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The Historic Woodstock Art Colony

Explores the remarkable range of artists who have worked in Woodstock, New York for over a century.

The Algonquin Round Table

The facts and legends of New York's famed artistic hub told by one of its key participants.

Folklore Matters

By Bruce Jackson
Subjects: Literature

Celebrates over a half-century of the work of one of America's greatest folklorists.

Pepper Adams

A compelling biography of virtuoso, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and how his life intersected with some of the greatest poets, writers, painters, and musicians of his time.

Bronx Epitaph

The first book to comprehensively examine Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man" speech.

The Hard Sell of Paradise

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

Whiteness at the End of the World

Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.

Signs of Distinction

Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

Through the Periscope

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

Sharkey

The incredible, true story of the twentieth century's greatest performing sea lion and the man who trained him.

Race and the Suburbs in American Film

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

More Than Our Pain

Covering rage and grief, as well as joy and fatigue, examines how Black Lives Matter activists, and the artists inspired by them, have mobilized for social justice.

America in Denial

Examines how race-neutral programs and policies harm, rather than improve, the lives of blacks in the United States.

Higher Education for Democracy

Uses a cross-national comparison of Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Hong Kong to develop strategies universities should employ to strengthen democracy and resist fascism.

Funny How?

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

Freedom in Laughter

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin’ circuit to the mainstream.

DIY on the Lower East Side

Engaging look at Lower East Side writers and artists in the wake of the 1975 New York fiscal crisis.

Letters from Hollywood

Engaging essays on a wide spectrum of Hollywood directors and the films they created.

Reconciling Nature

Reveals how classic American novels embodied the tensions embedded in American views of the natural world from the Centennial until the end of the Second World War.

The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939

Assesses how America's film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.

From El Dorado to Lost Horizons

Investigates how musicals, war films, sex comedies, and Westerns dealt with contentious issues during a time of change in Hollywood.

College Bound

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Gestures of Love

Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.

Race Still Matters

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.

Historicizing Post-Discourses

Examines how postfeminism and postracialism intersect to perpetuate systemic injustice in the United States.