Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, September

Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders
Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders Emily Fox-Kales. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011.In Body Shots, Emily Fox-Kales - a clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorders and body image, a professor of cultural...
Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America
Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America Derek Lundy. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf of Canada, 2010.Derek Lundy has explored one of the least-examined, most mysterious, and unpredictably changing areas in the world, the "borderlands," parts of the United States...
Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture
Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture Brian Cogan. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2006.The Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture allows readers to examine one the most intriguing and complex subjects of American culture. Brian Cogan attempts...
From Drug Mule to Miss America: American Exceptionalism and the Commodification of the "Other" Woman in María Full of Grace
Commenting on his motivations for his movie Maria Full of Grace (2004), director and writer Joshua Marston explains that he intended to make an educational movie about the people who are engaged in international drug trafficking and about the dangers...
Hanoi Jane: War, Sex & Fantasies of Betrayal
Hanoi Jane: War, Sex & Fantasies of Betrayal Jerry Lembcke. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010.In Hanoi Jane, Jerry Lembcke, professor of sociology at The College of the Holy Cross, seeks to understand why the myth of actress Jane Fonda...
Japan-Bashing: Anti-Japanism since the 1980s
Japan-Bashing: Anti-Japanism Since the 1980s Narrelle Morris. New York: Routledge, 201 1.The recent book released by Routledge, JapanBashing: Anti-Japanism Since the 1980s, is an outstanding contribution to the study of contemporary American perceptions...
Joe Hill and the Rhetoric of Radicalism
When Joe Hill was arrested for murder in Salt Lake City in 1914, he was known by fellow members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) as the author of popular contributions to their songbook, but outside the IWW he was as little known as any other...
Kids of the Black Hole Punk Rock in Postsuburban California
Kids of the Black Hole Punk Rock in Postsuburban California Dewar MacLeod. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.Much has been written about punk rock within the context of the UK scene, so much so, that the entire movement has been distilled into...
Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story
Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story Ali Colleen Neff. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009."The Delta master of words gains status in his or her community by demonstrating a facility with nommo." (60)Ali Neff introduces...
Loaded Canons: Contemporary Film Canons, Film Studies, and Film Discourse
IntroductionWhat is the greatest movie of all time? To find out, you could research high-profile polls from the American Film Institute, Britain's Sight and Sound, Time magazine, or check out recent books like 1001 Movies to See Before You Die (2009),...
Lonesome: The Spiritual Meanings of American Solitude
Lonesome: The Spiritual Meanings of American Solitude Kevin Lewis. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2009.In "The Gospel of Relaxation," William James once complained that Americans are too highly-strung and need more time to unwind. These days, most Americans...
Naked: The Nude in America
Naked: The Nude in America Bram Dijkstra. New York: Rizzoli, 2010.This is the first book in decades to broadly address the subject of the nude in American Art and more widely covers the topic than its only predecessor. Unlike William Gerdts' The Great...
Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon
Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon Kathryn Lofton. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.If there is one thing American icon Oprah Winfrey is good at, it is telling a story. Her ability to establish a connection between subject and audience, build...
"Paint and Be Happy": The Modern Artist and the Amateur Painter-A Question of Distinction
Paint and Be Happy -Careerists; Hobbyists; Shut-ins; Learn Know-How of Oils. 12 Basic Home-Lessons for Beginners; 24 for Advanced Painters; or Random Refresher Course. All with Air Mail Critiques: Buy One by One. No time limit. Brochure free. $1 Brings...
Popular Ethnic Food Guides as Auto/Ethnographic Project: The Multicultural and Gender Politics of Urban Culinary Tourism
IntroductionI felt exhilarated, a long-absent sensation. With a hunger deeper than my whole body, I snatched a piece of chicken off the plate ... I wanted the marrow so badly I could barely taste. There wasn't enough, not nearly enough. I stuffed bone...
Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America
Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America Christine Pawley. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010.In the early Cold War era, many social reformers believed access to information, and especially reading...
Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politcs of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic
Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politcs of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic Amy Abugo Ongiri. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.Arguably the most recognized image of the 1960s is the Black Panther, dressed...
Steven Spielberg: A Biography. Second Edition
Steven Spielberg: A Biography. Second Edition Joseph McBride. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.Since the 1970s, Steven Spielberg has been one of the world's most prolific and popular film directors. Among his best known movies are Jaws...
Straight Edge: Hardcore Punk, Clean-Living Youth, and Social Change
Straight Edge: Hardcore Punk, Clean-Living Youth, and Social Change Ross Haenfler. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006.An engaging examination of the straight edge youth movement that emerged from the early 1980s punk rock subculture, Straight...
Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom
Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom bell hooks, New York: Routledge, 2010In her new book, bell hooks, addresses questions, and concerns placed before her by students and teachers regarding a variety of pedagogical issues that occur within the...
The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan
The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan Richard Nickel, Aaron Siskind, John Vinci and Ward Miller. Chicago: The Richard Nickel Committee [Distributed by the University of Chicago Press], 2010.Though such well-known examples of the architecture...
The Crisis of "A Man's Man": Neoliberal Ideology in Continental Drift
In 1981 Russell Banks read a newspaper article about a tragic event off the coast of Florida involving the Coast Guard, a smuggler, and a boatload of Haitian refugees. This article inspired him to write his Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel Continental...
The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies
The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe, Editors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.Arguably the seminal American cult film of the 1990s, The Big Lebowski (1998) continues to spawn Lebowski Fests across the U.S.,...
Working with Disney: Interviews with Animators, Producers, and Artists
Working with Disney: Interviews with Animators, Producers, and Artists Don Peri. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 201 1 .In 1974 Don Peri began working with retired Disney animator, producer, and director Ben Sharpsteen on his memoirs chronicling...