CFP: Animals and Culture

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Associations invites paper and panel proposals for its special topics – and hopefully continuing -  Animals and Culture area! Paper and panel proposals that explore a range of animal-culture interactions are invited. Below is a list of possible topics but in general historical and contemporary analyses and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.  … Continue reading CFP: Animals and Culture

CFP: Romance and Popular Romance Fiction

            The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of Romance/Popular Romance Fiction for its annual conference.             We welcome a wide variety of papers related to romance and popular romance fiction. Possible approaches can include narrative analysis of the romance genre, issues of representation in romance fiction, production and … Continue reading CFP: Romance and Popular Romance Fiction

CFP: Classrooms, Libraries, and the Academy

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association’s Classrooms, Libraries, and the Academy area welcomes paper submissions from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, patrons, and independent researchers of popular culture and information settings of all types. NEPCA’s 2021 fall,virtual conference will be held Thursday October 21 - Saturday October 23, 2021. The deadline for proposals … Continue reading CFP: Classrooms, Libraries, and the Academy

Book Review: Battle for the Big Top

Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American CircusBy Les StandifordHachette Book Group, 272 pages.Review by Rob Weir If you are under the age of 40 and have never lived in New York City, you may have never seen the “Greatest Show on Earth,” as … Continue reading Book Review: Battle for the Big Top

NEPCA2021 Is Ready for Submissions!

We recently mentioned that this Fall conference would be held virtually from Thursday, October 21-Saturday, October 23. We’re very excited for the opportunities this affords a great many of us during these times. We now invite the community to submit proposals for this year’s conference. In the past year, we have updated our areas and … Continue reading NEPCA2021 Is Ready for Submissions!

2021 NEPCA Conference Goes Virtual

The 2021 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall as another virtual conference from Thursday, October 21-Saturday, October 23 in a similar structure to last year (Thursday evening, Friday late afternoon, Saturday morning). We all want to be back together again face-to-face but without a clear sense of how the … Continue reading 2021 NEPCA Conference Goes Virtual

Book Review: Nightmare Factories by Troy Rondinone

Troy Rondinone, Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination. Johns Hopkins, 2019. Book review by Katherine Allocco (Western Connecticut State University) Troy Rondinone traces the evolution of the portrayal of mental health institutions in American popular culture from the nineteenth century until today. Beginning with Edgar Allen Poe’s 1845 short story “The System of … Continue reading Book Review: Nightmare Factories by Troy Rondinone

Book Review: Haunted Bauhaus by Elizabeth Otto

Elizabeth Otto. Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics. MIT Press, 2019. Book review by Katherine Allocco (Western Connecticut State University) In Haunted Bauhaus, art historian Elizabeth Otto, who has published numerous books on the Bauhaus, turns her expertise to examining some of the movements and ideas that appeared on the … Continue reading Book Review: Haunted Bauhaus by Elizabeth Otto

Book Review: Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz

Horwitz, Tony. Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide   Penguin, 2019. Book review by Katherine Allocco (Western Connecticut State University) Tony Horwitz’s last book, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide, tells two stories. First, he recounts details of Frederick Law Olmsted’s two journeys across the Southern States in … Continue reading Book Review: Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz

Book Review: Alex. Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning by Alex Halberstadt

Halberstadt, Alex. Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning. Random House, 2020. Book review by Katherine Allocco (Western Connecticut State University) Alex Halberstadt’s Young Heroes of the Soviet Union redefines the genre of memoir creating something complex and compelling. He begins his memoir with the central question: Can trauma be inherited? … Continue reading Book Review: Alex. Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning by Alex Halberstadt