Three new OUPblog posts by Oxford Bibliographies contributors are now available:
- By Donna Kornhaber, author in Cinema and Media Studies:
"Early in the 1957 film A King in New York, the second-to-last feature that Charlie Chaplin would write and direct and the last in which he would star, an unusual debate erupts between the two principal characters, one an exiled monarch and the other a precocious schoolboy. The subject at hand is passports, of all things, and the exchange is ferocious. Governments, the boy declares, 'have every man in a straightjacket and without a passport he can’t move a toe…. To leave a country is like breaking out of jail and to enter a country is like going through an eye of a needle.' [...]"
- By John Wriggle, author in Music:
"Recent research on African-American jazz icon Duke Ellington (1899-1974) has increasingly focused on the composer-pianist-bandleader’s post-World War II achievements: a torrent of creativity across film, theater, and dance perhaps unrivaled in American music. But the unleashing of Ellington’s “late career” genius was not a foregone conclusion. [...]"
- By Catherine Packham, author in British and Irish Literature:
"Since the political earthquake of Trump’s election, preceded by the earth tremor of Brexit, the commentariat has been awash with declarations of the end of eras—of globalisation, of neoliberalism, of the post-World War II epoch of political stability and economic prosperity. As though to orientate ourselves in this brave new world, the search has been on for historical analogies, through whose lenses we might understand our present moment. [...]"