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1 Kissing Fidel … Magda Montiel Davis

SENTINEL 2 Wildland Sentinel … Erika Billerbeck
3 Call My Name, Clemson … Rhondda Robinson Thomas
4 Green, Fair, and Prosperous … Charles Connerly
5 The Rumphulus … Joseph G. Peterson
6 Ancestry … Eileen O’Leary
7 Father Guards the Sheep … Sari Rosenblatt
Field Notes from an Iowa
Conservation Officer
8 a women … Vanessa Roveto
Erika Billerbeck
9 Time Being … Oni Buchanan
10 Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media … Jennifer Burek Pierce
11 Emo … Judith May Fathallah
12 Fandom, Now in Color … Rukmini Pande, editor
13 The Whitman Revolution … Betsy Erkkila
14 Bloody Tyrants and Little Pickles … Marlis Schweitzer
15 The Song Is You … Bradley Rogers
16 Whitman in Poland … Marta A. Skwara
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18 General Interest Bestsellers
19 Regional Bestsellers
20 Scholarly Bestsellers
21 Index by Author
22 Index by Title
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23 Desk and Exam Copy Policies
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Kissing Fidel

A Memoir of Cuban American Terrorism of the iowa

prize for

in the United States 2019

by Magda Montiel Davis

Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction

What does it mean to be instantly transformed into the most
hated person in your community? After meeting Fidel Castro at

a Havana reception in 1994, Cuban-born Magda Montiel Davis,
founder of one of the largest immigration law firms in South
Florida, soon found out. The reception—attended by hundreds
of other Cuban émigrés—was videotaped for historical archives.
In a seconds-long clip, Fidel pecks the traditional protocol kiss
on Montiel Davis’s cheek as she thanks him for the social benefits A Memoir of Cuban American
conferred upon the Cuban people. The video, however, was mys- Terrorism in the United States
teriously sold to U.S. reporters and aired incessantly throughout
South Florida. Soon the encounter was an international cause
Life as she knew it was over for Montiel Davis and her family,
including a father who worked with the CIA to topple Fidel, a no- “Kissing Fidel is most generous in how it
hablo-inglés mother who lived with the family, her five children, and treats the layered nuances of history; not
her Jewish Brooklyn-born attorney husband. Kissing Fidel shares just as fact, but as something that im-
the sometimes dismal, sometimes comical realities of an ordinary pacts the body, the landscape, the maze
citizen being thrown into a world of death threats, mob attacks, of the mind. I love how this work inter-
and terrorism. sects, how it asks questions of both reader
and self, with the understanding that
Magda Montiel Davis is a former Democratic candidate for there is no one clear answer. This is a rich
U.S. Congress, an immigration lawyer, and the first recipient of and resonant text.”—Hanif Abdurraqib,
the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s national Pro judge, Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction
Bono Award. She lives in Key Biscayne, Florida.

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Wildland Sentinel
Field Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer WILDLAND
by Erika Billerbeck SENTINEL
Bur Oak Books
Holly Carver, series editor

“Chock full of the shenanigans of both the animal and human

variety, Erika Billerbeck’s Wildland Sentinel is an intelligent and
thoughtful journey exposing the diverse challenges faced by
modern game wardens.”—Andrea Lankford, author, Ranger
Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

“Through tales of hilarity, interesting characters, and challenges

Field Notes from an Iowa
found patrolling Iowa’s natural areas, Conservation Officer Conservation Officer
Billerbeck takes readers into her realm with deeply personal,
bare, and inspiring accounts. From stolen boats, poachers, and Erika Billerbeck
accidents to recurring nightmares and anxieties, Billerbeck
expertly writes with compassion and skill. A must-read for those
wondering what it takes to protect nature from people, people “Wildness is not just in Yosemite; Erika
from nature, and people from themselves outdoors.” Billerbeck shows us the surprising places
—Brian Button, editor, Iowa Outdoors Magazine it persists. Here is a new nature writer of
remarkable powers, patrolling the gravel
In America’s Midwest, where “wilderness” is in short sup- roads of Iowa with a pistol at her waist. Her
ply, working to defend what’s left of Iowa’s natural resources can gritty work gives me chills.”—Jordan Fisher
be both a daunting and an entertaining task. In Wildland Sentinel, Smith, author, Nature Noir: A Park Ranger’s
Erika Billerbeck takes readers along for the ride as she and her Patrol in the Sierra
colleagues sift through poaching investigations, chase down sex
offenders in state parks, search for fugitives in wildlife areas, haul “Erika Billerbeck strikes me as one tough-
drunk boaters to jail, perform body recoveries, and face the chaos as-nails state worker. This clear-eyed
that comes with disaster response. Using an introspective per- account of Iowa’s thorny wilderness is
sonal voice, this narrative nonfiction work weaves stories of Iowa’s recommended reading for any lover of the
natural history with a cast of unforgettable characters. Wildland outdoors. Her lifelong dedication to her
Sentinel touches on what it means to be a woman working in the native state and its shrinking green bounty
male-dominated field of conservation law enforcement. confirms that our wild areas indeed have
an inspiring protector.”—Tim Fay, editor,
Erika Billerbeck is a conservation officer with the Iowa Department Wapsipinicon Almanac
of Natural Resources. She is the previous author of the “Warden’s
Diary” column in Iowa Outdoors Magazine. She lives in Solon, Iowa. “Officer Billerbeck has captured the
essence of a profession whose dedicated
men and women have embraced a way
of life, rather than just a job, protecting
at great personal cost what is often
september intangible so future generations may
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$19.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-714-3 —Chuck Humeston, retired officer,
$19.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-715-0 DNR Conservation Law Enforcement
nature / memoir
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Call My Name, Clemson
Documenting the Black Experience in an

Courtesy of Clemson University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives

American University Community
by Rhondda Robinson Thomas
Humanities and Public Life
Teresa Mangum & Anne Valk, series editors

Between 1890 and 1915, a predominately African American

state convict crew built Clemson University on John C. Calhoun’s
Fort Hill Plantation in upstate South Carolina. Calhoun’s planta-
tion house still sits in the middle of campus. From the establish-
ment of the plantation in 1825 through the integration of Clemson
in 1963, African Americans have played a pivotal role in sustaining
the land and the university. Yet their stories and contributions are
largely omitted from Clemson’s public history.
This book traces “Call My Name: African Americans in Early
Clemson University History,” a Clemson English professor’s pub- “Through a compelling blend of history,
lic history project that helped convince the university to reexamine contemporary experiences, observation,
and reconceptualize the institution’s complete and complex story and personal honesty, Thomas reveals how
from the origins of its land as Cherokee territory to its transforma- the nation’s institutions continue to rely
tion into an increasingly diverse higher-education institution in on a small group of people to make change
the twenty-first century. Threading together scenes of communal in the area of race and racism, not to men-
history and conversation, student protests, white supremacist ter- tion other forms of diversity. Call My Name,
rorism, and personal and institutional reckoning with Clemson’s Clemson is a fascinating, thought-provoking
past, this story helps us better understand the inextricable link read for anyone interested in how politi-
between the history and legacies of slavery and the development cal change happens.”—Leslie M. Harris,
of higher education institutions in America. coeditor, Slavery and the University: Histories
and Legacies
Rhondda Robinson Thomas is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Lit-
erature at Clemson University. She is author of Claiming Exodus:
A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1770–1903. She is faculty
director for “Call My Name: African Americans in Early Clemson
University History,” and lives in Anderson, South Carolina.

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Green, Fair, and Prosperous
Paths to a Sustainable Iowa
by Charles Connerly
Bur Oak Books
Holly Carver, series editor

“Chuck Connerly’s book is a clear, concise explanation of the

forces shaping Iowa’s history and its critical debates today. It
cuts through the political clutter and gives us a much-needed
long view. Policymakers should put down their talking points
and pick up this book.”—Todd Dorman, columnist, The Gazette

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At the center of what was once the tallgrass prairie, Iowa
has stood out for clearing the land and becoming one of the most
productive agricultural states in the nation. But its success is chal-
lenged by multiple issues including but not limited to a decline
in union representation of meatpacking workers; lack of demo-
graphic diversity; the advent of job-replacing mechanization;
growing income inequality; negative contributions to and effects “Rural population loss, an eroding natural
of climate change and environmental hazards. environment, fewer union jobs, and a lack
To become green, fair, and prosperous, Connerly argues that of racial diversity affect Iowa’s economic
Iowa must reckon with its past and the fact that its farm economy future. Dr. Connerly’s book shows how
continues to pollute waterways, while remaining utterly unpre- Iowa can reverse these trends to create
pared for climate change. Iowa must recognize ways in which it good jobs with a green and sustainable
can bolster its residents’ standard of living and move away from economic future.”—David Osterberg,
its demographic tradition of whiteness. For development to be cofounder, The Iowa Policy Project
sustainable, society must balance it with environmental protection
and social justice. Connerly provides a crucial roadmap for how “Connerly provides a detailed description
Iowans can move forward and achieve this balance. of Iowa’s history from a prairie state to
a prominently productive agricultural
Charles Connerly is professor and director of the University of state. He summarizes the evolution of
Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning. He is author of Iowa’s ag industry, and its impact on the
“The Most Segregated City in America”: City Planning and Civil Rights in vibrancy of Iowa’s people, communities,
Birmingham, 1920–1980. Connerly lives in Kalona, Iowa. and environment. Connerly provides
thought-provoking suggestions for how
Iowa can create solutions for crises it is
facing.”—Sally Worley, executive director,
Practical Farmers of Iowa

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environmental studies / current events
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The Rumphulus
by Joseph G. Peterson

Previous praise for Joseph G. Peterson’s novels:

“It’s the eye for detail that makes Peterson’s story, set during a
Chicago heat wave, burn more brightly than other attempts at
modern noir. . . . Reminiscent of both Hemingway and Gertrude
Stein. . . . A great read.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“One of the Windy City’s best-kept secrets.”—Kirkus Reviews

Romulus was the founder of Rome; and those tossed outside
the city-gate are not Romulus’s children but the cast-offs living A NOVEL

in hovels, the Rumphulus. However, this isn’t ancient Rome, but J OSEPH G. PETERSON
rather the nature preserve of a contemporary American suburb.
The outcasts don’t understand why they’ve been relegated to the
woods. Nor do they know if they will ever summon the courage
to cross the roads that act as a physical and psychological barrier “A quite outstanding piece of writing. . . .
to their reentry into conventional society. Daily they negotiate the It is a tribute to Peterson’s considerable
harsh conditions of the wild and the dangerous presence of one skills as a writer that he is able to weave
another while they contemplate their exiles. That is until society important philosophical themes into a
comes for one of them. gripping piece of prose.”—Stephen Grant,
The Rumphulus have grown their beards long, and when they author, Spanish Light
can no longer stand life they howl like wolves; only they are not
wolves but the stranded city outcasts who howl in pain. “For me, Joe Peterson’s voice is a fresh pair
of feet on the very dusty road of contem-
Joseph G. Peterson is author of several books of fiction and poetry, porary American literature.”—Dan Fante,
including Gunmetal Blue. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. author, Fante: A Family’s Legacy of Writing,
Drinking, and Surviving

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by Eileen O’Leary
John Simmons Short Fiction Award

“These exquisite stories showcase Eileen O’Leary’s prodigious

talent and singular voice. Ancestry is rich with humor and pa-
thos, and features some of the sharpest dialogue I’ve ever read.
An absolute delight.”—Kirstin Chen, author, Bury What We
Cannot Take

“Ancestry takes us on a dazzlingly eclectic ride alongside a cast of

human beings trying, with varying degrees of desperation, to
simply live lives worth living. One hears hints of George Saunders
here, but also Deborah Eisenberg and Ann Beattie: narratives
with the clarity of a ringing bell simultaneously garbed in a com-
plexity that feels imminent and irreversible. O’Leary is a talent
not to be missed.”—Christian Kiefer, author, Phantoms

How does one live a good life? If you’re Pat Graves, you change “‘He would adjust,’ Eileen O’Leary writes
your name to Cecile Collette, move to Cleveland, and join three of a grieving newcomer to Nepal, in this
churches and the Rotary Club. For Cecile, who will reinvent herself compassionate and continent-spanning
again before the story ends, it may be possible to make Michi- collection. ‘He would learn the customs
gan and everything else she touches beautiful, but she’ll come to and some words and a way to get around.
grief when she tries to redesign another human being. In the title Wasn’t that what people did?’ It’s what
story, Mackenzie, a girl without looks or potential, builds a full O’Leary’s people do; confronted with the
life in Paris, based on the sketchy belief that she had an ancestor gulf between dreams and reality, they
renowned for being dauntless. College freshman Adam, holding bend but for the most part don’t break.”
a fantasy of his newly discovered father, finds the man broke and —Tom Drury, judge, John Simmons Short
foolish; still he does all he can to rescue his dad from a disastrous Fiction Award
contract. Kate, convinced she’s doing the right thing, helps her
cousin gain full custody of his daughter, only realizing years later “Witty yet tender, Ancestry is a remarkable
the truth of what happened. Watching CNN, a grandmother recalls collection. It subtly explores the dark
a date she once had with a man now giving advice on foreign policy. matter at the center of every life, asking
Whether set in Scandinavia, America, France, England, Australia, the wicked and important questions. The
or Nepal, these stories champion those who are tenacious in the answers startle and uplift—they remind
face of life’s surprises. us how large every human heart is.”
—Derek Palacio, author, The Mortifications
Eileen O’Leary is a playwright, director, and novelist. Eight of her
plays have been produced, and she is a member of Dramatists’
Guild. She lives in University Heights, Ohio.

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$17.00 e-book, 978-1-60938-743-3
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Father Guards the Sheep
by Sari Rosenblatt
Iowa Short Fiction Award

“Like the fiction of the great Anne Tyler, Sari Rosenblatt’s Father
Guards the Sheep is populated with characters who are humane,
sympathetic, and lovably askew. Rosenblatt’s eight stories are pol-
ished perfect gems.”—Wally Lamb, author, I Know This Much Is True

“What a joy! Sari Rosenblatt writes with the great, good heart and
wit of the very best Grace Paley, and the miraculous pop and fizz
of sentences that go off like fireworks. You will laugh and cry your
way through these stories, seeing yourself, and the men, women,
and children you love—sometimes with breathtaking accuracy,
at other times reflected in a funhouse mirror—on each and every
page.”—Eileen Pollack, author, The Professor of Immortality

In Sari Rosenblatt’s collection, by turns tender and

hilarious, we see fathers who are bullies and nervous watchdogs, “Wicked sly and wryly alive, these stories
haunted by their own pasts and fear of the future they may never get you coming and going, then get you
see. And who do their daughters become? A substitute teacher who again. Grounded, deft, and wise, Father
encounters mouthy students who believe she’s not real. Another Guards the Sheep is life regarded with an
lands a job on her city’s arson squad, researching derelict prop- eye like no other. Read it and enjoy!”
erties their owners might want to burn. A beleaguered mother, —Gish Jen, author, The Resisters
humiliated by the PTA’s queen bee, finds solace in an ancient piece
of caramel candy. “I keep sucking,” she says, “until some flavor, “Moving, funny, and beautifully observed,
no longer caramel, comes out.” In the end, this is what all these the stories of Father Guards the Sheep create
finely wrought characters want: to wring sweetness from what’s a captivating portrait of lives in transition.
been passed down to them. The narrators are often looking back at
Rosenblatt’s comic sensibility, so present in these stories, en- events long past, and an elegiac tone
tertains and consoles, while seeming to say to her readers: you emerges as we witness the decline of re-
might as well laugh. lationships, a once-bustling department
store, and an abrasive yet vulnerable pa-
Sari Rosenblatt has published stories in the Iowa Review. She triarch. Throughout, Rosenblatt proves
teaches fiction writing at the Educational Center for the Arts in herself an engaging and empathetic sto-
New Haven, Connecticut. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut. ryteller with a keen eye for the revealing
gesture.”—Tom Drury, judge, Iowa Short
Fiction Award

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a women
by Vanessa Roveto
Kuhl House Poets
Mark Levine & Emily Wilson, series editors

“To survive romantic love , the woman served the other

woman desert dirt with shells as the truck stop receded into the
distance”—so observes the mordantly detached voice of a women,
an extravagantly pained, self-and-other-lacerating imaginative
journey dedicated “to relationship.” Auto-ethnographic postmor-
tem on love, fragmented body floating through distillations of
desire, sex, and death, lyric fever dream, avant-garde performance
piece, manifesto of queer resistance, Vanessa Roveto’s phantas-
magorical second book is several contradictory states bound to- a women vanessa roveto
gether in a single invented language, resembling but never quite
identifying with our own.
“The plurality—or, plural-ness—of
From “[the footstools were all hard femme, all]” Vanessa Roveto’s a women is ingenious
and ecstatic, uncontrollable. Ingenious
the footstools were all hard femme, all sinew, and they were because Roveto is devising a new lan-
good at their sturdy thought. they wore straitjackets of guage within the very limits of American
classic black and boning corsetry but i had my own foothold English; ecstatic and uncontrollable
because once one starts listening to the
that’s their symptom. that’s what was happening. all around extra grammars underneath, within, and
us were high towers and inside was a pinball machines alongside words, it’s hard to stop. The
arcade project. i could never remember how to play flaneur. i plots that unfold within and around these
had lost my token extra- and intra-linguistic spaces are of ro-
mantic, filial, and national consequence.
Vanessa Roveto is author of bodys (Iowa, 2016). She lives in Los To cite Gertrude Stein from The Making
Angeles, California. of Americans, ‘This is now a description
of learning to listen to all repeating that
every one always is making of the whole of
them.’ Or, as Roveto puts it, ‘resonances
discovered in the jumps between posting /
about it and telling you how i feel.’”
—Lucy Ives, author, Loudermilk: Or, The Real
Poet; Or, The Origin of the World

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Time Being
by Oni Buchanan
Kuhl House Poets
Mark Levine & Emily Wilson, series editors

“‘After great pain, a formal feeling comes,’ wrote Emily Dickinson.

In Oni Buchanan’s wrenching Time Being, a formal feeling comes being
not after, but during pain. The last best resource for mastering
overwhelming emotion is form, and here, Buchanan invents jag-
ged, contrapuntal forms that allow her to paradoxically organize O n i Bu c h a n a n
the unorganizable—the agony of grief. Buchanan’s trademark
brilliant agility with language takes on a bleaker shading in these
poems, as she interrogates how syntax breaks down or is broken
down by transactions. But her wizardry keeps opening up small,
tenacious, miraculous expanses of hope: ‘there is not one single
wonderment left,’ she writes—but her book contradicts it on
every page.”—Donna Stonecipher, author, Transaction Histories “One part lamentation over love gone
awry, one part comedy of late capitalism’s
As time beings, what we have is the time being, the present Orwellian absurdities, Buchanan’s poems
moment, however compromised, however shattered. Buchanan’s offer us a world of jaggedly beautiful,
characteristic combination of wry humor, nerve, empathy, wisdom, bewildering forms: tours of robotically
and outrage exposes the laughably absurd and the evisceratingly populated factories, stories of prosthetic
tragic all at once. mermaid tails, a stunning new take on
Thomas Wyatt’s ‘Whoso List to Hunt.’ Time
From “Whoso List” Being often takes us to a horizon we might
recognize in the photographs of Hiroshi
If I am Sujimoto: facing the turbulent, primal sea,
all anguish the a figure confronts a ‘silence in the midst
attempt to control of a roar daring me to speak,’ and indeed,
anguish causing more every poem feels like a roaring, brilliantly
anguish If I managed dare.”—Michael Tyrell, author, 
am ashamed How The Wanted 
to live inside
each minute Pure “Time Being is a reckoning between the past
observation Wonder at and the present unfolding, the light dimin-
the world One ishing minute by minute as the speaker,
“wonderment” of water poised on the brink, finally confesses her
Wake me but impasse: ‘Everyone’s waiting for / me to
Noli me tangere act / and I’m waiting / for me too.’ One as-
tonishment of these poems is how they
Oni Buchanan has published three previous books of poetry, in- invent new containers with which to cali-
cluding What Animal. She is founder and director of Ariel Artists. brate an infinite sorrow and pain and won-
derment, dividing this immeasurable
october quantity into precise and impossible units
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$21.00 paper original, 978-1-60938-716-7 and its value.”—Allison Titus, author, 
$21.00 e-book, 978-1-60938-717-4 The True Book of Animal Home
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Narratives, Nerdfighters,
and New Media
by Jennifer Burek Pierce

“Devotees of the work of the Brothers Green—

John and Hank—will be delighted by Burek
Pierce’s deep dive into the world of Nerdfigh-
teria. A model of academic integrity, this book
is of such compelling interest that it will find a

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general readership alongside an enthusiastic
academic one. Nerdfighters will rejoice.”
—Michael Cart, YA literature expert, author

For decades, we’ve been warned that video killed the radio “New media have not replaced books, but
star, and, more recently, that social media has replaced reading. they have radically transformed the way we
Nerdfighteria, a first-of-its-kind online literary community with read them. Jennifer Burek Pierce offers a
nearly three million members, challenges these assumptions. It deeply researched analysis of a revolution
is the brainchild of brothers Hank and John Green, who provide in progress. She can help you understand
literary themed programming on their website and YouTube chan- how the current generation engages with
nel, including video clips from John, a best-selling author most literature.”—Jonathan Rose, author, The
famous for his young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars. These clips Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
not only give fans personal insights into his works and the writing
process writ large, they also provide unique access to the author, “Burek Pierce does a masterful job of pro-
inspiring fans to create their own fan art and make connections viding the reader with a clear description
with one another. of the online community of John and Hank
In the twenty-first century, reading and watching videos are Green’s Nerdfighters. She also provides
related activities that allow people to engage with authors and a clear and engaging picture of her own
other readers. Whether they turn to The Fault in Our Stars or titles experience in that world, as a schol-
by lesser-known authors, Nerdfighters are readers. Incorporating arly researcher and a genuine fan and
thousands of testimonials about what they read and why, Jennifer observer-participant Nerdfighter herself.
Burek Pierce not only sheds light on this particular online com- The text weaves these insider / outsider
munity, she also reveals what it tells us about the changing nature perspectives into a clear and very engag-
of reading in the digital age. In Nerdfighteria, we find a community ing portrait of the multifaceted community
who shows us that being online doesn’t mean disinterest in books. of Nerdfighters.”—Christine Jenkins, 
coauthor, The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young
Jennifer Burek Pierce is associate professor of library and infor- Adult Literature with Gay / Lesbian / Queer
mation science at the University of Iowa. She is author of What Content, 1969–2004
Adolescents Ought to Know: Sexual Health Texts in Early Twentieth-century
America. She lives and writes in the Midwest.

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media studies / popular culture
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How Fans Defined a Subculture
by Judith May Fathallah
Fandom & Culture
Paul Booth & Katherine Larsen, series editors

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“There has long been a need for this book: an
exploration of the emo music scene and how
it intersects with fandom. Judith Fathallah
writes with nuance and much vivacity. I found
this work to be highly engaging and an indis-
pensable text for scholars and students interested in music and “Emo: How Fans Defined a Subculture offers
fandom.”—Lucy Bennett, coeditor, Seeing Fans: Representations a brilliant ‘trinity’ of analysis. It takes
of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture fandom’s productivity seriously, showing
how fans have generated—and gen-
For many, the word “emo” calls to mind angsty teenagers, dered—key discourses of emo; it ranges
shaggy black haircuts, and skinny jeans. A popular music phenom- across the likes of Tumblr and Reddit
enon in the early 2000s, emo is short for “emotional hardcore,” to offer a multi-platform approach to
and refers to both a music genre and a youth scene notable for its fannish playfulness and gatekeeping;
androgynous style. Judith May Fathallah pushes beyond the stereo- and it thinks about how the music press
types and social stigma to explore how online fandom has shaped has ‘re-authorized’ fan interpretations.
the definition of emo, with significant implications both for mil- Always nuanced, always critical, Emo
lennial constructs of gender and for contemporary fan studies. makes a superb contribution to fan stud-
First laying out the debate over what emo is, Fathallah walks ies, popular music studies, and gender
superfans and newcomers through the culture surrounding the studies alike.”—Matt Hills, University of
genre’s major bands, including the emo holy trinity: My Chemical Huddersfield
Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! At the Disco. Next she examines
fans’ main mode of participation in the emo subculture—online
communities such as LiveJournal, Tumblr, MySpace, and band
websites. Taking a hard look at the gender politics that dominated
those spaces, she unearths a subculture that simultaneously de-
fines itself by its sensitivity and resistance to traditional forms
of masculinity, yet ruthlessly enforces homophobic and sexist
standards. Fathallah demonstrates fandom’s key role in defining
emo as a concept and genre after 2001, with probing insight into
its implications for gender constructions through popular music.

Judith May Fathallah is researcher and lecturer in media and cul-

tural studies at Solent University. She is author of Fanfiction and the
Author: How Fanfic Changes Popular Cultural Texts. Fathallah lives in
Southampton, England.

214 pages . 11 b&w figures . 6 × 9 inches
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music / popular culture
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Fandom, Now in Color
A Collection of Voices
edited by Rukmini Pande
Fandom & Culture
Paul Booth & Katherine Larsen, series editors

Fandom, Now in Color gathers together seemingly contra- “This anthology integrates critical race
dictory narratives that intersect at the (in)visibility of race/ism in and postcolonial theory into fan studies,
fandom and fan studies. This collection engages the problem by which assumes whiteness as a default,
undertaking the different tactics of decolonization—diversifying and begins to set standards for a much-
methodologies, destabilizing canons of “must-read” scholarship needed foundational change that is made
by engaging with multiple disciplines, making whiteness visible more urgent by the current political
but not the default against which all other kinds of racialization climate in which overt racism and white
must compete, and decentering white fans even in those fandoms supremacy is making a comeback under
where they are the assumed majority. These new narratives concern Trump.”—Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M
themselves with a broad swath of media, from cosplay and comics University-Commerce
to tabletop roleplay and video games, and fandoms from Jane the
Virgin to Japan’s K-pop scene. Fandom, Now in Color asserts that no “This collection highlights scholars who
one answer or approach can sufficiently come to grips with the are making groundbreaking contributions
shifting categories of race, racism, and racial identity. on race in fan studies. If we are moving
toward decolonizing the field, this book
Contributors: McKenna Boeckner, Angie Fazekas, Monica will be a great start toward that endeavor
Flegel, Elizabeth Hornsby, Katherine Anderson Howell, Carina in showcasing the quality of critical work
Lapointe, Miranda Ruth Larsen, Judith Leggatt, Jenni Lehtinen, being done, and making the issues of race
joan miller, Swati Moitra, Samira Nadkarni, Indira Neill Hoch, less of a niche subinterest.”—Bertha Chin,
Sam Pack, Rukmini Pande, Deepa Sivarajan, Al Valentín coeditor, Crowdfunding the Future: Media
Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society
Rukmini Pande is assistant professor of English literature at
O. P. Jindal Global University, New Delhi. She is author of Squee
from the Margins: Fandom and Race (Iowa, 2018). She lives in New
Delhi, India.

272 pages . 6 × 9 inches
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fan studies / popular culture
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The Whitman Revolution
Sex, Poetry, and Politics
by Betsy Erkkila
Iowa Whitman Series
Ed Folsom, series editor

The Whitman Revolution brings together a rich collection

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

of Betsy Erkkila’s phenomenally influential essays that have been
published over the years, along with two powerful new essays.
Erkkila offers a moving account of the inseparable mix of the
spiritual-sexual-political in Whitman and the absolute centrality
of male-male connection to his work and thinking. Her work has
been at the forefront of scholarship positing that Whitman’s songs
are songs not only of workers and occupations but of sex and the
body, homoeroticism, and liberation. What is more, Erkkila’s
writing demonstrates that this sexuality and communal impulse “In this outstanding collection of essays,
is central to Whitman’s revolutionary poetry and his conception Betsy Erkkila situates Whitman within the
of democracy itself—an insight that was all but suppressed dur- global struggle for democracy, and con-
ing the mid-twentieth century emergence of American literature firms her place as the preeminent scholar
as a field of study. of Whitman’s politics.”—Kenneth M. Price,
Highlights of this collection include Erkkila’s essays on pairings author, Whitman in Washington: Becoming the
such as Marx and Whitman, Dickinson and Whitman, and Melville National Poet in the Federal City
and Whitman. Across the volume, she demonstrates an interna-
tional vision that highlights the place of Leaves of Grass within a
global struggle for democracy. The Whitman Revolution is evidence
of Erkkila’s remarkable ability to lead critical discussions, and
marks an exciting event in Whitman studies.

Betsy Erkkila is Henry Sanborn Noyes Professor of Literature at

Northwestern University. She is author of Mixed Bloods and Other
Crosses: Rethinking American Literature from the Revolution to the Culture
Wars. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

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Bloody Tyrants and Little Pickles
Stage Roles of Anglo-American Girls
in the Nineteenth Century
by Marlis Schweitzer
Studies in Theatre History and Culture
Heather S. Nathans, series editor

“Marlis Schweitzer brings girl actresses Jean Davenport and Clara

Fisher back to vibrant life, and reveals how Anglo-American girl-
hood was performed—on and off the stage. Deeply researched

Permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library

and energetically written, this book revises our established
conceptions of the nineteenth-century stage.”—Sarah E. Chinn,
author, Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early
American Stage

Bloody Tyrants and Little Pickles traces the theatrical rep-

ertoire of a small group of white Anglo-American actresses as they
reshaped the meanings of girlhood in Britain, North America,
and the British West Indies during the first half of the nineteenth
century. It is a study of the possibilities and the problems girl per-
formers presented as they adopted the manners and clothing of “In this wide-ranging, lively, erudite book,
boys, entered spaces intended for adults, and assumed characters Schweitzer recovers the plastic perfor-
written for men. It asks why masculine roles like Young Norval, mances of nineteenth-century white girls.
Richard III, Little Pickle, and Shylock came to seem “normal” On stages from Britain to North America
and “natural” for young white girls to play, and it considers how and beyond, their bodies became sites for
playwrights, managers, critics, and audiences sought to contain cultural experiments in gender, age, and
or fix the at-times dangerous plasticity they exhibited both on nation. Restoring Anglo-American white
and off the stage. girls to their central but overlooked place
Schweitzer analyzes the formation of a distinct repertoire for in theatre history, this book decisively ex-
girls in the first half of the nineteenth century, which delighted in pands understanding of nineteenth-
precocity and playfulness and offered up a model of girlhood that century repertoires.”—Robin Bernstein,
was similarly joyful and fluid. This evolving repertoire reflected author, Racial Innocence: Performing American
shifting perspectives on girls’ place within Anglo-American soci- Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights
ety, including where and how they should behave, and which girls
had the right to appear at all.

Marlis Schweitzer is professor of theatre and performance stud-

ies at York University in Toronto. She is author of When Broadway
Was the Runway: Theater, Fashion, and American Culture. She lives in
Toronto, Canada.

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theatre / gender studies
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The Song Is You
Musical Theatre and the Politics of
Bursting into Song and Dance
by Bradley Rogers

Photo by Friedman-Abeles, © Billy Rose Theatre Division,

Studies in Theatre History and Culture

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Heather S. Nathans, series editor

Musicals, it is often said, burst into song and dance

when mere words can no longer convey the emotion. This book
argues that musicals burst into song and dance when one body can
no longer convey the emotion. Rogers shows how the musical’s
episodes of burlesque and minstrelsy model the kinds of radical
relationships that the genre works to create across the different
bodies of its performers, spectators, and creators every time the
musical bursts into song. These radical relationships—borne of
the musical’s obsessions with “bad” performances of gender and “Bradley Rogers takes us on an adventure
race—are the root of the genre’s progressive play with identity, through American musical theatre to prove
and thus the source of its subcultural power. However, this leads that the much-touted concept of integra-
to an ethical dilemma: Are the musical’s progressive politics thus tion is a fraud. Discovering new rhythms,
rooted in its embrace of regressive entertainments like burlesque new pleasures, and new choreographies
and minstrelsy? in canonical and noncanonical musicals
The Song Is You shows how musicals return again and again to alike, The Song Is You represents revisionist
this question, and grapple with a guilt that its joyous pleasures history at its most invigorating.”
are based on exploiting the laboring bodies of its performers. —David Savran, author, Highbrow/
Rogers argues that the discourse of “integration”—which claims Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of
that songs should advance the plot—has functioned to deny the the New Middle Class
radical work that the musical undertakes every time it transitions
into song and dance. Looking at musicals from The Black Crook “Rogers charts a fascinating and important
to Hamilton, Rogers confronts the gendered and racial dynamics new road through musical theatre theory,
that have always undergirded the genre, and asks how we move connecting the genre’s roots in minstrelsy,
forward. burlesque, and vaudeville with performa-
tive impersonations, psychic displace-
Bradley Rogers is assistant professor of theatre studies, English, ments, and most of all, a repudiation of
and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies at Duke University, integration. His argument, both elegant
where he also oversees the program in musical theatre. He lives and persuasive, attends to the dynamics
in Durham, North Carolina. of performance and reception within the
realms of history, politics, power, gender,
race, and the body.”—Stacy Wolf, author,
Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise
of Musical Theatre Across America

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Whitman in Poland
The Reception and Role of the American Poet
in Polish National Culture
by Marta A. Skwara, translated by John Merchant,
in cooperation with Marta A. Skwara
Iowa Whitman Series
Ed Folsom, series editor

Book cover art from Antonina Sokolicz’s Walt Whitman

“This volume presents the varied portraits of Walt Whitman
by Polish authors as well as an analysis of his poems in Polish
translation. It shows how Poland appropriated ‘the Bard of
America’ and its democracy as an exemplar and spokesperson
for the Other, a futurist icon, and the poet of the workers.”
—Dorothy M. Figueira, coeditor, Literary Culture and Translation:
New Aspects of Comparative Literature

Whitman in Poland examines the reception of Walt Whitman

in Poland from 1872 to the present day. The many ways in which
Whitman was read, translated, and constructed in Polish culture “Following a comparatist and semiotic
are analyzed using a unique interdisciplinary approach that melds perspective, Skwara guides the reader
reception, communication, translation, and comparative studies. through the re-envisioning of Whitman
Marta Skwara shows how Whitman’s biography was portrayed in over a 100-year period by Polish transla-
Poland; how and why the mid-1950s saw the greatest flourish of tors, poets, interpreters, and ideologues.
interest in Whitman as he was read in terms of “socialist realism” The cultural panorama she presents is
in accordance with the political indoctrination of the era; how one that Western European and American
Whitman’s image in Poland evolved from his first Polish transla- readers of Whitman have rarely explored,
tors and enthusiasts on through modernist poets’ responses; and one that has a better grasp of the role
how reading multiple Polish translations of the same Whitman Whitman plays in our globalized world.”
poem by different translators allows us to see changing cultural —Marina Camboni, coeditor, Translating
and comparative contexts. Readers will get a full picture of how America: The Circulation of Narratives,
Whitman has functioned as a presence in Polish prose and poetry, Commodities, and Ideas between Italy, Europe,
and even in cinema and television. and the United States

Marta A. Skwara is professor of Polish and comparative literature

at the University of Szczecin, Poland, and head of the Compara-
tive Literature & Translation Unit at the Literature & New Media
Department of the University of Szczecin.

january 2021
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. . . Index by Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2 Billerbeck, Erika … Wildland Sentinel

9 Buchanan, Oni … Time Being
10 Burek Pierce, Jennifer … Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media
being 4 Connerly, Charles … Green, Fair, and Prosperous

13 Erkkila, Betsy … The Whitman Revolution

On i B u c h a n a n

11 Fathallah, Judith May … Emo

1 Montiel Davis, Magda … Kissing Fidel
6 O’Leary, Eileen … Ancestry
12 Pande, Rukmini … Fandom, Now in Color
5 Peterson, Joseph G. … The Rumphulus
15 Rogers, Bradley … The Song Is You
7 Rosenblatt, Sari … Father Guards the Sheep
8 Roveto, Vanessa … a women
14 Schweitzer, Marlis … Bloody Tyrants and Little Pickles
16 Skwara, Marta A. … Whitman in Poland
a women vanessa roveto
3 Thomas, Rhondda Robinson … Call My Name, Clemson

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3 Call My Name, Clemson
11 Emo

KISSING 12 Fandom, Now in Color

A Memoir of Cuban American
Father Guards the Sheep
Green, Fair, and Prosperous
Terrorism in the United States 1 Kissing Fidel
10 Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media
5 The Rumphulus
15 The Song Is You
9 Time Being
16 Whitman in Poland
13 The Whitman Revolution
2 Wildland Sentinel
8 a women

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3 American History
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14 Gender Studies
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2 Nature
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14–15 Theatre

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