BOOKS RECEIVED: Bob Hunter, “Thurberville”
James Thurbers Columbus was not todays Columbusor even yesterdays. It was a Columbus he both knew and created, a place perched on the fringe of reality and the fringe of his imagination. It is the place Bob Hunter revisits in… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alexa Weik von Mossner, “Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative explores our emotional engagement with environmental narrative. Focusing on the American cultural context, Alexa Weik von Mossner develops an ecocritical approach that draws on the insights of affective science and cognitive narratology. This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Frank Kelleter, ed., “Media of Serial Narrative” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Media of Serial Narrative, edited by Frank Kelleter, is the first book-length study to address the increasingly popular topic of serial narrativesspecifically, how practices and forms of seriality shape media throughout the landscape of popular culture. In modern entertainment formats,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Steven Carl Smith, “An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Home to the so-called big five publishers as well as hundreds of smaller presses, renowned literary agents, a vigorous arts scene, and an uncountable number of aspiring and established writers alike, New York City is widely perceived as the publishing… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Renate Bridenthal, ed., “The Hidden History of Crime, Corruption, and States” (Berghahn, 2017)
Renowned historical sociologist Charles Tilly wrote many years ago that “banditry, piracy, gangland rivalry, policing, and war-making all belong on the same continuum.” This volume pursues the idea by revealing how lawbreakers and lawmakers have related to one another on… Read More
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