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Book Review — COMIC BOOK CRIME: Truth, Justice, and the American Way

COMIC BOOK CRIME: Truth, Justice, and the American Way. By Nickie D. Phillips and Staci Strobl. New York: New York University Press. 2013. The most important factor in writing a survey of any subject is choosing which works to consider in your survey. This step (in my other life as a statistician, we’d call it … Continue reading

Book Review — WHY WE LEFT: Untold Stories and Songs of America’s First Immigrants

WHY WE LEFT: Untold Stories and Songs of America’s First Immigrants. By Joanna Brooks. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2013. Folklorists have long studied the ballad (defined as a folksong that tells a story), but much of the scholarship has leaned towards either literary interpretations that explore ballad variation and classification or performative interpretations that … Continue reading

Book Review — SOUNDING LIKE A NO-NO: Queer Sounds & Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era.

 SOUNDING LIKE A NO-NO: Queer Sounds & Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era. By Francesca T. Royster. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2013. In Sounding Like a No-No, Francesca T. Royster provides a theoretically and socially grounded reading of the politics of Post-Soul. Chronologically, Post-Soul follows the Civil Rights Movement. The reformation of black cultural … Continue reading

Book Review — MAD MEN, MAD WORLD: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s.

MAD MEN, MAD WORLD: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s. Edited by Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, and Robert A. Rushing. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2013. The most recent collection generated from a conference at the University of Illinois Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Mad Men, Mad World covers mostly the first … Continue reading

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