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The Communist party (2018)
Book Chapter
Phelps, C. (2018). The Communist party. In I. Takayoshi (Ed.), American Literature in Transition: The 1930s, 421-435. Cambridge University Press (CUP). doi:10.1017/9781108563895.023

In the Great Depression, numerous American writers and intellectuals were attracted to the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA). This chapter provides an institutional analysis of that political-literary experience, arguing that i... Read More

Women who work: the limits of the Neoliberal feminist paradigm (2018)
Journal Article
ROTTENBERG, C. (2018). Women who work: the limits of the Neoliberal feminist paradigm. Gender, Work and Organization, doi:10.1111/gwao.12287. ISSN 0968-6673

This article examines Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work, arguing that it represents the newest permutation of the neoliberal feminist subject. After providing an overview of the recent emergence of neoliberal feminism, I explain why the book should be co... Read More

The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism (2018)
Book
Rottenberg, C. (2018). The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oso/9780190901226.001.0001

Through an in-depth analysis of bestselling “how-to-succeed” books along with popular television shows and well-trafficked “mommy” blogs, The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism demonstrates how the notion of a happy work-family balance has not only been inc... Read More

Murder on the Kansas City Special?: Pullman porters, emotions, and the strange case of J. H. Wilkins (2018)
Journal Article
Pearce, R. (2018). Murder on the Kansas City Special?: Pullman porters, emotions, and the strange case of J. H. Wilkins. Journal of American Studies, doi:10.1017/S0021875818000476

J. H. Wilkins, an African American railroad porter for the Pullman Company, was killed while on duty in April 1930. How he met his death has never been fully determined, but the Pullman Company’s investigation file exposes the dangerous and racialise... Read More

The seriality dividend of American magazines (2018)
Journal Article
Thompson, G. (2018). The seriality dividend of American magazines. American Periodicals, 28(1),

This essay argues that the preconsumption cycle of material creation and supply exerted powerful effects as periodicals journeyed from paper mill to reader. So powerful were these effects that they generated a “seriality dividend,” or a return on fin... Read More

Nonviolence Crowned or Dethroned? (2017)
Book Chapter
Ling, P. (2017). Nonviolence Crowned or Dethroned?. In J. Street, & H. K. Lozano (Eds.), The Shadow of SelmaUniversity of Florida Press

Ray watching: the highly protected, British prison experience of Martin Luther King’s killer (2017)
Journal Article
Ling, P. (2017). Ray watching: the highly protected, British prison experience of Martin Luther King’s killer. Comparative American Studies, 15(1-2), doi:10.1080/14775700.2017.1411829

The arrest of James Earl Ray at London Airport on 8 June 1968 marked the final stage of an international manhunt that had begun with the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. on 4 April. Arrested for travelling on a false passport and with an unlicensed f... Read More

The political perils of Cold War foreign relations: Adlai Stevenson’s democrats and foreign policy in the 1956 presidential election (2017)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2017). The political perils of Cold War foreign relations: Adlai Stevenson’s democrats and foreign policy in the 1956 presidential election. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 28(4), 619-645. doi:10.1080/09592296.2017.1386450

This article uses the case of the 1956 presidential election between Adlai Stevenson and Dwight Eisenhower to highlight the ways that an obsession with foreign relations could, in fact, prove problematic to a campaign. Focusing primarily on Stevenson... Read More

American scientists and their fictions: professional authorship and intellectual identity, 1870-1900 (2017)
Journal Article
Vandome, R. (2017). American scientists and their fictions: professional authorship and intellectual identity, 1870-1900. Journal of American Studies, doi:10.1017/S0021875817001852

Writers and critics in the Gilded Age United States frequently debated the relations between literature and science. A common contemporary interpretation of this relationship held that these two ways of knowing and writing were fundamentally opposed... Read More

The Information Research Department, British covert propaganda, and the Sino-Indian War of 1962: combating communism and courting failure? (2017)
Journal Article
McGarr, P. M. (in press). The Information Research Department, British covert propaganda, and the Sino-Indian War of 1962: combating communism and courting failure?. International History Review, doi:10.1080/07075332.2017.1402070

Britain's post-war interventions in former colonial territories remain a controversial area of contemporary history. In the case of India, recent releases of official records in the United Kingdom and South Asia have revealed details of British gover... Read More

Writing settlement after Idle No More: non-indigenous responses in Anglo-Canadian poetry (2017)
Journal Article
Roberts, G. (2017). Writing settlement after Idle No More: non-indigenous responses in Anglo-Canadian poetry. Journal of Canadaian Studies / Revue d'études canadiennes, 51(1), doi:10.3138/jcs.51.1.64

This article examines the representation of settlement in Canada in the wake of Idle No More in recent Anglo-Canadian literature. It argues that Idle No More engendered a new vocabulary for settler-invader citizens to position themselves in relation... Read More

Slum plays, salvation stories, and crook pictures: the gangster regeneration cycle and the prehistory of the gangster genre (2017)
Journal Article
Heffernan, N. (2017). Slum plays, salvation stories, and crook pictures: the gangster regeneration cycle and the prehistory of the gangster genre. Film History, 29(2), doi:10.2979/ lmhistory.29.2.02

Recent scholarship exhorts film historians to attend to production cycles in order to interrogate established conceptions of genres. This essay identifies and examines a neglected cycle of gangster regeneration films that flourished between 1910 and... Read More

“As usual, I'll have to take an IOU”: W.E.B. Du Bois, the gift of black music and the cultural politics of obligation (2017)
Journal Article
Heffernan, N. (in press). “As usual, I'll have to take an IOU”: W.E.B. Du Bois, the gift of black music and the cultural politics of obligation. Journal of American Studies, doi:10.1017/S0021875817000883

In The Souls of Black Folk (1903) W. E. B. Du Bois described African American music as a “gift” to America, contesting the tendency to regard white interest in black culture as appropriation or theft. Yet this metaphor invoked the complex circuits of... Read More