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Taking South Park Seriously
Taking South Park Seriously (September 2008)
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock - Editor

Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.

Since it came on the air in 1997, Comedy Central’s top-rated animated program, South Park, has been criticized for its crude, scatological humor and political insensitivity. However, the program also fearlessly wades into the morass of American political life as it tackles and satirizes all American sacred cows, including &ldqu...(Read More)

 
 
Do Voters Look to the Future?
Do Voters Look to the Future? (June 2008)
Economics and Elections
Brad Lockerbie - Author

Argues in favor of a different model of voting behavior.

Do voters look to the past, the future, or both when deciding how to vote? In Do Voters Look to the Future?, Brad Lockerbie shows voters to be more sophisticated than much of the work in political science would suggest. He argues that voters do not simply reward or punish the incumbent administration, but instead make a comparative evaluation of th...(Read More)
 
 
Twenty West
Twenty West (June 2008)
The Great Road Across America
Mac Nelson - Author

Gold Medal - 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Travel-Essay category

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

“I know US 20, I live on it, grew up near it, commute to work on it, and have run on it most mornings for twenty-five years. It has become the Main Street of my life. I am fond of it, and want to tell its very American...(Read More)
 
 
What's Wrong with Obamamania?
What's Wrong with Obamamania? (June 2008)
Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination
Ricky L. Jones - Author

Juxtaposes the meteoric rise of Barack Obama with far-reaching—and disturbing—shifts in black leadership in post–Civil Rights America.

Barack Obama’s sudden arrival on the national scene has created a wave of excitement in American politics, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “Obamamania.” In What’s Wrong with Obamamania?, Ricky L. Jones places Obama’s run f...(Read More)
 
 
Edible Ideologies
Edible Ideologies (January 2008)
Representing Food and Meaning
Kathleen LeBesco - Editor
Peter Naccarato - Editor

Contributors explore the relationship between food and the production of ideology.

Edible Ideologies argues that representations of food—in literature and popular fiction, cookbooks and travel guides, war propaganda, women’s magazines, television and print advertisements—are not just about nourishment or pleasure. Contributors explore how these various modes of representation, reflecting pre...(Read More)
 
 
Decadent Culture in the United States
Decadent Culture in the United States (November 2007)
Art and Literature against the American Grain, 1890-1926
David Weir - Author

The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.

Decadent Culture in the United States traces the development of the decadent movement in America from its beginnings in the 1890s to its brief revival in the 1920s. During the fin de siècle, many Americans felt the nation had entered a period of decline since the frontier had ended and the country’s “manifest de...(Read More)

 
 
Emerson and Eros
Emerson and Eros (May 2007)
The Making of a Cultural Hero
Len Gougeon - Author

Traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual evolution of one of America’s most important cultural figures.

Thiscritical biography traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual growth of one of America’s foremost oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882). Beginning with his undergraduate career at Harvard and spanning the range of his adult life, the book examin...(Read More)
 
 
This Is a Picture and Not the World
This Is a Picture and Not the World (February 2007)
Movies and a Post-9/11 America
Joseph Natoli - Author

Uses satirical parodies of screenplays and political blogs to reveal the cracks in our post-9/11 American psyche.

In This Is a Picture and Not the World, Joseph Natoli employs the lingua franca of film itself—screenplay dialogue—as well as the more recent form of the political blog to present a hyperreal account of popular film as both a creator and a reflector of our post-9/11 mass psyche. Drawin...(Read More)
 
 
The Things Themselves
The Things Themselves (August 2006)
Phenomenology and the Return to the Everyday
H. Peter Steeves - Author

Essays on phenomenological encounters with the world.

Taking Edmund Husserl’s dictum to heart yet finding in it a new direction, The Things Themselves is an attempt to return philosophy to the world and, in so doing, know ourselves and our place in that world anew. The book deals with the myriad ways in which a phenomenological approach to philosophy can inform commonplace experiences and understanding...(Read More)
 
 
Buying Time and Getting By
Buying Time and Getting By (January 2004)
The Voluntary Simplicity Movement
Mary Grigsby - Author

An exploration of the voluntary simplicity movement including comments from simple livers and a look at class, race, and gender in this movement.

Buying Time and Getting By
provides a detailed account of the voluntary simplicity movement, which took off in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The concept of voluntary simplicity encompasses both self-change aimed at bringing personal practice into alig...(Read More)
 
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