"If Titanic was not just another film, then this work, with its range of approaches and perspectives, is not just another anthology." -- David Desser, University of Illinois
"Intriguing perspectives on a major cultural phenomenon." -- Steven Biel, author of Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the "Titanic" Disaster
"The authors in this volume offer a first-rate examination of a question that has long vexed studies of media and popular culture: what makes a text resonate so extensively, so deeply with its audience that it becomes a public sensation? Sandler and Studlar have assembled a collection of essays that vividly and persuasively demonstrate the complexity of forces acting on the reception of what became the biggest film blockbuster of them all." -- Barbara Klinger, author of Melodrama and Meaning: History, Culture, and the Films of Douglas Sirk
From the Back Cover
The cultural studies and film scholars who have contributed thirteen essays to this collection ask the key question-Why? What made the Titanic such a popular movie? What makes it so fascinating to the film-going public? Contributors address questions of the representations of class, sexuality, and gender and analyze the cross-cultural reception of the film in nationally specific contexts. In addition, they address Titanic's multifaceted relationships to genre, history, celebrities, and contemporary social and economic concerns.