Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, March

Dead Bodies That Matter: Toward a New Ecology of Human Death in American Culture
Across geographies, histories and cultures the various rites that have accompanied the disposition of the dead suggest that the dead body has long mattered to the living (Habenstein and Lamers 760). The classic Western tale of Antigone, who defied Creon's...
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness/ Medicine, and the Murder of a President Candice Millard. New York: Doubleday, 2011.Candice Millard's Destiny of the Republic, follows her superb first book, River of Doubt (2005). She brings the same meticulous...
Green Angels in America: Aesthetics of Equity
I do know that if AIDS, for instance, has environmental cofactors, and if the environment is crumbling, and if there is a reason for the environmental disintegration that's going on, it is my concern as a gay man as well as a human being that the environment...
High-Fidelity Birth Simulators in American Culture: An Ecofeminist Analysis
Mother was once a standard term for the womb, and rising of the mother, fits of the mother, and even simply mother were hysterical fits brought on by disturbance of the womb - "Hypochondria," The Aferriam-WebsterNew Book of Word Histories.IntroductionToday,...
Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers
Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers Anthony Slide. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.Modern Screen, Photoplay, and Silver Screen - these titles evoke memories of the golden age of...
Introduction: "The Greening (or Not) of America"
By chance, the date of the morning I set out to write this introduction was September 11, 2011. I found this coincidence worth pondering because the only other time I had guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of American Culture it was a theme...
Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority
Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority Sue Fishkoff. New York: Schoken Books, 2010.Food is hot; not just in its eating, but as an observational and participatory activity, in journalism, and in the scholarly...
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Daniel Okrent. New York: Scribner, 2010.The "Noble Experiment" has - except for fiction and television - more or less faded from public consciousness. Unfortunately, its pernicious legacies of organized crime...
Locavores, Feminism, and the Question of Meat
A new approach to eating has emerged in America in the last five years; adherents call themselves "locavores" and argue for the value of eating local, sustainably grown food as a better model for both human health and the environment. Although the term...
Marginal Voices in "Wild" America: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and "Nature" in the National Parks
IntroductionThe preservation of land as national parks has been arguably the most successful feature of a nationwide increase in environmental awareness, referred to as the "greening" of America. The many and varied units in the national park system...
North American Fiddle Music: A Research and Information Guide
North American Fiddle Music: A Research and Information Guide Drew Beisswenger. New York: Routledge, 2011.This welcome new research guide fills a notable gap in reference works dealing with traditional fiddle music in the United States and Canada while...
Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture
Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture Harris M. Berger. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2009.To those who are largely unfamiliar with it, the field of phenomenology - the branch of philosophy that...
Susan Cooper's Humble Ecology: Humility and Christian Stewardship in Rural Hours
In her 1850 book of nature writing, Rural Hours, Susan Cooper works her way toward an ethic of Christian stewardship of the earth that would prove to be over a century ahead of her time, through a sense of humility before G-d that departs from traditional...
The Chicago of Fiction: A Resource Guide
The Chicago of Fiction: A Resource Guide James A. Käser. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011.Setting has always been of importance in works of fiction, but databases have not historically held this information. James A. Käser rectifies this for a key urban...
The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters
The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters Myra Helmer Pritchard. Edited and Annotated by Jason Emerson. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011.Scholarly interest in Abraham Lincoln never seems...
The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America
The Politics of Fashion in EighteenthCentury America Kate Haulman. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.Kate Haulman's The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America is an exciting, deeply researched work that examines the intersection...
Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century U. S. Women's Writing
Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century U. S. Women's Writing Laura Laffrado. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2009.In Laura Laffrado's feminist study it might be more expected for her to point out all the ways the women...
Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature
Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature Osprey Orielle Lake. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2010.Principally informed by her experiences living along Northern California's Mendocino County coast, her artist's perception of the world...