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Dispatches from the Color Line
Dispatches from the Color Line (July 2007)
The Press and Multiracial America
Catherine R. Squires - Author

Explores contemporary news media coverage of multiracial people and identities.

When modern news media choose to focus attention on people of multiracial descent, how does this fit with broader contemporary and historical racial discourses? Do these news narratives complicate common understandings of race and race relations? Dispatches from the Color Line explores these issues by examining contemporary...(Read More)

Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance
Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance (May 2007)
Shannon Sullivan - Editor
Nancy Tuana - Editor

Leading scholars explore how different forms of ignorance are produced and sustained, and the role they play in knowledge practices.

Offering a wide variety of philosophical approaches to the neglected philosophical problem of ignorance, this groundbreaking collection builds on Charles Mills’s claim that racism involves an inverted epistemology, an epistemology of ignorance. Contributors explore how different...(Read More)
Apocalyptic Dread
Apocalyptic Dread (March 2007)
American Film at the Turn of the Millennium
Kirsten Moana Thompson - Author

The power and presence of dread in recent American cinema.

In Apocalyptic Dread, Kirsten Moana Thompson examines how fears and anxieties about the future are reflected in recent American cinema. Through close readings of such films as Cape Fear, Candyman, Dolores Claiborne, Se7en, Signs, and War of the Worlds, Thompson argues that a longstanding American apo...(Read More)

Rules of the Game
Rules of the Game (July 2006)
Quiz Shows and American Culture
Olaf Hoerschelmann - Author

Critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture from the 1930s to the present.

From The $64,000 Question and Twenty-One to Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, quiz shows have permeated American culture ever since their beginnings in early radio. In Rules of the Game, Olaf Hoerschelmann critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture, drawing on a larg...(Read More)

Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing
Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing (January 2006)
Robert Viscusi - Author

Examines the forces that have shaped Italian American writing, from the novels of John Fante to the musings of Tony Soprano.

Robert Viscusi takes a comprehensive look at Italian American writing by exploring the connections between language and culture in Italian American experience and major literary texts. Italian immigrants, Viscusi argues, considered even their English to be a dialect of Italian, and the...(Read More)

Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge
Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge (January 2006)
David M. Standlea - Author

Examines the battle to develop the oil resources of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The global consumption of fossil fuels is dramatically rising, while inversely, the supply is in permanent decline. The “end of oil” threatens the very future of Western civilization. Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge examines the politics of drilling for oil in ...(Read More)
Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity
Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity (October 2005)
The Changing American Academy
Julie Thompson Klein - Author

Investigates the changing relationship of humanities, culture, and interdisciplinarity and its impact on humanities disciplines, American culture studies, and undergraduate education.

The study of culture in the American academy is not confined to a single field, but is a broad-based set of interests located within and across disciplines. This book investigates the relationship among three major ideas in the American acad...(Read More)

The Sitcom Reader
The Sitcom Reader (October 2005)
America Viewed and Skewed
Mary M. Dalton - Editor
Laura R. Linder - Editor

Offers a variety of perspectives on the sitcom genre and its influence on American culture.

Despite the popularity of the sitcom, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming, The Sitcom Reader is the first book to offer critical essays devoted specifically to the form. The contributors address important topics in relation to sitcoms, such as conventions of the form, the family, gender,...(Read More)
Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause (September 2005)
Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork
J. David Slocum - Editor

Assesses the layered meanings and persistent global legacy of an American film classic.

Five decades after the production and initial release of Rebel Without a Cause, this book examines both the complicated historical moment in which the film was made as well as its continuing and pervasive influence on film today. The contributors track how the film continues to speak to diverse audiences as a touchstone for ima...(Read More)
The New Abolitionists
The New Abolitionists (July 2005)
(Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings
Joy James - Edited and with an introduction by

Writings by twentieth-century imprisoned authors examining confinement, enslavement, and political organizing in prison.

“If you think modern slavery in the United States is a thing of the past, then The New Abolitionists ought to be mandatory reading. Joy James has done an incredible service by bringing together key writings by prison intellectuals over the past half century. The pieces she selected are...(Read More)
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