Journal of American & Comparative Cultures

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter

American Gothic: Liminality in Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter Novels
I Liminality refers primarily to the concept of the threshold, the area between two spaces. And that threshold is predominantly associated with provisionality, instability, intermediate forms; what lies between the known and unknown, or "other."1 Noel...
Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Roger Rosenblatt, ed. Washington, DC and Coverlo, California: Island Press, 1999. In the latter half of the last century, social scientists acquired prophetic authority. Americans...
Feminism and Documentary
Feminism and Documentary. Janet Walker and Diane Waldeman. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1999. Few intellectual movements have had as much impact on post-modernist social and behavioral studies as feminism. This especially is...
Loving a Virtual Pet: Steps toward the Technological Erosion of Emotion
A type of recently popular toy, pocket-sized electronic devices, has been designated "virtual pets." Virtual pets share the small size, extreme portability, and addictive appeal (eg., Sudnow 56) of other electronic games, but differ in that the object...
Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism
Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism. Walter LaFeber. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. The famed image of Michael Jordan has served many ends. In Walter LeFeber's book Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism, the respected historian...
Old Pictures in New Frames: Images of Islam and Muslims in Post World War II American Political Cartoons
This paper briefly surveys the images of Middle Eastern peoples presented in American political cartoons since World War II. It then focuses attention on the images of Islam and Muslims created by political cartoonists in the wake of the Iranian Revolution...
Pretty in Punk: Girls' Gender Resistance in a Boys' Subculture
Pretty in Punk: Girls' Gender Resistance in a Boys' Subculture. Lauraine Leblanc. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 1999. Girls got it bad. Indeed, the historical girth of Western culture, as punk girl-cum-sociologist Lauraine Leblanc...
Rhythm and Noise: An Aesthetics of Rock
Rhythm and Noise: An Aesthetics of Rock. Theodore Gracyk. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1996. Moorhead State University philosophy professor Theodore Gracyk tackles a remarkable number of music-related issues, ideas, and personalities...
Roll over Shakespeare: Bardolatry Meets Beatlemania in the Spring of 1964
British television viewers who tuned into the Rediffusion network at 9:45 pm on the evening of May 6th, 1964 saw a program that began with a silhouette of three early modern trumpeters playing a fanfare.1 After the fanfare subsided, lights came up to...
Tahoe: From Timber Barons to Ecologists
Tahoe: From Timber Barons to Ecologists. Douglas H. Strong. Lincoln and Lexington: University of Nebraska Press, 1999. In Tahoe: From Timber Barons to Ecologists, Douglas Strong has succeeded in outlining the historical development of the Tahoe basin...
That the Lumpen Should Rule: Vulgar Capitalism in the Post-Industrial Age
The demise of left and right wing authoritarian regimes during the last two decades and subsequent rise of free market and pluralist-oriented philosophies have enveloped the globe in a sea change of political, social and economic reform. The most remarkable...
The Bear and the Dragon: Representations of Communism in Early Sixties American Culture
By the early 1960s, American attitudes toward the Soviet Union began to alter. Instead of the Soviets being represented in the entertainment media as an inhuman threat, as was the case in early 1950s propaganda films such as Invasion USA, a process of...
"The Fishes and the Poet's Hands": Frank Yerby, a Black Author in White America
A best-selling, exceptionally popular black American author, albeit one of the most maligned and misunderstood writers of the twentieth century (similar in many respects to his male contemporary Chester Himes)1, Frank Yerby experienced five varied phases...
The Great Warpath: British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point
The Great Warpath: British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point. David R. Starbuck. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1999. The Great Warpath was the water route followed by the French and their Algonquin allies from Montreal into the...
The Influence of Religion on President Eisenhower's Upbringing
Introduction Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 14, 1890-March 28, 1969), the thirty-fourth President of the United States, served for two terms, from 1953 to 1961. In 1952, he received the largest number of votes until then for a presidential candidate (Miller,...
Vampires, Dragons and Egyptian Kings
Vampires, Dragons and Egyptian Kings. Eric C. Schneider. Princeton University Press, 1999. In the Bronx of the 1950s, gangs loomed large in the public consciousness. Especially in the consciousness of teenagers who were alternately terrified and enthralled...
We Didn't Do That Did We? Representation of the Veteran Experience
"I sometimes find myself wondering, in a sudden panic, whether I'm not in the way of developing great numb patches in my sensibility of which I shall never be cured even if I do come through this war...I sometimes see myself in the future transformed...
When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line between Law and Popular Culture
When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and Popular Culture. Richard K. Sherwin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. This significant book addresses a subject that should be the concern of us all-what happens when the media and entertainment...

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