Behind the Masks of Modernism

“A wide-ranging collection that allows the mask—as artifact, metaphor, theatrical costume, fetish, strategy for self-concealment, and treasured cultural object—to clarify modernity’s relationship to history.”—Carrie J. Preston, author of Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance “Covering an impressive range of geographies, cultures, and time periods, these carefully researched essays explore the fascinating role of masks … Continue reading Behind the Masks of Modernism

Embracing Protestantism

In Embracing Protestantism: Black Identities in the Atlantic World, author John W. Catron argues that the people of color in the Atlantic world who adopted Protestant Christianity did not become African Americans but instead assumed more fluid Atlantic-African identities. “The first study to consider, on a circum-Atlantic scale, how conversion to Afro-Protestant Christianity encouraged a ‘middle path’ between exclusionist … Continue reading Embracing Protestantism

Excavating Memory

"A rounded overview of historical and sociocultural approaches to memory that offers a series of interesting and compelling case studies with good global coverage."—Andrew Jones, author of Prehistoric Materialities "Contests constructions of collective memory, the political uses of memory, and the sensory and mnemonic roles played by materials in this process. Excavating Memory is as … Continue reading Excavating Memory

Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland

“A substantive addition to our knowledge about one of the premier archaeological sites in eastern North America.”—George Milner, author of The Cahokia Chiefdom   “Brings fresh thinking into a well-trod path of scholarship and goes well beyond the confines of the specialties of subsistence, settlement, and technology to shed light on the social function of the … Continue reading Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland

Negotiating Respect

“Breaks new ground by virtue of its thorough exploration of the ongoing negotiations of Pentecostal masculine identities.”—Martin Lindhardt, author of Power in Powerlessness: A Study of Pentecostal Life Worlds in Urban Chile “Provides important insights about why men convert to Pentecostalism, how they derive authority and status in Pentecostal churches, and how at the same … Continue reading Negotiating Respect

Dirty Harry’s America

. “Street provides a crucial critical and cultural service by not only studying Eastwood’s individual films in sharp detail but also by providing a close and serious analysis of the cultural and historic times of the films.”—Sam B. Girgus, author of Clint Eastwood’s America . “By far the most comprehensive, sustained, and detailed discussion of … Continue reading Dirty Harry’s America