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Ecology and Popular Film
Ecology and Popular Film (January 2009)
Cinema on the Edge
Robin L. Murray - Author
Joseph K. Heumann - Author

Ecocritical takes on popular film.

Ecology and Popular Film examines representations of nature in mainstream film while also looking at film itself as a form of nature writing. Considering a selection of mainstream movies that embrace a wide variety of environmental themes, from the Lumières’ Oil Wells of Baku (1896) to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Murra...(Read More)
 
 
Locating Race
Locating Race (January 2009)
Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship
Malini Johar Schueller - Author

Pinpoints the limits of many current globalization theories in challenging racial oppression, and argues instead for local and situated strategies for resisting racism and imperialism.

Locating Race provides a powerful critique of theories and fictions of globalization that privilege migration, transnationalism, and flows. Malini Johar Schueller argues that in order to resist racism and imperialism in the Un...(Read More)
 
 
The Passionate Empiricist
The Passionate Empiricist (January 2009)
The Eloquence of John Quincy Adams in the Service of Science
Marlana Portolano - Author

Explores John Quincy Adams’s oratorical work in support of government-funded science.

This book introduces readers to the role that classical oratory played in changing early American attitudes about pure scientific research. Marlana Portolano investigates the impact of John Quincy Adams’s oratorical campaigns on the origins of government-funded science in America, with a special focus on his classical...(Read More)
 
 
City of Rhetoric
City of Rhetoric (November 2008)
Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America
David Fleming - Author

Examines the relationship of civic discourse to built environments through a case study of the Cabrini Green urban revitalization project in Chicago.

Combining a detailed case study of Chicago’s Cabrini Green urban revitalization project with the concerns of modern political philosophy and rhetorical education, David Fleming examines the relationship between public discourse and the built environment in th...(Read More)
 
 
The Gita within Walden
The Gita within Walden (November 2008)
Paul Friedrich - Author

Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.

This book explores and interprets the myriad connections between two spiritual classics, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. Evidence shows that Thoreau took the Gita with him when he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have much in common, touching on ultimate ethical and met...(Read More)
 
 
The Oprah Affect
The Oprah Affect (October 2008)
Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club
Cecilia Konchar Farr - Editor
Jaime Harker - Editor

Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

The Oprah Affect explores the cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club, particularly in light of debates about the definition and purpose of literature in American culture. For the critics collected here, Oprah’s Book Club stands, in the context of American literary history, not as an egregious undermining of who we are and what...(Read More)
 
 
Feminist Mothering
Feminist Mothering (October 2008)
Andrea O'Reilly - Editor

Essays explore a wide range of contemporary feminist mothering practices.

Feminist Mothering goes beyond critiques of patriarchal motherhood to locate and investigate feminist maternal practices as sites for women’s empowerment and social change. The contributors see “feminist mothering” as practices of mothering that seek to challenge and change the norms of patriarchal motherhood that are ...(Read More)
 
 
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)

 
 
Ain't I a Feminist?
Ain't I a Feminist? (August 2008)
African American Men Speak Out on Fatherhood, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Freedom
Aaronette M. White - Author

Interview-based study of contemporary African American feminist men.

Ain’t I a Feminist? presents the life stories of twenty African American men who identify themselves as feminists, centering on the turning points in their lives that shaped and strengthened their commitment to feminism, as well as the ways they practice feminism with women, children, and other men. In her analysis, Aaronette M. W...(Read More)
 
 
Herman Melville and the American Calling
Herman Melville and the American Calling (August 2008)
The Fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857
William V. Spanos - Author

Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U.S.-led global “war on terror.”

Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville’s most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick. In contrast to prior readings of this fiction, William V. Spanos’s interpretation takes ...(Read More)
 
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