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UNIVERSITY PRESS OF

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BOOKS FOR SPRINGSUMMER 2018


Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls
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Contents
36 The African American Sonnet Mller
23 Alternate Roots Scodari
3 The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mals M. White/Cook
22 The Bad Sixties Hoerl
31 The Blue Sky Boys Spottswood
University Press of Mississippi 24 Brother to a Dragonfly Campbell
3825 Ridgewood Road 40 Builders of a New South Anderson
Jackson, MS 39211-6492 10 A Cajun Girls Sharecropping Years Fontenot
www.upress.state.ms.us 34 Campaigns and Hurricanes J. Hilpert/Z. Hilpert
E-mail: press@mississippi.edu 29 Caribbean Masala Ramsaran/Lewis
31 Charley Patton Sacr
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Fax: (601) 432-6217 8 Confessions of an Undercover Agent Spillers
41 The Construction of Whiteness Middleton/Roediger/Shaffer
Director 10 Consuming Katrina Horigan
Craig Gill 41 Contesting Post-Racialism Smith/Ackah/Reddie/Tshaka
Assistant to the Director 28 Conversations with Edwidge Danticat Montgomery
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Tonia Lonie 7 Cups Up Malvaney
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Vijay Shah 2 Discovering Cat Island Cuevas/J. Taylor
4 Drawn to Purpose Kennedy
Acquisitions Editor
37 Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas Watson/Thomas
Katie Keene
25 Forty Acres and a Goat Campbell
Editorial Assistant
16 Gary Larson and The Far Side Soper
Lisa McMurtray 38 Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults Abate/Tarbox
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Mary Heath 36 Invisible Ball of Dreams Rutter
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Shane Gong Stewart 30 The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson Loza
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Jennifer Mixon 9 Sanctuaries of Segregation Lyon
1 Southern Splendor Matrana/Lattimore/Kitchens
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permission of Ruth Owens. 33 The Yorb God of Drumming Villepastour
ARCHITECTURE SOUTHERN HISTORY SOUTHERN CULTURE

Southern Splendor
Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South

Marc R. Matrana, Robin S. Lattimore, and Michael W. Kitchens

F
ew things evoke thoughts and memories of the past more than a house from a bygone era, and few
places are identified and symbolized more by historic dwellings than the American South. Plantation
houses built with columned porticos and wide porches, stout chimneys, large rooms, and sweeping
staircases survive as legacies of both a storied and troubled past. These homes are at the heart of a complex web of
human relationships that have shaped the social and cultural heritage of the region for generations. Despite their
commanding appearance, the regions plantation houses have proven to be fragile relics of history, vulnerable to
decay, neglect, and loss. Today, only a small percentage of the Souths antebellum treasures survive.
In Southern Splendor: Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South, historians Marc R. Matrana, Robin S.
Lattimore, and Michael W. Kitchens explore almost fifty houses built before the Civil War that have been authen-
tically restored or preserved. Methodically examined are restoration efforts that preserve not only homes and
other structures, but also the stories of those living in or occupying those homes. The authors discuss the
challenges facing specific plantation homes and their preservation.
Featuring over 275 stunning photographs, as well as dozens of firsthand accounts and interviews with those
involved in the preservation of these historic properties, Southern Splendor describes the leading role the South
has played, since the nineteenth century, in the historic preservation movement in this country.

Marc R. Matrana, New Orleans, Louisiana, practices medicine at the An illustrated exploration of the
Ochsner Medical Center and is an active preservationist and historian. He is legacies and restoration of historic
author of Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks and Lost Planta-
antebellum homes in the South
tions of the South, both published by University Press of Mississippi. Robin
S. Lattimore, Rutherford, North Carolina, is a high school teacher and
author of more than twenty-five books, including Southern Plantations: The MAY, 400 pages (approx.), 8 x 10 inches,
Souths Grandest Homes. In 2013 he was bestowed with North Carolinas 54 b&w and 227 color illustrations
Order of the Longleaf Pine. Attorney Michael W. Kitchens, Athens, Geor-
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gia, is involved in preservation efforts and is author of Ghosts of Grandeur:
Ebook available
Georgias Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations, the 2013 Gold Medal
Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Non-Fiction.

Photographs: (top) Twin winding staircases in the rotunda at Waverly Plantation,


courtesy of Michael W. Kitchens; (bottom left) marble tub at Destrehan Plantation,
courtesy of Marc R. Matrana

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PHOTOGRAPHY MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN HISTORY

Discovering Cat Island


Photographs and History

John Cuevas
Photographs by Jason Taylor
Foreword by Delbert Hosemann

C
at Island, just off the Mississippi Gulf Coast shoreline, has been home to some of the most dra-
matic events and remarkable stories in the nations history. While some of these stories are fact,
others are colorful fables passed down through the ages with such conviction they have become
true in the hearts and minds of many. Between fact and fiction is the undeniable reality: Cat Island is one
of the most historically significant landmarks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Featuring over 160 black and white photographs by Jason Taylor and a foreword by Mississippis
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, John Cuevass Discovering Cat Island guides readers through Cat
Island with stories and histories of twenty-nine sitesboth real and imaginedof the legendary barrier
island. Originally owned by the Cuevas family as part of a Spanish land grant to Juan de Cuevas in 1781,
Cat Island boasts a colorful history that includes events related to the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte and the
outlaw James Copeland, both of whom were thought to have buried their stolen treasure somewhere on
the island; the Battle of New Orleans; and the War of 1812. The island served as one of the staging areas for
the Seminole forced to abandon their homes and take part in the Trail of Tears. In the twentieth century the
island was a convenient transfer point for gangsters and local bootleggers shipping booze during Prohibi-
A visually stunning photographic tion before becoming a US military training camp site during World War II. In 1988 Cat Island became the
tour of Cat Island and its many location of the first oil drilling ever in the Mississippi Sound and in 2010 was one of the islands devastated
historical sites by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

John Cuevas, Atlanta, Georgia, served as creative director of his own advertising firm in Atlanta for over
APRIL, 200 pages (approx.), 10 x 10 inches, twenty-five years, where he won gold awards in radio, television, and print advertising. Jason Taylor, Kiln,
163 b&w photographs Mississippi, is an artist, photographer, and environmentalist whose work is inspired by his passion for the
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Ebook available
Photographs: (top left and top right) by Jason Taylor; (bottom right) courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation

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The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mals


Malcolm White
Illustrated by Ginger Williams Cook
Foreword by Robert St. John

T
he Artful Evolution of Hal & Mals is a collaboration between artist Ginger Williams Cook and
author Malcolm White about the people, the place, and the history of Hal & Mals, an iconic
institution in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
Featuring beautiful watercolor paintings, the book brings together thirty years of family history, live
music performances, and cafe society through graphic designs of old photographs, original illustrations,
Hals legendary recipe cards, and the written word. Opening with a foreword by the renowned author and
chef Robert St. John and featuring Gingers bold and vibrant look at a place she grew up patronizing, The
Artful Evolution of Hal & Mals captures the reflective, quirky voice of one half of the dynamic team known
to millions as Hal & Mal.
Hal & Mals was conceived by brothers Hal and Malcolm White. The dream was rooted in a childhood
on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, reinforced by years of living and working in New Orleans, and ultimately
launched in Jackson in 1985. This gathering place has always been owned and operated by familynow
the second and third generations. The multifunctional, southern-soul-soaked rooms are adorned with
memorabilia and chock-full of local character; each one also features a stage for live music. The kitchen
serves a steady offering of hearty regional staples with a nod toward the Gulf of Mexico. A playful look at one of Mississippis
Hal & Mals is the most-talked-about upscale honky-tonk in all of Mississippi, where art is made, music
plays, and folks gather to share community and celebrate the very best of Mississippis creative spirit. iconic landmarks

Malcolm White, Jackson,


MARCH, 160 pages (approx.), 10 x 10 inches,
Mississippi, is a public servant and
entrepreneur who has worked in 58 color illustrations
the fields of food, music, art, and Cloth $40.00T 978-1-4968-1203-2
culture for more than forty years. Ebook available
With their extended family, he and
his late brother Hal created and
lovingly nurtured the evolution
of one of Mississippis most
renowned public gathering places.
Ginger Williams Cook, Jackson,
Mississippi, is an artist, mother,
and arts educator. Her illustrations
have appeared on national
publications and products.

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Drawn to Purpose
American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

Martha H. Kennedy
Foreword by Carla D. Hayden

P
ublished in partnership with the Library of Congress, Drawn to
Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists presents an
overarching survey of women in American illustration, from the late
nineteenth into the twenty-first century. Martha H. Kennedy brings special atten-
tion to forms that have heretofore received scant noticecover designs, editorial
illustrations, and political cartoonsand reveals the contributions of acclaimed
cartoonists and illustrators, along with many whose work has been overlooked.
Featuring over 250 color illustrations, including eye-catching original art from
the collections of the Library of Congress, Drawn to Purpose provides insight into
the personal and professional experiences of eighty women who created these
works. Included are artists Roz Chast, Lynda Barry, Lynn Johnston, and Jillian
Tamaki. The artists stories, shaped by their access to artistic training, the impact of
marriage and children on careers, and experiences of gender bias in the market-
place, serve as vivid reminders of social change during a period in which the roles
A study of the immense
and interests of women broadened from the private to the public sphere.
artistic achievements The vast, often neglected, body of artistic achievement by women remains an
of women in American important part of our visual culture. The lives and work of the women responsible
illustration for it merit much further attention than they have received thus far. For readers
who care about cartooning and illustration, Drawn to Purpose provides valuable
insight into this rich heritage.
MARCH, 255 pages, 8 x 11 inches,
Martha H. Kennedy, Fairfax, Virginia, is curator of popular and applied graphic art in the Prints and Photographs
250 color illustrations
Division at the Library of Congress. She has curated or cocurated nine exhibitions of cartoon and illustration art, assists
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researchers, and works with colleagues to develop the Librarys collections of original graphic art. She has published
Ebook available in American Art, the International Journal of Comic Art, the Washington Print Club Quarterly, and the Library of
Congress Magazine, as well as in Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress and Humors Edge: Cartoons
by Ann Telnaes.

Illustrations: (left) Trina Robbins, photograph by Jessica Christian, courtesy of Trina Robbins; (top right) Im sorry! by Barbara
Shermund, courtesy of the Library of Congresss Prints & Photographs Division; (middle right) Peggy Bacon by Aline Fruhaur,
courtesy of Deborah Vollmer; (bottom right) St. Hillary by Anita Kunz, 2003 Anita Kunz, courtesy of the Library of Congresss Prints
& Photographs Division

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Realizing Our Place Picturing Mississippi, 18172017


Real Southern Women in a Mythologized Land Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise

Catherine Egley Waggoner and Laura Egley Taylor Mississippi Museum of Art

W
Contributions by Elizabeth Abston, Betsy Bradley, LeRonn Brooks,
hat does it mean to be from somewhere? Does place seep
into ones very being like roots making their way through
Mimi Miller, Roger Ward, and Jochen Wierich

T
rich soil, shaping a sense of self? In particular, what does it
mean to be from a place with a storied past, one mythologized as the his anthology of essays is published in conjunction with the
very best and worst of our nation? Such questions inspired Catherine Egley bicentennial of Mississippi statehood and accompanies the
Waggoner and Laura Egley Taylor, sisters and Delta expatriates themselves, exhibition Picturing Mississippi, 18172017: Land of Plenty,
to embark on a trail of conversations through the Mississippi Delta. Pain, and Promise organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art. Com-
Meeting in evocative settings from kitchens and beauty parlors to piled and edited by Jochen Wierich, a scholar of American studies and
screened-in porches with fifty-one womenblack, Chinese, Lebanese, American art and chief curator at the Museum, these essays examine
and white; elderly and young; rich and poor; artistic views of Mississippi from
bisexual and straightthe authors trace the statehood to the present.
extent to which the historical dimensions of Essays by multiple authors offer
southern womanhood like submissiveness, new perspectives on the complex
purity, piety, and domesticity are visible relationship between Mississippi and
in contemporary Delta womens everyday the visual arts it has inspired. While
enactments. Waggoner and Taylor argue previous publications have focused
that these women do not simply embrace or on Mississippi art as a regional
reject such dimensions, but instead creatively movement, this book, lavishly illus-
tweak stereotypes in such a way that skillfully trated with more than one hundred
legitimizes their authenticity. illustrations, discusses Mississippi
Blending academic analysis with colorful as a cultural landscape defined by
excerpts of Delta womens words and includ- cross-cultural exchange and conflict.
An examination ing over one hundred striking photographs, A collection of essays that Broadly organized chronologically
of the role myths Waggoner and Taylor provide an insightful explore the current state from when Mississippi was a terri-
peek into the lives of real southern women tory shaped by Native Americans,
of southern of the history of art in
living in a deeply mythologized land. African enslaved people, and Euro-
womanhood play in Mississippi
pean settlers to the twenty-first cen-
real womens lives in Catherine Egley Waggoner, Springfield, tury, these essays probe the many
the Mississippi Delta Ohio, is associate professor and chair of ways in which artists have tried to give meaning to Mississippi as a real
communication at Wittenberg University. She and imagined place. Through the wider lens of social and cultural con-
is coauthor of Making Camp: Rhetorics of text, Picturing Mississippi, 18172017 follows the deeper issues that con-
Transgression in U.S. Popular Culture and recipient of the Wittenbergs nect Mississippi with the arts produced both inside and outside the state
2014 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. Laura Egley boundaries. The collection provides distinct views of the main themes
Taylor, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the Miller Omega Design Coordinator that run through the history of Mississippi art, such as racial justice, iden-
at the Santa Fe Institute, where she runs SFI Press and works to visually tity, memory, and environment.
interpret complexity science to the general public. She was art director of
the award-winning natural parenting magazine Mothering until 2011. Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest art
museum in the state and has been a community-supported institution for
AUGUST, 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 115 color photographs more than one hundred years. The Museum boasts an impressive per-
Cloth $35.00T 978-1-4968-1758-7 manent collection of more than 5,000 works of art, in addition to host-
Ebook available ing traveling exhibitions from around the world. In 2010, the Museum
received the National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, and in 2017, the Museum
was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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A Past That Wont Rest Delta Epiphany


Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi

Photographs by Jim Lucas Ellen B. Meacham


Edited by Jane Hearn

I
n April 1967, a year before his run for president, Senator
Contributions by Howard Ball, Peter Edelman, Aram Goudsouzian, Robert E. Robert F. Kennedy knelt in a crumbling shack in Mississippi
Luckett Jr., Ellen B. Meacham, Stanley Nelson, and Charles L. Overby trying to coax a response from a listless child. The toddler
sat picking at dried rice and beans spilled over the dirt floor as Kennedy,

A
Past That Wont Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in former US attorney general and brother to a president, touched the boys
Mississippi collects never-before-published photographs distended stomach and stroked his face and hair. After several minutes with
taken by Jim Lucas (19441980), an exceptional documen- little response, the senator walked out the back door, wiping away tears.
tary photographer. His black and white images, taken during 1964 In Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi, Ellen B. Mea-
through 1968, depict events from the civil rights movement including cham tells the story of Kennedys visit to the Delta, while also examining
the search for the missing civil rights the forces of history, economics, and politics
workers in Neshoba County, the that shaped the lives of the children he met
Meredith March Against Fear, Senator in Mississippi in 1967 and the decades that
Robert F. Kennedys visit to the followed. The book includes thirty-seven
Mississippi Delta, and more. The powerful photographs, a dozen published
photographs exemplify Lucass here for the first time. Kennedys visit to the
technical skill and reveal the essen- Mississippi Delta as part of a Senate subcom-
tial truth in his subjects and the mittee investigation of poverty programs
circumstances surrounding them. lasted only a few hours, but Kennedy, the
Lucas had a gift for telling a visual people he encountered, Mississippi, and
story, an instinctive eye for framing the nation felt the impact of that journey
his shots, and a keen human sensi- for much longer. His visit and its aftermath
Incredible photos docu- bility as a photojournalist. A college crystallized many of the domestic issues that
menting the struggle for student in Jackson, Mississippi, in The story of Robert F. later moved Kennedy toward his candidacy
for the presidency. Upon his return to Wash-
social change in Mississippi 1964, he was on his way to becoming Kennedys conse-
a professional photojournalist when ington, Kennedy immediately began seeking
quential visit to the ways to help the children he met on his visit;
Freedom Summer exploded. Lucas
found himself in the middle of events that would command the attention Mississippi Delta however, his efforts were frustrated by institu-
of the whole world. He cultivated his contacts and honed his craft behind tional obstacles and blocked by powerful men
the camera as a stringer for Time and Life magazines as well as the Asso- who were indifferent and, at times, hostile to
ciated Press. Lucas tragically lost his life in a car accident in 1980, but the plight of poor black children.
his photographs have survived and preserve a powerful visual legacy for Sadly, we know what happened to Kennedy, but this book also
Mississippi. Over one hundred gorgeously sharp photographs are paired introduces us to three of the children he met on his visit, including the
with definitive essays by scholars of the events depicted, thereby adding baby on the floor, and finishes their stories. Kennedy talked about what
insight and historical context to the book. Charles L. Overby, a fellow he had seen in Mississippi for the remaining fourteen months of his life.
Jacksonian and young journalist at the time, provides a foreword about His vision for America was shaped by the plight of the hungry children he
growing up in that tumultuous era. encountered there.

Jim Lucas (19441980) started photographing for the Jackson Daily Ellen B. Meacham, Taylor, Mississippi, has been a journalist for more
News while he was still in high school. A student at Millsaps College than twenty years, and her work has appeared in the New York Times and
when the nation was focused on Mississippi and the search for three many other places. Currently, she teaches journalism at the University of
missing civil rights workers, Lucas met and assisted film cameramen from Mississippi. Meacham worked as a news reporter in north Mississippi and
CBS news that summer of 1964. He continued to cover local marches, at the Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier. In 2005, she was
pickets, planning meetings, and bombings until 1968. Serving in Viet- named an American Press Institute fellow and served her fellowship at
nam in the Army Signal Corps, he was named Military Newsfilm Motion the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Picture Photographer of the Year in 1969. Returning to Mississippi, he
pursued freelance film work and work in motion picture feature films. APRIL, 352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 37 b&w illustrations, 1 map
Jane Hearn, Beaufort, South Carolina, was married to Jim Lucas at the Cloth $28.00T 978-1-4968-1745-7
time of his death. She archived, edited, and restored these images for a Ebook available
touring exhibition and a website.

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Deep South Dispatch Cups Up


Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup,
Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters,
John N. Herbers with Anne Farris Rosen and Started a Business
Foreword by Gene Roberts
George T. Malvaney

F
ormer New York Times correspondent John N. Herbers

G
(19232017), who covered the civil rights movement for eorge T. Malvaneys life epitomizes the old maxim that You cannot
more than a decade, has produced Deep South Dispatch: make this stuff up. Combine a young Klansman from Mississippi,
Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist, a compelling story of national and an armed coup attempt in the Caribbean, a stay in prison, and a
historical significance. Born in the South during a time of entrenched life-changing epiphany, and you have but half of this swashbuckling tale.
racial segregation, Herbers witnessed a succession of landmark civil Throw in the worst man-made ecological disaster in the history of the
rights uprisings that rocked the country, the world, and his own con- United States, and you have unleashed Malvaneys full life story. The
science. Herberss retrospective is a timely and critical illumination on Klansman, the soldier of fortune, the wild-eyed prisoner transforms into
Americas current racial dilemmas and ongo- a renowned leader of the Mississippi Gulf
ing quest for justice. Coast cleanup effort in the wake of the BP
Herberss reporting began in 1951, when Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
he covered the brutal execution of Willie In his too-crazy-not-to-be-true memoir,
McGee, a black man convicted for the rape Malvaney chronicles what easily should be
of a white housewife, and the 1955 murder several lifetimes of adventureand misad-
trial of Emmett Till, a black teenager killed venture. Growing up in a close-knit family
for allegedly whistling at a white woman. in Jackson, Mississippi, the young Mal-
With immediacy and first-hand detail, Her- vaney preferred woods and swamps to the
bers describes the assassination of John F. drudgery of high school. He dropped out,
Kennedy; the death of four black girls in the enlisted in the Navy, and shortly afterwards
Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing; joined the Ku Klux Klan. While onboard, he
extensive travels and interviews with Martin organized a branch of the Klan, corrupting
A compelling memoir Luther King Jr.; Ku Klux Klan cross-burning A riveting story and endangering his crewmen. After his dis-
from the front lines rallies and private meetings; the Freedom of perseverance charge, he answered a mercenary call to take
Summer murders in Philadelphia, Mississippi; part in an invasion of Dominica, a Caribbean
of the civil rights and redemption
and marches and riots in St. Augustine, Flor- fiasco known as the Bayou of Pigs. That
movement ida, and Selma, Alabama, that led to passage that proves life is madness landed him in a federal peniten-
of national civil rights legislation. stranger than fiction tiary. And there, somehow, he vowed to turn
This account is also a personal journey as Herbers witnessed the his life around.
movement with the conflicted eyes of a man dedicated to his southern Cups Up, a title drawn from the wake-up call shouted at prisoners,
heritage but who also rejected the prescribed laws and mores of a prej- is a story of perseverance, cleansing, and redemption. It chronicles the
udiced society. His story provides a complex understanding of how the roller coaster life of a high school dropout, ex-Klansman, ex-mercenary,
southern status quo, in which the white establishment benefited at the ex-felon, and ex-con, who went on to become a college graduate, a hard-
expense of African Americans, was transformed by a national outcry for nosed environmental regulator, and a widely respected top executive in a
justice. company with more than a thousand employees.

John N. Herbers (19232017) worked for more than a decade at George T. Malvaney, Edwards, Mississippi, is best known for his work
United Press International and was a national reporter for the New York following British Petroleums oil spill in 2010. He spent more than
Times for twenty-five years covering civil rights, national politics, the fourteen years with a nationally recognized environmental contracting
White House, Congress, urban affairs, Watergate, and the administra- firm overseeing sales, marketing, and field operations. Prior to that, he
tions of six presidents. Author of four books, two on civil rights and No worked as an environmental scientist at the Mississippi Department of
Thank You, Mr. President and The New Heartland, he received numerous Environmental Quality. Today, he is a partner at Enhanced Environmen-
awards, including the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Jour- tal and Emergency Services (E3) and Malvaney and Associates.
nalism. Anne Farris Rosen, Washington, DC, is the daughter of John
Herbers. An award-winning freelance journalist and adjunct professor MAY, 192 pages (approx.), 5 x 8 inches, 20 b&w illustrations
at the University of Marylands Philip Merrill College of Journalism, she
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PAPERBACK Confessions of an PAPERBACK Teacher
Undercover Agent Two Years in the Mississippi Delta
Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life Michael Copperman
Charlie Spillers
Teacher should be required reading for preservice teaching candidates
as they prepare for their field placements. They will be challenged to
Charlie Spillers is a natural-born storyteller with one hell of a story to consider their own values. Dr. Michael Cormack Jr., chief executive
tell. This is the real lowdown on southern crime from a man who saw it officer of the Barksdale Reading Institute, former elementary school
from the inside. After reading the book, I dont know if Spillers was brave
principal, and adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi
or just plain crazy. But I loved it. A great read. Ace Atkins, New York
Times bestselling author of The Forsaken and The Redeemers Teacher is a very important book for aspiring administrators to read.
Through a personal story, Copperman powerfully articulates the struggles
Confessions of an Undercover Agent is one of those real-life books you
of beginning teachers, the profound needs of students, and the system
just cant put down. It is factual yet exciting. It defines all the principles of
barriers that prevent teachers from meeting these needs. . . . Coppermans
undercover work and highlights the dangers faced by our brave men and
women who perform undercover duties every words in Teacher provide a call to action that
day. Confessions will put the reader into the cant be ignored by administrators. Nancy
very mindset of an undercover officer. If you Golden, former superintendent of Springfield
have never worked undercover, your heart Public Schools and chief education officer for
rate will increase and your blood pressure the state of Oregon
will rise by reading and imagining being in
these situations. It will be mandatory reading Teacher is a must-read for any teacher
for all future undercover class students candidate who is inspired to help poor
at the Department of Defenses Regional students achieve the American Dream.
Counterdrug Training Academy. Tim Yet, Teacher is not a depressing book. With
Rutledge, director of training at the Regional lyrical prose and many laugh-out-loud
Counterdrug Training Academy (RCTA), stories, Coppermans account is beautiful as
Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi well as sobering. Nicole Louie, assistant
The true story of A mesmerizing professor of mathematics education at the
an ex-Marine who Confessions of an Undercover Agent is a University of Texas at El Paso and former
dynamic, compelling, hilarious memoir by account of the middle school mathematics teacher on the
fought crime as an a talented new writer. Charlie Spillers tells realities of working south side of Chicago
undercover cop, a fascinating adventure stories unequalled in
with Teach For
any other modern memoir Ive read. Spillers The real power of Teacher is that Copper-
narcotics agent, and America in one of man looks out as much as he looks in. He
delivers with brilliant but painful introspec-
finally a federal tion what living a double life of adventurous the countrys poorest is alive to the place itself, to the horrors
prosecutor deception does to your own character. He and beauties of the Delta, the segregated
shows us how the endless adrenaline rushes and most challenged towns and tangled bayous, and, like any
of risking your lifeand that of your family regions good teacher, Copperman is honest about
change you. John Hailman, author of From Midnight to Guntown: and careful with the lives and stories of his
True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi and Return to students. Joe Wilkins, professor at Linfield College and author of the
Guntown: Classic Trials of the Outlaws and Rogues of Faulkner Country memoir The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry and
the poetry collection When We Were Birds
Confessions of an Undercover Agent stands on the authors skill as an
observer, his remarkable memory, and his ear for the conversation of Coppermans story is the truth shared by all educators about our
criminals, told in long scenes with plenty of colorful dialogue. In a time best intentions, our nave betrayals, regrets that hiss in our memo-
when the police are getting a bad rap, hes the kind of guy you want ries. Teacher in itself is the act of teaching. Its not about naming whats
on the side of the law. May his exploits live on in the canon of great right or wrong. Its about whats real and what we can learn from it.
Mississippi true-crime literature. Jamie Kornegay, Clarion-Ledger Erin Fristad, educator and author of The Glass Jar
Charlie Spillers, Oxford, Mississippi, a former Marine and narcotics From 2002 to 2004, Michael Copperman, Eugene, Oregon, taught
agent, was an assistant US attorney for twenty-three years, which included fourth grade in the rural public schools of the Mississippi Delta with
serving three tours in Iraq for the Department of Justice as the justice Teach For America. Now, he teaches writing to low-income, first-gen-
attach for Iraq and as an attorney-advisor to the Iraqi High Tribunal. eration college students of diverse backgrounds at the University of
He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi. Oregon. His work has appeared in the Sun, the Oxford American,
Guernica, Creative Nonfiction, and Copper Nickel and has garnered
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New in
The Racial Divide in PAPERBACK Sanctuaries
American Medicine of Segregation
Black Physicians and the Struggle for The Story of the Jackson Church
Justice in Health Care Visit Campaign

Edited by Richard D. deShazo, MD, MACP Carter Dalton Lyon


Contributions by Richard D. deShazo, John Dittmer, Keydron K. Guinn, Winner of the 2017 Eudora Welty Prize
Lucius M. Lampton, Wilson F. Minor, Rosemary Moak, Sara B. Parker, Wayne J.
Riley, Leigh Baldwin Skipworth, Robert Smith, and William F. Winter The moral and religious issues that swirled about the civil rights move-

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ment in the early 1960s have rarely been put in richer context than
he Racial Divide in American Medicine documents the in Sanctuaries of Segregation. Lyons analysis of the fraught relationship
struggle for equity in health and health care by African between white moderate ministers, many of whom favored racial integra-
American citizens and physicians in Mississippi and the tion, and their segregationist congregants, who often forced them from
United States. Dr. Richard D. deShazo and their pulpits, adds a new level of understand-
the contributors to the volume trace the dark ing of the moral battles within white southern
journey from a system of slave hospitals in churches. Charles Reagan Wilson, profes-
the state, through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, sor emeritus of history and southern studies
and the civil rights era, to the present day. at the University of Mississippi and author
They substantiate that current health of Flashes of a Southern Spirit: Meanings of
disparities in the state are directly linked to the Spirit in the U.S. South
Americas history of separation, neglect,
struggle, and disparities. This book represents a major achievement.
Contributors reveal details of individual Thanks to Carter Dalton Lyons deep and
physicians journeys for recognition both as impressive research, we now understand the
African Americans and as professionals in story of the Jackson church visit campaign
Mississippi. Despite discrimination by their in detail. This book demonstrates how the
An exposure to How motivated
white colleagues and threats of violence, a effects of this initiative rippled across the
the long history of Christians confront- country, and it underscores the contradictory
small but fearless group of African American
separation, isolation, physicians fought for desegregation of ed the hypocrisy that but crucial role that white Christianity played
disparities, and American medicine and society. For example, during the civil rights years. Carolyn Rene
separated races on
T. R. M. Howard, MD, in the all-black city of Dupont, author of Mississippi Praying: South-
eventual healing in the Sabbath ern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights
Mound Bayou led a private investigation of
southern healthcare the Emmett Till murder that helped trigger Movement, 19451975
the civil rights movement. Later, other black
physicians risked their lives and practices to furnish care for white civil With remarkably thorough research, compelling analysis, and captivating
rights workers during the civil rights movement. narrative, Lyon uncovers another powerful story of the 1960s black
DeShazo has assembled an accurate account of the lives and experi- freedom struggle and offers extraordinary insight into the perspectives
ences of black physicians in Mississippi, one that gives full credit to the of actors on all sides of the conflict. Joseph T. Reiff, Shelton Professor
actions of these pioneers. DeShazos introduction and the essays address of Religion, Emory & Henry College, and author of Born of Conviction:
ongoing isolation and distrust among black and white colleagues in Mis- White Methodists and Mississippis Closed Society
sissippi. This book will stimulate dialogue, apology, and reconciliation,
Carter Dalton Lyons Sanctuaries of Segregation is a wonderful addition
with the ultimate goal of improving disparities in health and health care
to the growing literature on the role of white churches during the
and addressing long-standing injustices in our country.
civil rights movement in the South. Lyons book helps fill out our
knowledgeand our understandingof this understudied chapter in the
Richard D. deShazo, MD, MACP, Jackson, Mississippi, is professor of
civil rights struggle. . . . A must-read for anyone interested in the history
medicine and pediatrics and Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor at
of southern churches during the civil rights movement. Stephen R.
University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a prolific radio com-
Haynes, professor of religious studies, Rhodes College, and author or
mentator on health matters and host of the show Southern Remedy on
editor of eleven books including The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis
Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation

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A Cajun Girls Consuming Katrina


Sharecropping Years Public Disaster and Personal Narrative

Viola Fontenot Kate Parker Horigan

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Foreword by Cher Dastugue Coen
hen and under what circumstances are disaster survivors

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able to speak for themselves in the public arena? In Con-
oday sharecropping is history, though during World War II and suming Katrina: Public Disaster and Personal Narrative,
the Great Depression sharecropping was prevalent in Louisi- author Kate Parker Horigan shows how the public understands and
anas southern parishes. Sharecroppers rented farmland and remembers large-scale disasters like Hurricane Katrina, outlining which
often a small house, agreeing to pay a one-third share of all profit from stories are remembered and why, as well as the impact on public mem-
the sale of crops grown on the land. Sharecropping shaped Louisianas ory and the survivors themselves.
rich cultural history, and while there have been books published about Horigan discusses unique contexts in which personal narratives
sharecropping, they share a predominately male perspective. In A Cajun about the storm are shared, including interviews with survivors, Dave
Girls Sharecropping Years, Viola Fontenot Eggerss Zeitoun, Josh Neufelds A.D.: New
adds the female voice into the story of share- Orleans After the Deluge, Tia Lessin and
cropping. Carl Deals Trouble the Water, and public
Spanning from 1937 to 1955, Fontenot commemoration during Hurricane Katrinas
describes her life as the daughter of a share- tenth anniversary in New Orleans. In each
cropper in Church Point, Louisiana, including case, survivors initially present themselves in
details of field work as well as the domestic specific ways, counteracting negative stereo-
arts and Cajun culture. The account begins types that characterize their communities.
with stories from early life, where the family However, when adapted for public presenta-
lived off a gravel road near the woods with- tion, their stories get reduced back to those
out electricity, running water, or bathrooms, stereotypes. As a result, people affected by
and a mule-drawn wagon was the only means Katrina continue to be seen in limited terms,
of transportation. To gently introduce the as either undeserving or incapable of manag-
A female perspective reader to her native language, the author An analysis of ing recovery.
often includes French words along with a suc- This project is rooted in Horigans experi-
of sharecropping life cinct definition. This becomes an important mismanaged
ences living in New Orleans before and after
part of the story as Fontenot attends primary representation Katrina, but it is also a case study illustrating
school, where she experienced prejudice for
and response after an ongoing problem and an innovative solu-
speaking French, a forbidden and punishable act. Descriptions of Fon- tion: survivors stories should be shared in a
tenots teenage years include stories of going to the boucherie; canning disasters
way that includes their own engagement with
blackberries, figs, and pumpkins; using the wood stove to cook dinner; the processes of narrative production, cir-
washing and ironing laundry; and making moss mattresses. Also included culation, and reception. When survivors are seen as agents in their own
in the texts are explanations of rural Cajun holiday traditions, courting stories, they will be seen as agents in their own recovery. Having a better
customs, leisure activities, childrens games, and Saturday night house grasp on the processes of narration and memory is critical for improved
dances for family and neighbors, the fais do-do. disaster response because the stories that are most widely shared about
disaster determine how communities recover.
Viola Fontenot, Lafayette, Louisiana, grew up a sharecroppers
daughter. She is a retired assistant vice-president of Tri-Parish Bank. She Kate Parker Horigan, Bowling Green, Kentucky, is assistant professor
contributed to Growing Up in South Louisiana and is currently working in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky
on a childrens book, Le Petit Chaoui du Grand Bois. University and associate editor of the Journal of American Folklore.

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Walking Raddy Sweet Spots


The Baby Dolls of New Orleans In-Between Spaces in New Orleans

Edited by Kim Vaz-Deville Edited by Teresa A. Toulouse and Barbara C. Ewell


Foreword by Karen Trahan Leathem
Contributions by Carrie Bernhard, Scott Bernhard, Marilyn R. Brown, Richard
Contributions by Jennifer Atkins, Vashni Balleste, Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Campanella, John P. Clark, Joel Dinerstein, Pableaux Johnson, John P. Kling-
Ron Bechet, Melanie Bratcher, Jerry Brock, Ann Bruce, Violet Harrington Bryan, man, Angel Adams Parham, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ruth Salvaggio, Christopher
Rachel Carrico, Sarah Anita Clunis, Phillip Colwart, Keith Duncan, Rob Florence, Schaberg, Teresa A. Toulouse, and Beth Willinger
Pamela R. Franco, Daniele Gair, Meryt Harding, Megan Holt, DeriAnne Meilleur

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Honora, Marielle Jeanpierre, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Jessica Marie Johnson, uch has been written about New Orleanss distinctive
Karen La Beau, D. Lammie-Hanson, Karen Trahan Leathem, Charles Lovell, architecture and urban fabric, as well as the citys art,
Annie Odell, Ruth Owens, Steve Prince, Nathan NuAwlons Natescott Haynes
literature, and music. There is, however, little discussion
Scott, LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Tia L. Smith, Gailene McGhee St. Amand,
connecting these features. Sweet Spotsa title drawn from jazz musicians
and Kim Vaz-Deville
name for the space in-between performers

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and dancers where music best resonatespro-
ince 2004, the Baby Doll Mardi
vides multiple connections between the citys
Gras tradition in New Orleans has
spaces, its complex culture, and its future.
gone from an obscure, almost-
Drawing on the late Tulane architect
forgotten practice to a flourishing cultural
Malcolm Heards ideas about interstitial
force. The original Baby Dolls were groups of
spaces, this collection examines how a variety
black women, and some men, in the early Jim
of literal and represented in-between spaces
Crow era who adopted New Orleans street-
in New Orleans have addressed race, class,
masking tradition as a unique form of fun and
gender, community, and environment. As
self-expression against a backdrop of racial
scholars of architecture, art, African American
discrimination. Wearing short dresses, bloom-
studies, English, history, jazz, philosophy, and
ers, bonnets, and garters with money tucked
Scholars and artists tight, they strutted, sang ribald songs, sociology, the authors incorporate materials
A vibrant explora- from architectural history and practice, liter-
respond to the chanted, and danced on Mardi Gras Day and tion of the Crescent ary texts, paintings, drawings, music, dance,
modern resurgence on St. Joseph feast night. Todays Baby Dolls
Citys distinctive and even statistical analyses. Interstitial space
continue the tradition of one of the first
of the Baby Doll refers not only to functional elements inside
street womens masking and marching groups in-between spaces
and outside of many New Orleans houses
tradition in the United States. They joyfully and
high ceilings, hidden staircases, galleries, and
unabashedly defy gender roles, claiming
courtyardsbut also to compelling spatial relations between the citys
public space and proclaiming through their performance their right to
houses, streets, and neighborhoods.
social citizenship.
Rich with visual materials, Sweet Spots reveals the ways that diverse
Essayists draw on interviews, theoretical perspectives, archival
New Orleans spaces take on meanings and accrete stories that promote
material, and historical assessments to describe womens cultural
certain consequences both for those who live in them and for those who
performances that take place on the streets of New Orleans. They
read such stories. The volume evokes, preserves, criticizes, and amends
recount the history and contemporary resurgence of the Baby Dolls
understanding of a powerful and often-missed feature of New Orleanss
while delving into the larger cultural meaning of the phenomenon.
elusive reality.
Over 140 color photographs and personal narratives of immersive
experiences provide passionate testimony of the impact of the Baby
Teresa A. Toulouse, Boulder, Colorado, is professor of English at Uni-
Dolls on their audiences. Fifteen artists offer statements regarding
versity of Colorado, Boulder, previously serving as long-time professor
their work documenting and inspired by the tradition as it stimulates
of English and director of the American Studies Department at Tulane
their imagination to present a practice that revitalizes the spirit.
University in New Orleans. Barbara C. Ewell, New Orleans, Louisiana,
is former Dorothy Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola
Kim Vaz-Deville, New Orleans, Louisiana, is professor of education and
University New Orleans, where she taught for three decades.
associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of
Louisiana. Her book The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender
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New in New in
PAPERBACK The House That PAPERBACK Spiritualism in
Sugarcane Built Nineteenth-Century
The Louisiana Burguires New Orleans
The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey
Donna McGee Onebane

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he House That Sugarcane Built tells the saga of Jules M. Melissa Daggett
Burguires Sr. and five generations of Louisianans who, after
the Civil War, established a sugar empire that has survived into If youve ever wondered about the challenge of telling the story of New
the present. Orleanss free people of color, consider the surprising value of a book
When twenty-seven-year-old Parisian immigrant Eugne D. Bur- like Melissa Daggetts Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans:
guires landed at the Port of New Orleans in 1831, one of the oldest The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey. . . . After exhaustive research that
Louisiana dynasties began. Seen through the lens of one family, this included translating many records from French, author Daggett gained a
book traces the Burguires from seventeenth-century France, to nine- glimpse into a culture that expressed its hopes, fears, and even activism
teenth-century New Orleans and rural south through words believed to hail from the after-
Louisiana and into the twenty-first century. life. David Lee Simmons, The Advocate
It is also a rich portrait of an American region
that has retained its vibrant French culture. Ever since seeing the Grandjean Sance
As the sweeping narrative of the clan unfolds, Registers at the University of New Orleans
so does the story of their family-owned sugar decades ago, I wondered when they would
business, the J. M. Burguires Company, as be brought to the publics attention. Author
it plays a pivotal role in the expansion of Melissa Daggett is to be thanked for skillfully
and sensitively doing that. Mary Gehman,
the sugar industry in Louisiana, Florida, and
author of The Free People of Color of New
Cuba.
Orleans: An Introduction
The French Burguires were visionaries
who knew the value of land and its bountiful Melissa Daggetts unrivaled grasp of a
resources. The fertile soil along the bayous voluminous collection of French-language
The multigenera- and wetlands of south Louisiana bestowed Extraordinary spiritualist texts makes Spiritualism in Nine-
tional history of one on them an abundance of sugarcane above its insight into Creoles teenth-Century New Orleans a must-read for
of Louisianas oldest surface, and salt, oil, and gas beneath. Ever of color and their
anyone interested in the citys multifaceted
in pursuit of land, the Burguires expanded religious culture with its links to the North,
dynasties and its their holdings to include the vast swamps of religious culture the Caribbean, and Europe. With Henry Louis
empire of sugar and the Florida Everglades; then, in 2004, they Rey as her focus, the author adds a valuable
land turned their sights to cattle ranches on the new chapter to religious studies while making
great frontier of west Texas. an important contribution to the historiography of the citys Afro-Creole
Finally, integral to the story are the complex dynamics and tensions Francophone community. With this first book-length study of New Orle-
inherent in this family-owned company, revealing both failures and ans spiritualism, Daggett joins a new generation of revisionist scholars
victories in its history of more than 135 years. The J. M. Burguires who view the movement seriously and consider its vision for the future
Companys survival has depended upon each generation safeguarding as important as its concern for the past. As Daggett makes abundantly
and nourishing a legacy for the next. clear, her history of New Orleans spiritualism and Henry Louis Rey is
long overdue. Caryn Coss Bell, author of Revolution, Romanticism,
Donna McGee Onebane, Lafayette, Louisiana, is a folklorist and a and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana, 17181868
member of the English Department faculty at the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette. She was director for the Library of Congress Veterans Oral Melissa Daggett, Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, is an
History Project in Louisiana and Louisiana Voices. Her contributions have instructor of US history at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. Her
work has appeared in Louisiana History.
appeared in Louisiana English Journal, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany,
and The Mark Twain Encyclopedia.
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New in
The Know Nothings in Louisiana PAPERBACK Chita
A Memory of Last Island
Marius M. Carriere Jr.
Lafcadio Hearn

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n the 1850s, a startling new political party appeared on the Edited by Delia LaBarre
American scene. Both its members and its critics called the Introduction by Jefferson Humphries
new party by various names, but to most it was known as the

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Know Nothing Party. It reignited political fires over nativism and anti-
immigration sentiments. At a time of political uncertainty, with the Whig n August 10, 1856, the Gulf of Mexico reared up and hurled
itself over Last Island, near New Orleans. The storm essentially
party on the verge of collapse, the Know Nothings seemed destined to
split the island in half and swept much of it away, including its
replace them and perhaps become a political fixture.
inhabitants, wealthy vacationers, and its resort hotel. There were few
Historian Marius M. Carriere Jr. tracks the rise and fall of the Know
survivors.
Nothing movement in Louisiana, outlining not only the history of the Lafcadio Hearn used these basic historical facts to create Chita. Orig-
party as it is usually known, but also explaining how the partys unique inally published in 1889, this novella is a minor masterpiece that is by
permeation in Louisiana contrasted with the turns mysterious, mesmerizing, and tragic.
Know Nothings expansion nationally and In the aftermath of the storm, a Spanish fish-
elsewhere in the South. For example, many erman wades into the Gulf to pick through
Roman Catholics in the state joined the Know debris. Among the bodies, he finds one that
Nothings, even though the party was nation- is yet alive, a young Creole girl. Her parents
ally known as anti-Catholic. are presumed to have died in the storm.
While historians have largely concentrated Raised by the fishermans family, Chita
on the Know Nothings success in the North, grows into a strong, independent young
Carriere furnishes a new context for the evolu- woman. Her story is counterpointed by that
tion of a national political movement at odds of her lost father, a doctor who thinks that
with its Louisiana constituents. Through statis- his daughter is dead and, as a result, devotes
tics on various elections and demographics of himself to helping others in need. When he
Louisiana politicians, Carriere forms a detailed comes to Last Island to help stem a yellow
A surprising history account of Louisianas Know Nothing Party. fever epidemic, he encounters Chita. The
The national and rapidly changing Louisiana A lush, evocative consequences are devastating.
of political success This beautifully lush, ornately styled tale
political landscape yielded surprising, credible novel about a
for the nativist, anti- leverage for the Know Nothing movement. of south Louisiana in the nineteenth century
mysterious girl who is a haunting novel that is both impressionis-
Catholic movement Slavery, Carriere argues, also played a crucial
difference between southern and northern
survives a devastat- tic in its evocation of nature and realistic in
Know Nothing ideals. Carriere delineates the ing hurricane in old its characterizations and depictions of life in
this region.
eventual downfall of the Know Nothing Party, while offering new perspec- Louisiana Jefferson Humphriess introduction
tives on a nativist movement, which has appeared once again in a chang- puts Chita in perspective, gives an overview
ing, divided country. of critical reactions to the novel from its
initial publication to the present, and provides a capsule biography of
Marius M. Carriere Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, is professor of history Hearn and a commentary on the stylistic influences on his work.
at Christian Brothers University. In addition to entries in the Tennessee
Encyclopedia of History and Culture, he has published essays in edited Lafcadio Hearn (18501904) was a writer, critic, amateur engraver,
volumes as well as articles in Journal of Mississippi History, Tennessee and journalist. He wrote extensively about the cultures of Louisiana and
Historical Quarterly, and Louisiana History. is considered the first major Western chronicler of Japanese culture. He
is also author of La Cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes,
JUNE, 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 3 b&w illustrations, 1 map, 41 tables Gombo Zhebes, and Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan. Delia LaBarre is an
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University and is author of The Puritan and the Cynic: The Literary Mor-
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Sterling Haydens Wars That Was Entertainment


The Golden Age of the MGM Musical
Lee Mandel
Bernard F. Dick

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master sailor when he was barely in his twenties, Sterling
Hayden (19161986) became an overnight film star despite hat Was Entertainment: The Golden Age of the MGM Musical
having no training in acting. After starring in two major films, traces the development of the MGM musical from The Broadway
he quit Hollywood and trained as a commando in Europe. Hayden Melody (1929) through its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s and
joined the OSS and fought in the Balkans and Mediterranean, earning a its decline in the 1960s, culminating in the notorious 1970 MGM auction
Silver Star for his distinguished service. Haydens wartime admiration for when Judy Garlands ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Charlton
the Yugoslavian Partisans led to a brief membership in the Communist Hestons chariot from Ben-Hur, and Fred Astaires trousers and dress shirt
Party after the war, and this would come back to haunt him when he was from Royal Wedding vanished to the highest bidders.
called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee That Was Entertainment uniquely reconstructs the life of Arthur
(HUAC) where he became the first star to name names. Freed, whose unit at MGM became the gold standard against which the
After returning to Hollywood, Haydens musicals of other studios were measured.
film career flourished as he starred in several Without Freed, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred
films including The Asphalt Jungle, Denver Astaire, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, Cyd Cha-
and Rio Grande, and The Killing. His per- risse, Arlene Dahl, Vera-Ellen, Lucille Bremer,
sonal life, however, descended into chaos. Gloria DeHaven, Howard Keel, and June
His bitter custody battle with his second wife Allyson would never have had the signature
led to his well-publicized and controversial films that established them as movie legends.
kidnapping of their four children for a voyage MGMs past is its present. No other
to Tahiti. Increasing alcohol and substance studio produced such a range of musicals
abuse would take its toll, but Haydens career that are still shown today on television and
would be revived as a character actor in such all of which are covered in this volume, from
classics as Dr. Strangelove and The Godfather. integrated musicals in which song and dance
In addition, he proved to be an excellent were seamlessly embedded in the plot (Meet
A biography of a author, penning two international bestsellers. The extraordinary Me in St. Louis and Seven Brides for Seven
Despite these achievements, his later story of Arthur Freed Brothers) to revues (The Hollywood Revue of
master sailor, war
years were characterized by depression, 1929 and Zieg feld Follies); original musicals
hero, and one of the self-doubt, alcoholism, and substance abuse. and the mighty (Singin in the Rain, Easter Parade, and Its
most unusual and His life was metaphorically a series of wars, musical genius of Always Fair Weather); adaptations of Broad-
troubled stars of including the most difficult of them allthe MGM way shows (Girl Crazy, On the Town, Show
war that Sterling Hayden fought with himself. Boat, Kiss Me Kate, Brigadoon, Kismet, and
the Golden Era of
Bells Are Ringing); musical versions of novels
Hollywood Lee Mandel, Suffolk, Virginia, is a retired and plays (Gigi, The Pirate, and Summer Holiday); operettas (the films of
US Navy physician with a passion for history Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy); mythico-historical biographies of
and writing. He is author of two previous books and has appeared on composers ( Johann Strauss Jr. in The Great Waltz and Sigmund Romberg
the History Channel twice as a result of his work on the health history of in Deep in My Heart); and musicals featuring songwriting teams (Rodgers
President John F. Kennedy. and Hart in Words and Music and Kalmar and Ruby in Three Little Words),
opera stars (Enrico Caruso in The Great Caruso and Marjorie Lawrence
MAY, 368 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 21 b&w illustrations in Interrupted Melody), and pop singers (Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave
Cloth $35.00T 978-1-4968-1697-9 Me). Also covered is the water ballet musicalin a class by itselfwith
Ebook available Ester Williams starring as MGMs resident mermaid. This is a book for
Hollywood Legends Series longtime lovers of the movie musical and those discovering the genre for
the first time.

Bernard F. Dick, Teaneck, New Jersey, holds a doctorate in classics from


Fordham University. He is author of five books previously published by
University Press of Mississippi, most recently The Screen Is Red: Holly-
wood, Communism, and the Cold War.

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Magnificent Obsession Comics and Adaptation


The Outrageous History of Film Buffs, Collectors,
Scholars, and Fanatics Edited by Benot Mitaine, David Roche, and
Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot
Anthony Slide Translated by Aarnoud Rommens and David Roche

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n Magnificent Obsession: The Outrageous History of Film Contributions by Jan Baetens, Alain Boillat, Philippe Bourdier, Laura Caraballo,
Buffs, Collectors, Scholars, and Fanatics, author Anthony Thomas Faye, Pierre Floquet, Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Christophe Gelly, Nicolas
Slide looks at the way film has dominated the minds and lives Labarre, Benot Mitaine, David Roche, Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, Dick Tomasovic,
of film buffs, film collectors, film academics, and just plain fans of past and Shannon Wells-Lassagne
movies. Based on the authors more than fifty years in the field and his

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personal, up-front knowledge of the subject, chapters provide unique
oth comics studies and adaptation studies have grown sepa-
documentation on film buffs who once created a livelihood from their rately over the past twenty years. Yet there are few in-depth
hobby, including long-forgotten Chaw Mank and the vast array of film studies of comic books and adaptations together. Available
clubs that he headed and New York radio and for the first time in English, this collection
television sensation Joe Franklin. The history pores over the phenomenon of comic books
of fans and their fan clubs are discussed, as and adaptation, sifting through comics as
well as the first and only periodical, Films in both sources and results of adaptation.
Review, which catered both to film scholars Essays shed light on the many ways adapta-
and film buffs. The histories of several legend- tion studies inform research on comic books
ary film collectors such as David Bradley and and content adapted from them. Contribu-
Herb Graff are featured, as is Hollywoods tors concentrate on fidelity to the source
Silent Movie Theatre, where film buffs found materials, comparative analysis, forms of
a home from the 1940s onwards, sharing it media, adaptation and myth, adaptation and
with drug dealers, male prostitutes, fantasists, intertexuality, as well as adaptation and
and hit men. ideology.
An all-embracing Magnificent Obsession is vast in its After an introduction that assesses
approach, discussing the entire history of How comics are adaptation studies as a framework, the book
history of fans and examines comics adaptations of literary
the phenomenon of the film buff from the adapted from
film buffs from the early 1910s through the present and doc- texts as more than just illustrations of their
Silent Era to today umenting the manner in which film buffs literary sources as sources. Essayists then focus on adaptations
have changedthanks to the internetfrom well as brought to of comics, often from a transmedia perspec-
tive. Case studies analyze both famous and
relatively gentle and kind individuals to the obsessive, sometimes over- the screen lesser-known American, Belgian, French,
bearing, and often self-important film buffs of today.
Italian, and Spanish comics.
Essays investigate specific works, such as Robert Louis Stevensons
Anthony Slide, Studio City, California, is a provocative film scholar, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Castilian epic poem
historian, and writer who has authored or edited more than 250 books Poema de Mio Cid, Ray Bradburys Martian Chronicles, French comics
on the history of popular entertainment. Among his books are She artist Jacques Tardis adaptation 120, rue de la Gare, and Frank Millers
Could Be Chaplin! The Comedic Brilliance of Alice Howell; Hollywood Sin City. In addition to Marvel Comics blockbusters, topics include vari-
Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins; and Inside ous uses of adaptation, comic book adaptations of literary texts, narrative
the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, deconstruction of performance and comic book art, and many more.
and Gossip Mongers, all published by University Press of Mississippi. He
has received many awards and, as recently as 2016, The Guardian named Benot Mitaine, Avignon, France, is associate professor of Spanish at
Its the Pictures That Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and the Universit de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. He is coeditor of Lignes
Hollywoods Golden Age as one of the Best Books of the Year. de front: Guerre et totalitarisme dans la bande dessine and Autobio-
graphismes: bande dessine et reprsentation de soi. David Roche,
MARCH, 248 pages (approx.), 7 x 10 inches, 63 b&w illustrations Montpellier, France, is professor of film studies at the Universit Tou-
Cloth $35.00T 978-1-4968-1053-3 louseJean Jaurs, France. He is author of LImagination malsaine and
Ebook available Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s: Why Dont They
Do It Like They Used To?, and editor of Russell Banks: Conversations, the
latter two published by University Press of Mississippi. Isabelle Schmitt-
Pitiot, Couchey, France, is associate professor of English at the Univer-
sit de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. She has coedited Intimacy in Cinema:
Critical Essays on English-Language Films and published widely on
English-language cinema.

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Gary Larson and The Far Side New in


PAPERBACK The Comics of
Kerry D. Soper Charles Schulz
The Good Grief of Modern Life

K
erry D. Soper reminds us of The Far Sides groundbreaking
qualities and cultural significance in Gary Larson and The Edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon
Far Side. In the 1980s, Gary Larson (b. 1950) shook up a
staid comics page by introducing a set of aesthetic devices, comedic tones, Contributions by Leonie Brialey, M. J. Clarke, Roy T. Cook, Joseph J. Darowski,
and philosophical frames that challenged and delighted many readers, Jared Gardner, Ian Gordon, Gene Kannenberg Jr., Christopher P. Lehman,
even while upsetting and confusing others. His irreverent, single panels Anne C. McCarthy, Ben Novotny Owen, Lara Saguisag, Ben Saunders,
served as an alternative reality to the tame comedy of the family-friendly Jeffrey O. Segrave, and Michael Tisserand
newspaper comics page, as well as the pervasive, button-down consumer-
ism and conformity of the Reagan era. Charles M. Schulz, many of us believe, was the greatest cartoonist of the
In this first full study of Larsons art, Soper follows the arc of the car- twentieth century, but it is inarguable that the characters in his comic
toonists life and career, describing the aesthetic and comedic qualities of strip, Peanuts, have become icons of American culture. Just how power-
his work, probing the business-side of his suc- ful and influential they were can be partially
cess, and exploring how The Far Side brand as measured by the lucid and thoughtful essays
a wholewith its iconic characters and accom- in this intelligently edited volume in the Criti-
panying set of comedic and philosophical cal Approaches to Comics Artists Series. They
framesconnected with its core readers. In set a high standard for the critical analyses
effect, Larson reinvented his medium by cre- and scholarly appreciations sure to follow.
atively working within, pushing against, and M. Thomas Inge, author or editor of many
often breaking past institutional, aesthetic, volumes, including My Life with Charlie
comedic, and philosophical parameters. Brown and Charles M. Schulz: Conversations
Due to the comics great success, it
opened the door for additional alternative Over half a century after its debut, Charles
voices in comics and other popular mediums. Schulzs deceptively sophisticated Peanuts art
continues to impact readers and cultures
With its intentionally awkward, minimalis-
The first critical An unparalleled worldwide. Gardner and Gordons The Com-
tic lines and its morbid humor, The Far Side
assessment of an gathering of ics of Charles Schulz treats Schulzs iconic
expanded Americans comedic palette and
property with the sophistication and care it
American icons inspired up-and-coming cartoonists, comedi- research devoted to deserves. At once insightful and enjoyable,
lasting achievement ans, and filmmakers. Soper re-creates the cul- one of the worlds the volume is a valuable addition not just
tural climate and media landscape in which to an understanding of Peanuts but also to
The Far Side first appeared and thrived, then most influential
comics studies, literary analysis, and beyond.
assesses how it impacted worldviews and shaped the comedic sensibili- comic strips Stephen J. Lind, author of A Charlie Brown
ties of a generation of cartoonists, comedy writers, and everyday fans. Religion: Exploring the Spiritual Life and
Work of Charles M. Schulz
Kerry D. Soper, Orem, Utah, is professor in the Department of Compar-
ative Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University. He is author of Garry Jared Gardner, Columbus, Ohio, is professor of English at The Ohio
Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire and We Go Pogo: State University. He is author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding
Walt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire, both published by University of an American Literature, 17871845; Projections: Comics and the
Press of Mississippi. A longtime fan of The Far Side, Soper also occa- History of Twenty-First-Century Storytelling; and The Rise and Fall of
sionally publishes cartoons and short satirical pieces in the Chronicle of Early American Magazine Culture. Ian Gordon, Singapore, is profes-
Higher Education and other venues. sor of American history at the National University of Singapore. He is
author of Comic Strips and Consumer Culture, 18901945 and Super-
AUGUST, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 60 b&w illustrations man: The Persistence of an American Icon. He is also coeditor of Comics
and Ideology and Film and Comic Books and editor of Ben Katchor:
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New in
PAPERBACK The Comics Working-Class Comic
of Herg Book Heroes
When the Lines Are Not So Clear Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics

Edited by Joe Sutliff Sanders Edited by Marc DiPaolo


Contributions by Jnathas Miranda de Arajo, Jan Baetens, Jim Casey, Contributions by Phil Bevin, Blair Davis, Mark DiPaolo, Michele Fazio,
Hugo Frey, Kenan Kocak, Andrei Molotiu, Annick Pellegrin, Benjamin Picado, James Gifford, Kelly Kanayama, Orion Ussner Kidder, Christina M. Knopf,
Joe Sutliff Sanders, Vanessa Meikle Schulman, Matthew Screech, Kevin Michael Scott, Andrew Alan Smith, and Terrence R. Wandtke
Guillaume de Syon, and Gwen Athene Tarbox

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n comic books, superhero stories often depict working-class
After five decades of critical discussions on Herg and Tintin, is there characters who struggle to make ends meet, lead fulfilling
anything left to say on the most famous French-language comics cre- lives, and remain faithful to themselves and their own per-
ator and his acclaimed body of work? The Comics of Herg answers the sonal code of ethics. Working-Class Comic
challenge of venturing new interpretations Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist
of a classic yet endlessly inspiring corpus.
Politics in Comics examines working-class
Drawing from multiple fields of enquiry
superheroes and other protagonists who
philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, nar-
populate heroic narratives in serialized comic
ratology, history, poetics, musicology,
sociology, film studies, art history, myth books. Essayists analyze and deconstruct
analysis, politics, and comics theorythe these figures, viewing their roles as fictional
contributions included in Sanderss collection stand-ins for real-world blue-collar characters.
re-examine the visual, ideological, and Informed by new working-class studies,
storytelling devices at play in one of the the book also discusses how often working-
most iconic creations in comics history class writers and artists created these charac-
and their influence on post-Hergan ligne ters. Notably Jack Kirby, a working-class
claire experimentations. The chapters with a Jewish artist, created several of the most
A wide-ranging thematic approach (appraising the recurrence The first book to recognizable working-class superheroes,
critical engagement of motifs ranging from the nothingness prev- tackle the blue-collar including Captain America and the Thing.
alent in Tintin in Tibet to the mechanical Contributors weigh industry histories and
with the creator modernity and narrative acceleration of hero and working marketing concerns as well as the fan com-
of Tintin Hergs airplanes) complement those class creators munitys changing attitudes towards class
that offer new considerations on Hergs signifiers in superhero adventures.
aesthetics (his stylistic evolution, his narrative The often financially strapped Spider-Man proves to be a touchstone
patterns, his representation of violence, his late predilection for simu- figure in many of these essays. Grant Morrisons Superman, Marvels
lacra and reflexivity), as well as those that explore the posterity of Shamrock, Alan Moore and David Lloyds V for Vendetta, and The Walk-
Hergan tropes and iconography. As a whole, this collection sheds new ing Dead receive thoughtful treatment. While there have been many
light on an author whose work emerges here once again not as a critical scholarly works concerned with issues of race and gender in comics,
terminus, but as a source of enduring fascination. Fabrice Leroy, pro- this book stands as the first to deal explicitly with issues of class, cultural
fessor of French and Francophone studies at the University of Louisiana
capital, and economics as its main themes.
at Lafayette, comics scholar, and author of Sfar So Far: Identity, History,
Fantasy, and Mimesis in Joann Sfars Graphic Novels
Marc DiPaolo, Weatherford, Oklahoma, is assistant professor of English
Joe Sutliff Sanders, Manhattan, Kansas, is associate professor in the at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is author of Fire & Snow:
childrens literature track of the English Department at Kansas State Climate Fiction from the Inklings to Game of Thrones; War, Politics
University. He is author of Disciplining Girls: Understanding the Ori- and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film; and
gins of the Classic Orphan Girl Story, coeditor of a collection of essays Emma Adapted: Jane Austens Heroine from Book to Film. He has edited
on The Secret Garden, and former Fulbright Fellow at the University of five collections of scholarly essays on intersections of film, literature,
Luxembourg. politics, and religion, and has been interviewed on NPR and BBC 4.

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New in
PAPERBACK Jim Shooter New in
PAPERBACK
Peter Kuper
Conversations Conversations

Edited by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman, and Dominick Grace Edited by Kent Worcester

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s an American comic book writer, editor, and businessman, eter Kuper (b. 1958), one of Americas leading cartoonists,
Jim Shooter (b. 1951) remains among the most important has created work recognized around the world. His art has
figures in the history of the medium. Starting in 1966 at the graced the pages and covers of numerous magazines and
age of fourteen, Shooter, as the young protg of verbally abusive DC newspapers, including Time, the New Yorker, Mother Jones, and the New
editor Mort Weisinger, helped introduce themes and character develop- York Times. He is also a longtime contributor to Mad magazine, where he
ment more commonly associated with DC competitor Marvel Comics. has been writing and drawing Spy vs. Spy for nearly two decades. He is
Shooter created several characters for the Legion of Super-Heroes, the cofounder and coeditor of World War 3 Illustrated, the cutting-edge
introduced Supermans villain the Parasite, and jointly devised the first magazine devoted to political graphic art. Along with two dozen images,
race between the Flash and Superman. this volume features ten lively, informative interviews with Kuper. The
When he later ascended to editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, the com- book also includes a quartet of revealing interviews with underground
pany, indeed the medium as a whole, was comix legends R. Crumb and Vaughn
moribund. Yet by the time Shooter left the Bod, Mad magazine publisher William
company a mere decade later, the industry Gaines, and Jack Kirby, co-creator of
had again achieved considerable commer- mainstream superheroes from the Avengers
cial viability, with Marvel dominating the to the Fantastic Four. These were conducted
market. Shooter enjoyed many successes by Kuper and fellow artist Seth Tobocman in
during his tenure, such as Chris Claremont the early 1970s, when they were teenagers.
and John Byrnes run on the Uncanny X-Men, Kupers graphic novels have explored the
Byrnes work on the Fantastic Four, Frank medium from comics journalism and auto-
Millers Daredevil stories, Walt Simonsons biography to fiction and literary adaptation.
crafting of Norse mythology in Thor, and Most of the interviews collected in this book
Roger Sterns runs on Avengers and The are either previously unpublished or long
Amazing Spider-Man, as well as his own suc- out of print, and they address such varied
I think that if youre cesses writing Secret Wars and Secret Wars Throughout my topics as the nuts and bolts of creating graphic
II. After a rift at Marvel, Shooter then helped novels, world travels, teaching at Harvard
an editor, and you career Ive tried to
lead Valiant Comics into one of the most University, Hollywood deal-making, climate
do whats right, you iconic comic book companies of the 1990s, defy what people change, Spy vs. Spy, New York City in the
occasionally have to before moving to start-up companies Defiant especially non-comic 1970s and 1980s, Mad magazine, and World
War 3 Illustrated. Among the works examined
say no to people. To and Broadway Comics. readerspresume
Interviews collected in this book span herein are his books The System, Sticks and
the good people, the Shooters career. Included here is a 1969 about the form. Stones, Stop Forgetting to Remember, Dia-
professionals, thats interview that shows a restless teenager; rio de Oaxaca, and adaptations of Franz
the 1973 interview that returned Shooter to Kafkas The Metamorphosis and Upton Sin-
fine. But the people clairs The Jungle. Kuper also discusses his recently published opus, the
comics; a discussion from 1980 during his
who are hacks, they pinnacle at Marvel; and two conversations 328-page Ruins, inspired by his experiences in Oaxaca, Mexico, which
wont like that. from his time at Valiant and Defiant Comics. won the 2016 Eisner Award Winner for Best Graphic Album.
At the close, an extensive, original interview
encompasses Shooters full career. Kent Worcester, Bronx, New York, is professor of political science at
Marymount Manhattan College. His most recent books are Peter Bagge:
Jason Sacks, Everett, Washington, is author of many books of comics Conversations; The Superhero Reader (coedited with Charles Hatfield
history, including American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s; Thriller: and Jeet Heer); A Comics Studies Reader (coedited with Jeet Heer);
7 Seconds to Save the World; and the forthcoming American Comic Book and Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (coedited
Chronicles: The 1990s. Eric Hoffman, Vernon, Connecticut, is author with Jeet Heer), all published by University Press of Mississippi.
of Oppen: A Narrative. Dominick Grace, London, Ontario, Canada,
is author of The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb: A Critical Reading. JUNE, 246 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 24 b&w illustrations
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New in New in
PAPERBACK Reading Lessons PAPERBACK The 10 Cent War
in Seeing Comic Books, Propaganda,
and World War II
Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the
Autobiographical Graphic Novel
Edited by Trischa Goodnow and James J. Kimble
Michael A. Chaney
Contributions by Derek T. Buescher, Travis L. Cox, Trischa Goodnow, Jon Judy,
John R. Katsion, James J. Kimble, Christina M. Knopf, Steven E. Martin, Brad
Chaneys sophisticated application of theory from several fields to auto- Palmer, Elliott Sawyer, Deborah Clark Vance, David E. Wilt, and Zou Yizheng
biographical comics reveals just how rich in effect and meaning these
comics can be and precisely why this is so in each case that he analyzes.
Stephen E. Tabachnick, professor of English at the University of Mem- The 10 Cent War revisits the iconic conventions of the World War
phis and author, editor, and coeditor of numerous books, includ- II comic bookthe pin-up girl heroine, the demonized Japanese
ing Teaching the Graphic Novel antagonist, and the titular male superhero and his boyish-but-stalwart
sidekickand demonstrates that everything we think we already
Reading Lessons in Seeing stands out because know about Golden Age comics needs
it is unafraid to be suggestive; it is evocatively reassessment. The contributing scholars
and often quite beautifully written; and it provide fascinating close readings of both
draws on critical theory, philosophy, and famous and obscure works, placing them
psychoanalysis with sophistication. Chaney in historical context and showing that
argues that comics teach their viewers how these funnybooks still have much to teach
they ought to be read. In elucidating how us about war, propaganda, and race and
comics form makes abstractions of identity gender relations that remain relevant to
visible, he proposes, significantly, that comics our own time. Marc DiPaolo, author
present a new compact of textual engage- of War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics
ment. Hillary L. Chute, author of Disaster and Propaganda in Comics and Film

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Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Docu-
ne of the most overlooked aspects
mentary Form
of the Allied war effort involved a

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How embedded The story of how the surprising initiativecomic book
iterary scholar Michael A. Chaney
methods of creation comic book industry propaganda. Even before Pearl Harbor, the
examines graphic novels to illus- comic book industry enlisted its formidable
dynamically affect trate that in form and function they anticipated the fight army of artists, writers, and editors to dra-
meaning in comics inform readers on how they ought to be read. matize the conflict for readers of every age
His arguments result in an innovative analysis
against fascism
and interest. Comic book superheroes and
of the various knowledges that comics pro- and helped sustain everyday characters modeled positive behav-
duce and the methods artists and writers employ to convey them. Theo- Americas war effort iors and encouraged readers to keep scrap-
retically eclectic, this study attends to the lessons taught by both the form ping. Ultimately, those characters proved to
and content of todays most celebrated graphic novels. be persuasive icons in the wars most colorful and indelible propaganda
campaign.
Michael A. Chaney, White River Junction, Vermont, is associate profes- The 10 Cent War presents a riveting analysis of how different types
sor of English at Dartmouth College and chair of the African and African of comic books and comic book characters supplied reasons and
American studies program. He is author of Fugitive Vision: Slave Image means to support the war. The contributors demonstrate that, free of
and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative and editor of Graphic Sub- government control, these appeals produced this overall imperative. The
jects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels. book discusses the role of such major characters as Superman, Wonder
Woman, and Uncle Sam along with a host of such minor characters as
MAY, 226 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 37 b&w illustrations kid gangs and superhero sidekicks. It even considers novelty and small
Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1850-8 presses, providing a well-rounded look at the many ways that comic
Ebook available books served as popular propaganda.

Trischa Goodnow, Monroe, Oregon, is professor of speech communica-


tion in the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University
and has published books on parliamentary debate and The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart. James J. Kimble, East Hanover, New Jersey, associ-
ate professor of communication and the arts at Seton Hall University, is
author of Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propa-
ganda and Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap
Metal Drive of World War II, as well as writer and coproducer of the
feature documentary Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II.

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New in
PAPERBACK
Paul Verhoeven New in
PAPERBACK
John Cassavetes
Interviews Interviews

Edited by Margaret Barton-Fumo Edited by Gabriella Oldham

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fter a robust career in the Netherlands as the countrys most Oldham . . . identifies the essences of this pioneer: an actors director
successful director, Paul Verhoeven (b. 1938) built an impres- who felt compelled to let his actors unleash their potentials, shape their
sive career in the United States with such controversial own cinematic realities, and play them out naturally on the screen; . . .
blockbusters as RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, a specialist in men-women relationships and their emotional dysfunc-
and Showgirls before returning home to direct 2006s Black Book. After tions; . . . and always an artist with almost child-like admissions of a
a recent stint as a reality television judge in the Netherlands, Verhoeven belief in humanitys better self and a surprising naivet he transferred
returned to the big screen with his first feature film in a decade, Elle, to his characters, both male and female.

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starring Isabelle Huppert. Kurt Brokaw, The Independent
Verhoeven, who holds an advanced degree in mathematics and merican filmmaker John Cassa-
physics, boasts a fascinating background. Traversing Hollywood, the vetes (19291989) made only nine
Dutch film industry, and now French film- independent films during a quar-
making, the interviews in this volume reveal ter century, but those films affected the
a complex, often ambiguous figure, as well as cinema culture of the 1960s to the 1980s in
a director of immense talent. unprecedented ways. With a close nucleus of
Paul Verhoeven: Interviews covers every actors and crew members on his team, includ-
phase of the directors career, beginning with ing his wife Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, and
six newly translated Dutch newspaper inter- Ben Gazzara, Cassavetes created films that
views dating back to 1968 and ending with explored the gritty side of human relation-
a set of previously unpublished interviews ships. He staunchly advocated the right of
dedicated to his most recent work. He exper- actors and filmmakers to full artistic freedom
imented with crowd-sourced filmmaking for over their work. Attracting both fervent
the television show The Entertainment Expe- admirers and harsh critics, Cassavetess films
There is more to be rience, which resulted in the film Tricked, as As an artist I feel have garnered prestigious awards in the US
well as his latest feature Elle. Editor Margaret and Europe and continue to evoke strong
said about despair that we must try
Barton-Fumo includes Sex, Cinema, and reactions.
than there is about Showgirls, a long out-of-print essay by Verho- different thingsbut Starting in New York with his first film
happiness. And Im even on his most controversial film, accom- above all we must Shadows, Cassavetes moved on to the West
not talking about panied by pages of original storyboards from Coast with Faces, Husbands, Minnie and
dare to fail.
this and some of Verhoevens other films. Moskowitz, A Woman Under the Influence,
what Id prefer Finally, Barton-Fumo allots due attention to The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening
in real life but the directors little-known lifelong fascination Night, Gloria, and Love Streams. He also directed several studio films,
when it comes to with the historical Jesus Christ. Verhoeven which often rankled his independent streak that rebelled against a loss of
is the only non-theologian member of the artistic freedom. Cassavetess work in the theater and his performances
dramaturgy. exclusive Westar Institute and author of the in numerous television programs and films, including The Dirty Dozen
book Jesus of Nazareth. and Rosemarys Baby, made him, as a director, fiercely protective of his
actors right to self-expression.
Margaret Barton-Fumo, Brooklyn, New York, has contributed to Film
Comment since 2006. She has interviewed such directors, actors, and Gabriella Oldham, New York, New York, is a writer and educator with
musicians as Brian De Palma, Alejandro Jodorowsky, James Gray, Andrzej a passion for film. Her books include First Cut: Conversations with Film
Zulawski, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams. Editors; First Cut 2: More Conversations with Film Editors; Keatons
Silent Shorts: Beyond the Laughter; and Blake Edwards: Interviews,
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avid O. Russell (b. 1958) boasts a diverse body of work as a
writer and director, spanning multiple genres and featuring
radically differing aesthetic styles. While his early work
comically explored taboo subjects with unerring directness, he has also
investigated politics with explosive satire. In his most recent films, includ-
ing American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, Russell examines
characters and situations that are at once everyday and also extraordinary.
Whatever the project, Russell is driven to explore the idiosyncrasies that
make each character human, and he extends that curiosity to explore
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has instead tested the varied possibilities of
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comb their hair. I
want you to become Holly Willis, Marina del Rey, California, is
very intimate with professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at
the University of Southern California, where
them because these
she also serves as the chair of the Division of
people are the music Media Arts + Practice. She is author of Fast
of the movie. Forward: The Future(s) of the Cinematic
Arts and New Digital Cinema: Reinventing
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Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture,
the Machine Antiwar, and Black Power Movements
Science Fiction Film and the Militarization
of America after World War II Kristen Hoerl

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Steffen Hantke
ngoing interest in the turmoil of the 1960s clearly demon-
strates how these social conflicts continue to affect contempo-
Hantke offers a solid overview of the numerous films in the horror rary politics. In The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the
science fiction genre of the 1950s and their cultural effect on the period. Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements, Kristen Hoerl
. . . Comprehensive, richly detailed, and expertly written, this book focuses on fictionalized portrayals of 1960s activism in popular television
abounds with surprising insights. G. A. Foster, CHOICE and film. Hoerl shows how Hollywood has perpetuated politics deplor-
ing the detrimental consequences of the 1960s on traditional American
A vital and engaging look at the political contexts surrounding 1950s values. During the decade, people collectively raised fundamental ques-
sci-fi films. Hantke showcases the importance of neglected films like tions about the limits of democracy under capitalism. But Hollywood has
Invasion U.S.A. and I Married a Monster proved dismissive, if not adversarial, to the
from Outer Space while expertly tracing role of dissent in fostering progressive social
new patterns across the genre. Blair change.
Davis, author of The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Film and television are salient resources
Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget of shared understanding for audiences born
Cinema after the 1960s because movies and television
programs are the most accessible visual
With admirable scope and lucidity, Monsters medium for observing the decades social
in the Machine insightfully analyzes sci-fi movements. Hoerl indicates that a variety of
films of the postwar period to expose the television programs, such as Family Ties, The
cultural politics and political ethos of an Wonder Years, and Law and Order, along
era dominated by the aura of World War II with Hollywood films, including Forrest
How science fiction and the nuclear shadow it cast over Henry Gump, have reinforced images of the bad six-
Luces American Century. Providing rich
An exposure of how
ties. These stories portray a period in which
reinvigorated touchstones for the major tensions and mainstream film urban riots, antiwar protests, sexual experi-
the horror film to contradictions that informed the grotesque and television wilts mentation, drug abuse, and feminism led to
express and soothe mechanisms of the Cold War, Monsters in the national division and moral decay. According
flower power and
Machine should be required reading for any to Hoerl, these messages supply distorted
Cold War fears diffuses the potency civics lessons about what we should value
course on American Cold War culture.
Alan Nadel, author of Containment of protest and how we might legitimately participate in
Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic our democracy.
Age and Flatlining on the Field of Dreams: Cultural Narratives in the These warped messages contribute to selective amnesia, a term that
Films of President Reagans America stresses how popular media renders radical ideas and political projects
null or nonexistent. Selective amnesia removes the spectacular events
Steffen Hantke, Seoul, South Korea, has written on contemporary and figures that define the late-1960s from their motives and context,
literature, film, and culture. He is author of Conspiracy and Paranoia in flattening their meaning into reductive stereotypes. Despite popular
Contemporary American Fiction: The Works of Don DeLillo and Joseph television and film, Hoerl explains, memory of 1960s activism still offers
McElroy, as well as editor of Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear a potent resource for imagining how we can strive collectively to achieve
and American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium, social justice and equality.
both published by University Press of Mississippi.
Kristen Hoerl, Lincoln, Nebraska, is associate professor of communi-
APRIL, 242 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 58 b&w illustrations cation studies at the University of NebraskaLincoln. Hoerl is editor of
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The Woman Alternate Roots
Fantastic in Ethnicity, Race, and Identity in Genealogy Media

Contemporary American Christine Scodari


Media Culture
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n recent years, the media has attributed the surge of people
eagerly studying family trees to the aging of baby boomers, a
Edited by Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, sense of mortality, a proliferation of internet genealogy sites,
and a growing pride in ethnicity. New genealogy-themed television series
and Michael R. Howard II and internet-driven genetic ancestry testing services have also flourished,
capitalizing on this new popularity and on the mapping of the human
Contributions by Marleen S. Barr, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, Elyce Rae Helford,
genome. But whats really happening here, and what does this mean for
Michael R. Howard II, Ewan Kirkland, Nicola Mann, Megan McDonough,
sometimes volatile conceptions of race and ethnicity?
Alex Naylor, Rhonda Nicol, Joan Ormrod, J. Richard Stevens, Tosha Taylor,
In Alternate Roots, Christine Scodari engages with genealogical texts
Katherine A. Wagner, and Rhonda V. Wilcox
and practices, such as the classic television series Roots, DNA testing for
genetic ancestry, Ancestry.com, and Henry
As recent internet debates and debacles Louis Gatess and other television series
(e.g., the hijacking of the Hugo Awards) have related to genealogy. She lays out how
shown, feminism has had to refight old wars family historians can understand intersec-
in new media battlefields, such as comics, tions and historical and ongoing relations
games, and the poisoned pixels of internet of power related to the ethnicity, race, class,
discourse. Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, and/or gender of their ancestors as well as
Sarah Gray, and Michael R. Howard II have
to members of other groups. Perspectives
assembled a set of fascinating readings on
on hybridity and intersectionality make
what they call the women fantastic, which
connections not only between and among
includes fantastic women like Buffy and
Wonder Woman but also the entire field of identities, but also between local findings
the fantastic as a discourse in dialogue with and broader contexts that might, given only
How the incredible gender. The articles gathered here touch on cursory attention, seem tangential to chroni-
topics ranging from corporate media empires How popular media cling a family history.
heroine has Given the genealogy-related media
to fan resistance and from body modification cultivates genealogy
evolved and shaped to virtual identities. Brian Attebery, editor institutions, tools, texts, practices, and
but buries its cultural technologies currently available, Scodaris
television, film, of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and
author of Stories about Stories: Fantasy and context study probes the viability of a critical
comic books, and genealogy based upon race, ethnicity, and
the Remaking of Myth and Decoding Gender
literature in Science Fiction intersectional identities. She delves into the implications of adoption,
orientation, and migration while also investigating her own Italian and
A lively and engaging collection that explores the meaning of strong Italian American ancestry, examining the racial, ethnic experiences of
female figures in popular culture. From She-Hulk to Sansa Stark, this her forebears and positioning them within larger contexts. Filling gaps
book analyzes the images, plots, and cultural significance of characters in the research on genealogical media in relation to race and ethnicity,
we love. You will see the female fantastic in a new way after reading this Scodari mobilizes cultural studies, media studies, and her own genealogi-
book. Robin Roberts, author of books on gender and popular culture, cal practices in a critical pursuit to interrogate key issues bound up in the
including Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons; Ladies First: Women in creation of family history.
Music Videos; and Subversive Spirits: The Female Ghost in British and
American Popular Culture Christine Scodari, Boca Raton, Florida, is professor at Florida Atlantic
University and author of Serial Monogamy: Soap Opera, Lifespan, and
Elyce Rae Helford, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is professor of English
the Gendered Politics of Fantasy. She has published many articles,
and faculty in womens and gender studies at Middle Tennessee State
including an award-winner on genealogy television in the Journal of
University. Shiloh Carroll, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is instructor in
American Culture and a chapter in the edited volume Aging, Media, and
the writing center at Middle Tennessee State University. Sarah Gray,
Langston, Oklahoma, is assistant professor of English at Langston Culture.
University. Michael R. Howard II, Langston, Oklahoma, is associate
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Brother to a
Will D. Campbell Dragonfly
Edited by Tom Royals Will D. Campbell
Foreword by Jimmy Carter

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onversations with Will D. Campbell is the first collection of Foreword to the new edition by John Lewis
interviews with the southern preacher, activist, and author best

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known for his involvement with the civil rights movement. n Brother to a Dragonfly, Will D. Campbell writes about his
Ranging from a 1971 discussion about religion and ending with a life growing up poor in Amite County, Mississippi, during the
previously unpublished interview conducted in 2009, these twelve 1930s alongside his older brother, Joe. Though they grew up
interviews give insight to Campbells unique religious beliefs and in a close-knit family and cared for each other, the two went on to lead
highlight pivotal moments of his career. very different lives. After serving together in World War II, Will became a
Will D. Campbell (19242013) was born poor in rural Mississippi highly educated Baptist minister who later became a major figure in the
and became an ordained minister when he was barely seventeen years early years of the civil rights movement, and Joe became a pharmacist
old. After serving in the Army during World War II, Campbell ministered who developed a substance abuse problem
in a variety of positions, including a pastor- that ultimately took his life.
ate in Louisiana, as religious director at the Brother to a Dragonfly also serves as a
University of Mississippi, and as a race rela- historical record. Though Wills love and
tions consultant for the National Council of dedication to his brother are the primary
Churches. Along the way, Campbell worked story, interwoven throughout the narrative
with civil rights figures, Klansmen, Black Pan- is the story of the Jim Crow South and
thers, and country music icons, believing all the civil rights movement. Will is present
were equal in the eyes of God. Throughout through many of the most pivotal moments
his career, Campbell drew attention for criti- in historyhe was one of four people who
cizing the institutional churches and support- escorted black students integrating the Little
ing womens rights, gay rights, and school Rock public schools; he was the only white
desegregation. person present at the founding of the SCLC;
We are all bastards, From 1962 through 2012, Campbell pub- The National Book he helped CORE and SNCC Freedom Riders
but God loves us lished over fifteen books including novels, integrate interstate bus travel; he joined Dr.
Awardnominated
biographies, and memoirs. His first book, Martin Luther King Jr.s campaign of boycotts,
anyway. Race and the Renewal of the Church, intro- memoir of a
sit-ins, and marches in Birmingham; and he
duced his theories of reconciliation and the preacher, author, was at the Lorraine Motel the night Dr. King
failures of institutional churches. His best-known work, Brother to a and civil rights was assassinated.
Dragonfly, was a National Book Award finalist. Wills accomplishments, however, never
activist
take the spotlight from his brother, and as
Tom Royals, Jackson, Mississippi, is a retired lawyer. He received his BA his relationship with Joe evolves, so does
from Millsaps College and his JD from the University of Mississippi. Wills faith. Featuring a new foreword by Congressman John Lewis, this
book brings back to print the combined lives of Will CampbellWill the
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Ebook available based Baptist preacher, activist, author, lecturer, and farmer. Author
Literary Conversations Series of over fifteen books, he won the Lillian Smith Prize, Lyndhurst Prize,
and an Alex Haley Award; was a finalist for the National Book Award;
and received the National Endowment for the Humanities medal from
President Bill Clinton.

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Forty Acres and Southern Writers on Writing
a Goat Edited by Susan Cushman
Foreword by Alan Lightman
Will D. Campbell
A personality that manages to be reverent and revolutionary all at once. Contributions by Julie Cantrell, Katherine Clark, Susan Cushman, Jim Dees,
People Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, John M. Floyd, Joe Formichella,
Patti Callahan Henry, Jennifer Horne, Ravi Howard, Suzanne Hudson,
Its people like Will Campbell and Andy Young, Charles Morgan and River Jordan, Harrison Scott Key, Cassandra King, Alan Lightman,
John Lewis who have brought the South as far as its come in the past Sonja Livingston, Corey Mesler, Niles Reddick, Wendy Reed, RP Saffire,
quarter-century. . . . They have been inside agitators of the best sort, Nicole Seitz, Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, Sally Palmer Thomason,
and they have agitated their fellow Southerners into realizing much of Jacqueline Allen Trimble, M. O. Walsh, and Claude Wilkinson
what is good and noble in them. Jonathan Yardley, New York Times
This is no stodgy how-to book. Southern Writers on Writing is over-

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n Forty Acres and a Goat, Will D. flowing with good, strong voicesfunny, caustic, compelling, and
Campbell picks up where the yesabsurd. The writers Susan Cushman has
award-winning Brother to a Drag- assembled here understand this craft. They
onfly leaves off, accounting his adventures have endured the suffering that leads to great
during the tumultuous civil rights era. As he prose appearing so damn effortless. This
navigates through the explosive 1960s, collection is essential reading for emerging
including pivotal moments like the integra- writersas well as any fan of modern south-
tion of Little Rock High School and the assas- ern fiction. Neil White, author of In the
sination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Brother Sanctuary of Outcasts

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Will finds his faith challenged. To further com-
plicate matters, a series of jobs did not pan he South is often misunderstood
out as expectedpastorate in Louisiana, on the national stage, characterized
director of religious life at the University of by its struggles with poverty, educa-
tion, and racism, yet the region has yielded an
A call with no steeple Mississippi, and with the National Council of A collection of essays abundance of undeniably great literature. In
Churchesleaving Brother Will with a call
from the preacher but no steeple. In an effort to find his place for writers, readers, Southern Writers on Writing, Susan Cushman
with no pulpit as a preacher, he moves his family to a farm in collects twenty-six writers from across the
and lovers of all
rural Tennessee and fashions his own unique South whose work celebrates southern culture
things southern and shapes the landscape of contemporary
style of ministry and a maverick relationship with God, land, and all his
fellow pilgrims. southern literature. Contributors hail from
Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina,
Will D. Campbell (19242013) was a Mississippi-born, Tennessee-based North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.
Baptist preacher, activist, author, lecturer, and farmer. Author of over fif- Contributors like Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, W. Ralph Eubanks,
teen books, he won the Lillian Smith Prize, Lyndhurst Prize, and an Alex and Harrison Scott Key, among others, explore issues like race, politics,
Haley Award; was a finalist for the National Book Award; and received and family and the apex of those issues colliding. It discusses landscapes,
the National Endowment for the Humanities medal from President Bill voices in the South, and how writers write. The anthology is divided
Clinton. into six sections, including Becoming a Writer; Becoming a Southern
Writer; Place, Politics, People; Writing about Race; The Craft of
Writing; and A Little Help from My Friends.
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of Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimers and
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Conversations with Conversations with Gordon Lish
W. S. Merwin Edited by David Winters and Jason Lucarelli
Edited by Michael Wutz and Hal Crimmel

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nown as Captain Fiction, Gordon Lish (b. 1934) is among

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onversations with W. S. Merwin is the first collection of the most influentialand controversialfigures in modern
interviews with former United States Poet Laureate W. S. American letters. As an editor at Esquire (19691977), Alfred A.
Merwin (b. 1927). Spanning almost six decades of conversa- Knopf (19771995), and The Quarterly (19871995) and as a teacher
tions, the collection touches on such topics as Merwins early influences both in and outside the university system, he has worked closely with
(Robert Graves and Ezra Pound), his location within the twin poles of many of the most pioneering writers of recent times, including Raymond
Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau, and his extraordinary work as Carver, Don DeLillo, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, Sam Lipsyte, and Ben
a translator, as well as his decades-long interest in environmental conser- Marcus. A prolific author of stories and novels, Lish has also won a cult
vation. Anticipating the current sustainability movement and the debates following for his own fiction, earning comparisons with Gertrude Stein
surrounding major and minor literatures, Merwin was, and still is, a and Samuel Beckett.
visionary. Conversations with Gordon Lish collects all of Lishs major inter-
At age eighty-eight, he is among the views, covering the entire span of his extraor-
most distinguished poets, translators, and dinary career. Ranging from 1965 to 2015,
thinkers in the United States. A major link these interviews document his pivotal role in
between the period of literary modernism the periods defining developments: the im-
and its contemporary extensions, Merwin pact of the Californian counterculture, the rise
has been a force in American letters for and decline of so-called literary minimalism,
many decades, and his translations from dramatic transformations in book and maga-
the Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and zine publishing, and the ongoing growth of
other languages have earned him unanimous creative writing instruction. Over time, Lisha
praise and admiration. Merwin also wrote at self-described dynamic conversationalist
the forefront of literatures environmental
forges an evolving conversation not only with
advocacy and early on articulated concerns
his interviewers, but with the central trends of
about ecology and sustainability.
I think poetrys Conversations with W. S. Merwin offers For me its not hard twentieth-century literary history.
insight into the various dimensions of This book will be essential reading not
about what cant to make a sentence. only for students and fans of contemporary
Merwins thought by treating his interviews
be said. And I think Its hard to let the fiction, but for writers too: included are sever-
as a self-standing category in his oeuvre.
that language More than casual narratives that interpret sentence stand. al interviews in which Lish discusses his secre-
emerges out of the occasional poem or relay an occasional tive private writing classes. Indeed, these piec-
experience, they afford literary and cultural es themselves amount to a masterclass in Lishian literary languageeach
what could not be historians a view into the larger through- is a work of art in its own right.
said. Out of this lines of Merwins thinking.
desperate desire to David Winters, Cambridge, United Kingdom, is a critic and historian of
Michael Wutz, Ogden, Utah, is Rodney H. contemporary American fiction and the authorized biographer of Gordon
utter something, to Brady Distinguished Professor of English at Lish. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary
express something Weber State University and editor of Weber Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and numerous other
inexpressible. The Contemporary West. Hal Crimmel, publications. He is a research fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge,
Salt Lake City, Utah, is Rodney H. Brady and coeditor-in-chief of 3:AM Magazine. Jason Lucarelli, Philadelphia,
Distinguished Professor of English at Weber Pennsylvania, is a writer whose book reviews, author interviews, and
State University and founding cochair of WSUs Environmental Issues fiction have appeared in Numro Cinq, the Literarian, 3:AM Magazine,
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John A. Williams James Salter
Edited by Jeffrey Allen Tucker Edited by Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais

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ne of the most prolific African American authors of his time, ames Salter (19252015) has been known throughout his
John A. Williams (19252015) made his mark as a journalist, career as a writers writer, acclaimed by such literary greats
educator, and writer. Having worked for Newsweek, Ebony, as Susan Sontag, Richard Ford, John Banville, and Peter Mat-
and Jet magazines, Williams went on to write twelve novels and numer- thiessen for his lyrical prose, his insightful and daring explorations of
ous works of nonfiction. A vital link between the Black Arts movement sex, and his examinations of the inner lives of women and men.
and the previous era, Williams crafted works of fiction that relied on Conversations with James Salter collects interviews published from
historical research as much as his own finely honed skills. From The Man 1972 to 2014 with the award-winning author of The Hunters, A Sport
Who Cried I Am, a roman clef about expatriate African American writers and a Pastime, Light Years, and All That Is. Gathered here are his earliest
interviews following acclaimed but moderately selling novels, conversa-
in Europe, to Cliffords Blues, a Holocaust novel told in the form of the
tions covering his work as a screenwriter and award-winning director,
diary entries of a gay, black, jazz pianist in
and interviews charting his explosive pop-
Dachau, these representations of black expe-
ularity after publishing All That Is, his first
riences marginalized from official histories novel after a gap of thirty-four years. These
make him one of our most important writers. conversations chart Salters progression as a
Conversations with John A. Williams col- writer, his love affair with France, his military
lects twenty-three interviews with the three- past as a fighter pilot, and his lyrical explora-
time winner of the American Book Award, be- tions of gender relations.
ginning with a discussion in 1969 of his early The collection contains interviews from
works and ending with a previously unpub- Sweden, France, and Argentina appearing
lished interview from 2005. Gathered from for the first time in English. Included as well
print periodicals as well as radio and televi- are published conversations from the United
sion programs, these interviews address a States, Canada, and Australia, some of which
range of topics, including antiblack violence, are significantly extended versions, giving this
Basically, I write Williamss WWII naval service, race and pub- There came a collection an international scope of Salters
because I feel that lishing, interracial romance, Martin Luther time when I felt I wide-ranging career and his place in world
King Jr., growing up in Syracuse, the Prix de literature.
I must. Im trying was not going to be
Rome scandal, traveling in Africa and Europe,
to understand. Im and his reputation as an angry black writer. satisfied with life Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais,
trying to explain. The conversations prove valuable given how unless I could write. Louisiana natives now living in Australia,
often Williams drew from his own life and coedited Novel Voices: 17 Award-Winning
Im trying to, I So I did what was
career for his fiction. They display the integri- Novelists on How to Write, Edit, and Get Pub-
suppose, guide, essential for me, lished. Their work has appeared in Tin House,
ty, social engagement, and artistic vision that
advise, support, or else perhaps the Glimmer Train Stories, Kenyon Review, and
make him a writer to be reckoned with.
Brick. Jennifer Levasseur coedited Walker Per-
warn, perhaps even most important part cys The Moviegoer at Fifty: New Takes on
threaten. Jeffrey Allen Tucker, Rochester, New York,
of me would have an Iconic American Novel. Kevin Rabalais is
is associate professor in the Department of author of the award-winning novel The Land-
English at the University of Rochester. He is perished.
scape of Desire. Their literary website, www
author of A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Dif- .sacredtrespasses.com, features interviews, essays, photography, reviews,
ference and coeditor of Race Consciousness: African-American Studies and original new work.
for the New Century.
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Conversations with New in
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Riding with Death
Edwidge Danticat Vodou Art and Urban Ecology
in the Streets of Port-au-Prince
Edited by Maxine Lavon Montgomery
Jana Evans Braziel

T
his volume sheds a much-needed light on Edwidge Danticat
(b. 1969) and her ability to depict timely issues in sparkling Jana Evans Braziels Riding with Death takes us from the forties to the
prose that delves deep into the borderlands, an uncharted present in her original exploration of the hallucinatory assemblages that
in-between space located outside fixed geographic, cultural, and the artists of the Grand Rue have drawn from the recycled urban trash of
ideological bounds. Prevalent throughout many interviews here is Port-au-Prince. Objects charged with magical and supernatural meaning
Danticats expressed determination not only to reveal Haitian immigrant but improvised from the twisted, rusting materials abandoned by global
experience, but also to make that nuanced culture and its vibrant capitalism are analyzed in terms of what she calls Vodou bricolage. Rid-
traditions accessible to a wide audience. ing with Death is outstanding in its use of theories of imaginative dwelling
These interviews coincide with Edwidge Danticats evolving artistic in urban space to position Haiti in the art historical context of the
vision, her steady book publication, and her expanding roles as fiction Americas. J. Michael Dash, professor of French, New York University

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writer, essayist, memoirist, documentarian,
young adult book author, editor, songwriter, n the southern end of the Grand
cultural critic, and political commentator. Rue, a major thoroughfare that
Dating from her appearance on the literary runs through the center of
scene at the age of twenty-five, the many Port-au-Prince, waits the Haitian capitals
interviews that she has granted attest to not automobile repair district. This veritable
only her productivity, but also her accessi- junkyard of steel and rubber, recycled parts,
bility to scholars, teachers, writers, and jour- old tires, and scrap metal might seem an
nalists eager for knowledge about her vision. unlikely foundry for art. Yet, on the streets
Included in this volume are interviews that opposite end thrives the Grand Rue Galerie,
range from 2000, covering the publication of a working studio of assembled art and
her debut work of fiction, Breath, Eyes, Mem- sculptures wrought from the refuse.
ory, to a personal interview conducted with Established by artists Andr Eugne and
I want readers, the volume editor in 2016. In that conversa- The extraordinary Jean Hrard Celeur in the late 1990s, the
both Haitian and tion, which appears for the first time as part story of sculptors Grand Rues urban environmental aesthet-
American kids of of this collection, Danticat provides insight icsdefined by motifs of machinic urbanism,
into little-known aspects of her life, art, and and their incredible Vodou bricolage, the postprimitivist altermod-
other backgrounds, politics. creations in Haiti ern, and performative politicsradically chal-
to understand that Her candid interviews carry out a careful lenge ideas about consumption, waste, and
stripping away of preconceived notions of environmental hazards, as well as consider
there have been
Danticat, disclosing the private and public life innovative solutions to these problems in the midst of poverty, insufficient
times before when of a first-class writer and intellectual whose social welfare, and lack of access to arts, education, and basic needs.
Haitian and Amer- countless achievements have assured her an In Riding with Death, Jana Evans Braziel explores the urban envi-
enduring place within contemporary world ronmental aesthetics of the Grand Rue sculptors and the beautifully
ican history have
letters. constructed sculptures they have designed from salvaged automobile
intersected. parts, rubber tires, carved wood, and other recycled materials. Through
Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Tallahassee, first-person accounts and fieldwork, Braziel constructs an urban ecolog-
Florida, is professor of English at Florida State ical framework for understanding these sculptures amid environmental
University, where she teaches courses in Africana, American multi-ethnic, degradation and grinding poverty. Above all, Braziel presents Haitian
and womens literature. She is coeditor of the forthcoming title New Crit- artists who live on the most challenged Caribbean island, yet who thrive
ical Essays on Toni Morrisons God Help the Child and author of the as creators reinventing refuse as art and resisting the abjection of their
forthcoming title A Circle of One: Rituals of Black Girlhood in Africana circumstances.
Womens Novels. She is also editor of Conversations with Gloria Naylor,
published by University Press of Mississippi. Jana Evans Braziel, Cincinnati, Ohio, is Western College Endowed
Professor and chair of the Department of Global and Intercultural Stud-
MAY, 264 pages, 6 x 9 inches ies at Miami University. She has coedited five volumes and is author
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Mulata Nation Caribbean Masala


Visualizing Race and Gender in Cuba Indian Identity in Guyana and Trinidad

Alison Fraunhar Dave Ramsaran and Linden F. Lewis

R I
epeatedly and powerfully throughout Cuban history, the n 1833, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire led to
mulata, a woman of mixed racial identity, features pro- the import of exploited South Asian indentured workers in
minently in Cuban visual and performative culture. Tracing the Caribbean under extreme oppression. Dave Ramsaran
the figure, Alison Fraunhar looks at the representation and performance and Linden F. Lewis concentrate on the Indian descendants processes
in both elite and popular culture. She also tracks how characteristics of mixing, assimilating, and adapting while trying desperately to hold
associated with these women have accrued across the Atlantic world. on to that which marks a group of people as distinct.
Widely understood to embody the bridge between European subject In some ways, the lived experience of the Indian community in
and African other, the mulata contains the sensuality attributed to Afri- Guyana and Trinidad represents a cultural contradiction of belonging
cans in a body more closely resembling the European ideal of beauty. and non-belonging. In other parts of the Caribbean, people of Indian
This symbol bears far-reaching implications, with shifting, contradictory descent seem so absorbed by the more dominant African culture and
cultural meanings in Cuba. Fraunhar explores through intermarriage that Indo-Caribbean
these complex paradigms, how, why, and for heritage seems less central.
whom the image was useful, and how it was In this collaboration based on focus
both subverted and asserted from the colonial groups, in-depth interviews, and observation,
period to the present. From the early seven- sociologists Ramsaran and Lewis lay out a
teenth century through Cuban independence context within which to develop a broader
in 1899 up to the late revolutionary era, view of Indians in Guyana and Trinidad, a
Fraunhar illustrates the ambiguous figures numerical majority in both countries. They
role in nationhood, citizenship, and com- address issues of race and ethnicity but move
mercialism. She analyzes images including beyond these familiar aspects to track such
key examples of nineteenth-century graphic factors as ritual, gender, family, and daily life.
arts, avant-garde painting and magazine Ramsaran and Lewis gauge not only an unre-
A vivid explora- covers of the Republican era, cabaret and film How Indian lenting process of assimilative creolization
performance, and contemporary iterations of descendants on these descendants of India, but also the
tion of the key role gender. resilience of this culture in the face of mod-
played by multi- Fraunhars study stands out for attending maintained their ernization and globalization.
racial women in to the phenomenon of mulataje not only in culture and grew
visualizing and elite production such as painting, but also in their influence in the Dave Ramsaran, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
popular forms: popular theater, print culture, professor of sociology at Susquehanna Uni-
performing Cuban later films, and other media where stereo- Caribbean versity, is author of Breaking the Bonds of
identity types take hold. Indeed, in contemporary Indentureship: Indo-Trinidadians in Business
Cuba, mulataje remains a popular theme and coauthor of Hip Hop and Inequality: Searching for the Real Slim
with Cubans as well as foreigners in drag shows, reflecting queerness in Shady. He recently edited Contradictory Existence: Neoliberalism and
visual culture. Democracy in the Caribbean. Linden F. Lewis, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
is associate dean of social sciences and professor of sociology at Bucknell
Alison Fraunhar, Chicago, Illinois, is associate professor of art and University. He is editor of The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the
design at Saint Xavier University. She has published many articles on Caribbean and Caribbean Sovereignty, Development and Democracy in
Cuban art in such publications as Womens Art Journal; Emergences: an Age of Globalization as well as the coeditor of Color, Hair, and Bone:
Journal for the Study of Media & Composite Cultures; Latin American Race in the Twenty-first Century.
Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender and National Identity; and
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Mississippi The Jazz Pilgrimage of
John Hurt Gerald Wilson
His Life, His Times, His Blues
Steven Loza
Philip R. Ratcliffe Foreword by Anthony Wilson
Foreword by Mary Frances Hurt Wright

J
azz great Gerald Wilson (19182014), born in Shelby, Mis-
Winner, Best History, 2012 Association for Recorded Sound sissippi, left a global legacy of paramount significance through
Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded his progressive musical ideas and his orchestras consistent
Sound Research influence on international jazz. Aided greatly by interviews that bring

W
Wilsons voice to the story, Steven Loza presents a perspective on what
hen Mississippi John Hurt (18921966) was rediscovered the musician and composer called his jazz pilgrimage.
by blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings Wilson uniquely adapted Latin influences into his jazz palette, incor-
transformed popular notions of prewar country blues. At porating many Cuban and Brazilian inflections as well as those of Mex-
seventy-one he moved to Washington, DC, ican and Spanish styling. Throughout the
from Avalon, Mississippi, and became a book, Loza refers to Wilsons compositions
live-wire connection to a powerful, authentic and arrangements, including their histori-
past. His intricate and lively style made him cal contexts and motivations. Loza provides
the most sought-after musician among the savvy musical readings and analysis of the
many talents the revival brought to light. repertoire. He concludes by reflecting upon
Mississippi John Hurt provides this Wilsons ideas on the place of jazz culture in
legendary creators life story for the first America, its place in society and politics, its
time. Biographer Philip R. Ratcliffe traces origins, and its future.
Hurts roots to the moment his mother Mary With a foreword written by Wilsons son,
Jane McCain and his father Isom Hurt were Anthony, and such sources as essays, record
freed from slavery. Anecdotes from Hurts notes, interviews, and Wilsons own reflec-
childhood and teenage years include the tions, the biography represents the artists
The first biography destiny-making moment when his mother The journey of an ideas with all their philosophical, historical,
of the blues revivals purchased his first guitar for $1.50 when innovative musical and cultural dimensions. Beyond merely doc-
he was only nine years old. Stories from his umenting Wilsons many awards and recogni-
most influential and neighbors and friends, both of his wives, and legend who fused
tions, this book ushers readers into the heart
authentic musician his extended family round out the community Latin sounds and
and soul of a jazz creator. Wilson emerges
picture of Avalon. US census records, Hurts jazz a unique and proud African American artist
first marriage record in 1916, images of his
first autographed LP record, and excerpts whose tunes became a mosaic of the world.
from personal letters written in his own hand provide treasures for fans.
Ratcliffe details Hurts musical influences and the origins of his style and Steven Loza, Culver City, California, is professor and chair of ethnomu-
repertoire. The author also relates numerous stories from the time of sicology at University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Barrio
his success, drawing on published sources and many hours of interviews Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles and Tito Puente and
with people who knew Hurt well, including the late Jerry Ricks, Pat Sky, the Making of Latin Music, as well as multiple musical anthologies. In
Stefan Grossman, Max Ochs, Dick Spottswood, and the late Mike Stewart. addition to his extensive research and publications, Loza has performed
In addition, some of the last photographs taken of the legendary musi- jazz and Latin jazz, recorded two CDs, and produced numerous concerts
cian are featured for the first time in Mississippi John Hurt. and arts festivals internationally.

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Charley Patton The Blue Sky Boys


Voice of the Mississippi Delta
Dick Spottswood
Edited by Robert Sacr

D
Foreword by William Ferris uring the 1940s, country music was rapidly evolving from
traditional songs and string band styles to honky-tonk,
Contributions by Luther Allison, John Broven, Daniel Droixhe, David Evans,
western swing, and bluegrass, via radio, records, and film.
William Ferris, Jim ONeal, Mike Rowe, Robert Sacr, Arnold Shaw,
The Blue Sky Boys, brothers Bill (19172008) and Earl (19191998)
and Dick Shurman
Bolick, resisted the trend, preferring to perform folk and parlor songs,

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southern hymns, and new compositions that enhanced their trademark
ifty years after Charley Pattons death in 1934, a team of blues intimacy and warmth. They were still in their teens when they became
experts gathered five thousand miles from Dockery Farms at professional musicians to avoid laboring in Depression-era North Caro-
the University of Liege in Belgium to honor the life and music lina cotton mills. Their instantly recognizable style was fully formed by
of the most influential artist of the Mississippi Delta blues. This volume 1936, when even their first records captured soulful harmonies accented
brings together essays from that international with spare guitar and mandolin accompani-
symposium on Charley Patton and Mississippi ments. They inspired imitators, but none
blues traditions, influences, and comparisons. could duplicate the Blue Sky Boys emotional
Originally published by Presses Universitaires appeal or their distinctive Catawba County
de Lige in Belgium, this collection has been accents. Even their last records in the 1970s
revised and updated with a new foreword by retained their unique magical sound decades
William Ferris, new images added, and some after other country brother duets had come
essays translated into English for the first and gone.
time. In this absorbing account, Dick Spotts-
Pattons personal life and his recorded wood combines excerpts from Bill Bolicks
music bear witness to how he endured and numerous spoken interviews and written
prevailed in his struggle as a black man accounts of his music, life, and career into
during the early twentieth century. Within a single narrative that presents much of the
Spirited takes on a this volume, that story offers hope and won- A tale of two North story in Bills own voice. Spottswood reveals
blues powerhouse der. Organized in two partsOrigins and Carolina brothers fascinating nuggets about broadcasting,
and his legacy Traditions and Comparison with Other whose old songs and recording, and surviving in the 1930s world of
Regional Styles and Mutual Influencethe country music. He describes how the growing
essays create an invaluable resource on the vocal harmonies industry both aided and thwarted the Bolick
life and music of this early master. Written by captivated southern brothers career, and how World War II nearly
a distinguished group of scholars, these pieces secure the legacy of Char- radio audiences for finished it. The book features a complete,
ley Patton as the fountainhead of Mississippi Delta blues. extensively annotated list of Blue Sky Boys
generations songs, an updated discography that includes
Robert Sacr, Liege, Belgium, worked in Africa in the 1960s and 70s, surviving unpublished records, and dozens of
where he took an interest in Western African music and the roots of vintage photos and sheet music covers.
African American music. Since 1983, he has taught the Story of African
American Music & Literature at the University of Liege. He has conducted Dick Spottswood, Naples, Florida, is a musicologist, historian, and the
field trips nearly every year since 1975 to the US, researching blues, R&B, producer and online host of The Dick Spottswood Show, aka the Obso-
black gospel, and folk styles. He is author of articles in journals of musi- lete Music Hour. He is author of numerous books, including Banjo on
cology, entries in blues and gospel encyclopedias, and books for many the Mountain: Wade Mainers First Hundred Years, published by Univer-
publishers in America and abroad. sity Press of Mississippi.

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Jazz in China New in


PAPERBACK
Stephen Sondheim
From Dance Hall Music to Individual
Freedom of Expression and the Reinvention
Eugene Marlow
of the American Musical
Robert L. McLaughlin

I
s there jazz in China? This is the question that sent author
Eugene Marlow on his quest to uncover the history of jazz in
China. Marlow traces Chinas introduction to jazz in the early This is a lively and elegant account of the ways in which Sondheim and
1920s, its interruption by Chinese leadership under Mao in 1949, and its his collaborators deconstruct the realist master narratives that shaped
rejuvenation in the early 1980s with the start of Chinas opening to the golden age Broadway musicals in creating the first postmodern musi-
world under Premier Deng Xiaoping. cals. McLaughlins penetrating new readings of Sondheims musicals rep-
Covering a span of almost one hundred years, Marlow focuses on resent an illuminating analysis of the changing dramaturgical principles
a variety of subjectsthe musicians who initiated jazz performances in that have dominated American musical theater from Rodgers and Ham-
China, the means by which jazz was incorporated into Chinese culture, merstein to Jason Robert Brown. Stephen Sondheim and the Reinven-
and the musicians and venues that now pres- tion of the American Musical will surely be
ent jazz performances. required reading for students and scholars of
Featuring unique, face-to-face interviews modern musical theater. Robert Gordon,
with leading indigenous jazz musicians in Bei- professor of drama and director of the Pinter
jing and Shanghai, plus interviews with club Centre for Performance and Creative Writing
owners, promoters, expatriates, and even dip- at Goldsmiths, University of London
lomats, Marlow marks the evolution of jazz in
China as it parallels Chinas social, economic, How I wish Id had Stephen Sondheim and
and political evolution through the twentieth the Reinvention of the American Musical
and into the twenty-first century. Also fea- before I did eleven productions of Sondheim
tured is an interview with one of the extant musicals. Grateful to have it now. McLaughlin
members of the Jimmy King Big Band of the asks, answers, and fires new synapses both
A monumental study 1940s, one of the first major all-Chinese jazz beautifully and economically. A must-read for
How the preeminent
any Sondheim lover. Christianne Tisdale,
of the history of jazz big bands in Shanghai. Broadway composer acclaimed theater, film, and television actress
Ultimately, Jazz in China: From Dance
in China from its Hall Music to Individual Freedom of Expres- bridged the gap
beginnings to today sion is a cultural history that reveals the between Rodgers An astonishing achievement. If McLaughlin
inexorable evolution of a democratic form of had been a neurosurgeon, he could not have
and Hammerstein gone into Stephen Sondheims brain any
music in a Communist state.
and postmodernism better than he does in this remarkable and
Eugene Marlow, Brooklyn, New York, is an award-winning composer, readable book. McLaughlin is so precise and
producer, performer, author, journalist, and educator. He has written illuminating that we come away having even
eight books dealing with communications, technology, and culture and more respect for Sondheim than we had when we started the book.
more than four hundred articles and chapters published in professional Peter Filichia, author of Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit and the
and academic journals in the United States, Germany, Greece, Japan, Biggest Flop of the Season, 1959 to 2009
China, and Russia. He is currently a professor at Baruch College, City
University of New York, where he teaches courses in media and culture. Finally, an investigation of Sondheims work that is as rigorous and pro-
found as the artist it celebrates. Manoel Felciano, Tony-nominated for
Best Featured Actor, 2006 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon
AUGUST, 288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 2 tables
Barber of Fleet Street
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Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1855-3 Robert L. McLaughlin, Bloomington, Illinois, is professor of English at
Ebook available Illinois State University. He is coauthor of Well Always Have the Movies:
American Cinema during World War II and editor of Innovations: An
Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Fiction.

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Music in Disneys New in
PAPERBACK
The Yorb God
Animated Features of Drumming
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Transatlantic Perspectives on the
to The Jungle Book Wood That Talks

James Bohn Edited by Amanda Villepastour


Foreword by Jeff Kurtti Preface by J. D. Y. Peel
Contributions by Aknsol A. Akwowo, K. Noel Amherd, John Amira,
Music was the narrative engine and emotional heart of the golden age
Kawolyin yngbkn, Kevin M. Delgado, David Font-Navarrete,
of Disney animation. James Bohns thorough research and astute musi-
Katherine J. Hagedorn, Debra L. Klein, Fernando Leobons, Michael D. Marcuzzi,
cal insights provide a perceptive exploration of the unforgettable songs
John ynsool Abdn gnlye, J. D. Y. Peel, Alberto Quintero,
and memorable scores, and they celebrate the careers of the often-over-
Kenneth Schweitzer, and Amanda Villepastour
looked songsmiths and composers who provided the soundtrack to four
decades of Disney screen magic. Brian Sibley, writer, broadcaster, and
animation historian Recipient of the Commendation
Book Prize 2016 from the British
For anyone who has a serious interest in Forum for Ethnomusicology
the history of film music, and especially the
creation and evolution of music in Walt Dis- The Yorb God of Drumming is a multi-
neys animated films, Jim Bohns carefully faceted book with an emphasis on colla-
and comprehensively researched book is a boration, deeply immersed in Yorb studies.
fascinating internal look at the creative col- It shows meticulous attention to detail and is
laborators and the techniques they invented densely referenced, with a strong sense of
to provide a unique way of combining music passion for the subject. It supports writing
with the animated image. . . . He provides an from practitioners whose voices might
engrossing and privileged look at the way so otherwise not be heard, including them as the
A composers bril- much venerable music came to be. Bruce From scholars authors rather than informants, showing
Broughton, Emmy Awardwinning film and and practitioners, impressive editorial skill in making this a
liant study on how coherent book while retaining a diversity of
TV composer
Walt Disney revolu- a collaborative experience and communication styles.
tionized the use of James Bohns insightful book provides a collection about the British Forum for Ethnomusicology
music in film unique view of Disney music and the influ- power of the orisha
This volume is a remarkable collection of
ence it had on Walts storytelling. The Old of drumming essays, in which scholars of diverse disci-
Maestro was not a trained musician and
plines, nationalities, and regional specializa-
could not play or read music. Yet, Walt was well aware of the film score. tions study transatlantic Yorb music and
As both an animator and musician, I naturally found Bohns book a religion through the lens of the spiritual power invested in its drums.
delightful read. I think you will as well. Floyd Norman, Disney anima- The result is a uniquely broad and nuanced portrait of a powerful expres-
tor and story development artist sive tradition that has thrived vigorously in the New World, even as it
struggles to survive in its ancestral homeland. Peter Manuel, professor
A much-welcomed and much-needed exploration of one of the worlds of ethnomusicology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
most significant musical influences for almost a century. Bohn deftly
treads a fine line between conversation and erudition, offering a brisk, Far more than providing yet another addition to the genre of single
entertaining journey as well as a scholarly deep dive into the sharps and orisha volumes, Villepastours collection raises the bar for such enter-
flats of Walt-era animation musicexploring how it serves its specific prises. In focusing on perhaps the most mysterious and ill-understood
source material, often transcends it, and sustains its effectiveness regard- entity in the circum-Atlantic congeries of ritual practices that hark back to
less of changing times and tastes. Greg Ehrbar, TV writer, commenta- what, by the late nineteenth century, gradually became known as Yorb
tor, and coauthor of Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records religion, The Yorb God of Drumming presents both a major empirical
contribution and a model for integrating the voices and perspectives of
James Bohn, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a composer and scholar scholars and practitioners/musicians alike. Stephan Palmi, professor
on the faculty at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University. His of anthropology and social sciences, University of Chicago
music has been performed internationally as well as throughout the
United States and has appeared on several recording labels. He is author Amanda Villepastour, Cardiff, United Kingdom, is lecturer in the
of numerous articles and a book on composer Lejaren Hiller. School of Music at Cardiff University. She is author of Ancient Text Mes-
sages of the Yorb Bt Drum: Cracking the Code.
MARCH, 312 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 58 musical examples, 12 b&w illustrations,
AUGUST, 338 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 16 b&w photographs, 9 figures, 4 tables
5 tables
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Campaigns and Hurricanes When They Blew the Levee


A History of Presidential Visits to Mississippi Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri

John M. Hilpert and Zachary M. Hilpert David Todd Lawrence and Elaine J. Lawless

W hen William McKinley traveled to Mississippi in 1901, he


became the first US president to visit the state while in
office. Though twenty-four men served as president prior
to McKinley, none of them included Mississippi in their travel plans.
Presidents in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have a better
I
n 2011, the Midwest suffered devastating floods. Due to the
flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers activated the Birds
PointNew Madrid Floodway, one of the flood prevention
mechanisms of the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Project. This levee
breach was intended to divert water in order to save the town of Cairo,
record of visiting Mississippi. There were forty-five presidential trips to Illinois, but in the process, it completely destroyed the small African
the state between 1901 and 2016. Thirty-three communities hosted one American town of Pinhook, Missouri.
or more of the sixty-nine stops the presidents made during those visits. In When They Blew the Levee: Race, Politics, and Community in
George W. Bush is the unrivaled champion when it comes to the number Pinhook, Missouri, authors David Todd Lawrence and Elaine J. Lawless
and frequency of presidential visits. During eight years in office, he vis- examine two conflicting narratives about the floodone promoted by
ited Mississippi nineteen times, fourteen of the Corps of Engineers that boasts the success
those during the states recovery from Hurri- of the levee breach and the flood diversion,
cane Katrina. and the other gleaned from displaced Pin-
Campaigns and Hurricanes: A History hook residents, who, in oral narratives, tell
of Presidential Visits to Mississippi traces a different story of neglect and indifference
the presidential visits from William McKin- on the part of government officials. Receiv-
ley to Barack Obama and sets each visit into ing inadequate warning and no evacuation
its historical context. Readers will learn that assistance during the breach, residents lost
of the forty-five visits made to Mississippi by everything. Still after more than six years, dis-
sitting presidents, eighteen were for disaster placed Pinhook residents have yet to receive
recovery, eleven were to campaign, eight restitution and funding for relocation and
were in support of policy proposals, three reconstruction of their town. The authors
The definitive guide were purely recreational, and five had singu- How invisible research traces a long history of discrimina-
lar purposesfor example, university com- tion and neglect of the rights of the Pinhook
to every presidential mencement ceremonies or military inspec- citizens preserve community, beginning with their migration
visit to the state of tions. Mixed in the history of these visits are their community from the Deep South to southeast Missouri,
Mississippi anecdotes and discussions of issues, trends, when their town is through purchasing and farming the land,
politics, and the people shaping the moments and up to the Birds Point levee breach nearly
that brought US presidents to Mississippi. destroyed
eighty years later. The residents stories relate
what it has been like to be dispersed in other
John M. Hilpert, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, spent more than thirty-five small towns, living with relatives and friends while trying to negotiate the
years in higher education, serving almost two decades as a university bureaucracy surrounding Federal Emergency Management Agency and
president. He is author of American Cyclone: Theodore Roosevelt and State Emergency Management Agency assistance programs.
His 1900 Whistle-Stop Campaign, published by University Press of Mis- Ultimately, the stories of displaced citizens of Pinhook reveal a strong
sissippi. Zachary M. Hilpert, Richmond, Virginia, is assistant professor African American community, whose bonds were developed over time
in the Department of Focused Inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth Uni- and through shared traditions, a community persisting despite extremely
versity. difficult circumstances.

MARCH, 240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 13 b&w illustrations David Todd Lawrence, St. Paul, Minnesota, is associate professor of
Cloth $40.00S 978-1-4968-1646-7 English at University of St. Thomas. His work has appeared in Journal of
Ebook available the Midwest Modern Language Association; The Griot: Official Journal
of the Southern Conference on African American Studies; and Southern
Folklore. Elaine J. Lawless, Columbia, Missouri, is professor emerita at
University of Missouri. She is author of six books and coauthor of Trou-
bling Violence: A Performance Project, published by University Press of
Mississippi. Together Lawrence and Lawless produced the documentary
film Taking Pinhook, available on YouTube or at www.RebuildPinhook.org.

JULY, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 23 b&w illustrations


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No Small Thing Southern White Ministers and


The 1963 Mississippi Freedom Vote the Civil Rights Movement
William H. Lawson Elaine Allen Lechtreck

T I
he Mississippi Freedom Vote in 1963 consisted of an integrated n 1963, the Sunday after four black girls were killed by a
citizens campaign for civil rights. With candidates Aaron Henry, bomb in a Birmingham church, George William Floyd, a
a black pharmacist from Clarksdale for governor, and Reverend Church of Christ minister, preached a sermon based on the
Edwin King, a college chaplain from Vicksburg for lieutenant governor, Golden Rule. He pronounced that Jesus Christ was asking Christians to
the Freedom Vote ran a platform aimed at obtaining votes, justice, jobs, view the bombing from the perspective of their black neighbors and
and education for blacks in the Magnolia State. asserted, We dont realize it yet, but because Martin Luther King Jr. is
Through speeches, photographs, media coverage, and campaign preaching nonviolence, which is Jesuss way, someday Martin Luther
materials, William H. Lawson examines the rhetoric and methods of the King Jr. will be seen as the best friend the white man in the South has
Mississippi Freedom Vote. Lawson looks at the vote itself rather than the ever had. During the sermon, members of the congregation yelled, You
already much-studied events surrounding it, an emphasis new in schol- devil, you! and, immediately, Floyd was
arship. Even though the actual campaign was dismissed. Although not every antisegregation
carried out from October 13 to November 4, white minister was as outspoken as Pastor
the Freedom Votes impact far transcended Floyd, many signed petitions, organized
those few weeks in the fall. Campaign man- interracial groups, or preached gently from a
ager Bob Moses rightly calls the Freedom gospel of love and justice. Those who spoke
Vote one of the most unique voting cam- and acted outright on behalf of the civil rights
paigns in American history. Lawson demon- movement were harassed, beaten, and even
strates that the Freedom Vote remains a key jailed.
moment in the history of civil rights in Missis- Based on interviews and personal mem-
sippi, one that grew out of a rich tradition of oirs, Southern White Ministers and the Civil
protest and direct action. Rights Movement traces the efforts of these
Though the campaign is overshadowed clergymen whodeeply moved by the strug-
by other major events in the arc of the civil A study of white gle of African Americanslooked for ways to
A history that rede- rights movement, Lawson regards the Mis- ministers who risked reconcile the history of discrimination and
fines the beginning sissippi Freedom Vote as an early and crucial slavery with Christian principles and to help
exercise of citizenship in a lineage of racial their pulpits and
of the fight for black their black neighbors. While many under-
protest during the 1960s. While more atten- lives to challenge stand the role political leaders on national
suffrage tion has been paid to the March on Wash- southern society stages played in challenging the status quo
ington and the protests in Birmingham or of the South, this book reveals the significant
to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and contribution of these ministers in breaking down segregation through
the Freedom Summer murders, this book yields a long-overdue, in-depth preaching a message of love.
analysis of this crucial movement.
Elaine Allen Lechtreck, Stamford, Connecticut, taught history at Laural-
William H. Lawson, Alameda, California, is assistant professor in the ton Hall and the University of Montevallo in Alabama.
Department of Communication at California State University, East Bay.
He has published in such journals as Communication Law Review,
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Invisible Ball of Dreams The African American Sonnet


Literary Representations of Baseball A Literary History
behind the Color Line
Timo Mller
Emily Ruth Rutter

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ome of the best known African American poems are sonnets:
lthough many Americans think of Jackie Robinson when Claude McKays If We Must Die, Countee Cullens Yet Do I
considering the story of segregation in baseball, a long Marvel, Gwendolyn Brookss First fight. Then fiddle. Yet few
history of tragedies and triumphs precede Robinsons readers realize that these poems are part of a rich tradition that formed
momentous debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. From the pioneering after the Civil War and comprises more than a thousand sonnets by
Cuban Giants (18851915) to the Negro Leagues (19201960), black African American poets. Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jean Toomer, Langston
baseball was a long-standing staple of African American communities. Hughes, Margaret Walker, and Rita Dove all wrote sonnets.
While many of its artifacts and statistics are lost, black baseball figured Based on extensive archival research, The African American Sonnet:
vibrantly in films, novels, plays, and poems. In Invisible Ball of Dreams: A Literary History traces this forgotten tradition from the nineteenth
Literary Representations of Baseball behind century to the present. Timo Mller uses son-
the Color Line, author Emily Ruth Rutter nets to open up fresh perspectives on African
examines wide-ranging representations of this American literary history. He examines the
history by William Brashler, Jerome Charyn, struggle over the legacy of the Civil War, the
August Wilson, Gloria Naylor, Harmony trajectories of Harlem Renaissance protest,
Holiday, Kevin King, Kadir Nelson, and the tensions between folk art and transna-
Denzel Washington, among others. tional perspectives in the thirties, the vernac-
Reading representations across the lit- ular modernism of the postwar period, the
erary color line, Rutter opens a propitious cultural nationalism of the Black Arts move-
space for exploring black cultural pride and ment, and disruptive strategies of recent
residual frustrations with racial hypocrisies experimental poetry.
on the one hand and the benefits and limita- In this book, Mller examines the inven-
tions of white empathy on the other. Explor- tive strategies African American poets devised
How movies, novels, ing these topics is necessary to the project of A thoughtful survey to occupy and reshape a form overwhelm-
plays, films, and enriching the archives of segregated baseball ingly associated with Europe. In the tightly
of striking poems circumscribed space of sonnets, these poets
in particular and African American cultural
poems fill the archi- history more generally. from the Civil War to mounted evocative challenges to the discur-
val gaps in black the present sive and material boundaries they confronted.
baseballs story Emily Ruth Rutter, Indianapolis, Indiana,
is assistant professor of English at Ball State Timo Mller, Augsburg, Germany, is assistant professor in the Depart-
University. Her work has appeared in A Cam- ment of American Studies at the University of Augsburg. He is author of
bridge History of Twentieth-Century American Womens Poetry, African The Self as Object in Modernist Fiction: James, Joyce, Hemingway and
American Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Culture, the coeditor of English and American Studies: Theory and Practice and
MELUS, and Aethlon. Literature, Ecology, Ethics: Recent Trends in Ecocriticism. He has pub-
lished articles in various English and German journals, including Ameri-
MAY, 192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches can Literature, Arizona Quarterly, and Twentieth-Century Literature.
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New in
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This Womans Work New in
PAPERBACK Faulkner and the
The Writing and Activism of Black Literatures of
Bebe Moore Campbell
the Americas
Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell
Edited by Jay Watson and James G. Thomas, Jr.
In This Womans Work, Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell provides readers Contributions by Ted Atkinson, Thadious M. Davis, Matthew Dischinger, Dotty Dye,
with the first full-length study of the work of Bebe Moore Campbell, the Chiyuma Elliott, Doreen Fowler, Joseph Fruscione, T. Austin Graham, Rachel Eliza
prolific, immensely popular, and politically engaged writer whose career Griffiths, Derrick Harriell, Lisa Hinrichsen, Randall Horton, George Hutchinson,
was cut short by her untimely death a decade ago. Through her insight- Andrew B. Leiter, John Wharton Lowe, Jamaal May, Ben Robbins, Tim A. Ryan,
ful textual analyses and her careful theorizing of black feminist activ- Sharon Eve Sarthou, Jenna Sciuto, James Smethurst, and Jay Watson

A
ism, Harwell brilliantly shows the subtle yet forceful ways Campbells
deeply felt convictions found expression in her fiction. This Womans t the turn of the millennium, the Martinican novelist douard
Work will prompt scholars and general readers alike to explore or revisit Glissant offered the bold prediction that Faulkners oeuvre
Campbells extraordinary body of work and to consider the complex will be made complete when it is revisited and made vital by
relationship between politics and cultural African Americans, a goal that will be
production. Valerie Smith, president of achieved by a radically other reading. In the
Swarthmore College, author of Toni Mor- spirit of Glissants prediction, this collection
rison: Writing the Moral Imagination, and places William Faulkners literary oeuvre in
coeditor (with Adrienne Brown) of Race and dialogue with a hemispheric canon of black
Real Estate writing from the United States and the Carib-
bean. The volumes seventeen essays and po-
etry selections chart lines of engagement, dia-
Bravo to Osizwe Harwell for elevating the
logue, and reciprocal resonance between
status of Bebe Moore Campbell to her rightful
Faulkner and his black precursors, contempo-
place as an icon of contemporary woman-
raries, and successors in the Americas.
ist and black feminist literary genius and Contributors place Faulkners work in il-
activism! Campbells exemplification of writ- luminating conversation with writings by Paul
ing-as-activism and writing-as-healing have The dynamic inter-
A critical biography contributed to the survival and thriving of Laurence Dunbar, W. E. B. Du Bois, James
play between the Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen,
of the novelist and many, and Harwell has brilliantly elucidated work of the Nobel Claude McKay, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin,
champion for mental the political and psychological value of Camp- laureate and black Ernest J. Gaines, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Toni
bells multi-level engagement with everyday Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Randall Kenan,
health issues writers
folk. Because of Harwells scholarship on Edward P. Jones, and Natasha Trethewey,
Campbell, we can now advance the cause along with the musical artistry of Mississippi
of mental health activism as social justice activism with greater authority bluesman Charley Patton.
and sensitivity, at the same time as we uplift those authors whose gift is to In addition, five contemporary African American poets offer their
transform the lives of diverse readerships through sophisticated yet relat- own creative responses to Faulkners writings, characters, verbal art, and
able storytelling. Layli Maparyan, Katherine Stone Kaufmann 67 Execu- historical example. In these ways, the volume develops a comparative
tive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and approach to the Faulkner oeuvre that goes beyond the compelling but
author of The Womanist Reader and The Womanist Idea limiting question of influencewho read whom, whose works draw from
whoseto explore the confluences between Faulkner and black writing
Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell, Atlanta, Georgia, received her PhD in in the hemisphere.
African American studies at Temple University. She is a veteran educa-
tor, consultant, and public scholar, whose work examines contemporary Jay Watson, Oxford, Mississippi, is Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies
black womens activism, contemporary black fiction, and Africana gender and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. He directs the
annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, and his many publica-
and sexuality studies. She is a contributor to Womanism Rising: Woman-
tions include Fifty Years after Faulkner, Faulkners Geographies, Faulk-
ist Studies Is Here!
ner and Whiteness, and Conversations with Larry Brown, all from Uni-
versity Press of Mississippi. James G. Thomas, Jr., Oxford, Mississippi,
JULY, 220 pages, 6 x 9 inches is associate director for publications at the Center for the Study of South-
Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1831-7 ern Culture. He is editor of Conversations with Barry Hannah; coeditor
Ebook available of several Faulkner volumes, including Faulkner and History; and asso-
Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies ciate editor of The Mississippi Encyclopedia, all published by University
Press of Mississippi.

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New in
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Graphic Novels New in
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Mothers in
for Children and Childrens and
Young Adults Young Adult Literature
A Collection of Critical Essays From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Edited by Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox Edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats
Contributions by Michelle Ann Abate, Eti Berland, Rebecca A. Brown, Christiane Contributions by Robin Calland, Lauren Causey, Karen Coats, Sara K. Day,
Buuck, Joanna C. Davis-McElligatt, Rachel Dean-Ruzicka, Karly Marie Grice, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Anna Katrina Gutierrez,
Mary Beth Hines, Krystal Howard, Aaron Kashtan, Michael L. Kersulov, Adrienne Kertzer, Kouen Kim, Alexandra Kotanko, Jennifer Mitchell,
Catherine Kyle, David E. Low, Anuja Madan, Meghann Meeusen, Mary Jeanette Moran, Julie Pfeiffer, and Donelle Ruwe
Rachel L. Rickard Rebellino, Rebecca Rupert, Cathy Ryan, Joe Sutliff Sanders,
Joseph Michael Sommers, Marni Stanley, Gwen Athene Tarbox, Sarah Thaller, Mothers in Childrens and Young Adult Literature is an excitingeven
Annette Wannamaker, and Lance Weldy brilliantcollection of diverse criticism on a surprisingly understudied
topic. The thirteen astute essays chosen by
An essential resource for anyone interested Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats use
in childrens and young adult literature. a wide array of theoretical approaches to
Expertly curated, this volume not only investigate topics that range from innovation
features diverse essays on diverse topics, in an eighteenth-century book for toddlers
it also tells the story of comics return to to animal mothering in picture books to the
childhood, in a senseits contemporary postfeminism of recent young adult novels.
Beverly Lyon Clark, author of Kiddie Lit:
reinvestment in child readers and collabo-
The Cultural Construction of Childrens
rators. Highly recommended. Kenneth
Literature in America
Kidd, president of the Childrens Literature

L
Association and author of Making American iving or dead, present or absent,
Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale and Freud sadly dysfunctional or merrily
An examination in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis adequate, the figure of the mother
From didactic
and Children's Literature bears enormous freight across a childs emo-
of the tremendous nursery rhymes
tional and intellectual life. Given the vital role
influence and power Graphic Novels for Children and Young to Coraline and The literary mothers play in books for young
of US comics for Adults is an indispensable collection for readers, it is remarkable how little scholarly
Hunger Games, an
scholars and teachers working in childrens attention has been paid to the representation
youth in the twenty- literature and culture. Walk into any bookstore engagement with of mothers outside of fairy tales and beyond
first century and you will see that childrens comics are the vital figure of the studies of gender stereotypes. This collection
a major force in the reading lives of young of thirteen essays begins to fill a critical gap
people today. What Abate and Tarbox present
mother
by bringing together a range of theoretical
in this collection is a fully theorized analysis of the accomplishments of perspectives by a rich mix of senior scholars
this body of literature, offering a range of essays on landmark texts. . . . and new voices.
Not only does this timely collection present lively, engaging readings The range of critical approaches in this volume will provide multiple
that will serve teachers, students, and scholars alike, but it opens up and inroads for scholars to investigate richer readings of mothers in chil-
shapes a field that will continue to develop both in print and on the web. drens and young adult literature.
Katharine Capshaw, professor of English at the University of Connecticut
and author of Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Ashford, Connecticut, is professor and chair of
American Photobooks the Department of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. She
has edited three collections of short fiction for young adults and authored
Michelle Ann Abate, Columbus, Ohio, is associate professor of several books for young readers, including the 2010 Milkweed Prize
literature for children and young adults at The Ohio State University. winner, The Hole in the Wall. Karen Coats, Normal, Illinois, is professor
She is author of The Big Smallness: Niche Marketing, the American of English at Illinois State University. She is author of The Bloomsbury
Culture Wars, and the New Childrens Literature. Gwen Athene Tarbox, Introduction to Childrens and Young Adult Literature; Looking
Kalamazoo, Michigan, is professor of English and an affiliate in gender Glass and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Childrens
and womens studies at Western Michigan University. She is author of The Literature; and Childrens Literature and the Developing Reader and
Clubwomens Daughters: Collectivist Impulses in Progressive-era Girls coeditor of Handbook of Research on Childrens and Young Adult Litera-
Fiction, 18901940 and of a forthcoming volume on childrens comics. ture and The Gothic in Childrens Literature: Haunting the Borders.

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Childrens Literature
Association Series
Posthumanism in Young
Adult Fiction RECENT PAPERBACKS
Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World

Edited by Anita Tarr and Donna R. White


Contributions by Torsten Caeners, Phoebe Chen, Mathieu Donner,
Shannon Hervey, Angela S. Insenga, Patricia Kennon, Maryna Matlock, Ferne
Merrylees, Lars Schmeink, Anita Tarr, Tony M. Vinci, and Donna R. White

F
or centuries, humanism has provided a paradigm for what it
means to be human: a rational, unique, unified, universal,
autonomous being. Recently, however, a new philosophical
approach, posthumanism, has questioned these assumptions, asserting
that being human is not a fixed state but one
always dynamic and evolving. Restrictive Eleanor H. Porters Pollyanna Reading in the Dark
boundaries are no longer in play, and we do A Children's Classic at 100 Horror in Children's Literature
not define who we are by delineating what we Edited by Roxanne Harde and and Culture
are not (animal, machine, monster). There is Lydia Kokkola Edited by Jessica R. McCort
no one aspect that makes a being human Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1311-4 Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-1489-0
self-awareness, emotion, artistic expression, or Ebook available Ebook available
problem-solvingsince human characteristics
reside in other species along with shared
DNA. Instead, posthumanism looks at the
ways our bodies, intelligence, and behavior
connect and interact with the environment,
technology, and other species.
A tracking of the fas- In Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction:
cinating connections Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World,
between adolescence editors Anita Tarr and Donna R. White collect
twelve essays that explore this new disciplines
and the concerns of relevance in young adult literature. Adoles-
posthumanism cents often tangle with many issues raised by
posthumanist theory, such as body issues. The Reading Like a Girl Crockett Johnson and
in-betweenness of adolescence makes stories Narrative Intimacy in Contem- Ruth Krauss
for young adults ripe for posthumanist study. Contributors to the volume porary American Young Adult How an Unlikely Couple Found
Literature Love, Dodged the FBI, and
explore ideas of posthumanism, including democratization of power,
Sara K. Day Transformed Children's Literature
body enhancements, hybridity, multiplicity/plurality, and the environ-
Paper $30.00S 978-1-4968-0447-1 Philip Nel
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ners like Paolo Bacigalupis Ship Breaker and Nancy Farmers The House Ebook available
of the Scorpion, as well as the works of Octavia Butler and China Miville.

Anita Tarr, Okatie, South Carolina, is a retired professor of English at


Illinois State University. Her work has appeared in Childrens Literature
Association Quarterly and The Lion and the Unicorn, among others.
Donna R. White, Russellville, Arkansas, is professor of English at Arkan-
sas Tech University. She is coeditor of Kenneth Grahames The Wind
in the Willows: A Childrens Classic at 100, winner of the Childrens
Literature Associations Edited Book Award in 2012.

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Builders of a Available
AGAIN
Mississippi Writers
New South An Anthology
Merchants, Capital, and the
Edited by Dorothy Abbott
Remaking of Natchez, 18651914

Aaron D. Anderson I cannot recommend too highly this comprehensive, and I emphasize
the word comprehensive, four-volume anthology. . . . I can only hope this
work finds the audience it deserves, which should be a very large audi-
This welcome case study and its important thesis invites new work in ence indeed. We are all in Dorothy Abbotts debt for having rendered this
general through comparative studies of regional economies and mer- service to the cause of literature. Harry Crews
chants in other postwar cities across the South. Michele Gillespie,

A
Economic History Association (EH.net) monumental anthology drawn from four volumes, collecting
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama written by authors
Anderson has produced a careful and well-researched study that con-
from Mississippi, a state that has been called the cradle of
tinues the new work on the political economy of the nineteenth-century
storytellers. In a five-year project sponsored
South, while University Press of Mississippi is
by the Center for the Study of Southern
to be commended for producing a handsome
volume containing fascinating and illuminat- Culture at the University of Mississippi,
ing photographs. Jonathan Daniel Wells, Abbott made selections from the works of
American Historical Review Faulkner, Welty, Williams, Percy, and Wright
along with stories, essays, poems, and plays
Andersons fascinating and in-depth explora- both by eminently known and emerging
tion of primary sources provides us with an writers from Mississippi.
invaluable window into small Southern towns
as they transitioned from the world of ante- Dorothy Abbott, Water Valley, Mississippi,
bellum plantations into reconstruction, share- is an award-winning writer, journalist, editor,
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business lives of fiction, nonfiction, for the Arts and has authored eight literary
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and plantation and Mexico, is an instructor of history at Clovis
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Conflicted Churches in the United States An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race
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and Rothney S. Tshaka and Donald M. Shaffer

Contributions by William Ackah, Allan Boesak, Ebony Joy Fitchue, Leah Gaskin Contributions by Sadhana Bery, Erica Cooper, Tim Engles, Matthew W. Hughey,
Fitchue, Walter Earl Fluker, Forrest E. Harris Sr., Nico Koopman, AnneMarie Stephen Middleton, David R. Roediger, Donald M. Shaffer, Becky Thompson,
Mingo, Reggie Nel, Chabo Freddy Pilusa, Anthony G. Reddie, Boitumelo Seno- Veronica T. Watson, and Robert Westley
koane, R. Drew Smith, Rothney S. Tshaka, Luci Vaden, Vuyani Vellem,
and Cobus van Wyngaard Adding to an intriguing and challenging field of study, this volume of
essays presents the major recent scholarship on the ideology of racial
identity in American history. With brilliance
In light of the continuing systemic misdirec- and great perception, this collection provides
tion and misinformation around the world a multidisciplinary approach (history,
about post-racialism, so-called, there is an English, law, communication, sociology,
urgent need for prophetic truth-telling in the and more) that broadens the focus beyond a
United States, South Africa, and wherever mere commentary on generalized culture and
peoples of African descent are found. With legalities. Grappling with forces and factors
critical acumen and refreshing candor, the affecting the creation and meaning of white-
contributors to this volume serve to remind ness, this in-depth examination uncovers
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most subtle and incendiary forms requires racial identity and politics. The surprising
the need for people of vision and faith to
juxtaposition of ideas pulls the reader into
fight on. Alton B. Pollard, dean and profes-
A critical engage- an emotional landscape that covers over
Through the window sor of religion and culture, Howard Univer-
two hundred years of US history. These are
sity School of Divinity ment with the
of congregations, the sweeping ideas, bracing and challenging.
origins, power, and They mercilessly expose the complexity and
landscape within Contesting Post-Racialism is a powerfully
persuasive analysis of the ways that race elusiveness of white tension endemic in racial identity. Orville
churches after racial Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln:
still operates in the United States and South privilege
conflict Africa. This book effectively dispels the A History
notion that we now reside in a post-racial
or post-apartheid society. The arguments represent perspectives that Concentrating on the conjunctures of whiteness in the United States
are theological and sociological, as well as ecclesial and communal. This and committed to an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach, the
book needs and deserves a wide readership. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, essays of this volume analyze the development of whiteness in profound
executive director of the Community Renewal Society and former profes- studies. In impressive investigations based on a comprehensive evalua-
sor of reconciliation studies, Bethel University tion of primary sources, the papers exemplify the sociocultural, socio-
economic, and sociopolitical construction of whiteness. . . . The editors
R. Drew Smith, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is professor of urban ministry of The Construction of Whiteness have compiled a groundbreaking
at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and research fellow at University collection, demonstrating the necessity and productivity of a historically
of South Africa. His books include From Every Mountainside: Black orientated analysis of whiteness. Wulf D. Hund, professor of sociology,
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Black Theology: An International Journal. Rothney S. Tshaka, Pretoria, Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All. Donald M. Shaffer,
South Africa, is professor of systematic theology and theological ethics Starkville, Mississippi, is associate professor of African American studies
and acting director for the School of Humanities at the University of and English at Mississippi State University. His work has appeared in the
South Africa. He is also co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Southern Literary Journal and the Western Journal of Black Studies.
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