Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, September

Corn and Capitalism: How a Botanical Bastard Grew to Global Dominance
Corn and Capitalism: How a Botanical Bastard Grew to Global Dominance Arturo Warman. Translated by Nancy L. Westrate. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.This is one of the more interesting and informative books that will be useful...
Food in Early Modern Europe
Food in Early Modern Europe Ken Albala. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.This is a fascinating animated world map of food movements in early modern Europe. As such, it reflects human travel, habits, health, religious attitudes, and cultural patterns....
"Hatching Ruin," or Mark Twain's Road to Bankruptcy
"Hatching Ruin," or Mark Twain's Road to Bankruptcy Charles H. Gold. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.The library of America's most complex author, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), continues to enlarge because, although one of America's finest...
Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture
Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson, and Jane Shattuc, Editors. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.This book might be called, in Popular Culture Land, a Whopper. Designed to "showcase the work of a...
In the Sweat of Our Brow: Citizenship in American Domestic Practice during WWII-Victory Gardens
Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and...
Jake Page's Indian Crime Fiction
BackgroundOne of the half dozen most powerful authors of Native American crime fiction is Jake Page, who has published five novels on the subject so far: The Stolen Gods (1993), The Deadly Canyon (1994), The Knotted Strings (1995), The Lethal Partner...
Photographic Images of the Mayan Indian: Classic Times to the Zapatistas
Introduction"Here's the soldiers driving up the highway next to the Zapatista village.""Ah, ha." He nods. "Very interesting.""This next one is me behind some trees, taking pictures of the soldiers driving by.""Wow."After each trip to Zapatista-controlled...
Press Box Propaganda? the Cold War and Sports Illustrated, 1956
Sports Illustrated, one of the premier sports journals and widely noted for its professional objectivity, did not escape the influence of the Cold War. As the evidence presented in this article will indicate, Sports Illustrated's reporting in 1956 conveyed...
Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville
Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville M. Alison Kibler. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.Before the age of film, vaudeville provided entertainment for the urban mass audience. In Rank Ladies:...
Reading the Virginian in the New West
Reading The Virginian in the New West Melody Graulich and Stephen Tatum, Editors. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.This is a remarkably rich book in covering the publication of Owen Wister's The Virginian (1902), and its meaning then and now....
Return to the Primal Noir: Two Modern Authors on the Black Dahlia
The unsolved 1947 murder of a beautiful young woman nicknamed the "Black Dahlia" haunts American popular culture1 and has, in the past fifteen years, inspired two of today's best crime authors to each write a historical novel using the murder as its...
Selling Mrs. Consumer: Christine Frederick and the Rise of Household Efficiency
Selling Mrs. Consumer: Christine Frederick and the Rise of Household Efficiency Janice Rutherford. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.Christine Frederick faced early in the century a dilemma that millions of women face a century later: how to...
Slashing the Romance Narrative
We, the women of the RSM, in an effort to form a really loose confederation of passionately uncommitted rational anarchists, accept no rules and no limits. We have no boundaries. We do not explain ourselves. We do not accept American Express . . . We...
Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries Robert Crego. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.All of us who have ever played any kind of game have probably wondered what other people in other cultures are playing and how they are playing it. Now...
The Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture
The Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture 4 vols. M. Thomas Inge and Dennis Hall, Editors. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002.This comprehensive four-volume encyclopedic set reveals the growth of what Inge published originally in 1978 as a "handbook"...
Translating Trek: Rewriting an American Icon in a Francophone Context
Italian translators use a now well-known cliché: "Traduttore, traditore." Translating is betraying. It refers to the tension between the necessity of rendering meaning (or interpretation) and that of rendering style, metaphors, and images within the...
Woman's Work-Where the Rhetoric Meets the Road: Reader Response to "Why I Want a Wife" at 30
When I sampled reader responses to Judy Syfers's (now Brady's) "seminal" (with huge quote marks around the word) essay, "Why I Want a Wife," first with 100 and then with 136 first-year college students in 1996 and 2001, respectively, I did so as a text...