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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)
 
 
The End of Dissatisfaction?
The End of Dissatisfaction? (November 2003)
Jacques Lacan and the Emerging Society of Enjoyment
Todd McGowan - Author

2004 Gary Olson Award for best book in cultural theory presented by JAC

Explains why the American cultural obsession with enjoying ourselves actually makes it more difficult to do so.

Exploring the emergence of a societal imperative to enjoy ourselves, Todd McGowan builds on the work of such theorists as Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Zizek, Joan Copjec, and Theresa Brennan to argue that we a...(Read More)
 
 
Transforming the Dream
Transforming the Dream (March 2003)
Ecologism and the Shaping of an Alternative American Vision
Charles Sokol Bednar - Author

Explores the underlying assumptions of environmental studies and the need for a new paradigm for understanding our world.

Transforming the Dream
challenges American mainstream culture's obsession with unlimited economic and industrial growth. Drawing on works by Roy Morrison, Murray Bookchin, Daniel C. Maguire, Paul Taylor, C. A. Bowers, and others, Bednar critiques the ideological status quo, offering an alternative...(Read More)
 
 
The Next Generation
The Next Generation (June 2000)
Jewish Children and Adolescents
Ariela Keysar - Author
Barry A. Kosmin - Author
Jeffrey Scheckner - Author

Focusing on the more than one million Jewish children and adolescents living in the United States, this book questions the future of the Jewish community's next generation.

The Next Generation
offers valuable analyses of the critical issues concerning the entire United States Jewish community. Drawing on the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), the book questions the future of the Jewish community's next ge...(Read More)
 
 
Jewish Life and American Culture
Jewish Life and American Culture (May 2000)
Sylvia Barack Fishman - Author

Illustrates how some Jews have created a new, hybrid form of Judaism, merging American values and behaviors with those from historical Jewish traditions.

Jews in the United States are uniquely American in their connections to Jewish religion and ethnicity. Sylvia Barack Fishman in her groundbreaking book, Jewish Life and American Culture, shows that contemporary Jews have created a hybrid new form of Judais...(Read More)
 
 
Representing Popular Sovereignty
Representing Popular Sovereignty (March 1999)
The Constitution in American Political Culture
Daniel Lessard Levin - Author

Explores the contradiction between the Constitution's importance as a political document with its weakness as a symbol in American popular culture.

Using the events of the Constitution's Bicentennial from 1987 to 1991 as a case study, Representing Popular Sovereignty explores the contradiction between the Constitution's importance as a political document and its weakness as a symbol in American popular culture....(Read More)
 
 
Sinners, Lovers, and Heroes
Sinners, Lovers, and Heroes (November 1997)
An Essay on Memorializing in Three American Cultures
Richard Morris - Author

This intriguing investigation of an historically embedded cultural struggle over the possession of America's "collective memory" has significant implications for how we interpret cultural conflict in past, present, and future America.

This book advances the thesis that memorials are fundamentally rhetorical and cultural forms of expression, that a careful examination of American memorializing discloses the contours of at...(Read More)
 
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