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Drops of Inclusivity
Drops of Inclusivity (June 2022)
Racial Equations and Meanings in Puerto Rican Society, 1898-1965
Milagros Denis-Rosario - Author

A critical view of race relations on the island of Puerto Rico from 1898 to 1965.

Drops of Inclusivity examines race and racism on the island of Puerto Rico by combining a wide-angle historical narrative with the individual stories of Black Puerto Ricans. While some of these Afro-Boricuas, such as Roberto Clemente and Ruth Fernández, are well-known, others, like Cecilia Orta...(Read More)
 
 
Through the Periscope
Through the Periscope (May 2022)
Changing Culture, Italian America
Martino Marazzi - Author

Offers a wider approach to Italian American culture, one that stresses both its material, urban components and the creativity of its formal literary codes.

The constant dialogue between literary forms of the Old and the New World is the core concern of the essays in Through the Periscope, which examine these ever-changing historical, intellectual, and psychological landscape...(Read More)
 
 
The Hard Sell of Paradise
The Hard Sell of Paradise (March 2022)
Hawai'i, Hollywood, Tourism
Jason Sperb - Author

Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.

The Hard Sell of Paradise examines how mid-twentieth-century Hollywood, negotiating the rhetoric of the tourism industry, offered a complex and contradictory vision of "Hawai'i" for its audiences. From the classic studio system and elite touris...(Read More)
 
 
Race and the Suburbs in American Film
Race and the Suburbs in American Film (July 2021)
Merrill Schleier - Editor

Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.

This book is the first anthology to explore the connection between race and the suburbs in American cinema from the end of World War II to the present. It builds upon the explosion of interest in the suburbs in film, television, and fiction in the last fifteen years, concentrating exclusively on the relations...(Read More)
 
 
Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism
Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism (March 2021)
How US Audiences Create Meaning across Platforms
Andrea L. Press - Author
Francesca Tripodi - Author

Unique empirically grounded analysis of how audiences negotiate sexism and feminism across media, from popular television shows to dating apps.

Feminism can reflect the cultural moment, especially as media appropriate and use feminist messaging and agenda to various ends. Yet media can also push boundaries, exposing audiences to ideas they may not be familiar with and advancing pub...(Read More)
 
 
Enduring Critical Poses
Enduring Critical Poses (February 2021)
The Legacy and Life of Anishinaabe Literature and Letters
Gordon Henry Jr. - Editor
Margaret Noodin - Editor
David Stirrup - Editor

A celebration of Anishinaabe intellectual tradition.

Enduring Critical Poses examines the stories, poems, plays, and histories centered in the Great Lakes region of North America, where the Anishinaabeg live in a space Basil Johnston referred to as “Maazikamikwe,” a maternal earth. The Anishinaabeg are a confederacy of many communities, including the Odawa, Saulteaux, Ojibwe...(Read More)
 
 
Michael Gold
Michael Gold (December 2020)
The People's Writer
Patrick Chura - Author

An authoritative biography of the dean of American proletarian writers during the interwar years.

Jewish American Communist writer and cultural figure Michael Gold (1893–1967) was a key progressive author of his generation, yet today his work is too often forgotten. A novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, journalist, and editor, Gold was the leading advocate of leftist, proletarian...(Read More)
 
 
Varieties of American Sufism
Varieties of American Sufism (August 2020)
Islam, Sufi Orders, and Authority in a Time of Transition
Elliott Bazzano - Editor
Marcia Hermansen - Editor

Participant-observation-based studies that explore a range of Sufi movements operating across the contemporary American religious landscape.

From Rumi poetry and Sufi dancing or whirling, to expressions of Africanicity and the forging of transnational bonds to remote locations in Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey, Varieties of American Sufism immerses the reader in diverse expressions of contemporary Sufi religiosity in the...(Read More)
 
 
Funny How?
Funny How? (May 2020)
Sketch Comedy and the Art of Humor
Alex Clayton - Author

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

What makes something funny? This book shows how humor can be analyzed without killing the joke. Alex Clayton argues that the brevity of a sketch or skit and its typical rejection of narrative development make it comedy-concentrate, providing a rich field for exploring how humor works. Focusing on a dozen or so skits and scenes, Clayto...(Read More)
 
 
Rumble and Crash
Rumble and Crash (February 2019)
Crises of Capitalism in Contemporary Film
Milo Sweedler - Author

Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, as the contradictions of capitalism became more apparent than at any other time since the 1920s, numerous films gave allegorical form to the crises of contemporary capitalism. Some films were overtly political in nature, while others refracted the vicissitudes of capital in stor...(Read More)
 
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