Film scholar Murray Pomerance will sign copies of his new book, Johnny Depp Starts Here, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the College Store.
The book examines Depp's career — from beloved bad-boy to cool and captivating maverick — his international acclaim, his “eccentric image, accidental acting career, beguiling good looks and quirky charm.”
Pomerance explores the world’s fascination with Depp, his riddling complexity, and meaning for American culture. This first serious book-length study of the actor explores who he is onscreen, how we understand him inside and out, and what we can never know.
Pomerance studies Depp’s image in terms of its ambiguities and many strange nuances, including his ethnicity, smoking, tranquility and unceasing motion; and his links to the Gothic, the Beats, Simone de Beauvoir, the history of rationality, and Impressionist painting. He also examines the actor in terms of Male sexuality, Space travel, Nineteenth-century American capitalism, Orientalism, The perils of sleep, Scrooge McDuck and more.
Pomerance is professor and chair in the department of sociology at Ryerson University, is the author of An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and Magia D’Amore, and is the editor of BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen and American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations (Rutgers University Press, October 2005).