Saturday, April 12, 2014
April 12-13, 2014: Crowd-sourced AmericanStudies Books
[A couple weeks back, I had the chance to attend the 2014 Narrative conference at MIT. While there, I spent some time browsing the book tables, and realizing how many interesting new AmericanStudies works are constantly joining the conversation. So in this week’s series I’ve highlighted a handful of the books I discovered there. This crowd-sourced post is drawn from titles shared by fellow AmericanStudiers—share yours in comments, please!]
First, two more from this AmericanStudier: the edited collection Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South (edited by Jason Phillips).
And my friend Sari Edelstein’s Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women’s Writing (2014).
The great poet Charles Bane Jr. shares Arthur Schlesinger, Sr.’s The Birth of a Nation: A Portrait of the American People on the Eve of Independence.
Craig Carey highilghts Alan Trachtenberg’s The Incorporation of America and James Livingston’s Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Evolution.
Luke Dietrich reiterates Trachtenberg, and adds Amy Kaplan’s The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, and Philip Deloria’s Indians in Unexpected Places.
Todd Parry notes that Charlotte Biltekoff’s Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health “is insightful and very cleverly written.”
Adam Golub highlights Louis Menand’s The Metaphysical Club and Albert Murray’s The Omni-Americans: Black Experience and American Culture.
For more creative works, Matt Cogswell mentions American Horror Story and Quintin Burks goes with One Hundred Years of Solitude; while Ian James notes, “I found Noah to be a very interesting film that made me think. Not only was it a compelling new take on the classic story that featured the human struggle with personal morality, but it prompted an inner discussion in my mind about storytelling as well.”
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Any other new (or classic) AmericanStudies books you’d highlight?