Thursday, February 21, 2008

Upcoming Review

Reviews in academic journals always take way longer than in popular print, and I just got an advance copy of the one that will appear in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (Winter 2008). Here is part of the second paragraph:

"Paffenroth's careful explication of each movie's the­matic sophistication is accessibly rendered, while his scholarship of Romero's films equals (and in some passages exceeds) Tony Williams's 2003 The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead. Paffenroth's endnotes, full of useful production information and insightful critical assessments, are, by themselves, worth the purchase price. The bibliography attests to the author's extensive reading in the subject, and should be the starting point for all seri­ous Romero scholars for years to come. The book, in sum, is a good primer for both lay and academic readers interested in exploring the deeper meaning of Romero's zombie pictures...."


Blogger Allen said...

Does Tony Williams explore the spiritual themes in Romero as well?

9:23 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

As I recall, he includes the social criticism stuff extensively, and has a lot more stories about the filming and comments from the people involved in making the films, but not the specifically religious dimension.

9:34 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

And I should note - it's a very good book and I used it extensively. It also has the advantage of exmaning Romero's non-zombie films.

9:39 AM  

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