Shows how the myth of the American frontier persists as an ever-present, oppressive set of ideas about space, mobility, and race in the mid-twentieth-century literature of Los Angeles.
Challenges readers to use utopian thinking and practice to counter the conditions of the present and create an alternative future.
A freewheeling, nonlinear exploration of the performing duo and their decade-long collaboration from 1946 to 1956.
Offers an interdisciplinary feminist framework for conceptualizing time and temporal justice as a form of reparation.
A fresh and rigorous interpretation of William James's ethical theory, showing how experimenting with life's opportunities can transform one's self and life.
An “all-you-can-eat” tour of American life in the postwar period, told through the foods we loved.
Tells the story of classic blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith.
Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.
Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Argues that Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch was a central concern of filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s.
Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.
A deeply personal study of post-9/11 film that exposes how genre can frame the shifting meanings of the War on Terror and its impact on American law and culture.
A critical view of race relations on the island of Puerto Rico from 1898 to 1965.
Offers a wider approach to Italian American culture, one that stresses both its material, urban components and the creativity of its formal literary codes.
Unique empirically grounded analysis of how audiences negotiate sexism and feminism across media, from popular television shows to dating apps.
A celebration of Anishinaabe intellectual tradition.
Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.
Participant-observation-based studies that explore a range of Sufi movements operating across the contemporary American religious landscape.
Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.
Argues that multiculturalism and hybridity are key components of the nation’s poetry and its culture.
Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.
How a small family company in the Finger Lakes became one of the most important wine producers in the United States, only to be taken down by corporate greed and mismanagement.
Investigates the cultural value of film violence.
Explores how white supremacist groups use popular music and culture to teach hate and promote violence.
Examines how postfeminism and postracialism intersect to perpetuate systemic injustice in the United States.
Documents the arc of the Italian American immigrant experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Investigates the rise and fall of US American lesbian cultural institutions since the 1970s.
How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.
Explores how the USHMM and other museums and memorials both displace and disturb the memories that they are trying to commemorate.
Uses both historical and contemporary case studies to examine how race and ethnicity affect the places we live, work, and visit. .
Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.
Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.
Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.
Explores the curating of “difficult knowledge” through the exhibition of lynching photographs in contemporary museums.
A transformative look at a popular instrument and a hidden chapter of American history.
Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.
Argues that homophobia will not be eradicated in the United States until religion is ended.
Traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.
Offers nearly forty years of interdisciplinary scholarship on the Hudson River Valley’s role in the American Revolution.
A fascinating look at the lives, culture, and religious and ritual observance of three generations of Iranian Jewish women in the United States.
Brilliant study of the effects of colonialism on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians, and their efforts to decolonize through healing and remembering.
A comprehensive assessment of how race and ethnicity affect the places we live, work, and visit.
A comprehensive assessment of how race and ethnicity affect the places we live, work, and visit.
Geographical perspectives on the changing patterns of race and ethnicity in the United States.
Offers important new perspectives on the African Diaspora in North America.
An interdisciplinary look Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the first historically Black sorority.
Considers the past, present, and future of interdisciplinary fields motivated by concerns for social justice.
Explores how Cuban Americans negotiate bicultural identities through cultural production.
Fascinating stories of ordinary people in the Middle Colonies who remained loyal to the Crown.
Philosophical exploration of Jamaica Kincaid’s entire literary oeuvre.
Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.
Explores John Quincy Adams’s oratorical work in support of government-funded science.
Examines the liberating power of speech and its influence on generations of Italian American writers.
Explores the arrested development of American culture.
Traces a lineage of pro-feminist black men to two early radical proponents of female equality.
A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.
Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Examines the relationship of civic discourse to built environments through a case study of the Cabrini Green urban revitalization project in Chicago.
Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U. S.-led global “war on terror. ”
Presents the perspectives of contemporary college students on their lives and educations.
Tells the story of Poughkeepsie’s transformation from small city to urban region.
Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.
Pinpoints the limits of many current globalization theories in challenging racial oppression, and argues instead for local and situated strategies for resisting racism and imperialism.
The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.
Scholars engage the ideas and legacy of Cary Nelson in conversations about the corporate university, teaching, poetry, and activism.
Ecocritical takes on popular film.
Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.
Essays explore a wide range of contemporary feminist mothering practices.
Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.
Interview-based study of contemporary African American feminist men.
Explores the cultural significance of the metrosexual in sports.
Explores James’s concept of the individual in terms of physiology, psychology, philosophy, and religion.
Explores the theme of aesthetic agency and its potential for social and political progress.
Explores the Christian Right’s use of tailored rhetorics to advance multiple and varied antigay political projects.
A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.
Examines contemporary anxiety over the phenomenon of conspiracy theories.
Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.
Contributors explore the relationship between food and the production of ideology.
Explores the role of the literary protest essay in addressing social divisions in the United States.
Provides a fresh perspective on the undeniable relationship between education reform and democratic revitalization.
Critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture from the 1930s to the present.
Details the reactions of men and women serving aboard a hospital transport ship during the American Civil War.
Examines the forces that have shaped Italian American writing, from the novels of John Fante to the musings of Tony Soprano.
Examines the battle to develop the oil resources of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Investigates the changing relationship of humanities, culture, and interdisciplinarity and its impact on humanities disciplines, American culture studies, and undergraduate education.
Writings by twentieth-century imprisoned authors examining confinement, enslavement, and political organizing in prison.
Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.
A historical romp through the fascinating subject of murder jurisprudence in the United States from the colonial period to the present, showing how changing social mores have influenced the application of murder law.
Pursues an inquiry into the cultural and linguistic dissonances that Spanish creates in the United States.
Using a life history approach, looks at what influences citizens to participate in the voluntary associations that comprise and promote civil society.
An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.
A history and social psychology of punk music.
A provocative analysis of current thought and discourse on multiracialism.
Interviews with prominent filmmakers, actors, and others on the art, craft, and business of moviemaking.
Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Explores leadership and civic virtue in American culture.
Explores changes in American attitudes toward Italy and Italians during a crucial period of U. S. immigration history.
Sees a way out of the contentious debates over the role of religion in American public life by looking back to the ideas of John Locke and the nation's Founders.
Memoir meets cultural criticism in this examination of American popular culture at the end of the century.
Examines the effects of globalization on three New York communities—Utica, Cooperstown, and Hartwick.