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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)

The Order of Joy
The Order of Joy (August 2008)
Beyond the Cultural Politics of Enjoyment
Scott Wilson - Author

Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.

This provocative book introduces a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies that provides a different way of understanding the structures of affect produced by shifts in contemporary culture and economy. In so doing, the author offers a radically refigured Lacanianism that is d...(Read More)
Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture
Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture (August 2008)
Esther Rashkin - Author

2009 Gradiva Award, Theoretical Category, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.

Esther Rashkin argues that psychoanalysis galvanizes, as no other discipline can, an understanding of texts in their social, historical, an...(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)
Burning Darkness
Burning Darkness (July 2008)
A Half Century of Spanish Cinema
Joan Ramon Resina - Editor
Andrés Lema-Hincapié - With assistance from

Encourages a deep reading of a selection of essential Spanish films.

From the origins of the New Spanish Cinema in the 1950s to the end of the last century, Burning Darkness features essays on a selection of essential films by Spain’s most important directors, including Pedro Almodóvar, Luis Buñuel, Víctor Erice, Ventura Pons, and others. Contributors focus on current theoretic...(Read More)
Expelling Hope
Expelling Hope (July 2008)
The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling
Christopher G. Robbins - Author

2008 AESA Critics’ Choice Award

Demonstrates the many devastating and interrelated threats that punitive policies like “zero tolerance” pose to youth, schooling, and democracy.

Expelling Hope raises critical questions about the effects of punitive policies, particularly “zero tolerance,” and repressive social relationships on youth (of color) and public scho...(Read More)
The Erotics of Corruption
The Erotics of Corruption (June 2008)
Law, Scandal, and Political Perversion
Ruth A. Miller - Author

A provocative retelling of the story of political corruption in the modern period.

In this provocative retelling of the story of political corruption in the modern period, Ruth A. Miller argues that narratives of political corruption rely upon an explicitly pornographic rhetoric and have been instrumental in carving out lawless or exceptional space. Drawing upon an extensive and wide-ranging literature, she exami...(Read More)
The Anorexic Self
The Anorexic Self (May 2008)
A Personal, Political Analysis of a Diagnostic Discourse
Paula Saukko - Author

Critically examines diagnostic and popular discourses on eating disorders.

Traditionally, women’s eating disorders are thought to be strongly influenced by media images idealizing a normative thin female body. Taking a different approach, The Anorexic Self critically examines diagnostic and popular discourses on anorexia that construct narrow and ideal notions of the female self. Paula Saukko analyzes ...(Read More)
How the Gene Got Its Groove
How the Gene Got Its Groove (April 2008)
Figurative Language, Science, and the Rhetoric of the Real
Elizabeth Parthenia Shea - Author

Traces the rhetorical work of the gene in scientific and nonscientific discourse throughout the twentieth century.

Against a backdrop of the history of the gene as a scientific and a cultural icon, How the Gene Got Its Groove examines how “genes” function as rhetorical objects. Returning to Wilhelm Johannsen’s original argument for the term, Elizabeth Parthenia Shea maintains that the gene w...(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)
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