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Books for Fall–Winter 2017–2018
Contents
29 Anywhere But Here | Radcliffe/Scott/Werner
37 Behold the Proverbs of a People | Mieder
11 Ben Katchor: Conversations | Gordon
25 Between Generations | V. F. Smith
15 Beyond Bombshells | Brown
Black Boys Burning | Stockley
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21 Black Intellectual Thought in Modern America | Behnken/Smithers/Wendt
16 Blake Edwards: Interviews | Oldham
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Blasian Invasion | Washington
The Canadian Alternative | Grace/Hoffman
Administrative/Editorial/Marketing/ 21 Carter G. Woodson | Morris
Production: (601) 432-6205 12 A Charlie Brown Religion | Lind
Orders: (800) 737-7788 or (601) 432-6205 10 Chris Ware: Conversations | Braithwaite
Customer Service: (601) 432-6704 17 Chronicle of a Camera | Pope
Fax: (601) 432-6217 30 Civil War Humor | Nickels
12 The Comics of Joe Sacco | Worden
Director 38 The Complete Folktales of A. N. Afanas’ev: Volume I | Haney
Craig Gill 15 Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media | Joosen
Assistant to the Director 22 Conversations with Edmund White | Brantley/Roche
Emily Snyder Bandy 23 Conversations with Gary Snyder | Calonne
Rights and Permissions Manager/
22 Conversations with Joan Didion | Parker
Administrative Assistant
23 Conversations with Percival Everett | Weixlmann
Cynthia Foster
37 Curatorial Conversations | Cadaval/Kim/N’Diaye
Business Manager
Tonia Lonie 27 Dancing on the Color Line | Martin
Customer Service and Order Supervisor 36 Diagnosing Folklore | Blank/Kitta
Sandy Alexander 11 Ed Brubaker: Conversations | Wandtke
Acquisitions Editor 25 Eleanor Cameron | Allen
Vijay Shah 4 Emmett Till | Anderson
Associate Editor 31 European Empires in the American South | J. P. Ward
Katie Keene 14 The Expanding Art of Comics | Groensteen
Editorial Assistant 18 Fannye Cook | Shawhan/Barnwell/Hartfield
Lisa McMurtray 35 Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century | Hamblin/Abadie
Editorial Assistant 13 Forging the Past | Marrone
Mary Heath 5 Fragile Grounds | Schexnayder/Manhein
Project Manager 8 George P. Knauff’s Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling | Goertzen
Shane Gong Stewart 6 Godfather of the Music Business | Carlin
Project Editor 14 Graphic Novels as Philosophy | McLaughlin
Valerie Jones 32 Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction | Mathison
Associate Project Editor 34 The Hell of War Comes Home | Gilman
Kristi Ezernack 18 High Cotton | Helferich
Associate Director/Marketing Director 33 The Indian Caribbean | Roopnarine
Steve Yates
27 Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans | Baggett
Data Services and Course Adoptions Manager
9 Jazz Transatlantic, Volume I | Kubik
Kathy Burgess
9 Jazz Transatlantic, Volume II | Kubik
Electronic, Exhibits, and Direct-to-Consumer
Sales Manager
30 The Limits of Loyalty | Ruminski
Kristin Kirkpatrick 20 Lines Were Drawn | Horn/Huffman/Jones
Publicity and Promotions Manager 1 Live from the Mississippi Delta | Mayfield
Courtney McCreary 16 Margarethe von Trotta: Interviews | Raesch
Marketing Assistant 19 The Measure of Our Days | Mullins
Jordan Nettles 10 Michael Allred: Conversations | Irving
Production and Design Manager 20 Mississippi Black Paper | Niebuhr/Carter/J. M. Ward
Todd Lape 39 Mississippi Writers | Abbott
Senior Book Designer 6 New Orleans Remix | Sullivan
Pete Halverson 38 New York State Folklife Reader | Tucker/McHale
Book Designer 24 Oz behind the Iron Curtain | Haber
Jennifer Mixon 29 Prefiguring Postblackness | C. Davis
28 Prison Power | Corrigan
The paper in the books published by the Univer- 7 Quincy Jones | Henry
sity Press of Mississippi meets the guidelines for 24 Reading in the Dark | McCort
permanence and durability of the Committee on
39 Rencontres sur le Mississipi, 1682–1763 | Buzhardt/Hawthorne
Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the
Council on Library Resources. 28 Richard Wright Writing America at Home and from Abroad | V. W. Smith
17 The Screen Is Red | Dick
Postmaster: University Press of Mississippi. Issue 5 A Season of Night | McNulty
date: June 2017. Two times annually (January, 8 Selling Folk Music | Cohen/Bonner
June), plus supplements. Located at: University 31 Sowing the Wind | Pratt
Press of Mississippi, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jack- 26 Subversive Spirits | Roberts
son, MS 39211-6492. Promotional publications of 19 Sundays Down South | Chatham
the University Press of Mississippi are distributed 36 Superman in Myth and Folklore | Peretti
free of charge to customers and prospective cus-
tomers: Issue number: 2
35 Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty | Claxton/Eichelberger
7 Tearing the World Apart | Goss/Hoffman
Credits: (Front) Arthneice Jones, photograph by 3 Telling Our Stories | Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Panny Flautt Mayfield; (Back) An Evening of En- 26 Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children’s and Adolescent Literature | Trites
chantment ball, Krewe of Olympus, 1973. Queen 2 Unveiling the Muse | H. Smith
Olympus III Rodney Dugas. Photograph by Peggy 34 World War I and Southern Modernism | D. Davis
Stewart Studios (courtesy of George Wilson).

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Live from the Mississippi Delta
PANNY FLAUTT MAYFIELD

Live from the Mississippi Delta showcases a rare collection of photographs and
stories about musicians from Robert Plant, B. B. King, and ZZ Top to local
guitarists playing gigs on the weekend. Panny Flautt Mayfield, a lifelong
Delta resident from Tutwiler and an award-winning journalist, documents
multiple decades of blues and gospel music in her native land. Her first
book collects over two hundred black-and-white and color photographs
from a long career of photographing live music.
The book opens with Robert Plant addressing senior citizens gathered
in Tutwiler, to honor their town as the birthplace of the blues. From there,
the book proceeds throughout the Delta from juke joints and festivals to
blues markers and museums. Mayfield presents images and tales of local
icons such as Early Wright, Wade Walton, and the Jelly Roll Kings, as
well as international celebrities. She shares intimate photos, including
Garth Brooks and Bobby Rush charming elementary school kids in
West Tallahatchie, along with insider stories and photos of B. B. King’s
Homecoming, the Governor’s Awards, the Delta Blues Museum, the
Sunflower and King Biscuit festivals, and a fascinating side trip to the
Notodden Norway Blues Festival, which has a rich sister-city relationship
with Clarksdale and the Sunflower Festival.
Spectacular photographs of musicians
Years ago volunteer tour guide Shirley Fair announced to visitors that
there is a church or a juke joint on every corner in Clarksdale. Those in the cradle of the blues
demographics are still mostly accurate. Igniting a high-octane finale are
photographs taken at iconic juke joints such as Smitty’s Red Top, the
Bobo Grocery, the Rivermount Lounge, Po’ Monkey’s, Hopson, Shelby’s
Dew Drop Inn, the Rose, Ground Zero, Sarah’s Kitchen, Margaret’s Blue SEPTEMBER, 196 pages (approx.), 10 x 10 inches,
Diamond, and Red’s. 207 b&w/color photographs, index
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Panny Flautt Mayfield, Clarksdale, Mississippi, a lifelong resident Ebook available
of the Mississippi Delta, is an award-winning journalist who has been
photographing blues and gospel musicians at festivals, clubs, churches, and
juke joints for decades. Her collections have been exhibited in museums Photographs: (Left) Michael James on his knees before his
across the United States and Europe and have earned critical acclaim lady, Mae, with Rip Butler singing, “You’re Gonna Make Me
Cry” at the Dew Drop Inn in Shelby, late 1980s. (Right) With
from Aperture magazine. She has been recognized with more than thirty a master showman’s touch, Bobby Rush combines a quasi-
awards of excellence from the Mississippi Press Association, the Associated bad-boy style with a sense of fun at the 2007 Sunflower
Press, the Mississippi Film Commission, and the College Public Relations River Blues Festival.
Association of Mississippi.

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Unveiling the Muse
The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans

Howard Philips Smith
Foreword by Henri Schindler
Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books published
on the subject. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role
of gay Carnival within the larger context of the season. Howard Philips Smith corrects
this oversight with a beautiful, vibrant, and exciting account of gay Carnival.
Gay krewes were first formed in the late 1950s, growing out of costume parties held
by members of the gay community. Their tableau balls were often held in clandestine
locations to avoid harassment. Even by the new millennium, gay Carnival remained a
hidden and almost lost history. Much of the history and the krewes themselves were
devastated by the AIDS crisis. Whether facing police raids in the 1960s or AIDS
in the 1980s, the Carnival krewes always came back each season. A culmination of The untold story of a powerful
two decades of research, Unveiling the Muse positions this incredible story within its Mardi Gras tradition
proper place as an amazing and important facet of traditional Carnival.
Based on years of detailed interviews, each of the major gay krewes is represented
by an in-depth historical sketch, outlining the founders, moments of brilliance on JANUARY, 400 pages (approx.), 10 x 12 inches,
stage, and a list of all the balls, themes, and royalty. Of critical importance to this 628 b&w/color photographs, 27 tables, foreword,
history is the colorful ephemera associated with the gay tableau balls. Reproductions glossary, bibliography, index
of never-before-published brilliantly designed invitations, large-scale commemorative Cloth $50.00T 978-1-4968-1401-2
posters, admit cards, and programs add dimension and life to this history. Sketches Ebook available
of elaborate stage sets and costumes as well as photographs of ball costumes and rare
memorabilia further enhance descriptions of these tableau balls.

Howard Philips Smith, Los Angeles, California, grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi
and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He began writing about pre-AIDS
New Orleans and the gay ball scene during the early 1980s, the so-called Golden Age of
Gay Carnival. He lives with his husband and three cats.

Photographs: (Top) Baubles, Bangles and Boobs ball, Krewe of Olympus, 1976. Design by Earl Woodard
(courtesy of the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana). (Bottom) An Evening of Burlesque
ball, Mystic Krewe of Celestial Knights, 1982. Captain William Woolley and attendants (courtesy of the
Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana).

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Telling Our Stories
Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi
Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi Department of Archives
and History

Contributions by Reuben V. Anderson, Haley Barbour, Kane Ditto, Myrlie
Evers, John E. Fleming, Dennis J. Mitchell, and William F. Winter

In December 2017, in celebration of our state’s bicentennial, the Mississippi
Department of Archives and History will open two state-of-the-art
museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil
Rights Museum. The Mississippi Museum of History will explore the entire
sweep of the state’s history. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first
state-operated civil rights museum in the country, will explore the period The definitive guide to the 2
from 1945 to 1976, when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Mississippi Museums
Movement nationally.
This companion book highlights some of the Mississippi stories
captured in the two museums. The book also tells the story behind the
museum project, honoring those who made these museums possible and NOVEMBER, 200 pages (approx.), 9 x 9 inches,
celebrating their commitment to making the museums the signature project 156 b&w/color illustrations, foreword, introduction, index
of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration. Cloth $25.00T 978-1-4968-1348-0
Mississippi’s story comes to life through artifacts like a circa-1840 Ebook available
cotton gin, a contemporary Choctaw beaded medallion necklace, a banner
from the state’s first black Masonic lodge, a boll weevil trap used in Grenada
County, a chess set molded from bread by a Freedom Rider at Parchman Photographs (clockwise from left): Fannie Lou Hamer during the
March Against Fear through Mississippi, photograph by Jim Pep-
penitentiary, and a clock that stopped at the moment Hurricane Katrina
pler, June 1966 (courtesy of the Alabama Department of Archives
flooded a Biloxi home. Never before have these objects been gathered and History, Montgomery, Alabama). United States flag, hand-
together in one place or publication. spun cotton thread, 1818 (courtesy of the Mississippi Department
of Archives and History). Shackles, hand-forged wrought iron,
Founded in 1902, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History eighteenth century (courtesy of the Mississippi Department of
Archives and History). Herring Cache: projectile point, novaculite
collects and preserves the state’s historic resources, sharing them with the points, green slate banner stones, Middle Archaic Period, Missis-
public through programs, events, educational outreach, a library, and sippian Period (courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives
museums such as the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi and History).
Civil Rights Museum.

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Emmett Till NEW IN
Paperback
Black Boys Burning
The Murder That Shocked The 1959 Fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys
the World and Propelled the Industrial School
Civil Rights Movement
Grif Stockley
Devery S. Anderson
On the morning of March 5, 1959,
Foreword by Julian Bond Luvenia Long was listening to gos-
With a new preface by the author pel music when a news bulletin in-
terrupted her radio program. Fire
“Anderson has tracked down every had engulfed the Arkansas Negro
source; read every testimony, de- Boys Industrial School in Wrights-
scription, and transcript; interviewed
ville, thirteen miles outside of Little
every living witness; and read the
memories of the departed. He has
Rock. Her son Lindsey had been
searched every newspaper and mag- confined there since January 14, af-
azine story, including the most ob- ter a judge for juveniles found him
scure, and gathered every conflicting guilty of stealing from a neighbor-
version. Where witnesses conflict, he hood store owner. To her horror,
offers the likeliest version and ac- Lindsey was not among the forty-
knowledges the disagreement. He eight boys who had clawed their way
places this horrendous crime where The devastating, through the windows of the dormi-
it belongs: centrally in the civil rights tragic consequences tory to safety. Instead, he was among
movement. . . . This is a book that cov-
of structural and the twenty-one boys between the
ers its subject magnificently.” —from
institutional racism ages of thirteen and seventeen who
A gripping the foreword by Julian Bond, chair-
man emeritus, NAACP in a segregated boys’ burned to death.
reexamination prison work farm Black Boys Burning presents a
of the abduction focused explanation of how system-
“Devery S. Anderson’s Emmett Till:
and murder that The Murder That Shocked the World ic poverty perpetuated by white su-
galvanized the civil and Propelled the Civil Rights Move- premacy sealed the fate of those students. A careful telling of the
rights movement ment provides a full and detailed history of the school and fire, the book provides readers a fresh
picture of the murder of Emmett Till understanding of the broad implications of white supremacy. Grif
and its legacy. Mr. Anderson’s book Stockley’s research adds to an evolving understanding of the Jim
takes readers deep inside the political psyche and cultural mindset Crow South, Arkansas’s history, the lawyers who capitalized on
of Mississippi at the time. Emmett Till is masterfully researched, this tragedy, and the African American victims.
drawing on public archives and public collections to present the In hindsight, the disaster at Wrightsville could have been
most detailed account of this horrific story.” —W. Ralph Eubanks, predicted. Immediately after the fire, an unsigned editorial in the
Wall Street Journal Arkansas Democrat noted long-term deterioration, including the
wiring, of the buildings. After the Central High School Deseg-
“Drawing on new evidence and interviews with Till’s family mem-
bers, witnesses to the murder, and reporters who covered the trial
regation Crisis in 1957, the boys’ deaths eighteen months later
that exonerated the accused killers, Anderson offers a very detailed were once again an embarrassment to Arkansas. The fire and its
examination of the murder and its significance in the long history of circumstances should have provoked southerners to investigate
racial abuses in the South under Jim Crow. He concludes with his the realities of their “separate but equal institutions.” However,
own theory about the case and its legacy, a fund to investigate cold white supremacy ruled the investigations, and the grand jury
cases of civil rights murders prior to 1970. Photographs enhance declared the event to be an anomaly.
this very thorough and compelling look at the murder that galva-
nized the civil rights movement and continues to act as a rallying Grif Stockley, Little Rock, Arkansas, has authored several
call for racial justice.” —Vanessa Bush, Booklist books, including Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of
1919; Ruled by Race: Black/White Relations in Arkansas from Slavery
Devery S. Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah, is a graduate of to the Present; and Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas,
the University of Utah and editor at Signature Books. He has the latter published by University Press of Mississippi. Stockley
authored or coauthored several books on Mormon history, two of is recipient of the Arkansas Historical Association’s Lifetime
which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documen- Achievement Award for “pioneering investigations of Arkansas’s
tary from the Mormon History Association. racial history.”
SEPTEMBER, 584 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 31 b&w illustrations,
SEPTEMBER, 210 pages (approx.), 5½ x 8½ inches, 1 b&w illustration,
foreword, appendix, bibliography, index
bibliography, index
Paper $25.00T 978-1-4968-1477-7
Cloth $35.00T 978-1-4968-1269-8
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Ebook available
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Fragile Grounds A Season of Night NEW IN
Paperback
Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries New Orleans Life after Katrina

Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein Ian McNulty
Fragile Grounds compiles stories “This is more than a simple ‘storm
and photographs of endangered story’ and joins a tradition of evoc-
cemeteries throughout Louisi- ative place biographies. The author
ana’s coastal zone and beyond. develops his memoir beyond the
These burial places link the events of August 2005 into an exam-
fragile land to the frailty of the ination of what makes a community
state’s threatened community significant.” —Booklist
structures. The book highlights  
“McNulty’s account of the slow
the state’s vibrant diversity by
human recovery as people remade
showing its unique burial cus-
their lives, while elected officials
toms and traditions, while it also
produced a moribund recovery and
A visual treasury of identifies the urgent need for continuing scandals, is a paean to
disappearing cemeteries ongoing documentation of cul- the passion of workaday citizens
tural elements at risk.
and a call to preserve An account of life who make the reduced city greater
Cemeteries associated with than its political parts.” —Chicago
and document them post-Katrina and a
the culturally rich communities Tribune
of Louisiana reflect the history paean to shaken, but

and global settlement patterns of the state. Yet many are endan- ever-alluring, New “Joy—and sorrow—are offered up
gered due to recurring natural and man-made events. Nearly 80 Orleans in equal measure. . . . This book is
percent of the nation’s coastal land loss occurs in Louisiana. Coast- McNulty’s heartfelt tribute.” —New
al erosion, sinking land, flooding, storm surge, and sea-level rise Orleans Times-Picayune
have led to an inland migration that threatens to unravel the fabric  
of Louisiana and, by association, hastens the demise of its burial “A gifted writer, never overwrought or dramatic as in many Katrina
places. memoirs. McNulty writes with maturity, insight, and in gorgeous
As people are forced inland, migrants abandon, neglect, or color both of the devastation and of a city regaining its charm in
often overlook cemeteries as part of the cultural landscape. In ragged spurts.” —Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author
terms of erosion, when the land goes, the cemetery goes with of The Innocents and Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn
it. Cemeteries fall prey to inland and coastal flooding. As cities
grow outward, urban sprawl takes over the landscape. Cemeter- Ian McNulty, New Orleans, Louisiana, has been writing about
ies lose out to forces such as expansion, eminent domain, and ur- the life and culture of New Orleans since 1999 as a reporter,
ban neglect. Not only do cemeteries give comfort for the living, columnist, and author. He is a staff writer for the New Orleans
but they also serve as a vital link to the past. Once lost, that past Advocate, where he focuses on the food culture of one of the
cannot be recovered. world’s great food cities, and his radio commentaries air weekly
on the New Orleans NPR affiliate. He is also author of Lou-
Jessica H. Schexnayder, Denham Springs, Louisiana, is isiana Rambles: Exploring America’s Cajun and Creole Heartland,
a Louisiana native and is passionate about documenting the published by University Press of Mississippi and named one of
people, history, and culture of south Louisiana. Her writing and the top travel books by the Society of American Travel Writers.
photography have been featured by the Louisiana State Archives,
Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Country Roads, Heart of Louisiana, and OCTOBER, 172 pages, 6 x 9 inches
Inside New Orleans. Mary H. Manhein, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Paper $25.00T 978-1-4968-1492-0
is author of The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist; Trail Ebook available
of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist; Bone
Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology, and the mystery novel
Floating Souls: The Canal Murders. She is retired director of the
Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services
(FACES) Laboratory at Louisiana State University.

NOVEMBER, 256 pages (approx.), 10 x 10 inches, 252 color illustrations,
appendices, bibliography, index
Cloth $30.00T 978-1-4968-1432-6
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New Orleans Remix Godfather of the NEW IN

Music Business
Paperback
Jack Sullivan
Morris Levy
Since the 1990s, New Orleans has
been experiencing its greatest musi-
Richard Carlin
cal renaissance since Louis Arm-
strong. Brass band, funk, hip hop,
One of Steven van Zandt’s picks for
Mardi Gras Indian, zydeco, and his ten favorite music books of 2016
other styles are rocking the city in
new neighborhood bars far from the “Scrupulously even-handed, Carlin
Bourbon Street tourist scene. Even eschews the sensational in favor of
“neotraditional” jazz players have sober business history, meticulously
emerged in startling numbers, mak- detailing key aspects of Levy’s forty-
ing the old sound new for a younger year career.” —Jonathan Karp, Jewish
generation. Review of Books
In this book, Jack Sullivan shines
the light on superb artists little “Richard Carlin has written an eye-
How New Orleans opening, behind-the-scenes study of
known to the general public—Leroy
jazz and popular music through the
musicians perpetu- Jones, Shamarr Allen, Kermit Ruf-
fascinating (and checkered) career
ally renew a grand fins, Topsy Chapman, Aurora Ne- of Morris Levy. Digging deep into a
musical tradition aland, the Brass-A-Holics. He intro- variety of sources, Carlin has added
The incredible story
from classical to jazz, duces as well a surge of female, of the cofounder of fascinating, often highly personal,
funk, and beyond Asian, and other previously margin- details to the history of popular mu-
alized groups that are making the Birdland, a force in sic during the latter half of the twen-
vibe more inclusive than ever. New jazz and pop, and tieth century. This is a messy and
Orleans Remix covers artists who have broken into the national one of music’s last revealing story, with an assortment
spotlight—the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Jon Batiste great hustlers of criminal types and sprinkled with
—and many creators who are still little known. Based on dozens of many interesting photos.” —Ronald
interviews and archival documents, this book delivers their per- D. Cohen, editor of Alan Lomax,
Assistant in Charge: The Library of Congress Letters, 1935–1945,
spectives on how they view their present in relation to a vital past.
published by University Press of Mississippi
The city of New Orleans has always held fiercely to the old
even as it invented the new, a secret of its dynamic success. March- “The FBI always figured Morris Levy was the front man for the
ing tunes mingled with jazz, traditional jazz with bebop, Mardi- syndicate in the record business. This beloved, feared music man
Gras Indian percussion with funk, all producing wonderfully finally gets the epic biography he deserves in Richard Carlin’s fas-
bewildering yet viable fusions. This book identifies the unique cinating  Godfather of the Music Business.” —Joel Selvin, author
catalytic power of the city itself. Why did New Orleans spawn of Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty
America’s greatest vernacular music, and why does its musical Business of Rhythm and Blues
fire still burn so fiercely, long after the great jazz eruptions in
Chicago, Kansas City, and others declined? How does a tradition “Four stars. Richard Carlin’s brilliant research digs up intriguing
remain intensely creative for generations? How has the huge stories. . . . Totally fascinating.” —Fred Dellar, Mojo
influx of immigrants to New Orleans, especially since Hurricane
Katrina, contributed to the city’s current musical harmony? This “[A] colorful account of that sinister svengali, Morris Levy. . . .
book seeks answers through the ideas of working musicians who Carlin’s concise narrative successfully arcs Levy’s rags to riches
rise.” —Mike Jurkovic, Elmore
represent very different sensibilities in voices often as eloquent as
their music.
Richard Carlin, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, is author of several
books on popular music, including Worlds of Sound: The Story of
Jack Sullivan, New York, New York, is chair of the English
Smithsonian Folkways and Country Music: The People, Places, and
Department at Rider University and author of New World Sym-
Moments That Shaped the Country Style. He also coedited “Ain’t
phonies: How American Culture Changed European Music and Hitch- Nothing But the Real Thing”: How the Apollo Theater Shaped Amer-
cock’s Music, as well as editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror ican Entertainment and edited the eight-volume series American
and the Supernatural and Words on Music: From Addison to Barzun. Popular Music.
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OCTOBER, 312 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 40 b&w illustrations, index
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Quincy Jones NEW IN
Paperback
Tearing the World Apart
His Life in Music Bob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century

Clarence Bernard Henry Edited by Nina Goss and Eric Hoffman
“Clarence Bernard Henry has given to Contributions by Alberto Brodesco, James Cody, Andrea
American music literature the most Cossu, Anne Margaret Daniel, Jesper Doolard, Nina Goss,
beautifully written treatise on the mu- Jonathan Hodgers, Jamie Lorentzen, Fahri Öz, Nick Smart, and
sical accomplishments of the great Thad Williamson
Quincy Jones. No one has explicated
more thoroughly the prodigious, di-
verse, and unprecedented contribu- Bob Dylan is many things to many
tions of Jones. By doing so, Henry has people. Folk prodigy. Rock poet.
proven that Quincy Jones is unequiv- Quiet gentleman. Dionysian impre-
ocally one of America’s foremost mas- sario. Cotton Mather. Stage hog.
ters of music. This book is a literary Each of these Dylan creations comes
masterpiece and should be required with its own accessories, including a
reading for all students of American costume, a hairstyle, a voice, a lyrical
and African American music history.” register, a metaphysics, an audience,
—Earl L. Stewart, associate profes- and a library of commentary. Each
A biography of sor in the Department of Black Stud- Bob Dylan joins a collective cast that
one of the most ies at University of California, Santa has made up his persona for over
influential creators Barbara, and author of African Amer- fifty years.
and talents of the ican Music: An Introduction No version of Dylan turns out
twentieth century uncomplicated, but the postmillen-
Quincy Jones (b. 1933) is one of the Essays examining nial manifestation seems peculiarly
most prolific composers, arrangers, the Nobel laureate’s contrary—a tireless and enterprising
bandleaders, producers, and humanitarians in American music work in the new antiquarian; a creator of singular
history and the recording and film industries. Among pop music millennium texts and sounds through promiscu-
fans he is perhaps most famous for producing Michael Jackson’s ous poaching; an artist of innovation
album, Thriller. Clarence Bernard Henry focuses on the life, and uncanny renewal. This is a Dylan
music, career, and legacy of Jones within the social, cultural, of persistent surrender from and engagement with a world he per-
historical, and artistic context of American, African American, ceives as broken and enduring, addressing us from a past that is lost
popular, and world music traditions. and yet forever present.
Jones’s career has spanned over sixty years, generating a sub- Tearing the World Apart participates in the creation of the
stantial body of work with over five hundred compositions and postmillennial Bob Dylan by exploring three central records of
arrangements. He broke racial barriers as a composer in the Hol- the twenty-first century—“Love and Theft” (2001), Modern Times
lywood film and television industries, producing the best-selling (2006), and Tempest (2012)—along with the 2003 film Masked and
album of all time and receiving numerous Grammy Awards. Anonymous, which Dylan helped write and in which he appears as
He collaborated with an array of musicians and groups such an actor and musical performer.
as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzger- The collection of essays does justice to this difficult Bob
ald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Clifford Brown, Ray Charles, Dylan by examining his method and effects through a disparate
Michael Jackson, USA for Africa, and many others. Henry shows set of viewpoints. Readers will find a variety of critical contexts
how Jones has, throughout his career, wholeheartedly embraced and cultural perspectives as well as a range of experiences as
philosophies of globalization and cultural diversity in his body members of Dylan’s audience. The essays in Tearing the World
of work, collaborations, humanitarian projects, and musical Apart illuminate, as a prism might, its intransigent subject from
creativity. enticing and intersecting angles.

Clarence Bernard Henry, Newark, New Jersey, is an inde- Nina Goss, Brooklyn, New York, is a writer and educator. She is
pendent scholar and author of Let’s Make Some Noise: Axé and the coeditor of and contributor to Dylan at Play. Eric Hoffman, Ver-
African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music, published by University non, Connecticut, is a poet and essayist. He is author of Oppen: A
Press of Mississippi. Narrative and coeditor of Dave Sim: Conversations; Chester Brown:
Conversations; and Seth: Conversations, all published by University
SEPTEMBER, 208 pages, 6 x 9 inches, appendices, bibliography, index Press of Mississippi.
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Selling Folk Music George P. Knauff’s Virginia
An Illustrated History
Reels and the History of
Ronald D. Cohen and David Bonner
American Fiddling
Selling Folk Music: An Illustrated His-
tory highlights commercial sources Chris Goertzen
that reveal the process of how folk
music has been packaged and sold George P. Knauff’s Virginia Reels
to a broad, shifting audience in the (1839) was the first collection of
United States. Folk music has a southern fiddle tunes and the only
varied and complex scope and lin- substantial one published in the
eage, including the blues, minstrel nineteenth century. Knauff’s activ-
tunes, Victorian parlor songs, spiri- ity could not anticipate our modern
tuals and gospel tunes, country and contest-driven fiddle subcultures.
western songs, sea shanties, labor But the fate of the Virginia Reels
and political songs, calypsos, pop pointed in that direction, suggest-
A colorful account folk, folk-rock, ethnic, bluegrass, ing that southern fiddling, after
and more. The genre is of major his time, would happen outside of
of the history of folk
importance in the broader spectrum commercial popular culture even
music told through of American music, and it is easy to though it would sporadically en-
the images that sold understand why folk music has been gage that culture. Chris Goertzen
the music marketed as America’s music. uses this seminal collection as the
A study of the
Selling Folk Music presents the seminal nineteenth- springboard for a fresh exploration
public face of folk music in the of fiddling in America, past and
century fiddle tune
United States through its commercial promotion and presenta- present. He first discusses the life
collection and its
tion through much of the twentieth century. Included are concert of the arranger. Then he explains
flyers; sheet music; book, songbook, magazine, and album covers; lasting impact
how this collection was meant to fit
concert posters and flyers; and movie lobby cards and posters, all into the broad stream of early nine-
in their original colors. The 1964 hootenanny craze, for example, teenth-century music publishing. Goertzen describes the charac-
spawned such items as a candy bar, pinball machine, bath powder, ter of these fiddle tunes’ names (and such titles in general), what
paper dolls, Halloween costumes, and beach towels. we can learn about antebellum oral tradition from this collection,
The almost five hundred images in Selling Folk Music present a and how fiddling relates to blackface minstrelsy.
new way to catalog the history of folk music while highlighting the Throughout the book, the author connects the evidence con-
transformative nature of the genre. Following the detailed intro- cerning both repertoire and practice found in the Virginia Reels
duction on the history of folk music, illustrations from commercial with current southern fiddling, encompassing styles ranging from
products make up the bulk of the work, presenting a colorful, straightforward to fancy—old-time styles of the Upper South,
complex history of folk music. exuberant West Virginia styles, and the melodic improvisations
of modern contest fiddling. Twenty-six song sheets assist in this
Ronald D. Cohen, Gary, Indiana, is professor emeritus of his- discovery. Goertzen incorporates performance descriptions and
tory at Indiana University Northwest. He has received numerous music terminology into his accessible, engaging prose. Unlike the
awards including a Grammy nomination for The Best of Broadside vast majority of books on American fiddling—regional tune col-
liner notes in 2001. His previous books include Rainbow Quest: lections or histories—this book presents an extended look at the
The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940–1970; Alan history of southern fiddling and a close examination of current
Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934–1997; and Alan Lomax, Assistant in practices.
Charge: The Library of Congress Letters, 1935–1945, published by
University Press of Mississippi. David Bonner, Austin, Texas, is Chris Goertzen, Slidell, Louisiana, is professor of music history
a copywriter. He received the ARSC Award for Excellence, Best at the University of Southern Mississippi. His earlier books are
History, in 2009 for his book Revolutionizing Children’s Records: Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity; Southern Fiddlers and
The Young People’s Records and Children’s Record Guild Series, Fiddle Contests; and Made in Mexico: Tradition, Tourism, and Political
1946–1977. Ferment in Oaxaca, the latter two published by University Press
of Mississippi.
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Jazz Transatlantic, Volume I Jazz Transatlantic, Volume II
The African Undercurrent in Twentieth- Jazz Derivatives and Developments in
Century Jazz Culture Twentieth-Century Africa

Gerhard Kubik Gerhard Kubik

In Jazz Transatlantic, Volume I, re- In Jazz Transatlantic, Volume II, re-
nowned scholar Gerhard Kubik nowned scholar Gerhard Kubik
takes the reader across the Atlantic extends and expands the epic explo-
from Africa to the Americas and ration he began in Jazz Transatlan-
then back in pursuit of the music tic, Volume I. This second volume
we call jazz. This first volume ex- amplifies how musicians influenced
plores the term itself and how jazz by swing, bebop, and post-bop in-
has been defined and redefined. It fluenced musicians in Africa from
also celebrates the phenomena of the end of World War II into the
jazz performance and uncovers hid- 1970s were interacting with each
den gems of jazz history. The vol- other and re-creating jazz. Much
ume offers insights gathered during like the first volume, Kubik exam-
Kubik’s extensive field work and ines musicians who adopted a wide
based on in-depth interviews with variety of jazz genres, from the jive
The primary jazz musicians around the Atlan- The conclusion of a and swing of the 1940s to modern
installment of a life’s tic world. Languages, world views, monumental study jazz. Drawing on personal encoun-
beliefs, experiences, attitudes, and
work seeking the of jazz and its lasting ters with the artists, as well as his ex-
confluences between commodities all play a role. Kubik influence
tensive field diaries and engagement
reveals what is most important— with colleagues, Kubik looks at the
American and African
the expertise of individual musical individual histories of musicians and
jazz creation innovators on both sides of the At- composers within jazz in Africa. He pays tribute to their lives and
lantic, and hidden relationships in work in a wider social context.
their thoughts. The influences of European music are also included in both
Besides the common African origins of much vocabulary and volumes as it is the constant mixing of sources and traditions that
structure, all the expressions of jazz in Africa share transatlantic Kubik seeks to describe. Each of these groundbreaking volumes
family relationships. Within that framework, musicians are creat- explores the international cultural exchange that shaped and con-
ing and re-creating jazz in neverending contacts and exchanges. tinues to shape jazz. Together, these volumes culminate an inte-
The first of two volumes, Jazz Transatlantic, Volume I examines gral recasting of international jazz history.
this transatlantic history, sociolinguistics, musicology, and the
biographical study of personalities in jazz during the twentieth DECEMBER, 272 pages (approx.), 61⁄8 x 9¼ inches, 68 b&w illustrations,
century. This volume traces the African and African American bibliography, index
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African traditions as they transform into American jazz. Kubik Ebook available
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he includes influences of European music in both volumes. These
works will become essential and indelible parts of jazz history.

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bibliography, index
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Ebook available
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Gerhard Kubik, Vienna, Austria, is one of the best-known scholars in the field of ethno-
musicology and author of numerous books over a lengthy career. A cultural anthropologist,
ethnomusicologist, and psychoanalyst, Kubik researches music, dance, and oral traditions in
Africa and the Americas. He is author of Africa and the Blues, also published by University
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Chris Ware NEW IN
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Michael Allred NEW IN
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Conversations Conversations

Edited by Jean Braithwaite Edited by Christopher Irving
Virtuoso Chris Ware (b. 1967) has Michael Allred (b. 1962) stands out
achieved some noteworthy firsts for for his blend of spiritual and philo-
comics. The Guardian First Book sophical approaches with an art style
Award for Jimmy Corrigan: The reminiscent of 1960s era superhero
Smartest Kid on Earth was the first comics, which creates a mixture of
major UK literary prize awarded both postmodernism and nostalgia.
for a graphic novel. In 2002 Ware His childhood came during an era
was the first cartoonist included in where pop art and camp embraced
the Whitney Biennial. elements of kitsch and pastiche and
Like Art Spiegelman or Alison introduced them into the lexicon of
Bechdel, Ware thus stands out as popular culture. Allred’s use of both
an important crossover artist who in his work as a cartoonist on his
has made the wider public aware signature comic book Madman in
of comics as literature. His reg- the early 1990s offset the veiled
“[Comics] was a ular New Yorker covers give him a “To me, art is the autobiography of his own spiritual
medium that tried to central place in our national cultural most important thing journey through Mormonism and
put bits of the past, conversation. Since the earliest in human existence. struggles with existentialism.
present, and future issues of ACME Novelty Library in Thematically, Allred’s work deals
Every time you can
all together on a the 1990s, cartoonist peers have heavily with the afterlife as his cre-
acclaimed Ware’s distinctive, meti-
look at something
page so they could a human being ations struggle with the grander
culous visual style and technical questions—whether his modern
be apprehended innovations to the medium. Ware created, it means
both as a mass and Frankenstein hero Madman, cosmic
also remains a literary author of something and
as a flow, or, in more the highest caliber, spending many rock ’n’ roller Red Rocket 7, the un-
echoes out.” dead heroine of iZombie (cocreated
high-faluting words, years to create thematically complex
with writer Chris Roberson), or the
as a wave and as a graphic masterworks such as Build-
cast of superhero team book The Atomics. Allred also enjoys a po-
particle.” ing Stories and the ongoing Rusty
sition in the creator-driven generation that informs the current
Brown.
batch of independent cartoonists and has experienced his own
Editor Jean Braithwaite compiles interviews displaying both
brush with a major Hollywood studio’s aborted film adaptation
Ware’s erudition and his quirky self-deprecation. They span Ware’s
of Madman. Allred’s other brushes with Hollywood include an in-
career from 1993 to 2015, creating a time-lapse portrait of the
dependent adaptation of his comic book The G-Men from Hell, an
artist as he matures. Several of the earliest talks are reprinted from
zines now extremely difficult to locate. Braithwaite has selected appearance as himself in Kevin Smith’s romantic comedy Chasing
the best broadcasts and podcasts featuring the interview-shy Ware Amy (where he provided illustrations for a fictitious comic book),
for this volume, including new transcriptions. An interview with the television adaptation of iZombie, and an ongoing relationship
Marnie Ware from 2000 makes for a delightful change of pace, with director Robert Rodriguez on a future Madman film.
as she offers a generous, supremely lucid attitude toward her Michael Allred: Conversations features several interviews with
husband and his work. Candidly and humorously, she considers the cartoonist from the early days of Madman’s success through
married life with a cartoonist in the house. Brand-new interviews to his current mainstream work for Marvel Comics. To read
with both Chris and Marnie Ware conclude the volume. them is not only to witness the ever-changing state of the comic
book industry, but also to document Allred’s growth as a creative
Jean Braithwaite, Edinburg, Texas, is associate professor of genius.
English at the University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley, where she
teaches comics among other courses. Braithwaite is comics editor Christopher Irving, Richmond, Virginia, is a comic book and
at riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature. Her previous book popular culture historian. His most recent work includes Leaping
was a literary memoir, FAT: The Story of My Life with My Body, Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (with photographer
and she has published in periodicals including the Sun, New York Seth Kushner), the Graphic NYC web project (www.nycgraphic
Times, North American Review, and Henry James Review. novelists.com), and New York Comics: Une visite guidée de la capitale
des comics.
OCTOBER, 296 pages, 7 x 10 inches, 29 b&w illustrations, 11 color
illustrations, introduction, chronology, index JANUARY, 194 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 10 b&w illustrations, introduction,
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Ed Brubaker NEW IN
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Ben Katchor
Conversations Conversations

Edited by Terrance R. Wandtke Edited by Ian Gordon
Ed Brubaker (b. 1966) has emerged Author Michael Chabon described
as one of the most popular, signifi- Ben Katchor (b. 1951) as “the cre-
cant figures in art comics since the ator of the last great American
1990s. Most famous as the man who comic strip.” Katchor’s comic strip
killed Captain America in 2007, Bru- Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer,
baker’s work on company-owned which began in 1988, brought him
properties such as Batman and Cap- to the attention of the readers of al-
tain America and creator-owned ternative weekly newspapers along
series like Criminal and Fatale live with a coterie of artists who have
up to the usual expectations for the gone on to public acclaim. In the
superhero and crime genres. And mid-1990s, NPR ran audio versions
yet, Brubaker layers his stories with of several Julius Knipl stories, nar-
a keen self-awareness, applying his rated by Katchor and starring Jerry
expansive knowledge of American Stiller in the title role.
“Whether you’re comic book history to invigorate “Like the popcorn An early contributor to RAW,
writing a superhero his work and challenge the dividing industry, the Katchor has contributed to Forward,
action thing or Die line between popular entertainment economics of comic- New Yorker, Slate, and weekly news-
Hard or a small and high art. This collection of strip and picture- papers. He edited and published
character-driven interviews explores the sophisticated story writing require two issues of Picture Story, which
crime story, all of it artist’s work, drawing upon the that one produce a featured his own work, with articles
entire length of the award-winning lot of material.” and stories by Peter Blegvad, Jerry
is the same writing,
Brubaker’s career. Moriarty, and Mark Beyer. In addi-
really.” With his stints writing Cat- tion to being a dramatist, Katchor
woman,  Gotham Central, and Dare- has been the subject of profiles in the New Yorker, a recipient of a
devil, Brubaker advanced the work of crime comic book writers MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a
through superhero stories informed by hard-boiled detective fic- fellow at both the American Academy in Berlin and the New York
tion and film noir. During his time on Captain America and his Public Library.
series Sleeper and Incognito, Brubaker revisited the conventions of Katchor’s work is often described as zany or bizarre, and
the espionage thriller. With double agents who lose themselves in author Douglas Wolk has characterized his work as “one or two
their jobs, the stories expose the arbitrary superhero standards of notches too far” beyond an absurdist reality. And yet the work
good and evil. In his series Criminal, Brubaker offered complex resonates with its audience because, as was the case with Knipl’s
crime stories and, with a clear sense of the complicated lost world journey through the wilderness of a decaying city, absurdity was
before the Comics Code, rejected crusading critic Fredric Wer- only what was usefully available; absurdity was the reality. Julius
tham’s myth of the innocence of early comics. Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories presaged the themes of
Overall, Brubaker demonstrates his self-conscious method- Katchor’s work: a concern with the past, an interest in the inter-
ology in these often little-known and hard-to-find interviews, section of Jewish identity and a secular commercial culture, and
worthwhile conversations in their own right as well as objects of the limits and possibilities of urban life.
study for both scholars and researchers.
Ian Gordon, Singapore, is a cultural historian at the National
Terrence R. Wandtke, Belvidere, Illinois, is professor of film University of Singapore, where he is the convenor of American
and media studies and director of the film and media program studies. He is author of several books, most recently Superman:
at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. He is author of The Dark The Persistence of an American Icon, and coeditor of Film and Comic
Night Returns: The Resurgence of Crime Comic Books and The Mean- Books and The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern
ing of Superhero Comic Books and editor of The Amazing Trans- Life, published by University Press of Mississippi.
forming Superhero: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic
Books, Film, and Television. FEBRUARY, 192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 30 b&w illustrations (approx.),
introduction, chronology, index
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A Charlie Brown NEW IN The Comics of Joe Sacco NEW IN

Religion
Paperback Journalism in a Visual World Paperback

Exploring the Spiritual Life and Edited by Daniel Worden
Work of Charles M. Schulz
Contributions by Georgiana Banita, Lan Dong, Ann D’Orazio, Kevin
Stephen J. Lind C. Dunn, Alexander Dunst, Jared Gardner, Edward C. Holland, Isa-
bel Macdonald, Brigid Maher, Ben Owen, Rebecca Scherr, Maureen
“I don’t think anyone has written Shay, Marc Singer, Richard Todd Stafford, and Øyvind Vågnes
about my dad and truly captured
the essence of his character as com- The Comics of Joe Sacco addresses the
pletely and thoroughly as Stephen range of his award-winning work,
Lind has in this book. His research from his early comics stories as well
is commendable and his ability to
as his groundbreaking journalism
stay away from judgment and just
present the facts in an engaging
Palestine and Safe Area to Goražde to
and sensitive way allowed who my Footnotes in Gaza and his more recent
dad was to shine through with bril- book  The Great War, a graphic his-
liance.” —Meredith Schulz Hodges, tory of World War I.
daughter of Charles M. Schulz First in the new series, Critical
Approaches to Comics Artists, this
“Throughout my entire life, I have edited volume explores Sacco’s comics
seen my dad’s faith in action. I love journalism and features established
The first spiritual that the world will now have a book and emerging scholars from comics
testifying to Dad’s interest in the studies, cultural studies, geography,
biography of a mis-
life of Jesus Christ. Stephen Lind’s The first book- literary studies, political science, and
understood believer, book, A Charlie Brown Religion, will length study of the communication studies. Sacco’s work
the renowned lead you through Dad’s life of faith
acclaimed artist who has already found a place in some of
creator of Peanuts and love for the Scriptures. Who is
Jesus to Charles M. Schulz? After brought journalistic the foundational scholarship in com-
reading this book, you will know.” reportage to comics ics studies, and this book solidifies his
—Amy Schulz Johnson, daughter role as one of the most important
of Charles M. Schulz comics artists today.
Sections focus on how Sacco’s comics journalism critiques and
“’The book is an opportunity to explore just what was Charles employs the standard of objectivity in mainstream reporting, what
Schulz’s faith like and just how often did he put it in Peanuts, and aesthetic principles and approaches to lived experience can be
how did he get away with it?’ Lind said. Schulz has been labeled as found in his comics, how Sacco employs the space of the comics
both an atheist and a fundamentalist, but Lind said Schulz really page to map history and war, and the ways that his comics function
was neither.” —CBNNews.com in the classroom and as human rights activism. The Comics of Joe
Sacco offers definitive, exciting approaches to some of the most
“This is an impressive and welcome contribution to comics stud- important—and necessary—comics today, by one of the most
ies and in particular to the study of Charles M. Schulz and his acclaimed journalist-artists of our time.
beloved  Peanuts. The book is very well researched, and it clears
up numerous confusions with respect to Schulz’s religious views
Daniel Worden, Rochester, New York, teaches in the School
and how they interacted with his important artistic work.” —Roy T.
of Individualized Study at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Cook, professor of philosophy at University of Minnesota
He is author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary
Modernism and coeditor of Oil Culture.
Stephen J. Lind, Lexington, Virginia, is assistant professor of
business communication at Washington and Lee University. His
NOVEMBER, 294 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 29 b&w illustrations, introduction,
work has appeared in scholarly journals such as ImageTexT, Jour-
appendix, index
nal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Journal of Communication
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and Religion. Further details on his work can be found at www
Ebook available
.StephenJLind.com.
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Forging the Past NEW IN
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The Canadian Alternative
Seth and the Art of Memory Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels

Daniel Marrone Edited by Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman
“Marrone offers carefully articulated Contributions by Jordan Bolay, Ian Brodie, Jocelyn Sakal Froese,
and significant insights into Seth’s Dominick Grace, Eric Hoffman, Paddy Johnston, Ivan Kocmarek,
work, especially in his comprehen- Jessica Langston, Judith Leggatt, Daniel Marrone, Mark J.
sive consideration of all of Seth’s McLaughlin, Joan Ormrod, Laura A. Pearson, Annick Pellegrin,
major work to date, most of which
Mihaela Precup, Jason Sacks, and Ruth-Ellen St. Onge
has received little critical attention.
. . . He is not the first to recognize
that Seth’s interest in the past ex- This overview of the history of Ca-
tends well beyond simple nostalgia, nadian comics explores acclaimed as
but he is the first to devote extensive well as unfamiliar artists. Contribu-
attention to a troubling of nostalgia tors look at the myriad ways that
as Seth’s defining trait, making in- English-language, Francophone, in-
stead a case for Seth’s complex and digenous, and queer Canadian com-
transformative engagement with the ics and cartoonists pose alternatives
past.” —Dominick Grace, associate to American comics, to dominant
A critical study of professor of English at Brescia Uni- perceptions, even to gender and ra-
the extraordinary versity College and coeditor with cial categories.
Canadian comics Eric Hoffman of Dave Sim: Conver- In contrast to the United States’
sations; Chester Brown: Conversations; melting pot, Canada has been under-
creator
and Seth: Conversations, all published stood to comprise a social, cultural,
by University Press of Mississippi and ethnic mosaic, with distinct
A broad survey of all cultural variation as part of its iden-
Forging the Past offers a comprehensive account of Seth’s work the inspirations of tity. This volume reveals differences
and the complex interventions it makes into the past. Moving comics creation in that often reflect in highly regional
beyond common notions of nostalgia, Daniel Marrone explores and localized comics such as Paul
Canada
the various ways in which Seth’s comics induce readers to MacKinnon’s Cape Breton–specific
participate in forging histories and memories. Marrone discusses Old Trout Funnies, Michel Rabaglia-
collecting, Canadian identity, New Yorker cartoons, authenticity, ti’s Montreal-based Paul comics, and Kurt Martell and Christopher
artifice, and ambiguity—all within the context of comics’ unique Merkley’s Thunder Bay–specific zombie apocalypse.
structure and texture. Seth’s comics are suffused with longing for The collection also considers some of the conventionally
the past, but on close examination this longing is revealed to be “alternative” cartoonists, namely Seth, Dave Sim, and Chester
deeply ambivalent, ironic, and self-aware. Brown. It offers alternate views of the diverse and engaging work
Marrone undertakes the most thorough, sustained investigation of two very different Canadian cartoonists who bring their own
of Seth’s work to date, while advancing a broader argument about alternatives into play: Jeff Lemire in his bridging of Canadian/
how comics operate as a literary medium. Included as an appendix US and mainstream/alternative sensibilities and Nina Bunjevac
is a substantial interview, conducted by the author, in which Seth in her own blending of realism and fantasy as well as of insider/
candidly discusses his work, his peers, and his influences. outsider status. Despite an upsurge in research on Canadian
comics, there is still remarkably little written about most major
Daniel Marrone, Toronto, Canada, teaches English and visual and all minor Canadian cartoonists. This volume provides
culture. His work has appeared in Studies in Comics, ImageTexT, insight into some of the lesser-known Canadian alternatives still
and Canadian Review of Contemporary Literature, as well as the awaiting full exploration.
anthology The Canadian Alternative.
Dominick Grace, London, Ontario, Canada, associate professor
DECEMBER, 246 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 50 b&w illustrations, introduction,
of English at Brescia University College, is author of The Science
appendix, bibliography, index
Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb. Eric Hoffman, Vernon, Connecticut, is
author of Oppen: A Narrative, the first biography of poet George
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Oppen. Together Hoffman and Grace have edited Dave Sim:
Ebook available
Conversations; Chester Brown: Conversations; Seth: Conversations;
Great Comics Artists Series
and Jim Shooter: Conversations, all published by University Press
of Mississippi.

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Graphic Novels as Philosophy The Expanding Art of Comics
Ten Modern Masterpieces
Edited by Jeff McLaughlin
Thierry Groensteen
Contributions by Eric Bain-Selbo, Jeremy Barris, Maria Botero,
Manuel “Mandel” Cabrera Jr., David J. Leichter, Ian MacRae, Translated by Ann Miller
Alfonso Muñoz-Corcuera, Corry Shores, and Jarkko S. Tuusvuori
In The Expanding Art of Comics,
In a follow-up to Comics as Philosophy, prominent scholar Thierry Groen-
international contributors address two steen offers a distinct perspective
questions: Which philosophical in- on important evolutions in com-
sights, concepts, and tools can shed ics since the 1960s through close
light on the graphic novel? And how readings of ten seminal works. He
can the graphic novel cast light on the covers over half a century of comics
concerns of philosophy? Each con- production, sampling a single work
tributor ponders a well-known graph- from the sixties (Ballad of the Salt
ic novel to illuminate ways in which Sea by Hugo Pratt), seventies (The
philosophy can untangle particular Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius by
combinations of image and written Moebius), eighties (Watchmen by
word for deeper understanding. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons),
Jeff McLaughlin collects a range and nineties (Epileptic by David B.).
of essays to examine notable graphic
An explication of Then this remarkable critic, schol-
How graphic novels novels within the framework posited master works by one ar, and author of The System of Com-
expand philosophy by these two questions. One essay of comics studies’ ics and Comics and Narration delves
and how philosophy discusses how a philosopher discov- most renowned into recent masterpieces, such as
illuminates the ered that the panels in Jeff Lemire’s scholars Building Stories by Chris Ware.
graphic novel Essex County do not just replicate a Each of these books created an
philosophical argument, but they opening, achieved a breakthrough,
actually give evidence to an argu- offered a new narrative model, or took up an emerging tendency
ment that could not have existed otherwise. Another essay reveals and perfected it. Groensteen recaptures the impact with which
how Chris Ware’s manipulation of the medium demonstrates an these works, each in its own way, broke with what had gone
important sense of time and experience. Still another describes why before. He regards comics as an expanding art, not only because
Maus tends to be more profound than later works that address the ground-breaking works such as these are increasing in number,
Holocaust because of, not in spite of, the fact that the characters are but also because it is an art that has only gradually become aware
cartoon animals rather than human. of its considerable potential and is unceasingly opening up new
Other works contemplated include Will Eisner’s A Contract expressive terrain.
with God, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home,
and Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza. Mainly, each essay, contributor, Thierry Groensteen, Brussels, Belgium, is a prominent comics
graphic novelist, and artist are all doing the same thing: trying to scholar and author of numerous books including The System of
tell us how the world is—at least from their point of view. Comics and Comics and Narration, both published by University
Press of Mississippi. He has held a number of prestigious posi-
Jeff McLaughlin, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, is tions over the years: editor of Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée;
associate professor of philosophy at Thompson Rivers University. director of the comics museum housed in the Cité internationale
He is editor of Comics as Philosophy and Stan Lee: Conversations, de la bande dessinée et de l’image in Angoulême, where he is now
both published by University Press of Mississippi. a project director and curator; editor in chief of 9ème Art; founder
and editor of a comics collection for Actes Sud and lecturer on
SEPTEMBER, 240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, index the comics masters course at the École européenne supérieure de
Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1327-5 l’image in Angoulême. Ann Miller, Oxford, United Kingdom, is
Ebook available University Fellow in French at the University of Leicester. Miller
is joint editor of European Comic Art. She is author of Reading
Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip
and coeditor of Textual Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic
Art in French Autobiography and The French Comics Theory Reader.

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introduction, index
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Beyond Bombshells NEW IN Connecting Childhood and
Old Age in Popular Media
The New Action Heroine Paperback
in Popular Culture

Jeffrey A. Brown Edited by Vanessa Joosen
Contributions by Gökçe Elif Baykal, Lincoln Geraghty, Verónica
Beyond Bombshells analyzes the cultural
Gottau, Vanessa Joosen, Sung-Ae Lee, Cecilia Lindgren, Mayako
importance of strong women in a Murai, Emily Murphy, Mariano Narodowski, Johanna Sjöberg,
variety of current media forms. Action Anna Sparrman, Ingrid Tomkowiak, Helma van Lierop-Debrau-
heroines are now more popular in wer, Ilgım Veryeri Alaca, and Elisabeth Wesseling
movies, comic books, television, and
literature than they have ever been. Media narratives in popular culture
Their spectacular presence represents often assign interchangeable charac-
shifting ideas about female agency, teristics to childhood and old age,
power, and sexuality. Beyond Bomb- presuming a resemblance between
shells explores how action heroines re- children and the elderly. These des-
veal and reconfigure perceptions ignations in media can have far-
about how and why women are capa- reaching repercussions in shaping
ble of physically dominating roles in not only language, but also cogni-
modern fiction, indicating the var- tive activity and behavior. The
A full exploration
ious strategies used to contain and/or meaning attached to biological, nu-
of the heroine in exploit female violence. merical age—even the mere fact that
movies, comic Focusing on a range of success- we calculate a numerical age at all—is
books, television, ful and controversial recent heroines culturally determined, as is the way
and literature in the mass media, including Katniss people “act their age.”
Everdeen from The Hunger Games Penetrating analysis With populations aging all
books and movies, Lisbeth Salander around the world, awareness of in-
of what it means
from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels and films, and Hit-Girl tergenerational relationships and
in literature, film, associations surrounding old age is
from the Kick-Ass movies and comic books, Jeffrey A. Brown argues
that the role of action heroine reveals evolving beliefs about animation, and becoming urgent. Connecting Child-
femininity. While women in action roles are still heavily sexualized advertising to act hood and Old Age in Popular Media
and objectified, they also challenge preconceived myths about your age, or not caters to this urgency and contrib-
normal or culturally appropriate gender behavior. The ascribed utes to age literacy by supplying in-
sexuality of modern heroines remains Brown’s consistent theme, sights into the connection between
particularly how objectification intersects with issues of racial childhood and senescence to show
stereotyping, romantic fantasies, images of violent adolescent and that people are aged by culture.
preadolescent girls, and neoliberal feminist revolutionary parables. Treating classic stories like the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales
Individual chapters study the gendered dynamics of torture in and Heidi; pop culture hits like The Simpsons and Mad Men; and
action films, the role of women in partnerships with male col- international productions, such as Turkish television cartoons and
leagues, young women as well as revolutionary leaders in dystopic South Korean films, contributors explore the recurrent idea that
societies, adolescent sexuality and romance in action narratives, the “children are like old people,” as well as other relationships be-
historical import of nonwhite heroines, and how modern African tween children and elderly characters as constructed in literature
American, Asian, and Latina heroines both challenge and are and media from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. This
restricted by longstanding racial stereotypes. volume deals with fiction and analyzes language as well as verbal-
ly sparse, visual productions, including children’s literature, film,
Jeffrey A. Brown, Bowling Green, Ohio, is a professor in the television, animation, and advertising.
Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State Univer-
sity. He is author of Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Vanessa Joosen, Antwerp, Belgium, is professor of English
literature and children’s literature at the University of Antwerp.
Fans and Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and
She is author of Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales,
Popular Culture, both published by University Press of Mississippi.
which won an ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Academic
Publication. She is coeditor, with Gillian Lathey, of Grimm’s
FEBRUARY, 274 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 26 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
Tales around the Globe, which received the Children’s Literature
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Margarethe von Trotta Blake Edwards
Interviews Interviews

Edited by Monika Raesch Edited by Gabriella Oldham
Margarethe von Trotta (b. 1942) Blake Edwards (1922–2010) was
entered the film industry in the only a multitalented, versatile director
way she could in the 1960s—as an constantly exploring who he was, not
actress. Throughout her career, von only in filmmaking but also in life.
Trotta added thirty-two acting cred- Often typecast as a comedy direc-
its to her name; however, these tor, he also created westerns, thrill-
credits came to a halt in 1975. Her ers, musicals, and heart-wrenching
ambition had always been to be a dramas. His strength as a filmmaker
movie director. Though she viewed came from his ability to be a triple
acting as a detour, it allowed her to be threat—writer, director, and pro-
in the right place at the right time, and ducer—allowing him full control of
through her line of work she met such his films, especially when the studio
important directors as Rainer Werner system failed him.
Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. Blake Edwards: Interviews high-
“Every person is a The latter would eventually provide “I have a lot of lights how the filmmaker created the
kaleidoscope of her with the opportunity to codirect trouble character- hugely successful Pink Panther fran-
characteristics, her first film, Die Verlohrene Ehre der izing my approach, chise; his long partnership with
talents, interests, Katharina Blum (The Lost Honor of since my genesis award-winning composer Henry
Mancini; his principles of comedy as
emotions. Everybody Katharina Blum) in 1975. The debut’s goes back to the
success ensured von Trotta’s future in influenced by the comic greats of
is so many possible screwballs. I don’t film history, especially silent come-
the film industry and launched her
persons in one.” want to come up dies; his decades-long marriage and
accomplished film directing career.
In Margarethe von Trotta: Inter- with a theory for film collaborations with Julie An-
views, volume editor Monika Raesch comedy.” drews; and his unique philosophy of
furnishes twenty-four illuminating interviews with the auteur. life. Continually testing his abilities
Spanning three decades, from the mid-1980s until today, the in- as a writer, which he considered
terviews reveal not only von Trotta’s life in the film industry, but himself to be above all other professions, Edwards did not hesitate
also evolving roles of and opportunities provided to women over to strip comedy from films that clearly and purposefully explored
that time period. This collection of interviews presents the differ- other genres with sharp, dramatic insight. He created thrilling sus-
ent dimensions of von Trotta through the lenses of film critics, pense (Experiment in Terror); rugged westerns (Wild Rovers); rivet-
scholars, and journalists. The volume offers essential reading for ing drama (Days of Wine and Roses); and bittersweet romance
anyone seeking a better understanding of an iconic female movie (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). He also created musicals, namely Darling
director at a time when this possibility for women just emerged. Lili and Victor/Victoria, showcasing the talents of Andrews. In fact,
many of these films have been considered some of Edwards’s finest
Monika Raesch, Boston, Massachusetts, is associate professor in his appreciable career.
of film studies and video production and chair of the Communi- Reinventing himself throughout his sixty-year career, Ed-
cation and Journalism Department at Suffolk University. A native wards found new outlets of expression that fueled his creativity
to the very end. This long-overdue collection of published inter-
of Germany, she is author of The Kiarostami Brand: Creation of
views explores the up and downs—and ups again—of a sometimes
a Film Auteur and has published articles in such journals as the
flawed but always gifted and often surprising filmmaker.
Journal of Film and Video and Feminist Media Studies.
Gabriella Oldham, New York, New York, has compiled two
FEBRUARY, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology,
volumes of interviews with film editors—First Cut: Conversations
filmography, index
with Film Editors and First Cut 2: More Conversations with Film
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Editors—and an exploration of Buster Keaton’s silent short com-
Ebook available
edies. Her recent publications include John Cassavetes: Interviews,
Conversations with Filmmakers Series
published by University Press of Mississippi, and the biography
Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy.

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Chronicle of a Camera NEW IN
Paperback
The Screen Is Red NEW IN
Paperback
The Arriflex 35 in North Hollywood, Communism,
America, 1945–1972 and the Cold War

Norris Pope Bernard F. Dick
“Norris Pope’s Chronicle of a Cam- “Bernard Dick’s The Screen Is Red is an
era reads oddly like a thriller docu- important and valuable addition to an
menting how a collection of ornery already crowded field. It stands out
and independent visual storytellers because of its erudition and its ency-
used a remarkable tool, the Arriflex II, clopedic scope. It is also beautifully
to change how films are made and to contextualized, immensely readable,
change what kinds of films are and judicious in its analyses.”
possible in America. Chronicle of a
—Phillip Deery, author of Red Apple:
Camera should be essential reading
for anyone interested in how inde-
Communism and McCarthyism in Cold
pendent narrative cinema became a War New York
reality in the United States.”
—Charles V. Eidsvik, author of “A superbly rendered account of
Cineliteracy: Film Among the Arts a time in American history all too
reminiscent of the toxic rhetoric so
much in the air today. Drawing on
A history of the This volume provides a history of A treatment of philosophy, literary theory, and a
lightweight the most consequential 35mm mo- cinema’s long and comprehensive knowledge of cin-
workhorse camera tion picture camera introduced in fraught relations ema, Bernard Dick provides a vivid,
that transformed North America in the quarter centu- with the monstrous crystal-clear report of media and
postwar ry following the Second World War: symbols of Soviet society always in partnership and at
the Arriflex 35. It traces the North bay.” —Paul Levinson, author of The
cinematography communism
American history of this camera Plot to Save Socrates and McLuhan in
from 1945 through 1972—when the an Age of Social Media
first lightweight, self-blimped 35mm
cameras became available. Bernard F. Dick, Teaneck, New Jersey, attended the University
Chronicle of a Camera emphasizes theatrical film production, of Scranton and Fordham University, from which he received a
documenting the Arriflex’s increasingly important role in PhD in classical philology. He has taught classics, world litera-
expanding the range of production choices, styles, and even ture, film, and writing during his fifty years in higher education.
content of American motion pictures in this period. The book’s He has also written a number of books, including Forever Mame:
exploration culminates most strikingly in examples found in feature The Life of Rosalind Russell; Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty;
films dating from the 1960s and early 1970s, including a number and Hollywood Madonna: Loretta Young in University Press of
of films associated with what came to be known as the Hollywood Mississippi’s Hollywood Legends Series.
New Wave. The author shows that the Arriflex prompted
important innovation in three key areas: it greatly facilitated and FEBRUARY, 308 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 35 b&w illustrations, filmography, index
encouraged location shooting; it gave cinematographers new Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1493-7
options for intensifying visual style and content; and it stimulated Ebook available
low-budget and independent production. Films in which the
Arriflex played an absolutely central role include Bullitt,  The
French Connection, and, most significantly, Easy Rider. Using an
Arriflex for car-mounted shots, hand-held shots, and zoom-lens
shots led to greater cinematic realism and personal expression.

Norris Pope, Palo Alto, California, is program director for
scholarly publishing at Stanford University Press. The author
of Dickens and Charity, he has a doctorate in modern history from
Oxford University. He owns—and often uses—an Arriflex 35.

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Fannye Cook High Cotton
Mississippi’s Pioneering Conservationist Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta

Dorothy Shawhan Gerard Helferich
Edited and with contributions by With a new afterword by the author
Marion Barnwell and Libby Hartfield
“Evocative.” —Wall Street Journal
Conservationist Fannye Cook (1889–
“Perceptive and unaffected.” —Busi-
1964) was the most widely known
ness Week
scientist in Mississippi and was na-
tionally known as the go-to person
“Valuable insights into the historical
for biological information or wildlife
and cultural significance of cotton
specimens from the state. This biog-
in the United States.” —Publishers
raphy celebrates the environmental- Weekly
ist instrumental in the creation of the
Mississippi Game and Fish Commis- “Fascinating and masterful . . . a
sion (now called the Mississippi De- unique treasure trove of information
partment of Wildlife, Fisheries, and about a long-neglected and much-
Parks) and the Mississippi Museum misunderstood segment of American
of Natural Science. life.” —Governor William F. Winter
To accomplish this feat, Cook A paean to the
A biography of led an extensive grassroots effort to vanishing family “Helferich [shows] understated elo-
Mississippi’s implement game laws and protect cotton farm quence and a lyrical feel for his leg-
trailblazing female the state’s environment. In 1926 she endary crop.”
conservationist and began traveling the state at her own —Times Literary Supplement
scientist expense, speaking at county fairs,
schools, and clubs, and to county This dirt-under-the-fingernails portrait of a small-time farmer
boards of supervisors on the status follows Zack Killebrew over a single year as he struggles to defend
of wildlife populations and the need for management. Eventu- his cotton against such timeless adversaries as weeds, insects, and
ally she collected a diverse group of supporters from across the drought, as well as such twenty-first-century threats as global-
state. Due to these efforts, the legislature created the Mississippi ization. Over the course of the season, Helferich describes how
Game and Fish Commission in 1932. Thanks to the formation this singular crop has stamped American history and culture like
of the Works Progress Administration in 1935, Cook received no other. Then, as Killebrew prepares to harvest his cotton, two
a WPA grant to conduct a comprehensive plant and animal sur- hurricanes named Katrina and Rita devastate the Gulf Coast and
vey of Mississippi. Under this program, eighteen museums were barrel inland. Killebrew’s tale is at once a glimpse into our nation’s
established within the state, and another one in Jackson, which past, a rich commentary on our present, and a plain-sighted vision
served as the hub for public education and scientific research. of the future of farming in the Mississippi Delta.
Fannye Cook served as director of the Mississippi Museum of On first publication, High Cotton won the Authors Award from
Natural Science until her retirement in 1958. During her tenure, the Mississippi Library Association. This updated edition includes
she published many bulletins, pamphlets, scientific papers, and a new afterword, which resumes the story of Zack Killebrew and
the extensive book, Freshwater Fishes of Mississippi. his family, discusses how cotton farming has continued to change,
and shows how the Delta has retained its elemental character.
Dorothy Shawhan (1942–2014) was an outstanding educator
and writer. She taught at Delta State University in Cleveland, Gerard Helferich, Jackson, Mississippi, is author of four
Mississippi, where she chaired the Division of Languages and Lit- best-selling, award-winning books, including Theodore Roosevelt
erature from 1991 to 2006. She published widely in literary and and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912;
scholarly journals and authored four books, including the widely Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya; and Humboldt’s
popular novel Lizzie, based on the life of a Mississippi governor’s Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey
daughter, and coauthored a biography, Lucy Somerville Howorth: That Changed the Way We See the World. Before turning to writing
New Deal Lawyer, Politician, and Feminist from the South. Marion in 2002, he worked as an editor and publisher for twenty-five
Barnwell, Jackson, Mississippi, is professor emerita of English at years in various publishing houses in New York. A member of the
Delta State University. Libby Hartfield, Bolton, Mississippi, is National Book Critics Circle, he publishes book reviews in the
director emerita of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Wall Street Journal.

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Sundays Down South NEW IN The Measure of NEW IN

Our Days
A Pastor’s Stories Paperback Paperback

James O. Chatham Writings of William F. Winter

“‘This is not a religious book,’ notes Edited by Andrew P. Mullins, Jr.
Chatham, a pastor with a social con-
science who gives us stories about the “During his six decades of public service
lives of poor people struggling ‘to live and involvement, Governor Winter of-
in the sunshine’ in four southern loca- ten delivered speeches extempora-
tions. Poignantly addressing daily life, neously. Those of us associated with
these cultural pictures tell tales of her- him during his career believed that
oism and tragedy, ingenuity and van- there was no record of his speeches
ity, triumph, and foolishness. Along or a very scattered collection at best.
the way, Chatham observes that moral However, what we did know then, and
purpose and conviction are essential what has remained true throughout
for survival and that ‘the most sturdy his life, is that he never used a speech
and courageous hearts often come writer. Every speech he has made re-
in very plain packaging.’ Chatham ex- gardless of the issue or the occasion
plains that his churches were always has been written by him.
‘more concerned with life in the pres-
A revealing picture William Winter often speaks the
ent than with life in the hereafter,’ and truth as he sees it in poetic fashion in
of southern his stories reveal him to have a listen-
Speeches from one hopes of advancing his beloved state
character as seen ing heart that only judges the outside and its citizens on the issues he views
world insofar as it promises and never of Mississippi’s best
in a minister’s as most important. As a leader he has
delivers.” —Library Journal known and most
recollections of his given his opinions on what is best for
progressive public Mississippi, the South, and the nation
congregations
“This southern Presbyterian minister servants above the fray of partisan politics—the
collects uplifting stories he has heard dictionary definition of a statesman.
and experienced. Chatham gathers The selections in this book serve
his stories from parishes in Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and as the testimony of one of Mississip-
Kentucky; and many of the tales relate how folks overcame difficult pi’s finest statesmen—one who has served and continues to serve
odds. Other stories convey the homespun philosophy of people his state, region, and country for over sixty years. His outstanding
such as Mr. Cecil, a high-school history teacher in Fayette, Missis- service to both public and private entities has been extraordinary
sippi, who holds forth on mid-1960s segregation, or Miss Susie, an since he first entered the armed services in 1943. This publication
87-year-old Fayette lady whose tales of reaching out to poor folks embodies his wisdom and his remarkable contributions.” —from the
are remarkably heartwarming. As the stories move into the 1980s preface by Andrew P. Mullins, Jr.
and 1990s and into more cosmopolitan areas, such as Winston-
Salem, North Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky, helping troubled
youth and drug addicts becomes a common topic. The centerpiece
William F. Winter, Jackson, Mississippi, practices law in the Jones
of the latter portion of the book is Chatham’s experiences with two Walker Law Firm. Andrew P. Mullins, Jr., Oxford, Mississippi,
Louisville congregations, one white, the other black. All this is related is chief of staff to the chancellor emeritus at the University of Mis-
in a friendly, Mayberry-esque style.” —Booklist sissippi and assistant director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps.

James O. Chatham, Asheville, North Carolina, is pastor emer- SEPTEMBER, 262 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 13 b&w illustrations, introduction
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where he served for twenty-five years. He is the author of several Ebook available
books, including Matching and Dispatching: Wedding and Funeral
Stories of a Battle-Toughened Pastor and editor of Faith Grows by
Risk: Stories from the Life of Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

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Mississippi Black Paper Lines Were Drawn NEW IN
Paperback
Remembering Court-Ordered
Foreword by Reinhold Niebuhr Integration at a Mississippi
Introduction by Hodding Carter III High School
Introduction to the new edition by
Jason Morgan Ward Edited by Teena F. Horn, Alan Huffman, and
John Griffin Jones
At the height of the civil rights
movement in Mississippi, as hun-
“This book points out the grim reality
dreds of volunteers prepared for of how an uncompromising resis-
the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, tance to school desegregation was
the Council of Federated Orga- met with a more massive political
nizations (COFO) compiled hun- and judicial response, resulting in a
dreds of statements from activists devil’s brew of conflict that for a time
and everyday citizens who endured threatened the very existence of ef-
police abuse and vigilante violence. fective public education in Mississip-
Fifty-seven of those testimonies ap- pi. Now as a result of the experience
of those years, we can reflect on the
pear in Mississippi Black Paper. The
admirable courage of those con-
statements recount how white offi-
fused but committed students and
cials and everyday citizens employed their teachers who learned and
assassinations, beatings, harassment, taught some very wise lessons that
Shocking and petty meanness to block any provide us with guidelines for future
testimonials of the change in the state’s segregated sta- racial progress and reconciliation.”
brutality committed tus quo. Oral histories
—William F. Winter, fifty-seventh
against those fighting The testimonies in Mississippi gathered by three
governor of Mississippi
for freedom Black Paper come from well-known graduates of a
civil rights heroes such as Fannie major high school in “In this inspiring and bittersweet
Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, and Rita Jackson memoir, graduates of Murrah High
Schwerner, but the book also brings School look back on their role in the
new voices and stories to the fore. Alongside these iconic names school desegregation crisis of the
appear grassroots activists and everyday people who endured ra- early 1970s. This important book speaks to our condition today,
and it should be required reading for both educators and public
cial terror and harassment for challenging, sometimes in seem-
officials.” —John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle for
ingly imperceptible ways, the state’s white supremacy.
Civil Rights in Mississippi
This new edition includes the original foreword by Reinhold
Neibuhr and the original introduction by Mississippi journalist “If I could choose one book of 2016 to create dialogue, Lines Were
Hodding Carter III, as well as Jason Morgan Ward’s new intro- Drawn would be it. Lines Were Drawn begs people to share their
duction that places the book in its context as a vital source in the thoughts about the value of public education, the importance of
history of the civil rights movement. equal opportunity, and the need to engage with those of different
backgrounds and experiences. These concerns entail the essence
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) was an American theolo- of American democracy. ” —Jay Wiener, Clarion-Ledger
gian, ethicist, public intellectual, political commentator, and
professor at Union Theological Seminary. Hodding Carter III, Teena F. Horn, Houston, Mississippi, is a wife, mother, dentist,
Starkville, Mississippi, is an American journalist and politician. small business owner, and farmer in rural Mississippi. Alan
He is professor emeritus of public policy at University of North Huffman, Bolton, Mississippi, is a freelance journalist and author
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carter worked for eighteen years as a of five other nonfiction books including Mississippi in Africa: The
reporter and editor for the Delta Democrat-Times of Greenville, Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Libe-
Mississippi, owned by his father. Jason Morgan Ward is as- ria and Ten Point: Deer Camp in the Mississippi Delta, both published
sociate professor of history at Mississippi State University. He is by University Press of Mississippi. He has appeared on NPR and
author of Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights numerous other radio shows, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,
Century and Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segre- PBS, Fox News, and other national TV shows. John Griffin
gationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936–1965. Jones, Jackson, Mississippi, is a trial lawyer, author, and father.
He is the interviewer/editor of Mississippi Writers Talking and Mis-
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Carter G. Woodson Black Intellectual Thought
History, the Black Press, and Public
Relations in Modern America
A Historical Perspective
Burnis R. Morris
Edited by Brian D. Behnken,
This study reveals how historian Car-
Gregory D. Smithers, and Simon Wendt
ter G. Woodson (1875–1950) used
the black press and modern public- Contributions by Tunde Adeleke, Brian D. Behnken, Minkah Makalani,
relations techniques to popularize Benita Roth, Gregory D. Smithers, Simon Wendt, and Danielle L. Wiggins
black history during the first half of
the twentieth century. Explanations Black intellectualism has been mis-
for Woodson’s success with the mod- understood by the American pub-
ern black history movement usually lic and by scholars for generations.
include his training, deep-rooted Historically maligned by their peers
principles, and single-minded deter- and by the lay public as inauthentic
mination. Often overlooked, how- or illegitimate, black intellectuals
ever, is Woodson’s skillful use of have found their work misused, ig-
newspapers in developing and exe- nored, or discarded. Black intel-
cuting a public-education campaign lectuals have also been reductively
A new recognition built on truth, accuracy, fairness, and placed into one or two main catego-
of how the Father education. Burnis R. Morris explains ries: they are usually deemed liberal
of Black History how Woodson attracted mostly fa- or, less frequently, as conservative.
harnessed publicity vorable news coverage for his history The contributors to this volume ex-
power movement due to his deep under- plore several prominent intellectu-
standing of the newspapers’ business An inclusive survey als, from left-leaning leaders such as
and editorial models as well as his from Frederick W. E. B. Du Bois to conservative in-
public relations skills, which helped him merge the interests of the tellectuals like Thomas Sowell, from
Douglass to the
black press with his cause. well-known black feminists such as
voices of Black Lives Patricia Hill Collins to Marxists like
Woodson’s publicity tactics, combined with access to the audi-
Matter Claudia Jones, to underscore the va-
ences granted him by the press, enabled him to drive the black
history movement—particularly observance of Negro History riety of black intellectual thought in
Week and fundraising activities. Morris analyzes Woodson’s peri- the United States. Contributors also situate the development of the
odicals, newspaper articles, letters, and other archived documents lines of black intellectual thought within the broader history from
describing Woodson’s partnership with the black press and his which these trends emerged. The result gathers essays that offer
role as a publicist. This rarely explored side of Woodson, who was entry into a host of rich intellectual traditions.
often called the “Father of Black History,” reintroduces Wood-
son’s lost image as a leading cultural icon who used his celebrity in Brian D. Behnken, Ames, Iowa, is associate professor in the
multiple roles as an opinion journalist, newsmaker, and publicist Department of History and the US Latino/a Studies Program at
of black history to bring veneration to a disrespected subject. Iowa State University. He is author of Fighting Their Own Battles:
Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil
During his active professional career, 1915–1950, Woodson
Rights in Texas and, with Gregory Smithers, Racism in American
merged his interests and the interests of the black newspapers.
Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito. Gregory
His cause became their cause.
D. Smithers, Richmond, Virginia, is associate professor of
history at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is author of
Burnis R. Morris, Huntington, West Virginia, is the Carter G.
several books, including Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Mem-
Woodson Professor in Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School
ory in African American History and The Cherokee Diaspora: An
of Journalism and Mass Communications, where he has taught
Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity. Simon
courses in reporting, editing, diversity, mass media history, and
Wendt, Frankfurt, Germany, is assistant professor of American
public relations. He also created and directed for more than a studies at the University of Frankfurt. He is author of The Spirit
decade the Fourth Estate and the Third Sector, a national training and the Shotgun: Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Civil Rights
program for journalists who cover tax-exempt organizations and and coeditor of several books, including Globalizing Lynching His-
philanthropy. tory: Vigilantism and Extralegal Punishment from an International
Perspective.
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Conversations with Conversations with
Edmund White Joan Didion
Edited by Will Brantley and Edited by Scott F. Parker
Nancy McGuire Roche
Joan Didion (b. 1934) is an Ameri-
Conversations with Edmund White can icon. Her essays, particularly
brings together twenty-one inter- those in Slouching Towards Bethlehem
views with an author known for and The White Album, have resonat-
chronicling gay culture. Ranging ed in American culture to a degree
from a 1982 discussion of his ear- unmatched over the past half centu-
ly works to a new and unpublished ry. Two generations of writers have
interview conducted in 2016, these
taken her as the measure of what it
interviews highlight White’s predi-
means to write personal essays. No
lections, his major achievements,
one writes about California, the six-
and the pivotal moments of his
long, varied career. ties, media narratives, cultural my-
Since the 1973 publication of thology, or migraines without taking
his first novel, Forgetting Elena, Ed- Didion into account. She has also
mund White (b. 1940) has become written five novels; several screen-
a major figure in literature and gay “How many times plays with her husband, John Greg-
“I am not an culture. White is, however, more can America lose its ory Dunne; and three late-in-life
assimilationist. I than just a celebrated gay writer. innocence? In my memoirs, including The Year of Mag-
believe gays have a He is an international man of let- lifetime we’ve heard ical Thinking and Blue Nights, which
special destiny; they ters, and his work crosses several that we’ve lost our have brought her a new wave of re-
contribute to society genres. White’s fiction includes an innocence half a nown.
autobiographical trilogy—A Boy’s
by living outside it.” Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is dozen times at least.” Conversations with Joan Didion
features seventeen interviews with
Empty, and The Farewell Sympho- the author spanning decades, conti-
ny—along with more recent novels such as Jack Holmes and His nents, and genres. Didion reflects on her childhood in Sacramento;
Friend and Our Young Man. White’s love of French literature and her time at Berkeley (both as a student and later as a visiting profes-
culture is evident in biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust,
sor), New York, and Hollywood; her marriage to Dunne; and of
and Arthur Rimbaud, and his antipathy to American Puritanism
course her writing. Didion describes her methods of writing, the
suffuses his collected essays and memoirs and is on full display in
two early nonfiction works that helped define the era of gay lib- ways in which the various genres she has worked in inform one
eration: The Joy of Gay Sex, coauthored with Charles Silverstein, another, and the concerns that have motivated her to write.
and States of Desire: Travels in Gay America.
A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, White Scott F. Parker, Bozeman, Montana, is author of Running After
has earned many distinctions, including the National Book Crit- Prefontaine: A Memoir and Revisited: Notes on Bob Dylan; coeditor
ics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer of Coffee Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate; and editor of
Award. White has been a generous interviewer, sharing his time Eminem and Rap, Poetry, Race: Essays and Conversations with Ken
and insights not only with major publications such as the Paris Kesey, the latter published by University Press of Mississippi.
Review, but also with smaller online publications for more limited
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Will Brantley, Nashville, Tennessee, is professor of English
at Middle Tennessee State University. He is author of Feminine
Sense in Southern Memoir and editor of Conversations with Pauline
Kael, both published by University Press of Mississippi. Nancy
McGuire Roche, Nashville, Tennessee, is lecturer at Vanderbilt
University. She is author of Cinema in Revolt: Censorship Reform in
1960s British and American Film.

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Conversations with Conversations with NEW IN

Gary Snyder Percival Everett
Paperback

Edited by David Stephen Calonne Edited by Joe Weixlmann
Gary Snyder (b. 1930) is one of the
most distinguished American poets, For the first eighteen years of his ca-
remarkable both for his long and reer, Percival Everett (b. 1956) man-
productive career and for his equal aged to fly under the radar of the
contributions to literature and envi- literary establishment. He followed
ronmental thought. His childhood his artistic vision down a variety of
in the Pacific Northwest profound- unconventional paths, including his
ly shaped his sensibility due to his preference for releasing his books
contact with Native American cul- through independent publishers. But
ture and his early awareness of the with the publication of his novel era-
destruction of the environment by sure in 2001, his literary talent could
corporations. Although he emerged no longer be kept under wraps. The
from the San Francisco Renaissance author of more than twenty-five
with writers such as Kenneth Rex- books, Everett has established himself
“Buddhist practices roth, Robert Duncan, and William as one of America’s—and arguably the
are more than just Everson, he became associated with “I don’t believe in world’s—premier twenty-first-centu-
another point of the Beats due to his friendships with any rules when it ry fiction writers. Among his many
view. They lead Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, comes to fiction. In honors are Hurston/Wright Legacy
to an original, who included a portrait of Snyder as fact, if I can make Awards for erasure and I Am Not Sid-
Japhy Ryder in his novel The Dharma you believe it, then ney Poitier and three prominent
fundamental point
Bums. After graduating from Reed it’s fair game.” awards for Wounded—the PEN Cen-
of view, which College, Snyder became deeply in- ter USA Literary Award for Fiction,
is the heart of volved with Zen Buddhism, and he France’s Prix Lucioles des Libraires,
good poetry, of spent twelve years in Japan immersed and Italy’s Premio Vallombrosa Gre-
good anything— in study. gor von Rezzori Prize.
fundamental, Conversations with Gary Snyder Interviews collected in this volume—several of which appear
original mind.” collects interviews from 1961 to 2015 in print or in English translation for the first time—display
and charts his developing environ- Everett’s abundant wit as well as the independence of thought
mental philosophy and his wide- that has led to his work’s being described as “characteristically
ranging interests in ecology, Buddhism, Native American studies, uncharacteristic.” At one moment he speaks with great sophis-
history, and mythology. The book also demonstrates the ways tication about the fact that African American authors are forced
Snyder has returned throughout his career to key ideas such as to overcome constraining expectations about their subject matter
the extended family, shamanism, poetics, visionary experience, that white writers are not. And in the next he talks about training
and caring for the environment as well as his relationship to the mules or quips about Jim Crow, a pet bird Everett had on his
Beat movement. Because the book contains interviews spanning ranch outside Los Angeles. Everett discusses race and gender,
more than fifty years, the reader witnesses how Snyder has his ecological interests, the real and mythic American West, the
evolved and grown both as a poet and philosopher of humanity’s eclectic nature of his work, the craft of writing, language and
proper relationship to the cosmos while remaining committed to
linguistic theory, and much more.
the issues that preoccupied him as a young man.
Joe Weixlmann, Clayton, Missouri, is professor of English at
David Stephen Calonne, Ann Arbor, Michigan, is lecturer
Saint Louis University. He has written and edited several books,
at Eastern Michigan University. He is author of several works,
and his work has appeared in African American Review, MELUS,
including The Spiritual Imagination of the Beats and biographies of
Modern Fiction Studies, Southern Quarterly, and other periodicals.
Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller, and editor of four volumes
of uncollected Bukowski stories and essays.
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Reading in the Dark NEW IN
Paperback
Oz behind the Iron Curtain
Horror in Children’s Literature Aleksandr Volkov and His “Magic
and Culture Land” Series

Edited by Jessica R. McCort Erika Haber
Contributions by Rebecca A. Brown, Justine Gieni, Holly Harper,
In 1939, Aleksandr Volkov (1891–
Emily L. Hiltz, A. Robin Hoffman, Kirsten Kowalewski, Peter C.
Kunze, Jorie Lagerwey, Nick Levey, Jessica R. McCort, and Janani
1977) published Wizard of the Em-
Subramanian
erald City, a revised version of L.
Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard
“Reading in the Dark is an ambitious of Oz. Only a line on the copyright
reconfiguring of horror and children’s page explained the book as a “re-
literature, reaching back to our earli- working” of the American story.
est texts and pretexts.” —Joe Sutliff Readers credited Volkov as author
Sanders, associate professor of chil- rather than translator. Volkov, an
dren’s literature at Kansas State Uni- unknown and inexperienced author
versity before World War II, tried to break
into the politically charged field of
Reading in the Dark fills a gap in crit- Soviet children’s literature with an
icism devoted to children’s popular American fairy tale. During the
culture by concentrating on horror, The first English- height of Stalin’s purges, Volkov
an often-neglected genre. These language study of adapted and published this fairy tale
scholars explore the intersection be- Aleksandr Volkov and in the Soviet Union despite enor-
tween horror, popular culture, and his Magic Land series mous, sometimes deadly, obstacles.
Considerations children’s cultural productions, in- Marketed as Volkov’s original
of horror from cluding picture books, fairy tales, work, Wizard of the Emerald City
Struwwelpeter to young adult literature, television, spawned a series that was translated into more than a dozen lan-
Coraline, Shrek, and and monster movies. guages and became a staple of Soviet popular culture, not unlike
Refusing to write off the horror Baum’s fourteen-volume Oz series in the United States. Volkov’s
Monsters, Inc.
genre as campy, trite, or deforming, books inspired a television series, plays, films, musicals, animated
these essays instead recognize many cartoons, and a museum. Today, children’s authors and fans
of the texts and films categorized as continue to add volumes to the Magic Land series. Several gener-
“scary” as among those most widely consumed by children and ations of Soviet Russian and Eastern European children grew up
young adults. In addition, scholars consider how adult horror with Volkov’s writings, yet know little about the author and even
has been domesticated by children’s literature and culture. The less about his American source, L. Frank Baum. Most Americans
collection investigates both the constructive and the troublesome have never heard of Volkov and know nothing of his impact in the
aspects of scary books, movies, and television shows targeted to- Soviet Union, and those who do know of him regard his efforts as
ward children and young adults. It considers the complex mech- plagiarism.
anisms by which these texts communicate overt messages and Erika Haber demonstrates how the works of both Baum
hidden agendas, and it treats as well the readers’ experiences of
and Volkov evolved from being popular children’s literature and
such mechanisms.
became compelling and enduring cultural icons in both the US
and USSR/Russia, despite being dismissed and ignored by critics,
Jessica R. McCort, Washington, Pennsylvania, is assistant pro-
scholars, and librarians for many years.
fessor and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Program at Point
Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has
Erika Haber, Fayetteville, New York, is associate professor of
appeared in a variety of journals and edited volumes.
Russian language, literature, and culture at Syracuse University.
She is author of several volumes, including The Myth of the
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Between Generations Eleanor Cameron
Collaborative Authorship in the Golden Age Dimensions of Amazement
of Children’s Literature
Paul V. Allen
Victoria Ford Smith Foreword by Gregory Maguire
Between Generations is a multidisci-
plinary volume that reframes children Eleanor Cameron (1912–1996) was
as powerful forces in the production of an innovative and genre-defying au-
their own literature and culture by un- thor of children’s fiction and chil-
covering a tradition of creative, collab- dren’s literature criticism. From her
orative partnerships between adults beginnings as a librarian, Cameron
and children in nineteenth- and early went on to become a prominent and
twentieth-century England. The in- respected voice in children’s litera-
tergenerational collaborations docu- ture, writing one of the most beloved
mented here provide the foundations children’s science fiction novels of
for some of the most popular Victorian all time, The Wonderful Flight to the
literature for children, from Margaret Mushroom Planet, and later winning
Gatty’s Aunt Judy’s Tales to Robert the National Book Award for her
Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Ex- time fantasy The Court of the Stone
How children and Children.
adults collaborated amining the publication histories of A biography of the
both canonical and lesser-known In addition, Eleanor Cameron
to create some of beloved novelist,
Golden Age texts reveals that children played an often vocal role in critical
the most beloved pioneering critic,
collaborated with adult authors as ac- debates about children’s literature.
works in literature and champion of She was one of the first authors to
tive listeners, coauthors, critics, illus- children’s literature take up literary criticism of children’s
trators, and even small-scale publishers.
These literary collaborations were novels and published two influen-
part of a growing interest in child tial books of criticism, including The
agency evident in cultural, social, and scientific discourses of the Green and Burning Tree. One of Cameron’s most notable acts of
time. Between Generations puts these creative partnerships in conver- criticism came in 1973, when she wrote a scathing critique of
sation with collaborations in other fields, including child study, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl responded
educational policy, library history, and toy culture. Taken togeth- in kind, and the result was a fiery imbroglio within the pages of
er, these collaborations illuminate how Victorians used new criti- the Horn Book Magazine. Yet despite her many accomplishments,
cal approaches to childhood to theorize young people as viable most of Cameron’s books went out of print by the end of her life,
social actors. Smith’s work not only recognizes Victorian children and her star faded.
as literary collaborators but also interrogates how those creative This biography aims to reinsert Cameron into the conver-
partnerships reflect and influence adult-child relationships in the sation by taking an in-depth look at her tumultuous early life
world beyond books. Between Generations breaks the critical im- in Ohio and California, her unforgettably forceful personality
passe that understands children’s literature and children them- and criticism, and her graceful, heartfelt novels. The biography
selves as products of adult desire and revises common includes detailed analysis of the creative process behind each of
constructions of childhood that frequently and often errantly re- her published works and how Cameron’s feminism, environmen-
sign the young to passivity or powerlessness. talism, and strong sense of ethics are reflected in and represented
by her writings. Drawn from over twenty interviews, thousands
Victoria Ford Smith, Manchester, Connecticut, is assistant of letters, and several unpublished manuscripts in her personal
professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where she papers, Eleanor Cameron is a tour of the most exciting and creative
teaches courses on children’s, young adult, and British literature periods of American children’s literature through the experience
and culture. Her work has appeared in Children’s Literature, Chil- of one of its valiant purveyors and champions.
dren’s Literature Association Quarterly, and Dickens Studies Annual,
and she serves as book review coeditor for The Lion and the Unicorn. Paul V. Allen, Normal, Illinois, is a National Board Certified
teacher of first and second grade emerging readers. He lives with
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bibliography, index
is his first book.
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Twenty-First-Century Subversive Spirits
Feminisms in Children’s and The Female Ghost in British and
American Popular Culture

Adolescent Literature Robin Roberts

Roberta Seelinger Trites The supernatural has become ex-
traordinarily popular in literature,
Over twenty years after the publi- television, and film. Vampires, zom-
cation of her groundbreaking work, bies, werewolves, witches, and wizards
Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist have become staples of entertainment
Voices in Children’s Novels, Roberta industries, and many of these figures
Seelinger Trites returns to ana- have received extensive critical atten-
lyze how literature for the young tion. But one figure has remained in
still provides one outlet in which the shadows—the female ghost. In-
feminists can offer girls an alter- herently liminal, often literally invisi-
native to sexism. Supplementing ble, the female ghost has nevertheless
her previous work in the linguistic
appeared in all genres. Subversive Spir-
turn, Trites employs methodologies
its: The Female Ghost in British and
from the material turn to demon-
American Popular Culture brings this
strate how feminist thinking has How some women figure into the light, exploring her
influenced literature for the young
find their greatest cultural significance in a variety of
A revelation of the in the last two decades. She inter-
powers narrating media from 1926 to 2014. Robin
rogates how material feminism can
powerful alternative after death Roberts argues that the female ghost
expand our understanding of matu-
to sexism offered by ration and gender—especially girl- is well worth studying for what she
children’s literature hood—as represented in narratives can tell us about feminine subjectivity
for preadolescents and adolescents. in cultural contexts.
Twenty-First-Century Feminisms Subversive Spirits examines appearances of the female ghost
in Children’s and Adolescent Literature applies principles behind in heritage sites, theater, Hollywood film, literature, and televi-
material feminisms, such as ecofeminism, intersectionality, and sion in the United States and the United Kingdom. What holds
the ethics of care, to analyze important feminist thinking that per- these disparate female ghosts together is their uncanny ability to
meates twenty-first-century publishing for youth. The structure disrupt, illuminate, and challenge gendered assumptions. As with
moves from examinations of the individual to examinations of the other supernatural figures, the female ghost changes over time,
individual in social, environmental, and interpersonal contexts. especially responding to changes in gender roles.
The book deploys ecofeminism and the posthuman to investigate Roberts’s analysis begins with comedic female ghosts in liter-
how embodied individuals interact with the environment and via ature and film and moves into horror by examining the successful
the extension of feministic ethics how people interact with each play The Woman in Black and the legend of the weeping woman,
other romantically and sexually. La Llorona. Roberts then situates the canonical works of Maxine
Throughout the book, Trites explores issues of identity, gender, Hong Kingston and Toni Morrison in the tradition of the female
race, class, age, and sexuality in a wide range of literature for young ghost to explore how the ghost is used to portray the struggle and
readers, such as Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses, Jacqueline pain of women of color. Roberts further analyzes heritage sites
Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & that use the female ghost as the friendly and inviting narrator for
Park. She demonstrates how shifting cultural perceptions of femi- tourists. The book concludes with a comparison of the British
nism affect what is happening both in publishing for the young and and American versions of the television hit Being Human, where
in the academic study of literature for children and adolescents. the female ghost expands her influence to become a mother and
savior to all humanity.
Roberta Seelinger Trites, Bloomington, Illinois, is Distin-
guished Professor of English at Illinois State University, where Robin Roberts, New Orleans, Louisiana, is professor of English
she has taught children’s and adolescent literature since 1991. She and gender studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She
is author and coeditor of many works, including Waking Sleeping is author of five books on gender and popular culture, including
Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children’s Novels and Literary Concep- Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons and Ladies First: Women in
tualizations of Growth in Adolescent Literature. She has served as Music Videos, both published by University Press of Mississippi.
president of the Children’s Literature Association and as editor of
Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. JANUARY, 192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index
Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1556-9
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Intimate Partner Violence Dancing on the NEW IN
Paperback
in New Orleans Color Line
Gender, Race, and Reform, 1840–1900 African American Tricksters in
Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Ashley Baggett
Gretchen Martin
Ashley Baggett uncovers the voices
of abused women who utilized the le- “Dancing on the Color Line explores the
gal system in New Orleans to address familiar world of nineteenth-century US
their grievances from the antebellum writing about race to defamiliarize it by
era to the end of the nineteenth cen- suggesting its hybrid nature. Through
tury. Poring over 26,000 records, Martin’s careful readings, well-known
figures emerge as deeply influenced
Baggett analyzes 421 criminal cas-
by the aesthetics and techniques of
es involving intimate partner vio- African American storytelling, and their
lence—physical or emotional abuse literature reveals multiple trickster fig-
of a partner in a romantic relation- ures who turn a critical eye on the white
ship—revealing a significant demand power that frames them.” —Kathryn
among women, the community, and McKee, McMullan Associate Profes-
the courts for reform in the postbel- sor of Southern Studies and English
lum decades. at the University of Mississippi and
The history of the Before the Civil War, some chal-
A vivid canvas of coeditor of American Cinema and the
challenges faced by lenges and limits to the male privilege
how the black Southern Imaginary
women of all races of chastisement existed, but the gen-
in the Crescent City dered power structure and the veil of trickster affected “Dancing on the Color Line is a sig-
privacy for families in the courts the white canon nificant contribution to nineteenth-
largely shielded abusers from crimi- century American literary and cultural
nal prosecution. However, the war upended gender expectations studies. Original, illuminating, and me-
and increased female autonomy, leading to the demand for and ticulously researched, Martin’s book examines texts of John Pendleton
Kennedy, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Joel Chandler
brief recognition of women’s right to be free from violence. Bag-
Harris, and Mark Twain, showing how these writers assimilated and
gett demonstrates how postbellum decades offered a fleeting op- employed black aesthetic strategies of ‘signifying’ and ‘double voice’
portunity for change before the gender and racial expectations associated with the trickster figure.” —Ed Piacentino, emeritus pro-
hardened with the rise of Jim Crow. fessor of English at High Point University and editor of Southern
Her findings reveal previously unseen dimensions of wom- Frontier Humor: New Approaches, published by University Press of
en’s lives both inside and outside legal marriage and women’s Mississippi
attempts to renegotiate power in relationships. Highlighting the
lived experiences of these women, Baggett tracks how gender, “Martin has proven to be one of our most important scholars in
race, and location worked together to define and redefine gender American humor and culture. Wherever she focuses her attention,
expectations and legal rights. Moreover, she demonstrates recog- and brings to bear her critical intelligence, new insights and use-
nition of women’s legal personhood as well as differences between ful ideas emerge.  Dancing on the Color Line  is a thoughtful and
northern and southern states’ trajectories in response to intimate enlightening study of the African American trickster figure. The
partner violence during the nineteenth century. result is a solid contribution to both African American studies and
our understanding of the continuously complex nature of American
Ashley Baggett, Moorhead, Minnesota, is assistant professor of humor.” —M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of Humanities
history at North Dakota State University. She is also affiliate fac- at Randolph-Macon College and author of many works on Amer-
ulty in the Women and Gender Studies Department and associate ican humor, southern culture, comic art, and William Faulkner
faculty in the School of Education at NDSU.
Gretchen Martin, Wise, Virginia, is professor of American
literature at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is
NOVEMBER, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 1 b&w illustration, 2 maps,
author of The Frontier Roots of American Realism and has published
6 tables, bibliography, index
articles in Southern Literary Journal, Mississippi Quarterly, South
Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1521-7
Atlantic Review, Southern Studies, North Carolina Literary Review,
Ebook available
Studies in American Humor, and Mark Twain Journal.

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Prison Power NEW IN
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Richard Wright NEW IN
Paperback
How Prison Influenced the
Movement for Black Liberation Writing America at
Lisa M. Corrigan Home and from Abroad
“Many locate the massive expansion Edited by Virginia Whatley Smith
of the prison-industrial complex
and the criminalization of black and
brown communities in the policies of Contributions by Robert J. Butler, Ginevra Geraci, Yoshinobu
the Reagan administration. Lisa Cor- Hakutani, Floyd W. Hayes III, Joseph Keith, Toru Kiuchi, John
rigan’s fantastic new book turns our Lowe, Sachi Nakachi, Virginia Whatley Smith, and John Zheng
attention rightfully to the 1960s and
offers us an incredible look at how “The works of Richard Wright, one of
repression of both the civil rights the most important American writers
movement and the Black Power and thinkers of the twentieth centu-
movement laid the groundwork for ry, continue to raise pointed ques-
what is commonly called ‘mass in- tions about the exceptional history
carceration’ today. For anyone who of our nation and to illuminate the
wants to understand a longer histor- difficulty of finding answers about
ical context of police violence and which we might have consensus.
state repression today in relation to Richard Wright Writing America at
How iconic Home and from Abroad comprises
Black Lives Matter and its various
autobiographies iterations, Prison Power is abso- penetrating, scholarly essays on his
found incarceration lutely essential reading.” —Karma fiction and poetry. Virginia Whatley
pivotal to the Smith’s editorial choice of arrang-
R. Chávez, associate professor of
ing them to address the pre-exile
transition between Mexican American and Latino/a
(1930–1947) and expatriate (1947–
civil rights and Black studies, University of Texas at Aus- 1960) years of Wright’s career was
tin and author of Queer Migration An international
Power wise because significant aspects of
Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coali- reassessment of the continuity and change in Wright’s
tional Possibilities great writer’s work queries about what it means to be an
American are appropriately framed.
“In Prison Power Lisa Corrigan has done a superb job of outlining Using a heterogeneous array of the-
the interplay between incarceration and the Black Power move- ory and methods, the contributors advance scholarship by explor-
ment. Corrigan analyzes the writings of three significant writers, H. ing what Smith aptly calls ‘the prescient nature of Wright’s mind.’
Rap Brown, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Assata Shakur, detailing how In this sense, the book is a valuable guide for new directions in the
their writings construct Black Power in ways that undermine the study of Wright’s tentative but haunting conclusions about life in
credibility of the prison-industrial complex and make Black Power his native land, a guide from which students, teachers, and other
relevant today. Corrigan has provided fresh insights into writings interested readers can benefit for many years.” —Jerry W. Ward
that have not been adequately explored by scholars. Her excellent Jr., cofounder of the Richard Wright Circle; honorary professor
study provides insights into the state of society in the United States (2015–2017) at Central China Normal University; author of The
in 2016 as well as in the 1960s, and it should be read by those Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery and The China
interested in the civil rights movement, social protest, vernacular
Lectures; and editor of The Richard Wright Encyclopedia
language, and writings from prison.” —Richard J. Jensen, emeritus
professor of communication, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and “This anthology brings together a provocative and illuminating set
coauthor of The Rhetoric of Agitation and Control and The Words of of essays by a group of international scholars on Wright’s writing in
César Chávez general, on his depiction of criminality, and on his deployment of
the haiku form in particular. These essays are a welcome addition
Lisa M. Corrigan, Fayetteville, Arkansas, is an associate profes- to the existing Wright scholarship.” —Abdul R. JanMohamed, pro-
sor of communication, director of the gender studies program, fessor of English, University of California, Berkeley, and author
and affiliate faculty in African and African American studies and of The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death
in Latin American studies at the University of Arkansas.
Virginia Whatley Smith, Smyrna, Georgia, is a retired associate
OCTOBER, 210 pages, 6 x 9 inches, index professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1487-6 She is editor of Richard Wright’s Travel Writings: New Reflections,
Ebook available published by University Press of Mississippi.
Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series
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Anywhere But Here NEW IN
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Prefiguring NEW IN
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Black Intellectuals in the
Atlantic World and Beyond Postblackness
Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African
Edited by Kendahl Radcliffe, Jennifer Scott, American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s
and Anja Werner
Carol Bunch Davis
Contributions by Keiko Araki, Ikaweba Bunting, Kimberly Cleve-
land, Amy Caldwell de Farias, Kimberli Gant, Danielle Legros “Prefiguring Postblackness is an origi-
Georges, Douglas W. Leonard, John Maynard, Edward L. Robinson nal, thorough, and consequential mo-
Jr., and Anja Werner nograph that will alter contemporary
discussions of what scholars have
Anywhere But Here brings together dubbed a ‘postblack’ cultural moment
following the civil rights era, in which a
new scholarship on the cross-cultural
singular and coherent notion of black
experiences of intellectuals of African
identity that unified the Freedom Strug-
descent since the eighteenth century. gles of the twentieth century gives way
The book embraces historian Paul to a notion of blackness riven with in-
Gilroy’s prominent thesis in The ternal differences—of gender, of class,
Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double- of nationality, of sexuality, of age, of an
Consciousness and posits arguments endless list of specificity. Finding incipi-
beyond The Black Atlantic’s tradition- ent traces of a postblack sensibility in
al organization and symbolism. Con- mid-century African American drama,
tributions are arranged into three An examination of Davis unmoors discussions of black
sections that highlight the motiva- five visionary stage representation that have developed,
tions and characteristics connecting a plays written and especially since the election of Presi-
certain set of agents, thinkers, and performed during dent Barack Obama, and shows that
intellectuals: the first, Re-ordering they have a deep history. Doing so, she
Recent scholarship the throes of the
tells us something new about both our
that expands the Worldviews: Rebellious Thinkers, movement that current moment and the history that
boundaries of Paul Poets, Writers, and Political Archi- shook America preceded it. Prefiguring Postblackness
tects; the second, Crafting Connec-
Gilroy’s The Black announces Davis as a significant theo-
tions: Strategic and Ideological rist of African American identity and a
Atlantic Alliances; and the third, Cultural major theater historian.” —Shane Vogel, author of The Scene of Har-
Mastery in Foreign Spaces: Evolv- lem Cabaret: Race, Sexuality, Performance
ing Visions of Home and Identity.
These essays expand categories and suggest patterns at play “Prefiguring Postblackness provides an astute reading of post-
that have united individuals and communities across the African blackness in plays which predate the Post-Soul Aesthetic. The Post-
diaspora. They highlight the stories of people who, from their Soul Aesthetic is conceived of as a post–civil rights phenomenon,
intercultural and often marginalized positions, challenged the sta- yet Davis analyzes plays such as A Raisin in the Sun, Dutchman,
tus quo, created strategic (and at times, unexpected) international The Great White Hope, Wine in the Wilderness, and No Place to
alliances, cultivated expertise and cultural fluency abroad, as well Be Somebody: A Black Black Comedy as texts out of time which
as crafted physical and intellectual spaces for their self-expression prefigure postblackness by critiquing racial uplift ideology and
and dignity to thrive. reimagining proscriptive notions of black authenticity. Prefiguring
Postblackness is a very important and timely contribution to our
Kendahl Radcliffe, Long Beach, California, is lecturer of African field, which pushes our discussions in important new directions.”
American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and —Venetria K. Patton, author of The Grasp That Reaches beyond
assistant professor of history at El Camino College, Compton Cen- the Grave: The Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts and Women in
ter. Jennifer Scott, Brooklyn, New York, is assistant professor at Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction
the New School for Public Engagement, Parsons School of Art and
Design History and Theory, and Pratt Institute Graduate School Carol Bunch Davis, Galveston, Texas, is assistant professor of
of Arts and Design. Anja Werner works with the Institute for the English at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Her work has
History and Ethics of Medicine at the Martin Luther University appeared in MELUS and Black Arts Quarterly.
of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Among her major publications
is The Transatlantic World of Higher Education: Americans at German NOVEMBER, 220 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 13 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
Universities, 1776–1914. Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1486-9
Ebook available
SEPTEMBER, 278 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 10 b&w illustrations, introduction,
index
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Civil War Humor NEW IN
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The Limits of Loyalty
Ordinary People in Civil War Mississippi
Cameron C. Nickels
Jarret Ruminski
“The author provides thorough docu-
mentation, crowding his pages with Jarret Ruminski examines ordinary
potent graphics, plentiful anecdotes, lives in Confederate-controlled Mis-
and examples of doggerel verse—all sissippi to show how military occu-
uncovered in his research. Avoiding
pation and the ravages of war tested
critical analysis and abstract theo-
the meaning of loyalty during Amer-
rizing, always a problem in discussions
of humor, Nickels has amassed a ica’s greatest rift. The extent of
trove of material focused on concrete southern loyalty to the Confederate
objects. Readers who want to draw States of America has remained a
their own conclusions by immersion subject of historical contention that
in primary materials will love this has resulted in two conflicting con-
accessible presentation, which is clusions: one, southern patriotism
valuable to audiences ranging from was either strong enough to carry
academic to casual (including Civil the Confederacy to the brink of vic-
A thorough account War buffs). Highly recommended.” tory, or two, it was so weak that the
—D. E. Sloane, CHOICE A reinterpretation of Confederacy was doomed to crum-
of the extraordinary
breadth of comedic how ordinary citizens ble from internal discord. Mississip-
“The beauty of Civil War Humor is
output during in Nickels’s contextualization. By navigated life during pi, the home state of Confederate
wartime President Jefferson Davis, should
America’s Civil War situating these songs and cartoons
among the politics and customs have been a hotbed of Confederate
of the time, Nickels ensures that patriotism. The reality was much
readers ‘get’ the jokes both for their humor and their significant more complicated.
role as cultural artifacts. . . . Its readability, coupled with its depth of Ruminski breaks the weak/strong loyalty impasse by looking
research and ample illustrations, make Civil War Humor appealing at how people from different backgrounds—women and men,
for classroom use, academic audiences, and anyone interested white and black, enslaved and free, rich and poor—negotiated the
in the armies and experience of the Civil War. Moreover, it is shifting contours of loyalty in a state where Union occupation
humorous itself, and serves as a timely reminder of the measures
turned everyday activities into potential tests of patriotism. While
societies take to cope with the sobering aspects of warfare.”
the Confederate government demanded total national loyalty
—Robert C. Poister, Civil War History from its citizenry, this study focuses on wartime activities such as
swearing the Union oath, illegally trading with the Union army,
“Civil War Humor offers a rich and diverse collection of primary
and deserting from the Confederate army to show how Missis-
materials, many previously unknown to scholars, even of the Civil
War. An equal opportunity literary historian, Cameron Nickels sippians acted on multiple loyalties to self, family, and nation.
presents not only a balanced treatment of the artifacts he features Ruminski also probes the relationship between race and loyalty
but also provides a reasoned analysis of these materials and always to indicate how an internal war between slaves and slaveholders
within apt historically contextual perspectives. Useful, entertaining, defined Mississippi’s social development well into the twentieth
and reliably researched, Civil War Humor will remain not only the century.
standard resource but also will stimulate further investigation on
the subject.” —Ed Piacento, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Jarret Ruminski, Toronto, Canada, is a freelance writer,
Society researcher, and consultant. His work has appeared in the Journal
of the Civil War Era. He writes regularly about history, politics,
Cameron C. Nickels, Staunton, Virginia, is professor emeritus and culture at www.thatdevilhistory.com.
of English at James Madison University and is author of New
England Humor: From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. OCTOBER, 288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 22 b&w illustrations, 2 tables,
appendices, bibliography, index
FEBRUARY, 180 pages, 7 x 10 inches, introduction, 54 b&w illustrations, Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1396-1
8 color illustrations, bibliography, index Ebook available
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Sowing the Wind European Empires in the
The Mississippi Constitutional
Convention of 1890 American South
Colonial and Environmental Encounters
Dorothy Overstreet Pratt
Edited by Joseph P. Ward
In 1890, Mississippi called a conven-
tion to rewrite its constitution. That Contributions by Allison Margaret Bigelow, Denise I. Bossy, Alejan-
convention became the singular dra Dubcovsky, Alexandre Dubé, Kathleen DuVal, Jonathan Eacott,
event that marked the state’s tran- Travis Glasson, Christopher Morris, Robert Olwell, Joshua Piker,
sition from the nineteenth century and Joseph P. Ward
to the twentieth and set the path for
the state for decades to come. The European Empires in the American South
primary purpose of the convention examines the process of European ex-
was to disfranchise African Amer- pansion into a region that has come to
ican voters as well as some poor be known as the American South. Af-
whites. The result was a document ter Europeans began to cross the At-
that transformed the state for the lantic with confidence, they interacted
next century. In Sowing the Wind, for three hundred years with one an-
Dorothy Overstreet Pratt traces other, with the native people of the
How a radical the decision to call that convention, region, and with enslaved Africans in
constitution blocked examines the delegates’ decisions, ways that made the South a significant
racial progress and and analyzes the impact of their new arena of imperial ambition. As such, it
upended the class constitution. was one of several similarly contested
system Pratt argues the constitution regions around the Atlantic basin.
produced a new social structure, Case studies of Without claiming that the South was
which pivoted the state’s culture Spanish, British, unique during the colonial era, these
from a class-based system to one centered upon race. Though essays make clear the region’s inte-
and French imperial
state leaders had not anticipated this change, they were savvy in gral importance for anyone seeking
ambitions to shed new light on the long-term
their manipulation of the issues. The new constitution effectively
filled the goal of disfranchisement. Moreover, unlike the consti- process of global social, cultural, and
tutions of many other southern states, it held up against attack for economic integration.
over seventy years. It also hindered the state socially and econom- For those who are curious about how the broad processes
ically well into the twentieth century. of historical change influenced particular people and places, the
contributors offer key examples of colonial encounter. This vol-
Dorothy Overstreet Pratt, Carmel, Indiana, is professor emer- ume includes essays on all three imperial powers, Spain, Britain,
ita of history at the University of South Carolina and previously and France, and their imperial projects in the American South.
taught at the University of Notre Dame, where she served as Engaging profitably—from the European perspective at least—
assistant dean in the College of Arts and Letters. with Native Americans proved key to these colonial schemes.
While the consequences of Indian encounters with European
DECEMBER, 336 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 10 b&w illustrations, 1 map, invaders have long remained a principal feature of historical
bibliography, index research, this volume advances and expands knowledge of Native
Printed casebinding $70.00S 978-1-4968-1546-0 Americans in the South amid the Atlantic World.
Ebook available
Joseph P. Ward, Logan, Utah, is a historian of England, and
especially of London, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centu-
ries. His books include Culture, Faith, and Philanthropy: Londoners
and Provincial Reform in Early Modern England and, with Robert
O. Bucholz, London: A Social and Cultural History, 1550–1750. He
is dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah
State University.

OCTOBER, 240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 4 b&w illustrations, 2 maps,
1 table, bibliography, index
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Growing Up Asian American Blasian Invasion
in Young Adult Fiction Racial Mixing in the Celebrity
Industrial Complex

Edited by Ymitri Mathison Myra S. Washington

Contributions by Hena Ahmad, Linda Pierce Allen, Mary J. Henderson Myra S. Washington probes the so-
Couzelis, Sarah Park Dahlen, Lan Dong, Tomo Hattori, Jennifer Ho, cial construction of race through the
Ymitri Mathison, Leah Milne, Joy Takako Taylor, and Traise Yamamoto mixed-race identity of Blasians, peo-
ple of Black and Asian ancestry. She
Often referred to as the model mi- looks at the construction of the iden-
nority, Asian American children and tifier Blasian and how this term went
adolescents feel pressured to per- from being undefined to forming a
form academically and be disinter- significant role in popular media.
ested in sports, with the exception Today Blasian has emerged as not
of martial arts. Boys are often ste- just an identity Black/Asian mixed-
reotyped as physically unattractive race people can claim, but also a
nerds and girls as petite and beau- popular brand within the industry
tiful. Many Americans remain un- and a signifier in the culture at large.
aware of the diversity of ethnicities Washington tracks the transforma-
and races the term Asian American An exposition of tion of Blasian from being an un-
comprises, with Asian American a dynamic, mentioned category to a recognized
adolescents proving to be more in- multiracial-racial status applied to other Blasian fig-
visible than adults. As a result, Asian identity ures in media.
Essays exploring American adolescents are continu- Blasians have been neglected as
how Asian American ally searching for their identity and a meaningful category of people in
adolescents form own place in American society. For research, despite an extensive history of Black and Asian interac-
identity in YA fiction these kids, being or considered to tions within the United States and abroad. Washington explains
be American becomes a challenge in that even though Americans have mixed in every way possible,
itself as they assert their Asian and racial mixing is framed in certain ways, which almost always
American identities; claim their own seem to involve Whiteness. Unsurprisingly, media discourses
ethnic identity, be they immigrant or American-born; and negoti- about Blasians mostly conform to usual scripts already created,
ate their ethnic communities. reproduced, and familiar to audiences about monoracial Blacks
The contributors to Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult and Asians.
Fiction focus on moving beyond stereotypes to examine how Asian In the first book on this subject, Washington regards Blasians
American children and adolescents define their unique identities. as belonging to more than one community, given their multiple
Chapters focus on primary texts from many ethnicities, such as histories and experiences. Moving beyond dominant rhetoric, she
Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, South Asian, does not harp on defining or categorizing mixed race, but instead
and Hawaiian. Individual chapters, crossing cultural, linguistic, recognizes the multiplicities of Blasians and the process by which
and racial boundaries, negotiate the complex terrain of Asian they obtain meaning. Washington uses celebrities, including
American children’s and teenagers’ identities. Chapters cover such Kimora Lee, Dwayne Johnson, Hines Ward, and Tiger Woods,
topics as internalized racism and self-loathing; hyper-sexualization to highlight how they challenge and destabilize current racial
of Asian American females in graphic novels; interracial friend- debate, create spaces for themselves, and change the narratives
ships; transnational adoptions and birth searches; food as a means that frame multiracial people. Finally, Washington asserts Bla-
of assimilation and resistance; commodity racism and the tourist sians as not only evidence for the fluidity of identities, but also for
gaze; the hostile and alienating environment generated by the War the limitations of reductive racial binaries.
on Terror; and many other topics.
Myra S. Washington, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is assistant
Ymitri Mathison, Houston, Texas, is associate professor of professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism
English at Prairie View A&M University. She has published book at the University of New Mexico. Washington has contributed an
chapters and articles on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century essay to the edited collection Introduction to Communication Stud-
British children’s fiction and twentieth-century British Asian ies: Translating Communication Scholarship into Meaningful Practice
literature. and has published articles in Communication, Culture & Critique
and Howard Journal of Communications.
DECEMBER, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, index
Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1506-4 DECEMBER, 192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, index
Ebook available Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1422-7
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Migration and Identity in the Diaspora

Lomarsh Roopnarine

This book tells a distinct story of In-
dians in the Caribbean—one concen-
trated not only on archival records
and institutions, but also on the voic-
es of the people and the ways in
which they define themselves and the
world around them. Through oral
history and ethnography, Lomarsh
Roopnarine explores previously mar- Resisting Paradise Island at War
ginalized Indians in the Caribbean Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality Puerto Rico in the Crucible of
and their distinct social dynamics and in Caribbean Culture the Second World War
Angelique V. Nixon Edited by Jorge Rodríguez Beruff
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A primary survey South Asian populations. He pursues Ebook available
of the oral history a comparative approach with inclusive
and ethnography in themes that cut across the Caribbean.
In 1833, the abolition of slavery
the transformative
in the British Empire led to the im-
South Asian port of exploited South Asian inden-
diaspora tured workers in the Caribbean.
Today India bears little relevance to
most of these Caribbean Indians. Yet, Caribbean Indians have de-
veloped an in-between status, shaped by South Asian customs such
as religion, music, folklore, migration, new identities, and Bolly-
wood films. They do not seem akin to Indians in India, nor are they
like Caribbean Creoles, or mixed-race Caribbeans. Instead, they
have merged India and the Caribbean to produce a distinct, dy- Geographies of Cubanidad
namic local entity. Place, Race, and Musical Beyond Windrush
The book does not neglect the arrival of nonindentured Indi- Performance in Contemporary Cuba Rethinking Postwar Anglophone
Rebecca M. Bodenheimer Caribbean Literature
ans in the Caribbean since the early 1900s. These people came to
Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1315-2 Edited by J. Dillon Brown and
the Caribbean without an indentured contract or after indentured Ebook available Leah Reade Rosenberg
emancipation but have formed significant communities in Bar- Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1304-6
bados, the US Virgin Islands, and Jamaica. Drawing upon over Ebook available
twenty-five years of research in the Caribbean and North America,
Roopnarine contributes a thorough analysis of the Indo-Carib-
bean, among the first to look at the entire Indian diaspora across
the Caribbean.

Lomarsh Roopnarine, Jackson, Mississippi, originally from
Guyana, is professor of Caribbean and Latin American history
at Jackson State University. Roopnarine, published widely in
the area of South Asian diaspora in the Caribbean, is author of
Indo-Caribbean Indenture: Resistance and Accommodation and Indian
Indenture in the Danish West Indies, 1863–1873. He has written
articles in many regional and international journals that focus on Musical Life in Guyana
the Caribbean and Latin America. History and Politics of
Controlling Creativity City of Islands
Vibert C. Cambridge Caribbean Intellectuals in New York
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LITERARY CRITICISM | SOUTHERN LITERATURE | WORLD WAR I LITERATURE | FILM STUDIES | AMERICAN HISTORY

World War I and The Hell of War Comes Home
Southern Modernism
Imaginative Texts from the Conflicts in
Afghanistan and Iraq

David A. Davis Owen W. Gilman Jr.

When the United States entered Owen W. Gilman Jr. stresses the US
World War I, parts of the country had experience of war in the twenty-first
developed industries, urban cultures, century and argues that wherever
and democratic political systems, but and whenever there is war, there
the South lagged behind, remaining will be imaginative responses to it,
an impoverished, agriculture region. especially the recent wars in Afghan-
Despite New South boosterism, the istan and Iraq. Since the trauma of
culture of the early twentieth-cen- September 11, the experience of
tury South was comparatively ar- Americans at war has been rendered
tistically arid. Yet, southern writers honestly and fully in a wide range
dominated the literary marketplace of texts—creative nonfiction and
by the 1920s and 1930s. journalism, film, poetry, and fiction.
World War I brought south- These responses, Gilman contends,
erners into contact with modernity have packed a lot of power and mea-
An exploration of the before the South fully modernized. A gauge of powerful sure up even to World War II’s liter-
impact of the Great This shortfall created an inherent film and literature ature and film.
War on southern tension between the region’s existing from America’s most Like few other books, Gilman’s
writing agricultural social structure and the recent wars volume studies these new texts—
processes of modernization, leading among them Kevin Powers’s de-
to distal modernism, a form of writ- but novel The Yellow Birds and Phil
ing that combines elements of modernism to depict non-modern Klay’s short stories Redeployment, along with the films The Hurt
social structures. Critics have struggled to formulate explanations Locker, American Sniper, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. For
for the eruption of modern southern literature, sometimes called perspective, Gilman also looks at some touchstones from the Viet-
the Southern Renaissance. nam War. Compared to a few of the big Vietnam books and films,
Pinpointing World War I as the catalyst, David A. Davis this new material has mostly been read and watched by small audi-
argues southern modernism was not a self-generating outburst ences and generated less discussion.
of writing, but a response to the disruptions modernity generated Gilman exposes the circumstances in American culture
in the region. In World War I and Southern Modernism, Davis currently preventing literature and film of our recent wars from
examines dozens of works of literature by writers, including making a significant impact. He contends that Americans’ inclina-
William Faulkner, Ellen Glasgow, and Claude McKay, that depict tion to demand distraction limits learning from these compelling
the South during the war. Topics explored in the book include responses to war in the past decade. According to Gilman, where
contact between the North and the South, southerners who there should be clarity and depth of knowledge, we instead face
served in combat, and the developing southern economy. Davis misunderstanding and the anguish endured by veterans betrayed
also provides a new lens for this argument, taking a closer look at by war and our lack of understanding.
African Americans in the military and changing gender roles.
Owen W. Gilman Jr., Wayne, Pennsylvania, lives near Valley
David A. Davis, Macon, Georgia, is director of fellowships and Forge National Park and is professor of English at Saint Joseph’s
scholarships, associate professor of English, and associate director University. He has written extensively about the literature and
of the Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies at Mercer film of the Vietnam War and is coeditor of Rediscovering America:
University. He is coeditor, with Tara Powell, of Writing in the Critical Essays on the Literature and Film of the Vietnam War and
Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways, published by author of Vietnam and the Southern Imagination, published by
University Press of Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi,

DECEMBER, 240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index FEBRUARY, 256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index
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LITERARY CRITICISM | SOUTHERN LITERATURE | PEDAGOGY LITERARY CRITICISM | SOUTHERN LITERATURE | FAULKNER

Teaching the Works of Faulkner in the NEW IN
Paperback
Eudora Welty Twenty-First Century
Twenty-First-Century Approaches
Edited by Robert W. Hamblin and Ann J. Abadie
Edited by Mae Miller Claxton and
Contributions by Deborah N. Cohn, Leigh Anne Duck, Robert W.
Julia Eichelberger Hamblin, Michael Kreyling, Barbara Ladd, Walter Benn Michaels,
Patrick O’Donnell, Theresa M. Towner, Annette Trefzer, and Karl
Contributions by Jacob Agner, Sharon Baris, Carolyn Brown, Lee F. Zender
Anne Bryan, Keith Cartwright, Stuart Christie, Mae Miller Claxton,
Virginia Ottley Craighill, David A. Davis, Susan Donaldson, Julia Faulkner in the Twenty-first Century
Eichelberger, Kevin Eyster, Dolores Flores-Silva, Sarah Ford, Ste- presents the thoughts of ten noted
phen Fuller, Dawn Gilchrist, Rebecca L. Harrison, Casey Kayser,
Faulkner scholars who spoke at the
Michael Kreyling, Ebony Lumumba, Suzanne Marrs, Pearl Amelia
twenty-seventh annual Faulkner and
McHaney, David McWhirter, Laura Sloan Patterson, Harriet Pol-
lack, Gary Richards, Christin Marie Taylor, Annette Trefzer, Alec Yoknapatawpha Conference at the
Valentine, Adrienne Akins Warfield, Keri Watson, and Amy Weldon
University of Mississippi. Theresa M.
Towner attacks the traditional classi-
Too often Eudora Welty is known to fication of Faulkner’s works as “major”
the general public as Miss Welty, a and “minor” and argues that this causes
“perfect lady” who wrote affection- the neglect of other significant works
ate portraits of her home region. and characters. Michael Kreyling uses
Yet recent scholarship has amply photographs of Faulkner to analyze
demonstrated a richer complexi- the interrelationships of Faulkner’s
ty. Welty was an innovative artist texts with the politics and culture of
A turn-of-the- Mississippi.
with cosmopolitan sensibilities and century map of
progressive politics, a woman who Barbara Ladd and Deborah Cohn
where Faulkner invoke the relevance of Faulkner’s
maintained close friendships with
artists and intellectuals throughout studies have trav- works to “the other South,” postcolo-
the world, a writer as unafraid to ex- eled and where they nial Latin America. Also, approaching
periment as she was to level her pen are headed Faulkner from a postcolonial per-
at the worst human foibles. spective, Annette Trefzer looks at his
contradictory treatment of Native
Thoughtful, practical The essays collected in Teaching
the Works of Eudora Welty seek to Americans.
essays on teaching Within the tragic fates of such characters as Quentin Comp-
move Welty beyond a discussion of
a Pulitzer Prize– son, Gail Hightower, and Rosa Coldfield, Leigh Ann Duck finds
region and reflect new scholarship
winning writer’s work that remaps her work onto a larger an inability to cope with painful memories. Patrick O’Donnell
to a wide range of canvas. The book offers ways to examines the use of the future tense and Faulkner’s growing skep-
classes help twenty-first-century readers ticism of history as a linear progression. To postmodern critics
navigate Welty’s challenging and who denigrate “The Fire and the Hearth,” Karl F. Zender offers
intricate narratives. It provides answers to questions many teach- a rebuttal. Walter Benn Michaels contends that in Faulkner’s
ers will have: Why should I study a writer who documents white South, and indeed the United States as a whole, the question of
privilege? Why should I give this “regional” writer space on an racial identification tends to overpower all other issues. Faulk-
already crowded syllabus? Why should I teach Welty if I do not ner’s recurring interest in frontier life and values inspires Robert
study the South? How can I help my students make sense of her W. Hamblin’s piece.
modernist narratives? How can Welty’s texts help me teach my
students about literary theory, about gender and disability, about Robert W. Hamblin, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is professor
cultures and societies with which my students are unfamiliar? emeritus of English and founding director of the Center for
Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. He
Mae Miller Claxton, Asheville, North Carolina, is associate has authored or edited nineteen books on Faulkner, including A
professor at Western Carolina University. Julia Eichelberger, William Faulkner Encyclopedia; Myself and the World: A Biography of
Charleston, South Carolina, is Marybelle Higgins Howe Profes- William Faulkner; and My Life with Faulkner and Brodsky. Ann J.
sor of Southern Literature at the College of Charleston. In 2016 Abadie, Oxford, Mississippi, is former associate director of the
she was honored with the Phoenix Award for her contributions to Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of
scholarship on Eudora Welty. Mississippi and coeditor of numerous scholarly collections from
the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
FEBRUARY, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 19 b&w illustrations,
introduction, bibliography, index FEBRUARY, 200 pages, 6 x 9 inches, introduction, index
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FOLKLORE | POPULAR CULTURE | COMICS STUDIES FOLKLORE | DISABILITY STUDIES

Superman in Myth Diagnosing Folklore NEW IN
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and Folklore
Perspectives on Disability,
Health, and Trauma

Daniel Peretti Edited by Trevor J. Blank and Andrea Kitta

Superman rose from popular culture Contributions by Sheila Bock, London Brickley, Olivia Caldeira,
—comic books, newspaper strips, Diane E. Goldstein, Darcy Holtgrave, Kate Parker Horigan, Michael
radio, television, novels, and mov- Owen Jones, Elaine J. Lawless, Amy Shuman, Annie Tucker, and
ies—but people have so embraced Kristiana Willsey
the character that he has now be-
“This is the book that profoundly
come part of folklore. This transi- shows how folklore touches lives at
tion from popular to folk culture their core. It makes us realize how
signals the importance of Superman folklore opens for view, indeed de-
to fans and to a larger American pop- fines, disability, health, and trauma in
ulace. Superman’s story has become our consciousness. With provocative
a myth dramatizing identity, morali- case studies, authors probe funda-
ty, and politics. mental matters of normality and well-
ness in mind and body. Using folklore
Many studies have examined the
to guide a healthy checkup of basic
ways in which folklore has provided notions of life, the book is a welcome
How the Man of Steel inspiration for other forms of cul- dose of reality and culture to bridge
leapt from panels ture, especially literature and cine- science and the humanities and to in-
and storyboards into ma. In Superman in Myth and vite our own self-examination.”
folklore and myth Folklore, Daniel Peretti explores the —Simon J. Bronner, Distinguished
meaning of folklore inspired by pop- How the collision of Professor of American Studies and
ular culture, focusing not on the folk understandings Folklore at Pennsylvania State Univer-
Man of Steel’s origins but on the with medical sity, Harrisburg, and author of Campus
culture he has helped create. Superman provides a way to approach Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time
definitions affect
fundamental questions of human nature, a means of exploring hu- College to the Modern Mega-University,
disability and stigma
manity’s relationship with divinity, an exemplar for debate about published by University Press of Mis-
the type of hero society needs, and an articulation of the tension sissippi
between the individual and the community.
Through examinations of tattoos, humor, costuming, and “This timely volume represents a worthy new step in the application
of folklore to the study of health, illness, and care, and to related
festivals, Peretti portrays Superman as a corporate-owned intel-
issues of communication, self-definition, and community practice.
lectual property and a model for behavior, a means for expression It will be a valuable reference work not only within its own disci-
and performance of individual identity, and the focal point for pline, but among health care and health policy professionals who
disparate members of fan communities. As fans apply Superman recognize the critical importance of trying to empathize with the
stories to their lives, they elevate him to a mythical status. Peretti experiences and perspectives of their intended beneficiaries. Let us
focuses on the way these fans have internalized various aspects hope their number is legion!” —Bonnie B. O’Connor, professor
of the character. In doing so, he delves into the meaning of emerita of pediatrics at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of
Superman and his place in American culture and demonstrates Brown University
the character’s staying power.
Trevor J. Blank, Malone, New York, is assistant professor of
Daniel Peretti, Bloomington, Indiana, is an editor and folklor- communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
ist. He lives with his wife and three sons. He is author of The Last Laugh: Folk Humor, Celebrity Culture,
and Mass-Mediated Disasters in the Digital Age and coauthor of
Maryland Legends: Folklore from the Old Line State. Andrea Kitta,
NOVEMBER, 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 16 b&w illustrations,
Greenville, North Carolina, is associate professor at East Caro-
bibliography, index
lina University. She is author of Vaccinations and Public Concern in
Printed casebinding $65.00S 978-1-4968-1458-6
History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception.
Ebook available

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index
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FOLKLORE | ANTHROPOLOGY | PROVERBS FOLKLORE | ANTHROPOLOGY

Behold the Proverbs NEW IN
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Curatorial NEW IN
Paperback
of a People Conversations
Proverbial Wisdom in Culture, Cultural Representation and the
Literature, and Politics Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Wolfgang Mieder Edited by Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and
Diana Baird N’Diaye
“A scholarly and a personal mile-
stone” —Dan Ben-Amons, Folklore Contributions by Robert Baron, Betty Belanus, Olivia Cadaval,
James I. Deutsch, C. Kurt Dewhurst, James Early, Amy Horowitz,
“The book is extraordinarily well- Marjorie Hunt, Richard Kennedy, Sojin Kim, Marsha MacDowell,
researched, deeply immersed in the Diana Baird N’Diaye, Jeff Place, Frank Proschan, Jack Santino,
intellectual discourse of paremiol- Daniel E. Sheehy, Cynthia L. Vidaurri, and Steve Zeitlin
ogy, and written in an animated,
approachable style throughout. Mie- “Touting democracy rhetorically is
der is unfailingly attentive to relevant different than steadily working to
historical, cultural, and social con- make it happen. For fifty years, the
texts in which proverbs are couched. Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been
All said, Behold the Proverbs of a celebrating, recognizing, and docu-
People may well stand as one of his menting the many local-global cul-
most important books on the subject tures that make life richly expressive
to which he has dedicated a life of of what’s real, every day, and worth-
The preeminent study.”—Greg Kelley, Journal of while. This engaged dialogue-driven
scholar of proverbs Folklore Research public curating is cultural democracy
in action.” —John Kuo Wei Tchen,
addresses the “Wolfgang Mieder is the world’s fore- historian and cofounder of the Muse-
immense cultural most authority on proverbs, and his um of Chinese in America
impact of proverbs new essay collection,  Behold the
worldwide Proverbs of a People, exemplifies the
Since its origins in 1967, the Smith-
breadth, depth, and humanity of his Curators reflect on
a half century of the sonian Folklife Festival has gained
scholarship.” —Charles Clay Doyle,
nation’s public pre- worldwide recognition as a model for
author of The Dictionary of Modern
the research and public presentation
Proverbs sentation of living
of living cultural heritage and the ad-
cultural heritage vocacy of cultural democracy.
“Behold in this book the power of the proverb to spin politics, shape
social attitudes, and mold culture. Behold the brilliance of the prolif- Curatorial Conversations brings
ic and ebullient Wolfgang Mieder, who in scintillating prose contin- together for the first time in one
ues to enlighten readers with his fresh interpretations and innovative volume the combined expertise of the Festival’s curatorial staff—
ideas on the power of language and tradition in pressing discourses past and present—in examining the Center for Folklife and
of war and peace, race and equality, and place and identity. Behold Cultural Heritage’s representation practices and their critical
in perhaps his most important book to date, reflections on moder- implications for issues of intangible cultural heritage policy,
nity and peoplehood that show insights gained from studying the competing globalisms, cultural tourism, sustainable development
proverb as the ‘wisdom of many.’” —Simon J. Bronner, Distin- and environment, and cultural pluralism and identity.
guished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylva- In the volume, edited by staff curators Olivia Cadaval, Sojin
nia State University, Harrisburg, and author of Campus Traditions: Kim, and Diana Baird N’Diaye, contributors examine how Fes-
Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University, tival principles, philosophical underpinnings, and claims have
published by University Press of Mississippi evolved, and address broader debates on cultural representation
from their own experience.
Wolfgang Mieder, Williston, Vermont, is University Distin-
guished Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N’Diaye, Wash-
Vermont. He has published well over one hundred books and is ington, DC, are curators at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife
the leading expert on proverbs in the world. He is founding editor and Cultural Heritage. Representing different lengths of tenure
of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship. and different areas of content specialty, their collective experience
spans fifty years with the Folklife Festival.
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FOLKLORE | SLAVIC STUDIES | RUSSIA FOLKLORE | NEW YORK STATE

The Complete Folktales NEW IN
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New York State NEW IN
Paperback
of A. N. Afanas’ev Folklife Reader
Volume I Diverse Voices

Edited by Jack V. Haney Edited by Elizabeth Tucker and Ellen McHale

“The Afanas’ev collection of folk- Contributions from Robert Baron, Edith Bills, Dee Britton, Varick
tales is an essential source for the Chittenden, Lynn Case Ekfelt, Valérie Feschet, Ryn Gargulinski,
study of Russian culture and litera- Curtis Harris, Gus Hedlund, Dale W. Johnson, Kay Kennedy, Leota
ture, and having a good translation Lone Dog, Elena Martínez, Karen M. McCurdy, Ellen McHale, Felicia
of the complete collection will be a McMahon, Michael L. Murray, Barbara Myerhoff, Sandra Mizu-
wonderful asset. Afanas’ev has had moto Posey, Cathy Ragland, Linda Rosekrans, Puja Sahney, Julia
tremendous influence on Russian Schmidt-Pirro, Brian Sutton-Smith, Elizabeth Tucker, Kay Turner,
writers and on their (and our) gen- Tom van Buren, and Steve Zeitlin
eral understanding of what Russian
culture means and has impacted “Joining a bookshelf of recent state
writers generation after generation. folklife readers for Florida (The Florida
This is THE collection of Russian folk Folklife Reader, 2011), Tennessee (A
tales.” —Sibelan Forrester, professor Tennessee Folklore Sampler, 2009),
of Russian at Swarthmore College and Wisconsin (Wisconsin Folklore,
and translator of Baba Yaga: The 1999), this volume underscores the
The first volume of Wild Witch of the East in Russian variety of forms as well as groups in
a comprehensive Fairy Tales, published by University New York’s culture. It emphasizes
Press of Mississippi folklife as a living tradition of rel-
gathering of tales evance to society and politics. By
from the Russian raising intriguing questions about the
Grimm The folktales of A. N. Afanas’ev meaning of expressive traditions with-
represent the largest single collec- in the context of place, the New York
tion of folktales in any European State reader should be of interest well
language and perhaps in the world. Widely regarded as the beyond the state’s borders.”
Russian Grimm, Afanas’ev collected folktales from throughout Over fifty years of —Simon J. Bronner, CHOICE: Cur-
the Russian Empire in what are now regarded as the three East folklore from the rent Reviews for Academic Libraries
Slavic languages, Byelorusian, Russian, and Ukrainian. The result
Empire State
of his own collecting, the collecting of friends and correspondents, Unlike some folklore anthologies,
and in a few cases his publishing of works from earlier and for- New York State Folklife Reader does
gotten collections is truly phenomenal. In his lifetime, Afanas’ev not follow an organizational plan based on regions or genres.
published more than 575 tales in his most popular and best known Because the New York Folklore Society has always tried to “give
work, Narodnye russkie skazki. folklore back to the people,” the editors decided to divide the
Up to now, there has been no complete English-language edited volume into sections about life processes that all New York
version of the Russian folktales of Afanas’ev. This translation state residents share. The book begins with five essays on various
is based on L. G. Barag and N. V. Novikov’s edition (Moscow: aspects of folk cultural memory: personal, family, community,
Nauka, 1984–1986), widely regarded as the authoritative edition. and historical processes of remembrance expressed through
The present edition includes commentaries to each tale as well as narrative, ritual, and other forms of folklore. Following these
its international classification number. essays, subsequent sections explore aspects of life in New York
through the lens of Play, Work, Resistance, and Food.
Jack V. Haney (1940–2015) was professor of Slavic languages
and literatures at the University of Washington. In addition to Elizabeth Tucker, Vestal, New York, is Distinguished Service
The Complete Folktales of A. N. Afanas’ev, he translated and edited Professor of English at Binghamton University and a fellow of
Long, Long Tales from the Russian North, published by University the American Folklore Society. She is author of several books,
Press of Mississippi. including  Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses,
published by University Press of Mississippi. Ellen McHale,
NOVEMBER, 550 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 1 b&w illustration, introduction, Esperance, New York, is executive director of the New York
glossary, bibliography Folklore Society and adjunct lecturer at Utica College. She is
Paper $40.00S 978-1-4968-1471-5 author of Stable Views: Stories and Voices from the Thoroughbred
Ebook available Racetrack, published by University Press of Mississippi.

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Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1485-2
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AMERICAN HISTORY | FRENCH LANGUAGE MISSISSIPPI | POETRY | SOUTHERN LITERATURE

Rencontres sur le NEW IN
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Mississippi Writers AVAILABLE
Again
Mississipi, 1682–1763
Reflections of Childhood
and Youth
Volume III: Poetry
Gail Alexander Buzhardt and
Margaret Hawthorne Compiled and edited by Dorothy Abbott
This supplementary French-lan- “I cannot recommend too highly this
guage reader provides teachers and comprehensive, and I emphasize the
students with authentic historical word comprehensive, four-volume an-
documents describing the French thology. . . . I can only hope this work
exploration and settlement of the finds the audience it deserves, which
should be a very large audience indeed.
lower Mississippi Valley in the sev-
We are all in Dorothy Abbott’s debt
enteenth and eighteenth centuries.
for having rendered this service to the
More than a hundred selections of
cause of literature.” —Harry Crews
varying lengths and in a range of
difficulty from intermediate to ad-
Poetry is celebrated in this third vol-
vanced provide lively subject matter,
ume of a monumental anthology in
including French and Indian diplo-
four volumes collecting fiction, non-
macy and wars, the earliest appear-
Poetry recounting fiction, poetry, and drama written by
ance of Africans in the Mississippi
the experience of authors from Mississippi, a state that
Valley, and some of the first Europe-
For French-language an observations of the natural history growing up in the has been called the cradle of storytell-
students, a reader of Deep South ers. In a five-year project sponsored
of the region. Each selection includes
authentic texts from by the Center for the Study of South-
an English introduction, marginal
ern Culture at the University of Mis-
the period of French vocabulary, and French study ques-
sissippi, Abbott made selections from
influence in the lower tions. The book is generously illus- the works of Faulkner, Welty, Williams, Percy, and Wright along
Mississippi Valley trated with contemporary engravings
with stories, essays, poems, and plays both by eminently known
and woodcuts.
and emerging writers from Mississippi. Each selection expresses
Developed with the advice of
the theme of Mississippi youth and childhood or its relevance to
classroom teachers from secondary
the life of the writer.
schools and colleges, Rencontres sur le Mississipi, 1682–1763 offers
the creative teacher an opportunity to anchor the language-learn-
Dorothy Abbott, Water Valley, Mississippi, is an award-winning
ing experience in historical texts to the natural environment and
writer, journalist, editor, radio producer, and global activist spe-
geography already familiar to students.
cializing in literature, media, culture, and the arts. She served as
assistant director of the literature program at the National Endow-
Gail Alexander Buzhardt, a master teacher of French, is an
ment for the Arts and has authored eight literary anthologies.
instructor at Millsaps College. Formerly she was director of the
foreign language program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in
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