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A Geography of Hard Times
A Geography of Hard Times (April 2004)
Narratives about Travel to South America, 1780-1849
Angela Perez-Mejia - Author
Dick Cluster - Translator

Unravels the rich complexities of the colonial travel experience.

This fascinating glimpse into South America's past focuses on the works of four European voyagers who came to South America and left a legacy of travel writing in their wake: José Celestino Mutis, a Spanish botanist and doctor; Alexander von Humboldt, a German geographer; Maria Graham, a British historian; and Flora Tristán, a French femin...(Read More)
 
 
Ethnography Unbound
Ethnography Unbound (February 2004)
From Theory Shock to Critical Praxis
Stephen Gilbert Brown - Editor
Sidney I. Dobrin - Editor

Problematizes traditional ethnographic research methods, offering instead self-reflexive critical practices.

These provocative new essays redefine the goals, methods, and assumptions of qualitative and ethnographic research in composition studies, making evident not only the crucial importance of ethnographic research, but also its resilience. As Ethnography Unbound makes evident, critical ethnographers are ret...(Read More)
 
 
Mapping the Victorian Social Body
Mapping the Victorian Social Body (February 2004)
Pamela K. Gilbert - Author

Explores how medical and social maps helped shape modern perceptions of space.

The cholera epidemics that plagued London in the nineteenth century were a turning point in the science of epidemiology and public health, and the use of maps to pinpoint the source of the disease initiated an explosion of medical and social mapping not only in London but throughout the British Empire as well. Mapping the Victorian Social ...(Read More)
 
 
Edward Said at the Limits
Edward Said at the Limits (January 2004)
Mustapha Marrouchi - Author

Shows the full breadth and scope of Edward Said's work and of his role as a public intellectual.

In Edward Said at the Limits, Mustapha Marrouchi offers a sensitive critique of Edward Said, one of America's foremost commentators on the Palestinian cause. Marrouchi does justice to the extraordinary life of a complex figure who was fundamentally a humanist committed to the eradication of domination and whose angry ...(Read More)
 
 
Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning
Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning (December 2003)
J.M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison
Sam Durrant - Author

A cross-cultural analysis of the work of Coetzee, Harris and Morrison, demonstrating that the fundamental task of postcolonial narrative is the work of mourning.

Sam Durrant’s powerfully original book compares the ways in which the novels of J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison memorialize the traumatic histories of racial oppression that continue to haunt our postcolonial era. The works examined bear witness ...(Read More)
 
 
Bad
Bad (December 2003)
Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen
Murray Pomerance - Editor

Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Violence and corruption sell big, especially since the birth of action cinema, but even from cinema's earliest days, the public has been delighted to be stunned by screen representations of negativity in all its forms—evil, monstrosity, corruption, ugliness, villainy, ...(Read More)
 
 
Empire and Poetic Voice
Empire and Poetic Voice (December 2003)
Cognitive and Cultural Studies of Literary Tradition and Colonialism
Patrick Colm Hogan - Author

Explores the relation of post-colonization authors to literary traditions.

In Empire and Poetic Voice Patrick Colm Hogan draws on a broad and detailed knowledge of Indian, African, and European literary cultures to explore the way colonized writers respond to the subtle and contradictory pressures of both metropolitan and indigenous traditions. He examines the work of two influential theorists of identity, Judi...(Read More)
 
 
Historicizing Theory
Historicizing Theory (December 2003)
Peter C. Herman - Editor

Examines deconstruction, New Historicism, postcolonialism, and other contemporary theoretical movements in their historical contexts.

Historicizing Theory
provides the first serious examination of contemporary theory in relation to the various twentieth-century historical and political contexts out of which it emerged. Theory—a broad category that is often used to encompass theoretical approaches as varied as de...(Read More)
 
 
The End of Dissatisfaction?
The End of Dissatisfaction? (November 2003)
Jacques Lacan and the Emerging Society of Enjoyment
Todd McGowan - Author

2004 Gary Olson Award for best book in cultural theory presented by JAC

Explains why the American cultural obsession with enjoying ourselves actually makes it more difficult to do so.

Exploring the emergence of a societal imperative to enjoy ourselves, Todd McGowan builds on the work of such theorists as Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Zizek, Joan Copjec, and Theresa Brennan to argue that we a...(Read More)
 
 
Leaving Little Italy
Leaving Little Italy (November 2003)
Essaying Italian American Culture
Fred L. Gardaphe - Author

Provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Italian American culture.

Leaving Little Italy
explores the various forces that have shaped and continue to mold Italian American culture. Early chapters offer a historical survey of major developments in Italian American culture, from the early mass immigration period to the present day, situating these developments within the larger framework of American cult...(Read More)
 
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