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A Pedagogy of Witnessing
A Pedagogy of Witnessing (August 2014)
Curatorial Practice and the Pursuit of Social Justice
Roger I. Simon - Author

Explores the curating of “difficult knowledge” through the exhibition of lynching photographs in contemporary museums.

This outstanding comparative study on the curating of “difficult knowledge” focuses on two museum exhibitions that presented the same lynching photographs. Through a detailed description of the exhibitions and drawing on interviews with museum staff and visitor comments, Rog...(Read More)
 
 
American Dolorologies
American Dolorologies (April 2014)
Pain, Sentimentalism, Biopolitics
Simon Strick - Author

Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.

American Dolorologies presents a theoretically sophisticated intervention into contemporary equations of subjectivity with trauma. Simon Strick argues against a universalism of pain and instead foregrounds the intimate relations of bodily affect with racial and gender politics. In concise and original readings ...(Read More)
 
 
Slouching towards Gaytheism
Slouching towards Gaytheism (April 2014)
Christianity and Queer Survival in America
W. C. Harris - Author

Argues that homophobia will not be eradicated in the United States until religion is ended.

Slouching towards Gaytheism brings together two intellectual traditions—the New Atheism and queer theory—and moves beyond them to offer a new voice for gay Americans and atheists alike. Examining the continued vehemence of homophobia in cultural and political debate regarding queer equality, this unabas...(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)
 
 
Homegrown Gurus
Homegrown Gurus (November 2013)
From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism
Ann Gleig - Editor
Lola Williamson - Editor

Exploring homegrown movements and figures, proclaims “American Hinduism” as a distinct religious tradition.

Today, a new stage in the development of Hinduism in America is taking shape. After a century of experimentation during which Americans welcomed Indian gurus who adjusted their teachings to accommodate the New World context, “American Hinduism” can now rightly be called its own tradi...(Read More)
 
 
Key to the Northern Country
Key to the Northern Country (August 2013)
The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution
James M. Johnson - Editor
Christopher Pryslopski - Editor
Andrew Villani - Editor

Offers nearly forty years of interdisciplinary scholarship on the Hudson River Valley’s role in the American Revolution.

The Hudson River Valley, which George Washington referred to as the “Key to the Northern Country,” played a central role in the American Revolution. From 1776 to 1780, with major battles fought at Saratoga, Fort Montgomery, and Stony Point, the region was a central battlegroun...(Read More)
 
 
The Guitar and the New World
The Guitar and the New World (April 2013)
A Fugitive History
Joe Gioia - Author

A transformative look at a popular instrument and a hidden chapter of American history.

The American guitar, that lightweight wooden box with a long neck, hourglass figure, and six metal strings, has evolved over five hundred years of social turmoil to become a nearly magical object—the most popular musical instrument in the world. In The Guitar and the New World, Joe Gioia offers a many-limbed soci...(Read More)
 
 
Indigenous North American Drama
Indigenous North American Drama (January 2013)
A Multivocal History
Birgit Däwes - Editor

Traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.

Responding to an increasing need for critical perspectives and methodologies, this collection traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama through overviews of major developments, individual playwrights’ perspectives, and in-depth critical analyses. Bringing together writers and scholars from the ...(Read More)
 
 
From the Shahs to Los Angeles
From the Shahs to Los Angeles (November 2012)
Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture
Saba Soomekh - Author

GOLD MEDALIST - 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Religion category

A fascinating look at the lives, culture, and religious and ritual observance of three generations of Iranian Jewish women in the United States.

Saba Soomekh offers a fascinating portrait of three generations of women in an ethnically distinctive and little-known American Jewish community, Jew...(Read More)
 
 
Collecting Objects / Excluding People
Collecting Objects / Excluding People (September 2012)
Chinese Subjects and American Visual Culture, 1830-1900
Lenore Metrick-Chen - Author

Combining aesthetic and political history, explores the influence of Chinese people and objects on American visual culture.

In Collecting Objects / Excluding People, Lenore Metrick-Chen demonstrates an unknown impact of Chinese immigration upon nineteenth-century American art and visual culture. The American ideas of “Chineseness” ranged from a negative portrayal to an admiring one and these...(Read More)
 
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