Welcome to the February issue of Bluelines! Don’t miss our JSTOR open articles for Black History month.
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“Pairing trauma theory with detailed analysis of American art focused on sexual violence, Fryd’s study is a timely and compelling contribution to ongoing conversations about the intersections of images and actions, art as social and political catalyst, and the impact of feminist thought in contemporary American culture.”
—Erika Doss, author of American Art of the 20th–21st Centuries
“Focuses on themes of class, gender, and politics in a finely plotted, sometimes hilarious portrait that invites readers to understand the humanity as well as the barriers of their would-be healers. In particular, Williams shows extraordinary skill in depicting characters realistically. Adults and older teens interested in behind-the-scenes medical fiction will find this gripping.”
“Shattered Objects is an embarrassment of riches: Barnes and affect studies; Barnes and film studies; Barnes and animal studies; Barnes and queer studies. I could go on and on with its generous contributions, but let it be said that, for once and for all, this collection proves her to be a supreme modernist amongst her towering peers. Across these super-sharp pieces she now shines brightest in that grand constellation of twentieth-century experimental art.”
—Scott Herring, author of The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture
“Kinsley’s work is rich in detailed examples, and calls into question claims that Shakespearean performance in America had become, by the early twentieth century, the domain of ‘highbrow’ culture. Rather, by carefully drawing upon the multitude of Shakespearean performances in New York’s immigrant communities, this book shows that ‘Shakespeare’s meaning—and the terms of American belonging—was always in flux.’ Students of theatre, American studies, urban studies, and history will all be interested in this text.”
—Lisa Merrill, author of When Romeo Was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and Her Circle of Female Spectators
Hear author Vivien Green Fryd discuss her book Against Our Will in an interview from glprbooks
The American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies has awarded The Prado by Eugenia Afinoguénova the Eleanor Tufts Award 2019, calling it a “groundbreaking book” that is “Much more than a chronicle of the museum . . . the book reads like a history of the interactions between culture, art history and politics in the 19th and 20th centuries, bringing to discussion new important aspects such as the arrangement of its collections in relation to changing modes of national imagination, their reflection of new pedagogical ideals of moral and civic education or its diverse reception among different genders.”
The following journal articles are free to read on JSTOR through March 1:
“What it means to be human!”: A Conversation with Cornel West
Critical Philosophy of Race
Vol. 5, No. 2
This conversation with Cornel West about his views on philosophical anthropology, race, U.S. history, tragedy, German philosophy, and theology includes lengthy discussions on former U.S. president Barack Obama, his policies, and his failure to live up to the promise of black prophetic thought.
“To Battle for Human Rights”: Afro-Creole Spiritualism and Martyrdom
Emily Suzanne Clark
Journal of Africana Religions
Vol. 6, No. 2
From 1858 to 1877 a group of Afro-Creole men in New Orleans practiced American Spiritualism and received messages from the spirit world. The spirits of the dead advised the Cercle Harmonique, as they called themselves, on issues of theology and politics. Though the Spiritualism practiced by the Cercle Harmonique was similar to that of white, northern Protestants, the practice of the Afro-Creoles was a distinctively African American religion. Spiritualist martyrs who engaged the Cercle Harmonique were those who died in defense of Black rights and in contest with white supremacy.
In other journal news
Dr. Mark Fagiano, assistant editor of Journal of Speculative Philosophy, has won the International Journal of Philosophical Studies’ Robert Papazian Annual Essay Prize on Themes from Ethics and Political Philosophy.
The theme for the 2018 competition was empathy. Fagiano’s entry is titled “The Relational Value of Empathy.”
Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Love Cures: Healing and Love Magic in Old French Romance, part of our Penn State Romance Studies series.
“What is love? Popular culture bombards us with notions of the intoxicating capacities of love or of beguiling women who can bewitch or heal—to the point that it is easy to believe that such images are timeless and universal. Not so, argues Laine Doggett in Love Cures. Aspects of love that are expressed in popular music—such as “love is a drug,” “sexual healing,” and “love potion number nine”—trace deep roots to Old French romance of the high Middle Ages. A young woman heals a poisoned. . . ” (more)
The Monumental Reliefs of the Elamite Highlands documents and analyzes for the first time a corpus of eighteen monumental highland reliefs from the Elamite civilization in ancient Iran, which—hitherto preserved by their remote location and anonymous existence—have recently become imperiled by an influx of tourists and the development of the surrounding landscapes. With this book, Javier Álvarez-Mon aims to. . . (more)
Compiled in honor of esteemed teacher and scholar Ben. C. Ollenburger, The Earth Is the Lord’s brings together a diverse group of scholars with specializations across the Christian canon to address creation in the Bible, God as Creator, and God’s relationship with creation.
The essays in this volume cover topics ranging from. . . (more)
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