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Thinking through Thomas Merton
Thinking through Thomas Merton (February 2014)
Contemplation for Contemporary Times
Robert Inchausti - Author

Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times.

With the publication of The Seven Storey Mountain in 1948, Thomas Merton became a bestselling author, writing about spiritual contemplation in a modern context. Although Merton (1915–1968) lived as a Trappist monk, he advocated a spiritual life that was not a retreat from the world, but an alternative to it, particularly...(Read More)
 
 
Uncoupling American Empire
Uncoupling American Empire (January 2014)
Cultural Politics of Deviance and Unequal Difference, 1890-1910
Yu-Fang Cho - Author

A cultural studies consideration of marriage and those considered “deviant” in the nineteenth-century American imagination.

A radical revision of the politics of race and sexuality within racial capitalism, Uncoupling American Empire provides an original cultural genealogy of how the institutionalization of marriage shaped imagined relationships among working people who were seen as sexually devia...(Read More)
 
 
Fifties Ethnicities
Fifties Ethnicities (November 2013)
The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury
Tracy Floreani - Author

Demonstrates how written and visual representations worked to construct definitions of ethnicity in midcentury America.

Fifties Ethnicities brings together a variety of texts to explore what it meant to be American in the middle of “America’s Century.” In a series of comparative readings that draws on novels, television programs, movie magazines, and films, Tracy Floreani crosses generi...(Read More)
 
 
Love, Roshi
Love, Roshi (October 2012)
Robert Baker Aitken and His Distant Correspondents
Helen J. Baroni - Author

Robert Baker Aitken’s correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism.

Love, Rōshi explores the relationship between Robert Baker Aitken (1917–2010), American Zen teacher and author, and his distant correspondents, individuals drawn to Zen teachings and practice through books. Aitken, founder of the Ho...(Read More)
 
 
After Artest
After Artest (May 2012)
The NBA and the Assault on Blackness
David J. Leonard - Author

Explores how the NBA moved to govern black players and the expression of blackness after the “Palace Brawl” of 2004.

On November 19, 2004, a fight between NBA players Ron Artest and Ben Wallace escalated into a melee involving several other players and many fans. The “Palace Brawl,” writes David J. Leonard, was a seminal event, one that dramatically altered outside perceptions of the spo...(Read More)
 
 
American Exceptionalisms
American Exceptionalisms (December 2011)
From Winthrop to Winfrey
Sylvia Söderlind - Editor
James Taylor Carson - Editor

Wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at the emergence and persistence of the concept of American exceptionalism in U.S. culture and history.

An incisive and wide-ranging look at a powerful force and myth in American culture and history, American Exceptionalisms reveals the centuries-old persistence of the notion that the United States is an exceptional nation, in being both an example to the world and ex...(Read More)
 
 
Bitter Greens
Bitter Greens (August 2010)
Essays on Food, Politics, and Ethnicity from the Imperial Kitchen
Anthony Di Renzo - Author

Food-based reflections on Italian food, American culture, and globalization.

Despite the inclusion of six classic recipes, Bitter Greens is not an ethnic cookbook but a Roman banquet of political satire, cultural criticism, and culinary memoir. Set primarily in the Empire State and arranged like the courses of a traditional Italian meal, Anthony Di Renzo’s wide-ranging essays meditate on Italian ...(Read More)
 
 
American Buddhism as a Way of Life
American Buddhism as a Way of Life (April 2010)
Gary Storhoff - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores a range of Buddhist perspectives in a distinctly American context.

The United States is becoming more comfortable with Buddhism each year. Celebrity converts, the popularity of the Dalai Lama, a stream of references in popular culture, and mala beads on every third person’s wrist all indicate that Buddhism is becoming an accepted part of American life, even if a relatively small percentage of th...(Read More)
 
 
Walt Whitman's Mystical Ethics of Comradeship
Walt Whitman's Mystical Ethics of Comradeship (March 2010)
Homosexuality and the Marginality of Friendship at the Crossroads of Modernity
Juan A. Hererro Brasas - Author

Recovers Whitman as a self-conscious religious figure with an ethic based in male comradeship, one at odds with the temper of his times.

A giant of American letters, Walt Whitman is known both as a poet and, to many, as an early precursor of the gay liberation movement. This revealing book recovers for today’s reader a lost Whitman, delving into the original context and intentions of his poetry and pros...(Read More)

 
 
Constructing the Nation
Constructing the Nation (October 2009)
A Race and Nationalism Reader
Mariana Ortega - Editor
Linda Martín Alcoff - Editor

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.

“What does it mean today to be an ‘American’ when one does not represent or embody the norm of ‘Americanness’ because of one’s race, ethnicity, culture of origin, religion, or some combination of these? What is the norm of ‘Americanness’ today, how has it chang...(Read More)
 
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