Ten (and then Some) Best Books of the Decade, 2010-2019: American Cultural Studies

Inspired by my colleague and friend Noah Berlatsky, who posted his list of the ten best non-fiction books of the decade, I put together a few lists of my selections of the ten best books of the decade.

This list covers the best books in American Cultural Studies published between 2010 and 2019. While the other lists are limited to ten-ish books, I’ve taken a lot more liberty with American Cultural Studies, in part because there’s simply more of it and it is more difficult to “quantify” impact in such a broad-ranging field than in, say, fantasy or SF studies. Faced with the enormous task of pairing down hundreds of books to a handful, I decided to let them speak for themselves, rather than pair each with a paragraph about their significance.

Of course, this list is 100% subjective, as all such lists are, and represents the scope of my interests, reading, and particular understanding of the field. For the most part, my emphasis has been on American literary studies, popular culture, empire, and race, so the selections are representative of my reading in these areas. Other lists cover:

That said, here goes . . .

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