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What We Hear
Essays on Music

An "Invasion of Vulgarity": American Popular Music and Modernity in Print Media Discourse, 1900-1925 by Matthew Mooney

"How Deep Is the Ocean? How High Is the Sky?": The Question Song and the Jewish Lyricist in American Musical Theater by Jill Gold Wright

The All American Other: 
Native American Music and Musicians on the 
Circuit Chautauqua by Paige Clark Lush

Jazz Strategy: Dizzy, Foreign Policy, and Government in 1956 by Scott Gac

"Do You Remember Those Days?": The Fifties and Sixties According to Billy Joel by Oliver Gruner

"Put Your Hands Together": 
The Theological Meaning of Percussion
and Percussiveness in Rap Music by Angela Nelson

"I Know You Know":
 Esperanza Spalding's Hybrid, Intertextual,
Multilingual, Relevant Jazz Aesthetic by Nicholas L. Baham III

 

What We Watch
Essays on Film, Television, Video Games, and Websites

"It's a Hell of a Thing to Kill a Man": Western Manhood in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven by Clay Motley

Playing War: Real Virtual Combat in Current Video Games by Brian Cowlishaw

The Golden Girls Share Signature Stories:
 Narratives of Aging, Identity, and Communal Desire by Christyne A. Berzsenyi

"For Whom the BELL Tolls":
 The Wire's Stringer Bell as Tragic Intellectual by Ernest L. Gibson III

My Real Imaginary Friends: 
iCarly and the Power of Hyperreality by Jason LaTouche

Hunting Girls: Patriarchal Fantasy or Feminist Progress? by Kelly Oliver

The Fiendish Plots of Dr. Fu Manchu in the Twenty-first Century: The Yellow Peril in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy by Julian Cha

The Grotesque and the Post-Apocalyptic South: Ourselves and Our Ghosts by Christen Marina Thompson

When Fake Is More Real: Of Fools, Parody, and The Daily Show by Ana Kothe

 

What We Read
Essays on Bestsellers, Magazines, Comic Books, and Cereal Boxes

"Women Don't Rape – But They Do Kill": The Crisis of Masculinity in Post World War II Men's Magazines by Ann Kordas

The Ducks in Central Park, Or Why You Can't Teach The Catcher in the Rye by Lawrence Bowden

"The Monster Never Dies": An Analysis of the Gothic Double in Stephen King's Oeuvre by Heidi Strengell

Reading Cereal Boxes: Pre-packaging History and Indigenous Identities by Lesley V.
Kadish

Graphic Responses: Comic Book Superheroes' Militarism Post 9/11 by A. David Lewis

Representing the Street: Space and Place in Urban Literature by Melissa Castillo-Garsow

 

Where We Go
Essays on Public Spaces

Ridin' the Rails: The Place of the Passenger and the Space of the Hobo by John
Lennon

Through the Looking Glass of Silver Springs: Tourism and the Politics of Vision by Wendy Adams King

The Last Amateur Sport: Automobile Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats by Jessie
Embry

Quacks, Yokels, and Light-Fingered Folk: Oral Performance Art at the Fair by Joseph Ugoretz

The Contested Grounds of Rodeo by Paul Lindholdt

From Beatniks to Britney and Beyond: The Socio-cultural Evolution of the American Coffeehouse by Joshua Long and R. Dawn Hawley

Crook's Tour: Crime and Crime Scene Tourism by Vincent F. Sacco and Alicia D. Horton

 

The American Identity

Constructing "Godless Communism": Religion, Politics, and Popular Culture, 1954-1960 by Thomas Aiello

The Turnaround Point: Vietnam Movies, Protest Literature, and the Feedback-Loop of Contemporary American Identity by Nathaniel Naddaff-Hafrey and Zoe Trodd

Body Image and the American Popular Culture Landscape: The Shifting Identity of Young Latinas in Real Women Have Curves by Jenny Alexander Lewis

The Politics of Dancing:
 Jimmy Carter, Square Dancing,
and Embodied Populism on the Campaign Trail by Justin Patch

Terrified Protectors: 
The Early Twenty-First Century Fear Narrative 
in Comic Book Superhero Stories by Jeffrey K. Johnson

The American Frontier:
 History, Rhetoric, Concept by Catherine Gouge

 

CASEBOOK ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

More Man Than Machine: Defeating the Empire and the Nature/Culture Dichotomy by Amy Tuttle

Surveillance, Paranoia, and Abjection: The Ideological Underpinnings of Waste Management in the EPA's Measuring Recycling Guidelines and Don DeLillo's Underworld by Jeremy Justus

"Every Drop Is Green": 
Bottled Water, the Wilderness Ideal, 
and the Evolution of Green Advertising by Eric Boime

"Fish Are Just Like People, Only Flakier":
 Environmental Practice and Theory in Finding Nemo by Christy Tidwell

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 Magazine Americana

Film:
Taking It Back: Urban Vigilantism and Community in Film, 1980-1985

Television:
What's Wrong with a Little Bad? The Antihero on Modern American Television

Music:
Protest Without Boundaries: A Nobrow Reading of Richard Wright's Native Son and NWA's Straight Outta Compton

Sports:
About-Face: Modern Portrayals of Heroes and Villains in WWE

Bestsellers:
Turn Down the Jazz: A New Approach to Reading On the Road

Politics:
Ishtar and Hollywood's Gender Politics: Elaine May's Orwellian Vision

Venues:
Tonto and the Hollywood Indian

Style:
A Brief History of American Modesty

Emerging Popular
Culture Corner:

Lena Dunham and Her Simulated (CGI) Double: A Baudrillardian Interpretation of the Photoshop Controversy

Previously Published Work:
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Magazine Americana ISSN 1553-8923

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