Spring 2020 University Press Recommendations

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Spring 2020 Book Recommendations by . . .
General Interest
Race and Whiteness
American Studies
SF / Fantasy / Horror Studies
Comics Studies
Media and Film Studies

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

General Interest


Marcus Baynes-Rock, Crocodile Undone: The Domestication of Australia’s Fauna

Jeremy Black, Military Strategy: A Global History

Brilliant and Kennedy, eds., World War II and the West It Wrought

Katherine Chandler, Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare

Amy Hildreth Chen, Placing Papers: The American Literary Archives Market

Rebecca Coleman, Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing

Jerusha O. Connor, The New Student Activists: The Rise of Neoactivism on College Campuses

Hamid Dabashi, The Emperor Is Naked: On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation State

Federico Finkelstein, A Brief History of Fascist Lies

Sherrin Frances, Libraries amid Protest: Books, Organizing, and Global Activism

Franke, et al., eds., Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

Kevin M. Gannon, Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto

Hine and Orpheus, eds., Delinquent Elementals: The Very Best of Pagan News

Amitava Kumar, Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style

Susanna Lee, Detectives in the Shadows: A Hard-Boiled History

Aurélien Mondon and Aaron Winter, Reactionary Democracy: The Rise of the Far Right and the Myth of Populism

Sianne Ngai, Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetics Judgment and Capitalist Form

Joshua O. Reno, Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness

Jenny Rice, Awful Archives: Conspiracy Theory, Rhetoric, and Acts of Evidence

Macklin Smith and Aurko Joshi, Rhymes in the Flow: How Rappers Flip the Beat

Kyong-Min Son, The Eclipse of the Demos: The Cold War and the Crisis of Democracy before Neoliberalism

Kristina Spohr, Post Wall, Post Square: How Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl, and Deng Shaped the World after 1989

Felicia Angeja Viator, To Live and Defy in LA: How Gangsta Rap Changed America

Bradley C.S. Watson, Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea

Daniel Worden, Neoliberal Nonfictions: The Documentary Aesthetic from Joan Didion to Jay-Z

Helen Yaffe, We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World

race and whiteness


Katharine Bausch, He Thinks He’s Down: White Appropriations of Black Masculinities in the Civil Rights Era (UBC)

Harris Beider and Kusminder Chahal, The Other America: White Working Class Perspectives on Race, Identity and Change (Policy Press / Bristol)

Russell Cobb, The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State (Bison / Nerbaska)

Correa-Cabrera, Konrad, and Artibise, eds., North American Borders in Comparative Perspective (Arizona)

Lisa M. Corrigan, Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties (Mississippi)

Lucas A. Dietrich, Writing across the Color Line: U.S. Print Culture and the Rise of Ethnic Literature, 1877-1920 (Massachusetts)

Diverlus, Hudson, and Ware, eds., Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (Regina)

Adam H. Domby, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (Virginia)

Eden Wales Freedman, Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma: Confronting Race, Gender, and Violence in American Literature (Mississippi)

Kim Gallon, Pleasure in the News: African American Readership and Sexuality in the Black Press (Illinois)

Justin Gomer, White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights (North Carolina)

Beverly Greene Bond and Susan Eva O’Donovan, eds., Remembering the Memphis Massacre: An American Story (Georgia)

Margaret A. Hagerman, White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (NYU)

Benjamin M. Han, Beyond the Black and White TV: Asian and Latin American Spectacle in Cold War America (Rutgers)

Gerald Horne, The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century (NYU)

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World (NYU)

Khyati Y. Joshi, White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America (NYU)

Casey Ryan Kelly, Apocalypse Man: The Death Drive and the Rhetoric of White Masculine Victimhood (Ohio State)

Lauren R. Kerby, Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America (North Carolina)

Lloyd L. Lee, Diné Identity in a Twenty-First-Century World (Arizona)

Darryl Leroux, Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity (Manitoba)

Lethabo King, Navarro, and Smith, eds., Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness (Duke)

Kendra Marston, Postfeminist Whiteness: Problematising Melancholic Burden in Contemporary Hollywood (Edinburgh)

Clifford Mason, Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun (Rutgers)

Claudia Milian, LatinX (Minnesota)

Tom Mould, Overthrowing the Queen: Telling Stories of Welfare in America (Indiana)

Edward Onaci, Free the Land: The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State (North Carolina)

Khary Oronde Polk, Contagions of Empire: Scientific Racism, Sexuality, and Black Military Workers Abroad, 1898–1948 (North Carolina)

Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas, Parenting Empires: Class, Whiteness, and the Moral Economy of Privilege in Latin America (Duke)

Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck, Tacit Racism (Chicago)

Dylan Robinson, Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies (Minnesota)

Jeremy Schipper and Nyasha Junior, Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon (Oxford)

Sigal, Tortorici, and Whitehead, eds., Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Archival Knowledge (Duke)

James Smethurst, Brick City Vanguard: Amiri Baraka, Black Music, Black Modernity (Massachusetts)

Terry Smith, Whitelash: Unmasking White Grievance at the Ballot Box (Cambridge)

Ramon E. Soto-Crespo, The White Trash Menace and Hemispheric Fiction (Ohio)

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics (Chicago)

Quito Swan, Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice (Florida)

Matthew Teutsch, ed., Rediscovering Frank Yerby: Critical Essays (Mississippi)

Simón Ventura Trujillo, Land Uprising: Native Story Power and the Insurgent Horizons of Latinx Indigeneity (Arizona)

E. James West, Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.: Popular Black History in Postwar America (Illinois)

American studies



SF / Fantasy / Horror Studies

McFarlane, Murphy, and Schmeink, eds., The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (Routledge)

Marc Olivier, Household Horror: Cinematic Fear and the Secret Life of Everyday Objects (Indiana)

Tison Pugh, Harry Potter and Beyond: On J. K. Rowling’s Fantasies and Other Fictions (South Carolina)


Comics Studies


Media and film Studies