The Velvet Light Trap Recent Issues

Find journal articles and authors from recent issues of The Velvet Light Trap below.


  • “There Would Be No Kerry Washington without Diahann Carroll”: Shout-Out Culture, Sisterhood, and the Discourse of Black Womanhood

by Ashley S. Young

  • Awarding Chinese-Language Cinemas: Imaginary Transnational Identities of the Golden Horse Awards

by Carol Chih-Ju Lin

  • Golden Gays: Awards Legitimation from the Globes to GLAAD

by Ben Kruger-Robbins

  • Industrializing Nationalist Dissent: Music Censorship, 2 Live Crew, and the Politics of Performance at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards

by Michael M. Reinhard

  • Hollywood’s Culture of Scientific and Technical Achievement

by Charles R. Acland

  • Professional Widows: Contesting History with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

by Alyxandra Vesey

Book Reviews

  • Documentary Film Festivals Vol: 1: Methods, History, Politics, edited by Aida Vallejo and Ezra Winton

Reviewed by Jing Wang

  • Fashion on the Red Carpet: A History of the Oscars©, Fashion, and Globalisation, by Elizabeth Castaldo Lundrén

Reviewed by Alex Remington

  • Cinema and the Cultural Cold War: US Diplomacy and the Origins of the Asian Cinema Network, by Sangjoon Lee

Reviewed by Hyun Jung Stephany Noh

  • Shooting “Midnight Cowboy”: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic, by Glenn Frankel

Reviewed by Alexander Geffard

  • International Film Festivals: Contemporary Cultures and History beyond Venice and Cannes, edited by Tricia Jenkins

Reviewed by Nina Linhales Barker


  • Toward a Theory of Disability Documentary: Alison O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves (2013–Present)

by Emma Ben Ayoun

  • Netflix Originals: The Evolution of True Crime Television

by Elizabeth Walters

  • Color Correction and the Look of Festival Documentary

by Chris Cagle

  • Indian Food Television: Tracing the Transformation of Hindi and English Food Shows (2010–2018)

by Dattatreya Ghosh

  • (Re)Writing Music History: Television, Memory, and Nostalgia in The People’s History of Pop

by Leanne Weston

  • ACT UP Documentaries and the Question of Intermediate Archivial Context

by Matt Connolly

  • Structural Film, Mondo New Hollywood, and the Violent Image: A Discussion with Sheldon Renan

by Syd Rosen

Book Reviews

  • NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media, by Susanna Paasonen, Kylie Jarrett, and Ben Light

Reviewed by Austin Morris

  • Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures, by Chris Yogerst

Reviewed by Dillon Mitchell

  • Dialectics without Synthesis: Japanese Film theory and Realism in a Global Frame, by Naoki Yamamoto

Reviewed by Lyuwenyu Zhang

  • Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media, by Angela J. Aguayo

Reviewed by Matt St. John

  • New Approaches to Contemporary Adaptation, edited by Betty Kaklamanidou

Reviewed by Erica Moulton


  • Experiments in the Cine-Olympic Cycle: Camera Technology and Operation in The Grand Olympics (1961) and White Rock (1977)

by Adam Herbert

  • Beyond Basketball: NBA Entertainment and the Sports League as Global Media Empire, 1982–1990

by Steven Secular

  • Running the Wrong Pattern: TVTV Goes to the Super Bowl

by Brett Kashmere

  • From the Tribune to the Tube: The Development of Sports Punditry on Cable Television

by Taylor M. Henry

Dossier: Field Goals—New Directions and Intersections

  • Maya Moore, Black Lives Matter, and the Visibility of Athlete Activism

by Jennifer McClearen and Mia Fischer

  • Glorious Bones: Esmaa Mohamoud’s Football Fabulation

by Samantha N. Sheppard

  • How to Know When You Should Quit Your Research Project, or Why Fan Studies and Sports Studies Need Each Other

by Samantha Close

  • The 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup Anthem Protests:  The Limits of Symbolic White Allyship

by Charlotte E. Howell

  • RedBottoms, Gold, and Ass: The Werk of Serena Williams on the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

by Katrina Marie Overby

Book Reviews

  • National Pastimes: Cinema, Sports and Nation, by Katharina Bonzel

Reviewed by Alexander Brannan

  • The Power of Sports: Media and Spectacle in American Culture,  by Michael Serazio

Reviewed by Hazem Fahmy

  • Mascot Nation: The Controversy over Native American Representations in Sports, by Andrew Billings and Jason Edward Black

Reviewed by Brett Siegel


  • Absence, Disappearance, and Obfuscation: Contouring the US Anime Market through the Nonpresences in Crunchyroll’s Yaoi Catalog

by K.T. Wong

  • Nelson Sullivan’s Video Memories: YouTube Nostalgia and the Queer Archive Effect

by Joseph Deleon

  • The Queer Public and Its Problem with Representation

by Tyler Quick

  • Toward a Filipinx Method: Queer of Color Critique and QTGNC Mobilization in Mark Aguhar’s Poetics

by M.T. Vallarta

  • Queerness in the Digital Age: A Scholarly Roundtable

by Matt Connolly, Amanda Phillips, Andrew DJ Shield, and Karen Tongson

Book Reviews

  • Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era, by Tanya Horeck

Reviewed by Matt St. John

  • Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans through Homoerotic Possibilities, edited by Joseph Brennan

Reviewed by Olivia Johnston Riley

  • Queer times, Black Futures, by Kara Keeling

Reviewed by Lauren Wilks

Comparative Book Reviews: Race and Technology

  • Superior: The Return of Race Science, by Angela Saini
  • Proud boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination, by Alexandra Minna Stern

Reviewed by Taylor Woodhouse

  • Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Live Matter, by Charlton D. Mcliwain
  • Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures, by André Brock Jr.

Reviewed by DeWitt King


  • The Reparative Bite of the Zombie Mouth

by Kyle Christensen

  • You Already Know: Professionalizing Corrections through Instructional Film, 1976–1981

by Catherine Harrington

  • Breaking the Mirror: Hausu and Bad Love Objects

by Erin Nunoda

  • El Santo vs. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Lucha Libre’s Transnational Journey into American Popular Culture

by Emily Rauber Rodriguez

  • Remixing Vulgarity: Reinterpreting the Legacy of Popular Iranian Cinema

by Laura Fish

  • “Just Because I’m a Lesbian Doesn’t Mean I’m Evolved”: The “Bad Queer” Women’s Comedic Web Series

by Maria San Filippo

Book Reviews

  • Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: Women and Gay Male Pornography and Erotica, by Lucy Neville

Reviewed by Paxton Haven

  • ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television, by Travis Vogan

Reviewed by Brett Siegel

  • Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles, by Jon Lewis

Reviewed by Katrina Margolis

  • Respawn: Gamers, Hackers, and Technogenic Life, by Colin Milburn

Reviewed by Andy Fischer Wright

  • The Digital Plenitude: The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media, by Jay David Bolter

Reviewed by Maria Skouras

The 1990s:  A Decade of Change


  • Production Cultures and the “look” of Nostalgia:  The Rocketeer as Failed Franchise

by Derek Long

  • “Being Inside the Movie”:  1990s Theme Park Ride Films and Immersive Film Experiences

by Angela Ndalianis and Jessica Balanzategui

  • In the Wakes of Rodney King: Militant Evidence and Media Activism in the Age of Viral Black Death

by Ryan Watson

  • The Liberatory Potential of Dawson’s Creek:  Panicked Reactions to Teen Sex and Television in 1990s US Culture

by Elizabeth Crowley Webber

  • The Velvet Light Trap and the 1990s:  An Annotated Bibliography

by the Editors

Book Reviews

  • Global Asain American Popular Cultures, edited by Shilpa Davé, Leilani Nishime, and Tasha Oren

Reviewed by Susan Noh

  • The Zoom:  Drama at the Touch of a Lever, by Nick Hall

Reviewed by Zachary Zahos

  • Watch Me Play:  Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming, by T. L. Taylor

Reviewed by Jacob Mertens

The Politics of Space and Place


  • “Not Very Attractive”: How the Interstate Highway System Reconfigured Cinematic Space and Made the Rural Horrifying

by John Paul Taylor

  • “Good Oriental Setting”: Negotiating San Francisco Locations for The Killer Elite

by Joshua Gleich

  • WGPR-TV Detroit:  Building Black Media Infrastructure in the Postrebellion City

by Annie Laurie Sullivan

  • “Emek Is Ours, Istanbul Is Ours”: Reimagining a Movie Theater through Urban Activism

by Zeynep Yasar

  • The Politics of Space within the Mexico-US Border Region: The War on Drugs and Geographies of Violence in Sicario (2015)

by Hilaria Loyo

Book Reviews

  • Berlin Replayed: Cinema and Urban Nostalgia in the Postwall Era, by Brigitta B. Wagner

Reviewed by Samantha Herndon

  • Shot on Location: Postwar Hollywood’s Expoloration of Real Space, by R. Barton Palmer

Reviewed by Britta Hanson

  • Hollywood’s Hawaii:  Race, Nation, and War, by Malia Caparoso Konzett

Reviewed by Selena Dickey

  • Fantasies of Neglect:  Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction, by Pamela Robertson Wojcik

Reviewed by Peter C. Kunze

  • Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora, by Noah A. Tsika

Reviewed by Ramna Walia