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Secret Agents

Popular Icons Beyond James Bond

Jeremy Packer

Why does the secret agent never seem to die? Why, in fact, has the secret agent not only survived the Cold War – which critics and pundits surmised would be the death of James Bond and of the genre more generally – but grown in popularity? Secret Agents attempts to answer these questions as it investigates the political and cultural ramifications of the continued popularity and increasing diversity of the secret agent across television, film, and popular culture. The volume opens with a foreword by Tony Bennett, and proceeds to investigate programs, figures, and films such as Alias, Austin Powers, Spy Kids, the «new» Bond Girl, Flint, Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne, and concludes with an afterword by Toby Miller. Chapters throughout question what it means for this popular icon to have far wider currency and meaning than merely that of James Bond as the white male savior of capital and democracy.
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Thinking with James Carey

Essays on Communications, Transportation, History

Jeremy Packer and Craig Robertson

James Carey is arguably the founder of the critical cultural study of communication and media in the United States. This volume brings together top communication and media scholars to revisit and engage key themes in Carey’s groundbreaking work. This lively assortment of cutting-edge research provides a timely overview of Carey’s impact on current scholarship in communication, cultural studies, and U.S. history. Also included is a wide-ranging two-part interview by Lawrence Grossberg in which Carey discusses his intellectual biography, revisits his classic essays, and argues for the urgent need for democratically motivated scholarship in the contemporary United States.