New Books Network

Brett Krutzsch, “Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics” (Oxford UP, 2019)
On October 14, 1998, five thousand people gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to mourn the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who had been murdered in Wyoming eight days earlier. Politicians and celebrities addressed the crowd and the televised national audience to share their grief... Read More
Suzanne Scott, “Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry” (NYU Press, 2019)
Suzanne Scott’s new book Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry (NYU Press, 2019) provides an overview of the convergence culture industry and the world of fandom while examining the role that gender and misogyny has played in understanding who is and is not considered an “authentic”... Read More
Nancy Lough and Andrea N. Geurin, “Routledge Handbook of the Business of Women’s Sport” (Routledge, 2019)
Shortly after the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup earlier this summer, a friend suggested to me that it signaled the long-awaited arrival of soccer as a mainstream sport in the U.S. I thought a second, remembering the commercials around the game and the way the television cameras shot the... Read More
Belinda Stillion Southard, “How to Belong: Women’s Agency in a Transnational World” (Penn State UP, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Belinda Stillion Southard (she/hers)–Assoc. Prof. of Communication at the University of Georgia–on the illuminating new book, How to Belong: Women’s Agency in a Transnational World... Read More
Selby Wynn Schwartz, “The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
Selby Wynn Schwartz writes about gender, performance, and the politics of embodiment. Her articles have been published in Women & Performance, PAJ, Dance Research Journal, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Critical Correspondence, Ballet-Dance Magazine, In Dance, The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, and the forthcoming anthology (Re)Claiming Ballet. She holds a... Read More
Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, “For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother F*cker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough”
Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi has written her own beautiful choreo drama titled For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother F*cker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough. Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi describes For Black... Read More
Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, “Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, DC, 1920-1945” (UNC Press, 2018)
Though women’s roles in the black freedom struggle remain under-acknowledged, scholars continue to make their importance clear. In her new book, Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, DC, 1920-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Mary-Elizabeth Murphy (Associate Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University) examines black women’s... Read More