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

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!

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: 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

2019 NEPCA Conference – Call for Papers

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

Howard Bryant’s Searing Look at Black Athletes

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

What if Vietnam is Who We Are?

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?

Review of New Work on Marx Brothers

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