New Books Network

Racquel J. Gates, “Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture” (Duke UP, 2018)
Racquel J. Gates’ new book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2018), interrogates understandings of African-American representations on screen.  This book is an important analysis of the concepts of negative and positive representations, especially in regard to the narrow space that these binary classifications create. Gates... Read More
Ron Keurajian, “Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide” (McFarland, 2018)
Today we are joined by Ron Keurajian, author of the book Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide (Second Edition) (McFarland, 2018). Keurajian is a commercial banker by trade but has spent 35 years documenting and cataloging autographs. This second edition, which expands on his original 2012 work, contains... Read More
Michael Mario Albrecht, “Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television” (Routledge, 2015)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Michael Mario Albrecht (he/his)–to discuss a sweeping exploration of masculinity, economic crisis, and some of the great television shows of the last decade: Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television from Routledge Press... Read More
Isobel O’Hare, “all this can be yours” (University of Hell Press, 2019)
Isobel O’Hare’s all this can be yours (University of Hell Press, 2019) presents a series of erasures crafted from celebrity sexual assault apologies. These poems offer fierce explorations of the truth hidden behind apologies intended to explain away or dilute culpability, rather than accept responsibility. The result is a powerful... Read More
Claire Pamment, “Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Claire Pamment’s book Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) is a fantastic new book centered on the Punjabi folk art of the Bhānd, or comic performance. Pamment explores the history and present of the Bhānd and Bhānd artists through a thoroughly interdisciplinary lens that engages performance studies, ethnography,... Read More
Suk-Young Kim, “K-Pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Given its expanding multimedia presence in Asia and around the world for many years now, K-pop is a phenomenon that is hard to ignore. This “animal that thrives on excess,” as Suk-Young Kim puts it (p. 6) is more than just music, however, as it offers us a way of... Read More
Reece Peck, “Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Reece Peck‘s Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class (Cambridge University Press, 2019) offers a unique argument of why the Fox News Channel has been both a commercial successful and wielded enormous political influence. Peck focuses on the importance of the tabloid sensibilities and populist style of Fox News. He traces... Read More