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title subject index a message from our director

Anthropology 5 Dear Readers,

Art & Art History 8 this catalog marks the beginning of a year of celebration. 2020 is the eighti-
Caribbean Studies 11 eth anniversary of the founding of Vanderbilt University Press. In preparation for
this year of highlighting vup’s strengths, we reflected on our purpose and reiter-
Food Studies 9
ated our commitment to our shared values. Together as a staff, we authored this
Hispanic Studies 9 mission statement:
History 6
Vanderbilt University Press extends the university’s scholarly mission by publishing
Latin American Studies 7, 10, 12 dynamic, well-researched books for a global audience of engaged readers.
Literary Studies 10
This is the historical and contemporary ethos that animates our actions as a pub-
Music 6 lishing house. Dynamic research for a global readership is what ties our backlist
Natural History 4 of over five hundred titles to the new books we put forward this season. As the
publishing industry endures constant changes, as our staff and program grow and
Performance Studies 12
develop, as campus builds and invests in new directions, this is the anchor that
Popular Culture 11 centers our focus. Two new series announced herein highlight what this mission
looks like in practice. We are honored to see Critical Mexican Studies as well as
Regional 8
Truths, Lies, and Histories of Nashville take shape and flourish.
Science 4
In this catalog we see lines of inquiry that have been present through the eighty
Urban Studies 5
years the Press has been open. A focus on the hyperlocal experience of city and
state residents is clear in our print edition of the Frist Art Museum’s latest exhi-
bition, Murals of North Nashville Now. Snajdr and Trinch’s What the Signs Say:
Language, Gentrification, and Place-Making in Brooklyn is another title that high-
lights the impact of economic redevelopment, harmonizing cultural studies with
anthropology as the authors observe a city undergoing constant change. One of
our regional collaborations, Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University–
Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941–1942, is fresh off the heels of its
induction as a “Classic of Blues Literature” in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2019, so
we have offered it in a trade paperback edition for the first time. These titles and
others offered this season intersect at the corners of community representation,
engaged scholarship, and cultural production. For eighty years this Press has been
a place for conversations around what animates society and what the academy
cover design: based on the cover
constitutes worthy of study. The future of Vanderbilt University Press is bright
design of Between the Rocks and the
Stars: Narratives in Natural History, and the books are even brighter. I encourage you to take a closer look, but you
designed by Derek Thornton / Notch. might need shades.
Butterflies and Tree Swallows: Natural
History Museum, London, UK /
Bridgeman Images
Precious stones and crystals: © Gianna F. Mosser
Florilegius/Bridgeman Images Design.
80th Anniversary Title Highlights
Selected titles from each decade of press history

1940–1949 1950–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979

Chancellor Kirkland of Vanderbilt The Chief Rivals of The Hawk’s Done Gone Architecture of Middle Tennessee:
Edwin Mims (1940) Corneille and Racine and Other Stories The Historic American Buildings Survey
translated and edited by Mildred Haun (1968) edited by Thomas Brumbaugh,
Lacy Lockert (1956) Martha Strayhorn, and Gary Gore (1974)

1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

We Shall Overcome: Press

The White Monk: An Essay on A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth Becoming a Visible Man Photographs of Nashville during
Dostoevsky and Melville of the Grand Ole Opry Jamison Green (2004) the Civil Rights Era
F. D. Reeve (1989) Charles K. Wolfe (1999) edited by Kathryn E. Delmez (2018)

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natural history / science

A collection of narrative nonfiction

stories from the natural world, from
geology to cosmology

Between the Rocks and the Stars

Narratives in Natural History
Stephen Daubert

These stories take readers where they can- which describes the natural advantage of
not go, be it out into space, back in time, a particular organism. These true-to-life
deep under the ocean, down to micro- accounts are then posed in particular cir-
scopic scales, or out onto the geologic cumstances that illustrate the principles—
April 2020
172 pages, 6 X 9 inches overview. commensalism, speciation—that shape
11 illustrations  |  References, Index Squid turn themselves inside-out the place of these organisms in their liv-
Hardcover $49.95x 978-0-8265-2274-0 when disturbed by predators hunting ing environment. Some stories cover top-
Paperback $24.95t 978-0-8265-2275-7 through the darkness with sonar. Benefi- ics in geology and cosmology, describing
Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-2276-4
cial microbes spend their summer living the physical world context in which natu-
in nectar and being transferred between ral history progresses across the eons.
stephen daubert is a retired blooms by the bees, then spend the winter Underlying themes in the book
career scientist in the depart- living within those bees. Ecological sto- include the network of connections that
ment of plant pathology at the
ries are seen through the eyes of squirrels, link all these organisms together and
University of California–Davis.
He has previously published two birds, fish, ants, butterflies, and beetles. the adaptations they make to the physi-
books of stories from natural Between the Rocks and the Stars dives cal world in which they must find them-
history with Vanderbilt University deep into the relationships that shape the selves a home.
Press: Threads from the Web of natural world. The book presents a col-
Life and The Shark and the Jelly-
lection of vignettes from the wild, each of
fish, currently available in one
deluxe paperback.

“[Between the Rocks and the Stars]

“[Between Stars] reads beautifully and achieves an almost
dream-like quality as [Daubert] guides the reader through geological time and
also of interest
vertigo-producing changes in scale and perspective.”
douglas kilpatrick abbot , associate professor of biological sciences,
Stephen Daubert
Threads from the Web of Vanderbilt University
Life & The Shark and the
Paperback $24.95t

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anthropology / urban studies

How retail signs help create the space and

experience of Brooklyn

What the Signs Say

Language, Gentrification, and Place-Making in Brooklyn
Shonna Trinch and Edward Snajdr

Although we may not think we notice of gentrification, but also the remaking of June 2020
340 pages, 8 X 8 inches
them, storefronts and their signage are Brooklyn as distinctive and exclusive.
71 illustrations  |  Notes, References, Index
meaningful, and the impact they have on Shonna Trinch and Edward Snajdr,
Hardcover $99.95x 978-0-8265-2277-1
people is significant. What the Signs Say a sociolinguist and an anthropologist
Paperback $39.95s 978-0-8265-2278-8
argues that the public language of store- respectively, show how the beliefs and Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-2279-5
fronts is a key component to the creation ideas that people take as truths about lan-
of the place known as Brooklyn, New guage and its speakers are deployed in
shonna trinch is a socio-
York. Using a sample of more than two these different sign types. They also pre- linguist and faculty member in
thousand storefronts and over a decade sent in-depth ethnographic case studies the Department of Anthropology
of ethnographic observation and inter- that reveal how gentrification and cor- at John Jay College, cuny.
views, the study charts two very different porate redevelopment in Brooklyn are edward snajdr is a cultural
types of local Brooklyn retail signage. The intimately connected to public commu- anthropologist and faculty mem-
unique and consistent features of many nication, literacy practices, the transfor- ber in the Department of Anthro-
pology at John Jay College, cuny.
words, large lettering, and repetition mation of motherhood and gender roles,
that make up Old School signage both notions of historical preservation, urban
mark and produce an inclusive and open planning, and systems of privilege. Far
place. In contrast, the linguistic elements from peripheral or irrelevant, shop signs also of interest
of New School signage, such as brevity say loud and clear that language displayed
and wordplay, signal not only the arrival in public always matters. Maite Zubiaurre
Talking Trash:
Cultural Uses of Waste
Cloth $35.00t
“What the Signs Say charts emerging terrains of gentrification through an acute,
open-eyed, and deeply contextualized reading of Brooklyn streetscapes and the
signs that shape them. This is a fascinating and textured case study in itself. It
also models generative new ways of approaching the complex intersections of
language, landscape, and social experience.”
donald brenneis, coeditor of the Annual Review of Anthropology

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new in paperback  •   music / history

Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, 2019

A “Classic of Blues Literature”

Lost Delta Found

Rediscovering the Fisk University–Library of Congress
Coahoma County Study, 1941–1942
John W. Work III, Lewis Wade Jones, and Samuel C. Adams Jr.
Edited by Robert Gordon and Bruce Nemerov

In 1941 and ’42 African American schol- of Congress. While this publication was
ars from Fisk University—among them the never completed, Lost Delta Found is com-
noted composer and musicologist John W. posed of the writings, interviews, notes,
May 2020 Work III, sociologist Lewis Wade Jones, and musical transcriptions produced by
360 pages, 7 X 10 inches
19 illustrations, 110 transcriptions  |
and graduate student Samuel C. Adams Work, Jones, and Adams in the Coahoma
Notes, References, Index, Appendixes Jr.—joined folklorist Alan Lomax of the County study. Their work captures, with
Paperback $18.95t 978-0-8265-1486-8 Library of Congress on research trips to compelling immediacy, a place, a people,
Cloth $69.95x 978-0-8265-1485-1 Coahoma County, Mississippi. Their mis- a way of life, and a set of rich musical tra-
Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-2285-6 sion was “to document adequately the cul- ditions as they existed in the 1940s.
tural and social backgrounds for music in
robert gordon is a writer and the community.” Among the fruits of the
Emmy Award–winning filmmaker. project were the earliest recordings by
His most recent book is Memphis the legendary blues singer and guitar-
Rent Party: The Blues, Rock &
ist Muddy Waters. The hallmark of the
Soul in Music’s Hometown.
study was to have been a joint publica-
bruce nemerov has been,
tion of its findings by Fisk and the Library
variously, a musician, radio and
record producer, and writer. He
was awarded a Grammy for
the notes to John W. Work III: “Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University–Library of Congress Coahoma
Recording Black Culture, an
County Study, 1941–1942 presents a unique and valuable perspective on the pio-
album of Work’s field recordings.
neering Coahoma County study that also was recounted in Alan Lomax's Land
Began, a prior Classics of Blues Literature honoree. Written by
Where the Blues Began,
African American scholars from Fisk University, Lost Delta Found documents
their crucial but often overlooked work on the project.”
the blues hall of fame

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fisk university scholars

a. John W. Work III b. Lewis Wade Jones c. Samuel C. Adams Jr.

“Restores credit for the definitive Delta-blues research to the men who a. john w. work iii (1901–1966) was
a gifted composer and educator. One
conducted it.”     paste magazine
of the first African American aca-
demics to argue the value of African
“Splendid and significant . . . Work was instrumental in uncovering and giving American folk music, he preserved
the work of bluesmen Muddy Waters, Son House, Son Sims, and Willie Brown this heritage both in his book, Amer-
to the world; every library that owns [Alan Lomax’s book The Land Where ican Negro Songs and Spirituals, and
through his work with the Fisk Jubi-
Began] should own this one, too. An essential purchase for music
the Blues Began] lee Singers, which he directed from
collections.”  library journal 1947 until 1956. He retired from Fisk
University in 1966.
“This may well be the greatest unpublished goldmine of early research into the b. lewis wade jones (1910–1979) was
music of black Mississippians, and its appearance is a boon not only to music an instructor in the Department of
scholars but to anyone interested in Southern life in a period of intense change Social Sciences at Fisk University from
1932 to 1942, where he worked closely
and musical expression.”   sing out! with Charles S. Johnson. In 1949 the
two co-wrote A Statistical Analysis of
“These original documents . . . paint a compellingly accurate portrait of the Southern Counties: Shifts in the Negro
Mississippi Delta in the 1940s. . . . Work, Jones, and Adams are finally Population of Alabama. After leaving
Fisk, Jones moved to the Tuskegee
getting their due at a time when Mississippi seems consumed with righting
Institute School of Education, where
its past wrongs.”   mojo he was a professor of sociology.
c. After receiving his master’s degree
“Gordon and Nemerov have rescued from oblivion an important study of from Fisk University, samuel c.
black life in rural Mississippi. . . . Work’s 160 song transcriptions of 1941–1942 adams jr. (1920–2001) attended
field recordings form the 100-page centerpiece of this book, and equally illu- the University of Chicago, where he
received his PhD in 1953. He had a
minating are insightful essays by the Fisk trio on plantation folklore and long and distinguished career in public
traditions, already fading at that time as urban influences permeated the service, highlighted by his appoint-
Mississippi Delta.”  publishers weekly ment to the post of Ambassador to the
Republic of Niger in 1968–1969.

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art & art history / regional

Dynamic street art from a culturally and

historically important, yet often underserved,
Nashville community

available now

Murals of North Nashville Now

Edited by Kathryn E. Delmez

November 2019 The Frist art museum and Vanderbilt Uni- professor of African American and pub-
60 pages, 8.5 X 9 inches versity Press have partnered to copublish lic history at Tennessee State Univer-
36 color photographs
Murals of North Nashville Now. The publi- sity. Williams also runs the North Nash-
Paperback $10.00t 978-0-8265-2284-9
cation includes plates of the eight murals ville Heritage Project. Kathryn E. Delmez,
in the exhibition of the same name, along curator of the accompanying exhibition,
kathryn e. delmez is a with images of public mural installations edited the volume, considering the murals
curator at the Frist Art Museum in North Nashville. The book features an from both art-historical and community-
in Nashville.
essay on North Nashville and its history engagement-driven perspectives. Susan
by Dr. Learotha Williams Jr., associate H. Edwards, executive director and ceo
of the Frist Art Museum, wrote the fore-
word and acknowledgments.
Generous support from various com-
munity leaders will allow the book to
be placed in all Davidson County pub-
lic schools and libraries, and to be pre-
sented to members of the Nashville Met-
ropolitan Council and Tennessee General

Omari Booker. The Writing’s on the Walls,

2019. Housewrap, oil, plastic tubing, razor
wire, and sand on panel, 96 x 144 in.
Courtesy of the artist. © Omari Booker.
Photo: LeXander Bryant

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food studies / latin american studies / hispanic studies

A foundational text in the emerging field of

Latin American and Iberian food studies

Food, Texts, and Cultures in

Latin America and Spain
Edited by Rafael Climent-Espino and
Ana M. Gómez-Bravo

The fourteen essays in Food, Texts, and critical and theoretical approaches to the
Cultures in Latin America and Spain subject of Latin American and Iberian
showcase the eye-opening potential of a food.
food lens within colonial studies, ethnic Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin
April 2020
and racial studies, gender and sexuality America and Spain also introduces the 340 pages, 6 X 9 inches
studies, and studies of power dynamics, first English-language publication of 9 illustrations  |  Notes, References, Index
nationalisms and nation building, theo- works from such award-winning scholars Hardcover $99.95X 978-0-8265-2281-8
ries of embodiment, and identity. In short, as Adolfo Castañón of the Mexican Acad- Paperback $34.95X 978-0-8265-2282-5
Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America emy of Language; Sergio Ramírez, win- Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-2283-2

and Spain grapples with an emerging field ner of the 2017 Miguel de Cervantes Prize
in need of a foundational text, and does so in Literature; and Carmen Simón Palmer, rafael climent-espino is
from multiple angles. winner of the 2015 Julián Marías Prize for associate professor in Spanish
The studies span from the Middle Ages Research. and Portuguese at Baylor Uni-
versity. He is the author of Del
to the twenty-first century, and the con-
manuscrito al libro: Materialidad
tributing scholars occupy diverse fields del texto y crítica genética en la
within Latin American and Hispanic stud- novela iberoamericana, 1969–1992.
ies. As such, their essays showcase eclectic ana m. gómez-bravo is pro-
fessor of Spanish at the University
of Washington. Her most recent
book is Comida y cultura en el
mundo hispánico.

also of interest

James R. Veteto and

Edward M. Maclin, eds.
The Slaw and the Slow
Cooked: Culture and
Barbecue in the Mid-South
Paperback $39.95x

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latin american studies / literary studies

The Indigenous and European women at the

heart of the nineteenth-century Argentine
scientific enterprise

Sex, Skulls, and Citizens

Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860–1910)
Ashley Elizabeth Kerr

Analyzing a wide variety of late-nine- sexual practices, analyze the advisability

teenth-century sources, Sex, Skulls, and and effects of interracial sex, and use the
Citizens argues that Argentine scientific language of desire to narrate encounters
projects of the era were not just racial with Indigenous peoples as they try to
March 2020 encounters, but were also conditioned by scientifically pinpoint Argentina’s racial
230 pages, 6 X 9 inches sexual relationships in all their messy, physi- identity and future potential.
11 illustrations  |  Notes, References, Index
cal reality. Kerr’s reach extends into history of
Hardcover $99.95x 978-0-8265-2271-9
The writers studied here (an eclectic science, literary studies, and history of
Paperback $34.95x 978-0-8265-2272-6
Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-2273-3 group of scientists, anthropologists, and anthropology, illuminating a scholarly
novelists, including Estanislao Zeballos, time and place in which the lines betwixt
Lucio and Eduarda Mansilla, Ramón Lista, were much blurrier, if they existed at all.
ashley elizabeth kerr is an
assistant professor of Spanish at
and Florence Dixie) reflect on Indigenous
the University of Idaho.

“The protagonists here are not the well-known men that dominated the politics
also of interest and science of the time, but women who were also participating in the transfor-
William G. Acree Jr. mation of Argentina. Even those women who were more oppressed are ana-
and Juan Carlos lyzed as active contributors ‘to the development of Argentine racial science.’
González Espitia, eds.
Building Nineteenth- This is a solid and needed contribution to the field.”
Century Latin America:
adriana novoa, coauthor of From Man to Ape: Darwinism in Argentina, 1870–1920
Re-Rooted Cultures,
Identities, and Nations
978-0-8265-1470-7 “The presence of Indigenous women in Argentine national and scientific discourses
Paperback $39.95x
as agents of such discourses and debates is one of the book’s strongest points. The
twofold goal of introducing gender and sex to the study of scientific discourses and,
at the same time, explaining the scientific roots of many social debates and literary
works on race, gender, and civilization is consistent throughout.”
vanesa miseres, author of Mujeres en tránsito: Viaje, identidad y escritura
en Sudamérica (1830–1910)

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new in paperback  •   caribbean studies / popular culture

Dancehall as a way of life and a cultural force in the

community of Jamaica

Sounds of the Citizens

Dancehall and Community in Jamaica
Anne M. Galvin

Dancehall: it’s simultaneously a source private efforts such as those of the people
of raucous energy in the streets of Kings- and organizations involved in dancehall
ton, Jamaica, a way of life for a group of becomes all the more crucial. The tension,
professional artists and music profession- however, between the supposed “haves”
February 2020
als, and a force of both stability and tur- involved in the industry and the “have- 238 pages, 6 X 9 inches
bulence within the community. As Anne nots” within the neighborhoods is palpable Notes, References, Index
Galvin reveals in Sounds of the Citizens, the and often dangerous. Amid all this, indi- Paperback $34.95x 978-0-8265-1979-5
rhythms of dancehall music reverberate in vidual Jamaicans interact with the larger Hardcover $99.95x 978-0-8265-1978-8
Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-1980-1
complicated ways throughout the lives of industry to find their own paths of employ-
countless Jamaicans. ment, social identity, and sexual mores. anne m. galvin is associate
Galvin highlights the unique partner- As Sounds of the Citizens illustrates, professor of anthropology at
ships between the dancehall industry the world of entertainment in Jamaica is St. John’s University in New
and community development efforts. As serious business and uniquely positioned York City.

the central role of the state in supporting as a powerful force within the community.
communities has diminished, the rise of
also of interest

“Sounds of the Citizens offers a necessary, ethnographically grounded update to Livia K. Stone
the substantial literature on Jamaican popular music and culture . . . [and] careful, Atenco Lives! Filmmaking and
Popular Struggle in Mexico
caring context for apprehending the ways dancehall serves as a serious force in the 978-0-8265-2224-5
lives of the communities from which it issues.”   Paperback $39.95x

latin american music review

“This theoretically sophisticated, well‐researched book is a must read for graduate

students, academics, and policy makers interested in Jamaican politics, dancehall
culture, community development, globalization, and the long‐term impacts of
neoliberalism on postcolonial societies.”    american ethnologist

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latin american studies / performance studies

How the literary classic Don Quixote is

appropriated in social justice theater and youth
activism in Brazil and throughout the Americas

Living Quixote
Performative Activism in Contemporary Brazil
and the Americas
Rogelio Miñana

The 400th anniversaries of Don Quixote performative activism, Quixote-inspired

in 2005 and 2015 sparked worldwide cele- theater companies and nongovernmental
brations that brought to the fore its ongo- organizations deploy a model for rewrit-
ing cultural and ideological relevance. ing and enacting new social roles for
February 2020
280 pages, 6 X 9 inches Living Quixote examines contemporary underprivileged youth. Unique in its trans-
9 illustrations  |  Notes, References, Index appropriations of Miguel de Cervantes’s atlantic, cross-historical, and community-
Hardcover $99.95x 978-0-8265-2268-9 masterpiece in political and social justice based approach, Living Quixote offers
Paperback $34.95x 978-0-8265-2269-6 movements in the Americas, particularly both a new reading of Don Quixote and
Ebook $19.99 978-0-8265-2270-2 in Brazil. an applied model for cultural activism—a
rogelio miñana is profes- In this book, Cervantes scholar Roge- model based, in ways reminiscent of
sor of Spanish and head of the lio Miñana examines long-term, Quixote- Paulo Freire, on the transformative poten-
Department of Global Studies inspired activist efforts at the ground tial of performance, literature, and art.
and Modern Languages at Drexel level. Through what the author terms
University. He is the author of
Monstruos que hablan: El dis-
curso de la monstruosidad en
Cervantes and La verosimilitud Vanderbilt University Press’s performing latin american and caribbean
en el Siglo de Oro: Cervantes y la identities series provides a forum for scholarship that recognizes the critical
novela corta. role of performance in social, cultural, and political life. Geographically focused
on the Caribbean and Latin America (including Latinidad in the United States)
Performing Latin American
and Caribbean Identities Series
but wide-ranging in thematic scope, the series highlights how understandings
N AND of desire, gender, sexuality, race, the postcolonial, human rights, and citizenship,
AM R among other issues, have been explored and continue to evolve.





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new book series

Truths, Lies, and Histories

of Nashville
As a lead-up to Nashville’s 250th anniver- •  Follow up with historical data, actual SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
sary in 2029, Vanderbilt University Press facts, and any appropriate cultural Proposals may be sent to Betsy Phillips
is proposing an ambitious new series knowledge that backs up or compli- at
designed to bridge the gap between what cates the story. This is the section for Please include:

scholars and historians know about the digging in to get at the truth.   + A concise description of the proposed
city and what the public thinks it knows. •  Tell readers why this story matters book (one to two pages)
We want the stories that have never and why they should care. Provide   + Three reasons why this topic should be
included in the series
been told, the truths behind the oft-told context.
  + A description of what’s been published
tales, the things that keep us in love with
on the topic and how your project
the city, and the parts of the past that would differ
have broken our hearts, with a priority   + Your full contact details and a 200-
on traditionally underrepresented per- word professional biography (you can
spectives and untold stories. send your resume or CV, if you have it)
The series will consist of twenty-   + A published sample of your writing
five small volumes, between 10,000   + The amount of time it will take you to
complete your manuscript
and 20,000 words apiece with subjects
  + A description of any potential images
ranging across Nashville’s whole history.
or other supplemental materials
Two or three books will be released each
year with a goal of having all twenty-
five books available in 2029.
Because our ambition is to open up
Nashville’s history to its communities,
each book will consist of three parts:
•  Open with a good story, expertly told.
It could be a little-known true story
that needs to be brought to light or
a well-known legend that could use
some debunking. Either way, it must
be entertaining. The reading of these
books should be fun, not a chore.

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new book series

Critical Mexican Studies

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, Series Editor

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL Critical Mexican Studies is the first of new theoretical paradigms like crit-
Proposals may be sent to Zack Gresham English-language, humanities-based aca- ical race theory, sovereign power, and
at demic monograph series devoted to the the posthuman. Books in this series
Please include: study of Mexico. The series is a space for will develop conceptual discussions of
  + A project abstract innovative works in the humanities that interest above and beyond the field of
  + Brief main description of the method, focus on theoretical analysis, transdisci- Mexicanism.
scope, and works analyzed plinary interventions, and original con- The Critical Mexican Studies series is
  + Anticipated word count, number of
ceptual framing. looking for the following types of work:
images, and timeline for full
Critical Mexican Studies will feature 1) monographs by emerging and estab-
manuscript submission
  + Annotated table of contents books that question the many received lished scholars focused on Mexico and
  + CV ideas that shape the field of Mexican stud- defined by their theoretical originality
  + A section on works in the field ies, from the focus on the connections and the promise of opening new avenues
that the project complements between identity and nation (the topic in Mexican Studies; 2) carefully curated
and draws on of Mexicanness that has pervaded the edited collections that define the state of
field for decades) to the favored historio- the field at given points in time or that
graphic and philological approaches that gather the most talented people in the
have long defined significant portions field to discuss a particular concept; 3)
of the field. Texts that approach Mexico and original or translated work by Mexi-
with a more theoretical-conceptual bent can theorists and scholars. Although the
or that seek to transgress the methodolo- series would be open to books in defined
gies of the dominant disciplines will find fields—such as literary or media studies—
a home here. The series seeks projects Critical Mexican Studies seeks works
that engage Mexico through contempo- performing transdisciplinary, interme-
rary theoretical conversations—on nec- dial, and creatively theoretical research.
ropolitics, disability, and queer theory,
for example—or books that place Mex-
ico as a site of departure and articulation

about the editor: Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado is Jarvis Thurston and Mona
Van Duyn Professor in Humanities, professor of Spanish, Latin American stud-
ies, and film and media studies, and director of undergraduate studies in the
Latin American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is
the author of Screening Neoliberalism: Transforming Mexican Cinema, 1988–2012
(available in English and Spanish editions from Vanderbilt University Press).

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