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'Full spectrum dominance': Donald Rumsfeld, the Department of Defense, and US irregular warfare strategy 2001-2008 (2014)
Journal Article
Ryan, M. (in press). 'Full spectrum dominance': Donald Rumsfeld, the Department of Defense, and US irregular warfare strategy 2001-2008. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 25(1), doi:10.1080/09592318.2014.893600

This article examines the evolution of US irregular warfare (IW) doctrine and practice from 2001 onwards. It argues that, after 9/11, top-tier civilian policymakers in the US Department of Defense (DoD) and across the US government developed a height... Read More

“Quiet Americans in India”: the CIA and the politics of intelligence in Cold War South Asia (2014)
Journal Article
McGarr, P. M. (2014). “Quiet Americans in India”: the CIA and the politics of intelligence in Cold War South Asia. Diplomatic History, 38(5), doi:10.1093/dh/dht131

In February 1967, officials from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were horrified when the American west-coast magazine, Ramparts, exposed the U.S. intelligence organization’s longstanding financial relationships with a number of international ed... Read More

"The Book of Negroes’ illustrated edition: circulating African-Canadian history through the Middlebrow" (2014)
Journal Article
Roberts, G. (2014). "The Book of Negroes’ illustrated edition: circulating African-Canadian history through the Middlebrow". International Journal of Canadian Studies, 48, doi:10.3138/ijcs.48.53

This article examines the 2009 deluxe illustrated edition of Lawrence Hill’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize– and Canada Reads–winning novel The Book of Negroes, originally published in 2007. It relates the story of Aminata, a West African girl kidnapped... Read More

The Early American Novel in Fragments: Reading and Writing Serial Fiction in the Post-Revolutionary United States (2014)
Book Chapter
PETHERS, M. (2014). The Early American Novel in Fragments: Reading and Writing Serial Fiction in the Post-Revolutionary United States. In N. Wilson, A. Nash, & P. Parrinder (Eds.), New Directions in the History of the Novel, 63-75. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137026989_4

Following the trend towards authoritative ‘collected works’ and definitive ‘libraries of classics’ inaugurated in both Britain and the United States in the 1860s, publishers today tend to package old novels in a seamless, self-contained, visually uni... Read More

The New Left wasn't so new (2013)
Journal Article
Phelps, C. (2013). The New Left wasn't so new. Dissent, 60(4), doi:10.1353/dss.2013.0082

Examination of relationship of Old Left to New Left in U.S. political history and validity of Old Left and New Left as concepts.

Remembering slavery on screen: Paul Robeson in The Song of Freedom (1936) (2013)
Journal Article
Durkin, H. (2013). Remembering slavery on screen: Paul Robeson in The Song of Freedom (1936). Slavery and Abolition, 34(2), doi:10.1080/0144039X.2013.791176

This article examines cinematic remembrances of the Atlantic slave trade through the lens of Paul Robeson-starring British film The Song of Freedom (1936). An exceptional visualization of the horrors of the Middle Passage in transatlantic interwar ci... Read More

Am I still not a man and a brother?: protest memory in contemporary antislavery visual culture (2013)
Journal Article
Trodd, Z. (2013). Am I still not a man and a brother?: protest memory in contemporary antislavery visual culture. Slavery and Abolition, 34(2), doi:10.1080/0144039X.2013.791172

This article examines the visual culture of the twenty-first century antislavery movement, arguing that it adapts four main icons of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century abolitionism for its contemporary campaigns against global slavery and human tra... Read More

Cinematic “pas de deux”: the dialogue between Maya Deren's experimental filmmaking and Talley Beatty's black ballet dancer in A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945) (2013)
Journal Article
Durkin, H. (2013). Cinematic “pas de deux”: the dialogue between Maya Deren's experimental filmmaking and Talley Beatty's black ballet dancer in A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945). Journal of American Studies, 47(2), (385-403). doi:10.1017/S0021875813000121. ISSN 0021-8758

A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945) is a collaborative enterprise between avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren and African American ballet dancer Talley Beatty. Study is significant in experimental film history – it was one of three films by Deren... Read More

Art across frontiers : cross-cultural encounters in America : introduction (2013)
Journal Article
Lewthwaite, S. (in press). Art across frontiers : cross-cultural encounters in America : introduction. Journal of American Studies, 47(2), doi:10.1017/S0021875813000108

This short introduction provides a brief overview of the collection, by addressing the main historiographical and theoretical concerns that unite the individual contributions and by placing the essays in comparative, inter-American and interdisciplin... Read More

Herbert Hill and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2012)
Journal Article
Phelps, C. (2012). Herbert Hill and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Labor History, 53(4), doi:10.1080/0023656X.2012.732757

This article points to previously undetected evidence demonstrating that Herbert Hill, labor director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from the 1950s to the 1970s, informed for the Federal Bureau of Investigat... Read More

The “Plain facts” of fine paper in “The paradise of bachelors and the tartarus of maids” (2012)
Journal Article
Thompson, G. (2012). The “Plain facts” of fine paper in “The paradise of bachelors and the tartarus of maids”. American Literature, 84(3), doi:10.1215/00029831-1664701

This essay intervenes in conversations about mid-nineteenth-century authorship and print culture by distinguishing between the economy of paper and the economy of print. He argues that critical treatments of Melville’s work, and particularly “The Par... Read More

"Mother-weights" and lost fathers: parents in South Asian American literature (2012)
Journal Article
Maxey, R. (2012). "Mother-weights" and lost fathers: parents in South Asian American literature. Wasafiri, 27(1), doi:10.1080/02690055.2012.636892

That parent-child relationships should play a significant role within South Asian American literature is perhaps no surprise, since this is crucial material for any writer. But the particular forms they so often take – a dysfunctional mother-daughter... Read More

“Frank Lloyd Oop”: microserfs, modern migration, and the architecture of the nineties (2011)
Journal Article
Thompson, G. (in press). “Frank Lloyd Oop”: microserfs, modern migration, and the architecture of the nineties. Canadian Review of American Studies, 31(3), doi:10.3138/CRAS-s031-03-02

If the early development of the computing industry in America was marked by a preoccupation with hardware, as companies like UNIVAC, DEC, and IBM filled the nation’s corporate and government offices with mainframes, then a similar pre­occupation has... Read More

The pragmatic face of the covert idealist: the role of Allen Dulles in US policy discussions on Latin America, 1953–61 (2011)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2011). The pragmatic face of the covert idealist: the role of Allen Dulles in US policy discussions on Latin America, 1953–61. Intelligence and National Security, 26(2-3), doi:10.1080/02684527.2011.559319

Assessments of the CIA’s role in Latin America during the 1950s have tended to focus predominantly on the twin case-studies of Guatemala and Cuba. Consequently, the Agency’s role – and, more broadly, that of its head Allen Dulles – has come to be see... Read More

Dance anthropology and the impact of 1930s Haiti on Katherine Dunham's scientific and artistic consciousness (2011)
Journal Article
Durkin, H. (2011). Dance anthropology and the impact of 1930s Haiti on Katherine Dunham's scientific and artistic consciousness. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 14(1-2), doi:10.1386/ijfs.14.1-2.123_1

Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) was one of the most critically and commercially successful dancers of the twentieth century. She established and ran the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the earliest self-supporting predominantly black dance company and o... Read More

Periodizing the '80s: the 'differential of history' in Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine (2011)
Journal Article
Thompson, G. (2011). Periodizing the '80s: the 'differential of history' in Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine. MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, 57(2), doi:10.1353/mfs.2011.0048

This essay examines how Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine shifts engagement with the details of the material world consistently onto the axis of temporality and how, in so doing, it fashions a theory of periodization in which historical and social tren... Read More

Early modernization theory?: the Eisenhower administration and the foreign policy of development in Brazil (2010)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2010). Early modernization theory?: the Eisenhower administration and the foreign policy of development in Brazil. English Historical Review, CXXV(517), doi:10.1093/ehr/ceq345

Existing views of the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration’s policies in Latin America have tended to portray its approach as being either fixated upon waging the Cold War, or overly concerned with quelling outbreaks of Latin American economic nationa... Read More