Last Updated June 24, 2015
Dancing the Fairy Tale, by Laura Katz Rizzo, was reviewed in The Dance Journal on June 16. The review read, "Katz Rizzo's research is impeccable.... [This] invaluable study should be required reading for anyone interested in Philadelphia's ballet history."
Constructing Muslims in France, by Jennifer Fredette, was reviewed in the June 2015 issues of Perspectives on Politics. The review read, "This is an intriguing book on a topic of great current importance.... Fredette is posing a crucial set of questions about Muslim communities, and she offers a scholarly series of answers to them at a time when this undertaking is more important than ever as unrest is transformed into violence and acts of terror.... It is in terms of the relevance of political theory to differing constructions of Muslims that Fredette takes the reader on an insightful and valuable exploration.... And it is in resting her case in terms that the French tradition privileges—the virtues of civic republicanism—that Constructing Muslims in France is at its most authoritative and illuminating."
Last Updated June 17, 2015
The June 15, 2015 issue of Kirkus Reviews reviewed Celeste-Marie Bernier's forthcoming book, Suffering and Sunset. The review read, "Bernier painstakingly examines Pippin's manuscripts, paintings, and sketches to show how his meager written legacy casts revealing light on his other works.... The author analyzes Pippin's work in exhaustive...detail, comparing the scant information of his wartime experience with the stark monotones in his paintings.... [The] in-depth analyses [are] filled with learned conjecture."
The June 2015 issue of American Historical Review reviewed two Temple University Press titles
• The review of The War on Slums in the Southwest, by Robert Fairbanks, read, "Robert B. Fairbanks has established himself as one of the leading authorities on the history of public housing in the United States.... [H]e has contributed significantly to our understanding of public housing's shifting role in society.... The War on Slums in the Southwest... is a book that both builds on the foundation of [his] earlier work and incorporates the findings of original research to provide a sophisticated interpretation of public housing's changing fortunes in the mid-twentieth century.... Based upon painstaking archival research...The War on Slums in the Southwest deftly builds its case on an impressive array of primary sources.... [T]his volume [is] an essential and at times provocative contribution to knowledge."
• The review of Out in the Union, by Miriam Frank, read, "Clearly this book, which has been 20 years in the making and which is based on over 100 oral histories, is (pun intended) a labor of love. It is committed history—the book begins and ends with the gay marriage of one of the author's lesbian union informants—dedicated to both aspects of its subject matter: LGBT history and the history of organized U.S. labor from the 1960s until 2013.... an impressive history.... [I]t [is] a book to be celebrated for its energy, innovation, sheer endeavor, and its breaching of historical boundaries as, indeed, a labor history of queer America."
The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare also reviewed Out in the Union. The review read, "Out in the Union does a number of things very well. Frank has written a page-turner, filled with first-hand accounts and retrospective musings by those who took the risks and made gay/labor coalitions come alive. Frank gives space to the words of activists recalling the complications of social, personal and political identities that did not easily mesh, and of unexpected solidarities across lines of race, gender and sexual difference. Frank foregrounds women and gender trouble-makers in the story of queer labor. Lesbians emerge with courage and confidence.... Still, Frank's text at its most powerful reveals lesbians, gay men and 'gender queers' who largely made their mark through upholding the interests of the rank and file against labor elites and contrary to the gay establishment."
The June 2015 issue of H-SHGAPE, (part of the H-Net network) reviewed Shirley Yee's An Immigrant Neighborhood. The review read, "Shirley J. Yee, in her book, An Immigrant Neighborhood, attempts to go beyond [the] imagined boundaries to explore the many ways in which people of different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds living in southern Manhattan (her preferred term over Lower East Side) lived, worked, and interacted with each other.... To a large degree, Yee succeeds in this endeavor.... [She] reveals the complex web of commercial relationships and dependencies that marked the lives of most Lower East Side entrepreneurs.... Yee also adds to our understanding of the sources of these interactions by linking them to wider legal, cultural, and economic factors at play between 1880 and 1930."
The June 2015 issue of American Literature reviewed three Temple University Press titles
• The review of Reading Up, by Amy Blair, read, "Amy Blair's Reading Up begins with an account of Hamilton Wright Mabie's ten-year stint as literary advisor for the Ladies Home Journal. In that capacity, from 1902 until 1912, as Blair explains, Mabie, a minor though erudite and prolific essayist and critic, had the job of recommending reading for the subscribers to the Journal.... This is an original and intriguing premise, and Blair follows up her introduction with a series of well-chosen case studies that illustrate both the aims of Mabie's reading program and some of the challenges he faced.... [A] fascinating contribution to reception studies... [with] close readings to illustrate how taste is created, with the emphasis that taste is, as the Journal well understood, an important index of social class....well worth reading."
• The review of Black Regions of the Imagination, by Eve Dunbar, read, "In Black Regions of the Imagination, Dunbar develops a fascinating theorization of Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, and Himes as 'native ethnographers,'... Dunbar demonstrates, in four richly complex chapters, how each calls into question racist ideas about black humanity through radical appropriations of the participant-observer ethnographic method used commonly by anthropologists involved in field study. Dunbar's readings are compelling from start to finish, for they collectively illustrate how, in the literary imaginations of Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, and Himes, ethnography was performative."
• The review of Treacherous Subjects, by Lan Duong, read, "Treacherous Subjects productively expand[s] the geographies of American literature by looking at not only discursive but also material circulations of women across oceans.... Duong offer[s] much food for thought in relation to feminism, cultural production, and the collisions of knowledge produced by area and ethnic studies.... [She] demonstrate[s] how writing and art mediates the construction of femininity on a transnational scale, where the former 'third world' is central to understanding current global processes of subjectivity and subjection."