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Welcome to the November issue of Bluelines!

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A Pre-Columbian Bestiary A Pre-Columbian Bestiary

Fantastic Creatures of Indigenous Latin America

Ilan Stavans, with etchings by Eko

“The imaginary and real beings described by Ilan Stavans with whimsy, wit, irony, and, most of all, wonder, emerge from the pre-Columbian and colonial Americas to remind us that even in our own decolonial times, the imaginary and the nonimaginary, the fantastic and the historical, the speculative and the real continue to coincide in the Americas on the elusive line between fact and fiction, where ‘what is known and what is hoped for intermingle.’”—Ramón Saldívar, author of The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary

The Objects That Remain The Objects That Remain

Laura Levitt

“[An] aching, concentric rumination on loss, in which writing through the aftermath leads to insights on letting go and holding on.”—Foreword Reviews

Elevate the Masses Elevate the Masses

Alexander Gardner, Photography, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century America

Makeda Best

Elevate the Masses takes a fresh look at the career of Alexander Gardner by focusing on his social and photographic work in his home country of Scotland and situating that work in a transatlantic discourse on political rights and reform. The book’s reconsideration of Gardner’s photographs in the context of the US Civil War promises to shift how scholars think about this well-studied area of photography’s history.”—Tanya Sheehan, author of Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor

Stripped Stripped

Reading the Erotic Body

Maggie M. Werner

Stripped is an admirable, frank, and at times deliberately fraught read of eroticized performance with the body. Maggie M. Werner’s analysis is accompanied by frequent personal, auto-ethnographic interludes. This multimethodological approach to writing is refreshing to read.”—Joshua Gunn, author of Modern Occult Rhetoric: Mass Media and the Drama of Secrecy in the Twentieth Century

subject/series highlight

“What’s Embedded in Once-Ordinary Objects Brushed by Violence?”: Read an excerpt from Laura Levitt’s The Objects That Remain in Lilith Magazine.

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