films / Barna William Donovan. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A3 D66 2008

Donovan, Barna William
Blood, guns, and testosterone : action films, audiences, and a thirst for violence Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2010.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A3 D68 2010

Dominguez, Diana
"'It's Not Easy Being a Cast Iron Bitch': Sexual Difference and the Female Action Hero" Reconstruction 5.4 (Fall 2005)

Draper, Ellen
"Finding a Language for Vietnam in the Action-Adventure Genre." In: Inventing Vietnam : the war in film and television / edited by Michael Anderegg. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1991.
Main (Gardner) Stacks DS557.73 .A5 1991
Moffitt DS557.73 .A5 1991

Dunn, Stephane
"Baad bitches" and sassy supermamas : Black power action films / Stephane Dunn. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N4 D86 2008

Gallagher, Mark
Action figures : men, action films, and contemporary adventure narratives / by Mark Gallagher. New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Full text available online (UCB users only)
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A3 G35 2006

Gallagher, Mark
"I Married Rambo: Spectacle and Melodrama in the Hollywood Action Film" In: Mythologies of violence in postmodern media / edited by Christopher Sharrett. Detroit, MI : Wayne State University Press, c1999.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.V5 M98 1999

Gates, Philippa.
"Acting His Age? The Resurrection of the 80s Action Heroes and their Aging Stars." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Aug2010, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p276-289, 14p
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"The article focuses on the Hollywood hard-bodied action heroes which unforgettably personified by stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves and Bruce Willis. It says that 1990 stars with younger, slimmer and youthful appearances obtain more opportunities to Hollywood particularly to the box-office blockbuster films. It mentions that middle-aged action stars find their place in the industry by reinventing their ability and going out of their distinctive performance, measuring their acting abilities and making wise decisions in choosing the kind of roles to adopt the new trends in the movie industry." [EBSCO]

Gilpatric, Katy.
"Violent Female Action Characters in Contemporary American Cinema." Sex Roles, Jun2010, Vol. 62 Issue 11/12, p734-746, 13p
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Hassel, Holly
"The "babe scientist" phenomenon: the illusion of inclusion in 1990s American action films." In: Chick flicks : contemporary women at the movies / edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. New York : Routledge, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 C515 2008

Higgins, Scott; Ross, Sara
"Suspenseful Situations: Melodramatic Narrative and the Contemporary Action Film." Cinema Journal, 47, Number 2, Winter 2008, pp. 165-170 (Article)
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Hills, Elizabeth
"From 'Figurative Males' to Action Heroines: Further Thoughts on Active Women in the Cinema." Screen, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 38-50, 1999 Spring

King, Cynthia M.
"Effects of humorous heroes and villains in violent action films." Journal of Communication, Winter2000, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p5, 20p
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King, Geoff
"Maximum Impact: Action Films." In: Spectacular narratives : Hollywood in the age of the blockbuster / Geoff King. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2000.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks TR858 .K6 2000
Pacific Film Archive TR858 .K6 2000

King, Neal.
"Generic Womahood: Gendered Depictions in Cop Action Cinema." Gender & Society; Apr2008, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p238, 23p
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King, Neal.
Heroes in hard times : cop action movies in the U.S. / Neal King. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1999.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P57 K56 1999

Kleinhans, Chuck
"Class in Action." In: The Hidden foundation : cinema and the question of class / David E. James and Rick Berg, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1996.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 H5 1996

Lichtenfeld, Eric.
Action speaks louder : violence, spectacle, and the American action movie Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, c2007.
MAIN: PN1995.9.A3 L48 2004
MOFF: PN1995.9.A3 L48 2004
PFA : PN1995.9.A3 L48 2007

Meeuf, Russell.
"Collateral Damage: Terrorism, melodrama, and the action film on the eve of 9/11." Jump Cut, No. 48, winter 2006

Neale, Stephen.
"Action and Adventure." In: Genre and Hollywood / Steve Neale. London ; New York : Routledge, 2000. Location Call No. Status
Full text available online (UCB users only)
PN1993.5.U6 N436 2000
PN1993.5.U6 N436 2000

Parish, James Robert.
Black action films : plots, critiques, casts and credits for 235 theatrical and made-for-television releases / James Robert Parish, George H. Hill ; foreword by Richard Roundtree.> Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 1989.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N4 P37 1989

Pfeil, Fred.
"From pillar to postmodern: race, class, and gender in the male rampage film." In: The new American cinema / edited by Jon Lewis. Durham : Duke University Press, 1998.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 N47 1998

Reid, Mark A.
"The Black Action Film: The End of the Patiently Enduring Black Hero." Film History, Winter88, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p23-36, 14p
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Rieser, Susanne.
"Blow Up: Spectacular Nature in Action Film." European Contributions to American Studies, Jan2003, Vol. 49, p377-390, 14p
The representation of natural disasters in Hollywood action films of the 1980's-90's reflects the social and political landscape of Los Angeles, including the 1992 Rodney King riots, racial and class divisions, and the effects of immigration.

Schneider, Karen
"With Violence If Necessary: Rearticulating the Family in the Contemporary Action-Thriller." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 2-11, 1999 Spring
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Schubart, Rikke
"Passion and Acceleration: Generic Change in the Action Film." In: Violence and American cinema / edited by J. David Slocum. New York : Routledge, 2001.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.V5 V56 2001
Moffitt PN1995.9.V5 V56 2001

Schubart, Rikke.
Super bitches and action babes : the female hero in popular cinema, 1970-2006 / Rikke Schubart. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 S363 2007

Smith, Jacob.
"Seeing Double: Stunt Performance and Masculinity." Journal of Film & Video, Fall2004, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p35-53, 19p
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Sears, John
"'In His Own Image': Genre, Memory and Doubling in Schwarzenegger's Films." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 104-14, 2003 Summer
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Stasia, Cristina Lucia
"'Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am!': The New Public/Private Female Action Hero." In: Third wave feminism : a critical exploration / edited by Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie and Rebecca Mun Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ1155 .T45 2007

Tasker, Yvonne.
"Action Women: Muscles, mothers and others." In: Working girls : gender and sexuality in popular cinema / Yvonne Tasker. London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Full text available online (UCB users only)
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 T36 1998
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.W6 T36 1998

Tasker, Yvonne.
"Dumb movies for dumb people: masculinity, the body, and the voice in contemporary action cinema." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Ra London ; New York : Routledge, c1993.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993
Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993

Taves, Brian
The romance of adventure : the genre of historical adventure movies / Brian Taves. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1993.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A3 T38 1993

Vares, Tiina
"Action Heroines and Female Viewers: What Women Have to Say." In: Reel knockouts : violent women in the movies / edited by Martha McCaughey and Neal King. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 R454 2001

Waites, Kate
"Babes in Boots: Hollywood's Oxymoric Warrior Woman." In: Chick flicks : contemporary women at the movies / edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. New York : Routledge, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 C515 2008

Welsh, J.M.
"Action films: The serious, the ironic, the postmodern." In: Film genre 2000 : new critical essays / edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2000.
Main (Gardner) Stacks

Women willing to fight : the fighting woman in film
Edited by Silke Andris and Ursula Frederick. Newcastle, UK : Cambridge Scholars, 2007. Location Call No. Status
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 W675 2007
Contents: Why women willing to fight? An introduction / Silke Andris and Ursula Frederick -- The neomyth in film : the woman warrior from Joan of Arc to Ellen Ripley / Barbara Creed -- Just a woman among the cyborgs : Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: judgement day / Catherine Summerhayes -- Past, present, future : finding treasure in the lives of Lara Croft / Ursula Frederick -- Violence, duty and choice : the military woman in contemporary Hollywood cinema / Yvonne Tasker -- Million dollar baby : the making and unmaking of the female boxer's body / Silke Andris -- Fighting to be seen : looking for women in the West, from The searchers to The missing / Martin Flanagan -- Belles with attitude : genealogies of the new Hollywood wisecracking action heroine / Polona Petek -- Zhang Ziyi, "Martial Arthouse" and the transnational Nuxia / Leon Hunt -- Superheroine : women as martial artists in early twenty-first century cinema / Catherine Driscoll.

Die Hard

Abele, E.
"Assuming a True Identity: Re-/De-Constructing Hollywood Heroes" Journal of American & Comparative Cultures, Fall2002, Vol. 25 Issue 3/4, p447-454, 8p
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Ames, Christopher.
"Restoring the black man's lethal weapon." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Fall92, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p52, 9p
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Ardis, Ann; Bauer, Dale M.
"'Just the Fax, Ma'am': Male Sentimentality in the Die Hard Films." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 117-29, 1991 Summer

Artz, B. Lee.
"Hegemony in Black and White: Interracial Buddy Films and the New Racism." In: Cultural diversity and the U.S. media / edited by Yahya R. Kamalipour, Theresa Carilli ; foreword by George Gerbner. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1998.
Comparative Ethnic Studies P94.5.M552 U628 1998
Main (Gardner) Stacks P94.5.M552 U628 1998

Ayers, Drew.
"Bodies, Bullets, and Bad Guys: Elements of the Hardbody Film." Film Criticism; Spring2008, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p41-67, 27p
UC users only

Batschelet, Margaret
"The Androgyne On The Bus: Speed, the Deliverer-Hero, and The Hostage Plot." Post Script; Summer99, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p24-33, 10p,
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Brown, Jeffrey A.
"Bullets, buddies, and bad guys." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer93, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p79, 9p
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Featuring apparently mismatched crime-fighting duos and excessive violence, recent "action cop" films like 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Die Hard' mediate cultural tensions within American society, reaffirm traditional American values, and symbolically destroy the villainous forces threatening to subvert them.

Cohen, Paul
"Cowboys Die Hard: Real Men and Businessmen in the Reagan-Era Blockbuster." Film & History (03603695); Spring2011, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p71-81, 11p
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Gates, Philippa.
"Investigating crisis: the spectacle of 'musculinity'." In: Detecting men : masculinity and the Hollywood detective film / Philippa Gates. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2006.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.D4 G38 2006

Jeffords, Susan.
Hard bodies : Hollywood masculinity in the Reagan era / Susan Jeffords. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1994.
Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 J44 1994
Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 J44 1994

King, Cynthia M.
"Effects of humorous heroes and villains in violent action films." Journal of Communication; Winter2000, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p5, 20p
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Explores the use of humor in violent action films, focusing on the effects of humorous heroes and villain on audience distress. Combination of humor and violence as a unique film genre; Indiana Jones, Die Hard and other films containing the disparagement humor; Distress relief and the trivialization of violence; Perceptions of societal violence.

Landon, Philip J.
"Marginal males: working class heroes in recent fiction and films." Studies in the Humanities; 1993, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p138-153, 16p
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Parshall, P.F.
"Die Hard and the American mythos." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter91, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p134, 11p
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Pfeil, Fred.
"From pillar to postmodern: race, class, and gender in the male rampage film." In: The new American cinema / edited by Jon Lewis. Durham : Duke University Press, 1998.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 N47 1998

Stilwell, Robynn J.
"'I just put a drone under himů': Collage and Subversion in the Score of 'Die Hard'." Music & Letters, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 551-80, 1997 Nov
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Tasker, Yvonne.
Action and adventure cinema / edited by Yvonne Tasker. London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
Main Stack PN1995.9.A3.A28 2004
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0413/2004001612.html

Tasker, Yvonne.
"Dumb movies for dumb people: masculinity, the body, and the voice in contemporary action cinema." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Ra London ; New York : Routledge, c1993.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993
Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993

Willis, Sharon.
"Mutilated Masculinities and Their Prostheses: Die Hards and Lethal Weapons." In: High contrast : race and gender in contemporary Hollywood film / Sharon Willis. Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1997.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S47.W56 1997;
Compar Ethn PN1995.9.S47.W56 1997
PFA PN1995.9.S47.W56 1997)

Yacowar, Maurice.
"The white man's mythic invincibility." Jump Cut, Mar 1989, Issue 34, p2-4, 3p

Lethal Weapon

Ames, Christopher.
"Restoring the black man's lethal weapon." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Fall92, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p52, 9p
UC users only

Brown, Jeffrey A.
"Bullets, buddies, and bad guys." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer93, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p79, 9p
UC users only
Featuring apparently mismatched crime-fighting duos and excessive violence, recent "action cop" films like 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Die Hard' mediate cultural tensions within American society, reaffirm traditional American values, and symbolically destroy the villainous forces threatening to subvert them.

Willis, Sharon.
"Mutilated Masculinities and Their Prostheses: Die Hards and Lethal Weapons." In: High contrast : race and gender in contemporary Hollywood film / Sharon Willis. Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1997.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S47.W56 1997;
Compar Ethn PN1995.9.S47.W56 1997
PFA PN1995.9.S47.W56 1997)

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