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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)
 
 
New Morning
New Morning (August 2008)
Emerson in the Twenty-first Century
Arthur S. Lothstein - Editor
Michael Brodrick - Editor

Essays and poems explore the contemporary relevance of Emerson’s work and thought.

New Morning brings together philosophers, poets, and literary critics to celebrate and engage the ideas of the great American writer and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson’s legacy influences many areas; he was a champion of democracy and civil rights, a naturalist, an idealist, an artist, a writer, and a...(Read More)

 
 
The Metrosexual
The Metrosexual (July 2008)
Gender, Sexuality, and Sport
David Coad - Author

Explores the cultural significance of the metrosexual in sports.

How do you explain Dennis Rodman’s dyed hair, tattoos, and pierced body parts? Why are there so many athletes stripping for men’s underwear ads? Besides sport, what do Pat Riley, Alex Rodriguez, and Ian Thorpe have in common? And why has David Beckham been compared to Louis XIV?

In this fascinating exploration of pa...(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)
 
 
Sin, Sex, and Democracy
Sin, Sex, and Democracy (April 2008)
Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right
Cynthia Burack - Author

Explores the Christian Right’s use of tailored rhetorics to advance multiple and varied antigay political projects.

While the Christian Right has spearheaded a variety of antigay projects over the past fifteen years, including interventions in public schools, antigay-rights initiatives, and support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, observers of the institutionalized Christian Right hav...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Representational Correctness
Beyond Representational Correctness (March 2008)
Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media
Edward Schiappa - Author

Argues that representational correctness can cause critics to miss the positive work that films and television shows can perform in reducing prejudice.

Representational correctness describes an implicit set of norms, including accuracy, purity, and innocence, that guide much of popular media criticism. In this provocative book, Edward Schiappa argues that representational correctness is unproductive, antagonistic t...(Read More)
 
 
Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies
Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies (March 2008)
Activism in the GirlZone
Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau - Author

2010 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award, presented by The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

2008 Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship presented by Reflections - A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy


Case study of the life of a feminist organization in a changing political and funding climate.
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