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
The 2019 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall on Friday, November 15-Saturday, November 16 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We are looking forward to another engaging and rewarding conference for new and seasoned members alike. We are seeking proposals for panels and presentations for … Continue reading 2019 NEPCA Conference – Call for Papers
The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism. By Howard Bryant. Beacon Press, 238 pages, 2018. Once upon a time, black athletes were acutely aware of the "Heritage." That is, they recognized that sports were inseparable from the quest for racial equality and social justice. ESPN analyst Howard Bryant sees Paul … Continue reading Howard Bryant’s Searing Look at Black Athletes
Good news! The rainy weather is clearing and both Friday and Saturday look good. Current forecast for the area is: Friday: Sun, High 61 degrees F; Low 39 (Celsius: 16/about 4) Saturday: Sun, High 66 degrees F; Low 56 (Celsius: 19/12)
A reminder to all that the deadline for submitting proposals for NEPCA's fall conference at UMass Amherst is June 1.
American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. By Christian G. Appy, Penguin, 2016. Nations seldom exit wars as they entered them. In an important new book, University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Chris Appy argues that, though the Vietnam War ended thirty-two years ago, the United States continues to struggle with its results. He … Continue reading What if Vietnam is Who We Are?
FOUR OF THE THREE MUSKETEERS (2016). By Robert S. Bader. Northeastern University Press, 544 pages. 2016. I am a Marxist—a devotee of Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. I’ve seen all the films numerous times, read every book I can get my hands on, seek out new documentaries, and scour DVDs and YouTube for lost clips. … Continue reading Review of New Work on Marx Brothers
The Medieval in American Popular Culture: Reflections in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Prince Valiant The comic strip Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur was launched in 1937 and continues to be produced to this day. Begun by illustrator Hal Foster and now under the direction of writer Mark Schultz and artist Thomas Yeates, Prince Valiant celebrates … Continue reading The Medieval in American Popular Culture
The Subject of Torture: Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics in Television and Film. Hilary Neroni. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Note: This book was selected as the Rollins Prize Winner as the best new book on popular/American culture by an author living or working in New York of New England. Hilary Neroni’s excellent new … Continue reading The Subject is Torture: Rollins Prize Winner
NEPCA has closed its submissions for the fall 2016 conference as of July 1. From that point on we will solicit only papers to complete existing panels.