Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies

Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is an academic journal focusing on Iowa Cultural Studies

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No. 17, Spring

Interstitial Spaces: Social Collage and the Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit
Interstitial Spaces Social Collage and The Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroitzccd.org/The Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit and its partner, the Detroit Cultural Center of Zimbabwe, operate as portals of exchange between the places they represent....
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Rhopographic Photography and Atemporal Cinema: The Link between Ralph Ellison’s Polaroids and Three Days before the Shooting…
"Here in this country it's change the reel and change the man."-Senator Adam Sunraider in Three Days Before the Shooting..."A paradox: the same century invented History and Photography."-Roland Barthes, Camera LucidaWhen Ralph Ellison passed away in...
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Scholarship as Testimony: Jerome McGann’s Keynote Address for the 16th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference, 2016
Jerome McGann's1 talk "Exceptional Measures" was in itself "exceptional" in a number of ways. Delivered in the context of a conference with heavy emphasis on digital humanities and subtitled "The Human Sciences in STEM Worlds," McGann's keynote surprisingly...
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Introduction: Bridging
This special issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies on "Bridging" unites the dauntingly multifaceted nature of academia today. Graduate students and tenured faculty alike are taking on new topics, new texts, new techniques, and new tech as we...
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Protesting Too Much: Revealing Repetitions in Barry Hannah's Interviews
Protesting Too Much: Revealing Repetitions in Barry Hannah's Interviews Conversations with Barry Hannah. Ed. by James G Thomas, Jr. University Press of Mississippi, 2016. 240 pp. $25.00 paper. Ebook available.In a 2008 interview, Barry Hannah complains...
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Literary Technofiles: Replacing Piers of the Past with Bridges to the Future
Sporting a confident hipster swagger and a friendly smile, Tom Keegan began his plenary address with two infrastructural metaphors: a pier and a bridge. Traditional genres such as the essay, the dissertation, and the monograph are all piers-that is,...
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Off the Grid: Zora Neale Hurston’s Racial Geography in Their Eyes Were Watching God
On either hand, far down below, rolled the deep foamy water of the Potomac, and before and behind the rapidly approaching step and noisy voices of pursuers, showing how vain would be any further effort for freedom. Her resolution was taken. She clasped...
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A Genealogy of Collision: Robyn Schiff's A Woman of Property
A Genealogy of Collision: Robyn Schiff's A Woman of Property A Woman of Property. By Robyn Schiff. Penguin Books, 2016. 96 pp. $20.00 paper. Ebook available.The title of Robyn Schiff's third poetry collection evokes themes of the Victorian era. For one...
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"What Alerts, Alters": Hacking the Narratives of Cultural Memory with Rankine, Eady, and Philip
Poet Harryette Mullen connects the long literary tradition of reference and recycling with more recent versions of "remix" culture in her Recyclopedia, arguing that "poetry... remakes and renews words and images, ideas, transforming surplus cultural...
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Souls All Unaccompanied: Enacting Levinasian Feminine Alterity in Housekeeping
Perhaps the most contested, most misunderstood concept in Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy of ethics is that of feminine alterity and its role in creating a hospitable dwelling. Levinas has long been criticized by feminist thinkers for his complex and occasionally...
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No. 16, Fall

Introduction: (Mis)Leading
This special issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies marries together two of the most important aspects of graduate student development - conference participation and publication. To celebrate the high standard of scholarship produced by graduate...
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"Let Loose the Dogs": Messiness and Ethical Wrangling in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby
As Toni Morrison's 1981 novel, Tar Baby, draws to a close and the tension between the central characters, Jadine and Son, reaches its peak, the omniscient narration voices the questions that Morrison's readers have been grappling with since the novel's...
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The Flow of Narrative: Misleading Structures and Uncertain Faiths in Wieland
Misleading CausalityIn the last years of the eighteenth century, Charles Brockden-Brown wrote the first major American Gothic novel, reworking a famous criminal case of arson and murder into a dizzying narrative of mystery, religious fanaticism, and...
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Pussy Riot vs. Civil Obedience: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Two Texts
In February 2012, at the height of that year's presidential campaign in Russia, a short video was uploaded to YouTube by a member of the Pussy Riot punk feminist band (Matveeva). The video featured four young women in brightly colored masks and short...
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"We Are Alive": (Mis)Reading Joy Harjo's Noni Daylight as a Yellow Woman
Running on the Edge of the Rainbow, a 1978 film produced by the University of Arizona, opens with Leslie Marmon Silko sitting on a porch swing, regaling an audience of three with a version of her poem "Storyteller." The poem features three versions of...
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Critical Psychosis: Genre, Détournement, and Critique in Mr. Plinkett's Star Wars Reviews
Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?-Obi-Wan KenobiWhen Harry S. Plinkett uploaded a review of Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace to YouTube in 2009, he became a brand of Internet celebrity. It is difficult, however, to...
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No. 15, Spring

Introduction: The Reflexive Appropriation of Space
I: The possibilities of SPACE in Dickinson's "Four Trees"We must be careful when speaking about SPACE as it often leads to empty thoughts. Although we are surrounded by spaces and cannot experience our environments without presupposing space, its omnipresence...
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This Is Not a Game: Violent Video Games, Sacred Space, and Ritual
Some things have to be believed to be seen.-Ralph HodgsonVideo games, especially those with religious content, create something similar to sacred space. They can, like sacred spaces, provide a sense of orientation via the assumption of an ordered cosmos...
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Reflected Spaces: "Heterotopia" and the Creation of Space in William Gibson's Neuromancer
Michel Foucault's concept of "heterotopia" is finding a welcome place among twenty-first century theoreticians who are concentrating increasingly on space in relation to social, cultural, and political arrangements. The widespread use of Foucault's "heterotopia"...
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"Into a Horizon I Will Not Recognize": Female Identity and Transitional Space aboard Nair's Ladies Coupé
The experience of railway travel "is necessary for the birth... of unknown landscapes and the strange fables of our private stories."-Michel de CerteauBeginning with its epigraph, Anita Nair's Ladies Coupé is a novel about female identity and female...
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From Urban Enclave to Ethnoburb: Discourse, Space, and Community in Polish Chicago
In this paper I want to tell a story of discourse, space, and community-or more specifically, a story of how discourse and space can intersect with a community's efforts to construct its own identity. The community that interests me is the Polish immigrant...
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Richard Long's Passage as Line: Measuring toward the Horizon
In 1967, artist Richard Long became famous for completing his revolutionary^ Line Made From Walking (Figure 1)-a simple black and white photograph of a straight line etched into the ground. Long's mark managed to underscore the perspectival space of...
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No. 14, Spring

Introduction
This issue of Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies started with a realization about the current cultural moment. When we wrote the Call for Papers, Mad Men, the AMC drama about 1960s advertising, was gaining more and more popularity as well as critical acclaim....
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(Dys)Function in the Moors: Everyone's a Villain in Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte's classic Wuthering Heights combines legends, myths, and notions of romance, but it is also full of villains, dastardly acts, betrayal and revenge. Criticism of the work often centers around the characters of Heathcliff and Catherine1 and...
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The Demonization and Recovery of Religion: Villains and the Transformation of Narrative
IntroductionReading religious history, ethics, biblical scholarship, along with a host of other disciplines, what one discovers is a consensus that there is no value free, objective, non-interpretive experience of the world. Hermeneutics in particular...
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The Flip Side of Justice: The Two-Faced Spirit of the Dark Knight
Time Magazine's Richard Corliss, reviewing The Dark Knight, wrote that "[director Christopher] Nolan has a more subversive agenda. He wants viewers to stick their hands down the rat hole of evil and see if they get bitten." Corliss's focus on evil makes...
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The Devil in Fred Stonehouse: The Aesthetics of Evil after Evil
The devil is not what he used to be. The mythic villain of the Christian tradition has become a cartoon version of his former terrifying self. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the visual arts. Fearsome images of the devil and his minions once...
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Zombies Go to the Amusement Park: Entertainment, Violence, and the 21st Century Zombie in Zombieland and Left 4 Dead 2
In 2009, not one, but two pop culture products, Columbia Pictures's Zombieland and the Valve Corporation video game Left 4 Dead 2, decided to give the "zombie-apocalypse" plot a twist. Interestingly enough, they picked the same one. Zombies arrived at...
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Florestan (from Conversations over Stolen Food)
From antiquity to the present, social theory has often fused critical and creative discourse, esoteric and exhibitionistic tendencies. Socrates and Diogenes first announced many of their most radical propositions in the Athenian marketplace. Thoreau...
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Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age
Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age Wendy Martin and Cecilia Tichi, eds., Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age, New York University Press, 2011.I've...
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