New Books Network

Tiffany Florvil and Vanessa Plumly, “Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and Histories” (Peter Lang, 2018)
Black German Studies is an interdisciplinary field that has experienced significant growth over the past three decades, integrating subjects such as gender studies, diaspora studies, history, and media and performance studies. The field’s contextual roots as well as historical backdrop, nevertheless, span centuries. Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and... Read More
M. D. Foster and J. A. Tolbert, “The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World” (Utah State UP, 2015)
This volume introduces a new concept to explore the dynamic relationship between folklore and popular culture: the “folkloresque.” With “folkloresque,” Foster and Tolbert name the product created when popular culture appropriates or reinvents folkloric themes, characters, and images. Such manufactured tropes are traditionally considered outside the purview of academic folklore... Read More
Christopher Rea, “China’s Chaplin: Comic Stories and Farces by Xu Zhuodai” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Hoaxes! Jokes! Farces and fun! Cristopher Rea‘s China’s Chaplin (Cornell University Press, 2019) introduces the imagination of Xu Zhuodai (1880–1958), a comic dynamo who made Shanghai laugh through the tumultuous decades of the pre-Mao era. Xu was a popular and prolific literary humorist who styled himself variously as Master of... Read More
Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos, “Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture” (Amethyst Editions, 2019)
When Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos first launched Original Plumbing in 2009, they created a magazine the world desperately needed: a creative and celebratory biannual publication about trans men, by trans men. For ten years, OP was an inspired response to the lack of meaningful representation of trans lives and... Read More
Anne A. Cheng, “Ornamentalism” (Oxford UP, 2019)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–Dr. Anne Cheng (she/hers)–Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University–to discuss an almost revolutionary work of theory and critique: Ornamentalism (Oxford University Press,... Read More
Eleonory Gilburd, “To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture” (Harvard UP, 2018)
Josef Stalin’s death in 1953 marked a noticeable shift in Soviet attitudes towards the West.  A nation weary of war and terror welcomed with relief the new regime of Nikita Khrushchev and its focus on peaceful cooperation with foreign powers.  A year after Stalin’s death, author and commentator Ilya Ehrenburg... Read More
Sharon Kirsch, “Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric” (U Alabama Press, 2014)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Sharon Kirsch (she/hers)–Associate Prof. of English and rhetorical studies in the New College at Arizona State University–on the scintillating and beautifully written Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric from University of Alabama Press (2014). This... Read More