Cultural Criticism

Woman and Chinese Modernity: The Politics of Reading Between West and East Woman and Chinese Modernity The Politics of Reading Between West and East Rey Chow 1990 Fall
Examines the relationship of “woman” to issues of non-western culture.
Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles Bearheart The Heirship Chronicles Gerald Vizenor 1990 Spring
Bearheart, Gerald Vizenors first novel, overturns “terminal creeds” and violence in a decadent material culture. American civilization has collapsed and Proude Cedarfair, his wife, Rosina, and a bizarre collection of disciples, are forced on a pilgrimage when government agents descend on the reservation to claim their sacred cedar trees for fuel. The tribal pilgrims reverse the sentiments of Manifest Destiny and travel south through the ruins of a white world that ran out of gas.
Griever: An American Monkey King in China Griever An American Monkey King in China Gerald Vizenor 1990 Spring
Griever de Hocus, accompanied by his rooster, Matteo Ricci, plays havoc with the monolithic institutions of the People’s Republic of China in Vizenor’s inspired retelling of the classic Chinese Journey to the West. Fiction.
Caliban and Other Essays Caliban and Other Essays Roberto Fernández Retamar 1989 Spring
Cultural and literary essays by a Cuban poet, essayist, and professor of philology who is known for his meticulous efforts to dismantle Eurocentric colonial and neocolonial thought. “Caliban”—the first and longest of the five essays in this book—has become a kind of manifesto for Latin American and Caribbean writers; its central figure, the rude savage of Shakespeare’s Tempest, becomes in Retamar’s hands a powerful metaphor of their cultural situation—both in its marginality and its revolutionary potential.
Universal Abandon: The Politics of Postmodernism Universal Abandon The Politics of Postmodernism Andrew Ross, Editor 1989 Spring
“The essays are new, readable and well-informed; the collection is an excellent basis for inquiring into the politics of contemporary art and criticism.” --Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism Contributors: Stanley Aronowitz, Hal Foster, Nancy Fraser, Lawrence Grossberg, Laura Kipnis, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Meaghan Morris, Linda Nicholson, Jacqueline Rose, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Paul Smith, Anders Stephanson, and George Yúdice.
A Very Serious Thing: Women’s Humor and American Culture A Very Serious Thing Women’s Humor and American Culture Nancy A. Walker 1988 Fall
Defines why women have been blocked from participating in the mainstream of American comedy yet have overcome hurdles to produce a humor that is sustaining and spells survival for women in society.
Discerning the Subject Discerning the Subject Paul Smith 1988 Spring
A critique of the debates on the status of the “subject.”
Popular Culture in America Popular Culture in America Paul Buhle, Editor 1987 Fall
The Colonial Harem The Colonial Harem Malek Alloula 1986 Spring
A collection of picture postcards of Algerian women exploited by the French, this “album” illustrates a powerful analysis of the distorting, denigrating effects of their presence on Algerian Society.
Postmodernism and Politics Postmodernism and Politics Jonathan Arac, Editor 1986 Spring
Eight essays on postmodernism with a focus on intellectual, artistic and social concerns.
The People Named the Chippewa: Narrative Histories The People Named the Chippewa Narrative Histories Gerald Vizenor 1984 Fall
Ranging in time and space from Madeline Island and the reservations of northern Minnesota to the urban reservation of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Vizenor recounts the experiences of the Chippewa and their encounters with the white people who “named” them.
Legacies of Anti-Semitism in France Legacies of Anti-Semitism in France Jeffrey Mehlman None None
The Melting Pot and the Altar: Marital Assimilation in Early Twentieth-Century Wisconsin The Melting Pot and the Altar Marital Assimilation in Early Twentieth-Century Wisconsin Richard M. Bernard None None
Through extensive quantitative analysis of census reports and marriage records Bernard studies the pattern of intergroup marriage - the ultimate test of assimilation - during a period of massive migration to this country. Both historians and sociologists will find this work of interest as an example of quantitative methodology and for its new evidence of an important subject.
Japanese and Americans: Cultural Parallels and Paradoxes Japanese and Americans Cultural Parallels and Paradoxes Charles Grinnell Cleaver None None
The Black Mind: A History of African Literature The Black Mind A History of African Literature O.R. Dathorne None None