About Rebekah Buchanan

Rebekah Buchanan is an Associate Professor of English and Director of English Education at Western Illinois University. Her research focuses on feminism, activism, and literacy practices in youth culture, specifically through zines and music. She has written extensively on popular culture in the classroom, youth’s out of school literacy practices, music-based pedagogy, and punk, including her book "Writing a Riot: Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics" (Peter Lang, 2018). She's a diehard Cubs fan and will miss The Winchester Brothers when they are gone.

Rebekah Buchanan is an Associate Professor of English and Director of English Education at Western Illinois University. Her research focuses on feminism, activism, and literacy practices in youth culture, specifically through zines and music.

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Popular Culture November 25, 2020

Batman and the Joker

Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture

Chris Richardson

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In Batman and The Joker: Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2020), Chris Richardson presents a cultural analysis of the ways gender, identity, and sexuality are negotiated in the rivalry of Batman and The Joker. Richardson's queer reading of the text provides new understandings of Batman and The Joker and the transformations of the Gotham Universe throughout its 80-year existence. In particular, Richardson investigates how artists, writers, and fans engage …
Popular Culture November 13, 2020

Graphic Indigeneity

Comics in the Americas and Australasia

Frederick Luis Aldama

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia (UP of Mississippi, 2020), Frederick Luis Aldama brings together comics scholars Joshua T. Anderson, Chad A. Barbour, Susan Bernardin, Mike Borkent …
Popular Culture November 11, 2020

We're Not Here to Entertain

Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture War of 1980s America

Kevin Mattson

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his new book, We're Not Here to Entertain: Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture War of 1980s America (Oxford UP, 2020), Kevin Mattson documents punk rock in …
Literary Studies October 13, 2020

Queen of the Gangsters

Stories by Margie Harris

John Locke, ed.

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
Queen of the Gangsters: Stories by Margie Harris (Off-Trail Publications, 2011), is the first anthology of work of crime fiction writer Margie Harris. Edited by John Locke, Queen of the …
Music October 13, 2020

Memoir of a Roadie

Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé

Joel Miller

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his new book, Memoir of a Roadie: Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé (2020) Joel Miller recounts his time …
Popular Culture September 25, 2020

Pulp Vietnam

War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines

Gregory A. Daddis

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his compelling evaluation of Cold War popular culture, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines (Cambridge UP, 2020), Gregory Daddis explores how men's adventure magazines …
Music September 2, 2020

Johnny Cash International

How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black

Michael Hinds and Jonathan Silverman

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In Johnny Cash International: How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black (University of Iowa Press, 2020), Michael Hinds and Jonathan Silverman examine transnational and translocal fandoms and the …
Literature August 11, 2020

Finna

Poems

Nate Marshall

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In Finna: Poems (One World), his new collection of poetry, Nate Marshall examines the way that pop culture influences Black vernacular, the role of storytelling, family, and place. Marshall defines …
Music July 31, 2020

State of Base

The Origins of Jungle/Drum &amp

Martin James

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
The reissue and revision of Martin James’ State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass (Velocity Press, 2020) examines the origins and progression of British Junglism in the 1990s …
Art July 30, 2020

American Daredevil

Comics, Communism, and The Battles of Lev Gleason

Brett Dakin

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and The Battles of Lev Gleason (Chapterhouse Publishing, 2020), Brett Dakin, Gleason’s great-nephew delves into the life of his famous relative. Gleason rose to the …
Art July 28, 2020

Junior Tomlin

Flyer &amp

Junior Tomlin

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art (Velocity Press, 2020) showcases the artwork of Junior Tomlin. Featuring flyers and record covers Tomlin has created for the rave scene starting in the …
Art June 3, 2020

Burn It Down

Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution

Breanne Fahs

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
Burn It Down: Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution (Verso, 2020), Breanne Fahs has curated a comprehensive collection of feminist manifestos from the nineteenth century to today. Fahs collected over seventy-five …