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News of the Week
May 27 , 2015

CONTENTS:

Announcements

Reviews

Conferences

Blogs


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Twitter chat with Kate Eichhorn

We are no longer paid what we are worth
  • Resisting Work Peter Fleming, author of Resisting Work, published an article in The Guardian on May 26 on the work we do and the compensation we receive for it.

Get out to see Out in the Union author Miriam Frank

Laura Martocci reading
  • Bullying Laura Martocci, author of Bullying, will be reading/signing her book at Every Thing Goes Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage, 208 Bay Street, in Staten Island, NY on May 30 at 3:00pm.

REVIEWS

Justin Gifford's Pimping Fictions was reviewed in Volume 33, No. 1 of the journal, Clues: A Journal of Detection
  • Pimping Fictions The review read, "Justin Gifford's new monograph is impressive. He writes about a genre that historically has been both popular and met with strong critical condemnation. While acknowledging the reasoning for the latter, Gifford argues for understanding well why black crime (i.e., pulp) fiction has had and maintains a robust mass readership.... That dialogue is important for recognizing frankly the complicated legacies of our national past and present. For all the ways that forging a coherent cultural community over time has worked to give succor and strength to blacks in America... Gifford argues compellingly for giving critical consideration to black pulp fiction as a complex literary resource for understanding the complexity of racism and its lingering influences in the United States."

Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne Enke, was reviewed in Teachers College Record on May 7, 2015.
  • Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies The review read, "Taken individually, each chapter is informative and some are also provocative. Taken as a whole, the volume represents a substantive contribution to the literature on trans theory and practice in higher education and social policy.... There are three primary strengths of this text: the thoughtful navigation of highly contested language, the range of topics covered, and the connections to allied social/academic movements. The nuanced navigation of language that Enke provides is thoughtful and necessarily cautious.... This book has a wide range of audiences within and beyond transgender and gender studies classrooms.... The approachable, accessible writing style of the authors also makes this book useful to many outside of academia as well."

Asian American Women's Popular Literature, by Pamela Thoma, was reviewed in the Summer 2015 issue of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Asian American Women's Popular Literature The review read, "Asian American Women's Popular Literature is a pleasurable read and an important contribution to recent scholarship on Asian American popular culture. As the title suggests, the book uncovers the ways in which Asian American women writers of different genres of fiction directly address Asian American women's political subjectivity and problematize contemporary reformulations of US citizenship and belonging under neoliberalism. The novel, Thoma argues, continues to be central to the development of citizen-subjects even as it now integrates with other media within neoliberal consumer culture.... Asian American Women's Popular Literature offers readers an impressively coherent theory of Asian American women's lowbrow literary texts and the important cultural work they do as popular texts."

CONFERENCES

Law & Society Association, May 28-31, Seattle, WA
  • Mobilizing Gay Singapore Exhibiting via The Scholar's Choice, Mobilizing Gay Singapore by Lynette J. Chua, who will participate in an Author Meets Reader session on May 30 at 10:15 am.

Human Behavior and Evolution Society, May 27-30, University of Missouri

Latin American Studies Association, May 27-30, San Juan, Puerto Rico

BLOGS

North Philly Notes
Books Combined
  • Bullying This week in Books Combined, Laura Martocci, author of Bullying, writes about "Books for the Unmaking and Remaking of Self."

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