Fall 2019 University Press Recommendations

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Fall 2019 Book Recommendations by . . .
General Interest
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Studies
Comics Studies
American Studies

The recommendation lists below are organized alphabetically by the author/editor’s last name.


Fall 2019 Book Recs

General Interest

Phillipa K. Chong, Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times (Princeton)

Sarah Brouillette, UNESCO and the Fate of the Literary (Stanford)

A. Dana Weber, Blood Brothers and Peace Pipes: Performing the Wild West in German Festivals (Wisconsin)

Mary Stanton, Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930-1950 (Georgia)

Robert F. Carley, Culture and Tactics: Gramsci, Race, and the Politics of Practice (SUNY)

Lawrence B. Glickman, Free Enterprise: An American History (Yale)

Robert J. Sierakowski, Sandinistas: A Moral History (Notre Dame)

Richard Moss, Creating the New Right Ethnic in 1970s America: The Intersection of Anger and Nostalgia (Farleigh Dickinson)

Packer and Stoneman, A Feeling of Wrongness: Pessimistic Rhetoric on the Fringes of Popular Culture (Penn State)

Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González, Reel Latinxs: Representation in U.S. Film and TV (Arizona)

Peter La Chapelle, I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music (Chicago)

Rebecca Scofield, Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West (Washington)

Nathan G. Alexander, Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914 (Manchester)

Josh Garrett-Davis, What Is a Western? Region, Genre, Imagination (Oklahoma)

Daniel Vaca, Evangelicals Incorporated: Books and the Business of Religion in America (Harvard)

L. Benjamin Rolsky, The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left: Politics, Television, and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond (Columbia)

Christopher Douglas, If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right (Cornell)

Mandy McMichael, Miss America’s God: Faith and Identity in America’s Oldest Pageant (Baylor)

Pekka Hämäläinen, Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (Yale)

Coppelie Cocq and Thomas A DuBois, Sámi Media and Indigenous Agency in the Arctic North (Washington)

Brian Rosenwald, Talk Radio America: How an Industry Took over a Political Party that Took over the United States (Harvard)

Emily Zobel Marshall, American Trickster: Trauma, Tradition, and Brer Rabbit (R&L)

Nadia Nurhussein, Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America (Princeton)

Maile Arvin, Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai’i and Oceania (Duke)

Darryl Li, The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity (Stanford)

A. James McAdams, Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party (Princeton)

Shana L. Redmond, Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke)

William H. Westermeyer, Back to America: Identity, Political Culture, and the Tea Party Movement (Nebraska)

William Garrett Acree, Jr., Staging Frontiers: The Making of Modern Popular Culture in Argentina and Uruguay (New Mexico)

Edwards and Hoglund, eds., B-Movie Gothic: International Perspectives (Edinburgh)

SFFH Studies

Daniel Oberhaus, Extraterrestrial Languages (MIT)

Robert Markley, Kim Stanley Robinson (Illinois, Modern Masters of SF)

Gwyneth Jones, Joanna Russ (Illinois, Modern Masters of SF)

Joseph W. Campbell, The Order and the Other: Young Adult Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction (Mississippi)

Tok Thompson, Posthuman Folklore (Mississippi)

Andrea Shaw Nevins, Working Juju: Representations of the Caribbean Fantastic (Georgia)

Schneider-Meyerson and Bellamy, eds., An Ecotopian Lexicon (Minnesota)

Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, Self-Determining Stories: The Indigenous Re-Invention of Young Adult Literature (MSU)

Maria Sachiko Cecire, Re-Enchanted: The Rise of Children’s Fantasy Literature in the Twentieth Century (Minnesota)

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, ed., The Monster Theory Reader (Minnesota)

Dominic Lennard, Brute Force: Animal Horror Movies (SUNY)

Glyn Morgan, Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust (Bloomsbury)

Megen de Bruin-Molé, Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture (Bloomsbury)

Diletta De Cristofaro, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel (Bloomsbury)

Karen Grumberg, Hebrew Gothic: History and the Poetics of Persecution (Indiana)

Isiah Lavender III, Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement (Ohio State)

Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction (Ohio State)

Sarah Cole, Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells and the Twentieth Century (Columbia)

Matt Tierney, Dismantlings: Words against Machines in the Long Seventies (Cornell)

Alex Zamalin, Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism (Columbia)

Meeker and Szabari, Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction (Fordham)

Christian Haines, A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons (Fordham)

Morgan and Palmer-Patel, Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction (Liverpool)

B.J. Hollars, Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country (Nebraska)

Mark Rifkin, Fictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, Speculation (Duke)

John Danaher, Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work (Harvard)

Proctor and McCulloch, eds., Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion, and Reception (Iowa)

Brooks, et al., eds., Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict (Nebraska)

Rebecca C. Thompson, Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones (MIT)

Curtis D. Carbonell, Dead Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic (Liverpool)

Patrick W. Galbraith, Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan (Duke)

Lam and Raphael, eds., Aussie Fans: Uniquely Placed in Global Popular Culture (Iowa)

Brennan, ed., Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans through Homoerotic Possibilities (Iowa)

Brodman and Doan, Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump: Images from Literature and Visual Arts (R&L)

Comics Studies

James Scorer, ed., Comics Beyond the Page in Latin America (UCL)

Smith and Alaniz, eds., Uncanny Bodies: Superhero Comics and Disability (Penn State)

Limb and Olaniyan, eds., Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture (MSU)

Henry and LaPensée, eds., Sovereign Traces, Vol. 1: Not (Just )(An)Other (MSU)

LaPensée, ed., Sovereign Traces, Vol. 2: Relational Constellation (MSU)

Julia Round, Gothic for Girls: Misty and British Comics (Mississippi)

David Herman, eds., Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives (Bloomsbury)

Austin and Hamilton, All New, All Different? A History of Race and the American Superhero (Texas)

Christopher Conway, Heroes of the Borderlands: The Western in Mexican Film, Comics, and Music (New Mexico)

Adam L. Kern, Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kiboshi of Edo Japan, 2nd ed. paperback release (Harvard)

Amago and Marr, eds., Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain (Toronto)

Isabella Cosse, Mafalda: A Social and Political History of Latin America’s Global Comic (Duke)

Grant and Henderson, eds., Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame (Texas)

Alejo Benedetti, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder: Modern American Superheroes in Contemporary Art (Arkansas)

Gavaler and Goldberg, Superhero Thought Experiments: Comic Book Philosophy (Iowa)

AMerican Studies

Molello and Knowles, World’s Fairs in the Era of the Cold War: Science, Technology, and the Culture of Progress (Pittsburgh)

Sze Wei Ang, The State of Race: Asian/American Fiction after World War II (SUNY)

Susie Woo, Framed by War: Korean Children and Women at the Crossroads of US Empire (NYU)

C. William Walldorf, Jr., To Shape Our World for Good: Master Narratives and Regime Change in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1900-2011 (Cornell)

Amy J. Rutenberg, Rough Draft: Cold War Military Manpower Policy and the Origins of Vietnam-Era Draft Resistance (Cornell)

Ken Young and Warner J. Schilling, Super Bomb: Organization Conflict and the Development of the Hydrogen Bomb (Cornell)

Thomas K. Robb and David James Gill, Divided Allies: Strategies Cooperation against the Communist Threat in the Asia-Pacific during the Early Cold War (Cornell)

Malini Johar Schueller, Campaigns of Knowledge: U.S. Pedagogies of Colonialism and Occupation in the Philippines and Japan (Temple)

Crystal Mun-hye Baik, Reencounters: On the Korean War and Diasporic Memory Critique (Temple)

Dennis M. Spragg, America Ascendant: The Rise of American Exceptionalism (Nebraska)

Roy Scranton, Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature (Chicago)

Sara Lorenzini, Global Development: A Cold War History (Princeton)

González, et al., eds., Militarization: A Reader (Duke)

Robert Slifkin, The New Monuments and the End of Man: U.S. Sculpture between War and Peace, 1945-1975 (Princeton)

Elisabeth S. Clemens, Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State (Chicago)

Jan L. Logemann, Engineered to Sell: European Emigres and the Making of Consumer Capitalism (Chicago)

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