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The Retrofuturism of Cuteness

Edited by Jen Boyle and Wan-Chuan Kao
Punctum Books

Published - The Retrofuturism of Cuteness

“Is it possible to conceive of a Hello Kitty Middle Ages or a Tickle Me Elmo Renaissance?” ask the editors of this collection of essays probing various aspects of the culture of cuteness. Jen Boyle, professor of English and director of CCU’s digital culture and design program, co-edited the book, which also includes contributions from faculty members Elizabeth Howie and Tripthi Pillai. “Deploying cuteness as a mode of inquiry across time, this volume opens up unexpected lines of inquiry and unusual critical and creative aporias, from Christian asceticism, medieval cycle drama, and Shakespeare to manga, Bollywood, and Second Life.”

Routledge History of the American South

Edited by Maggi Morehouse
Routledge Press

Published - Routledge History of the  American South

The contents of this new book by Maggi Morehouse, the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at CCU, indicatethe wide range of scholarship in Southern studies, with chapters on politics, language, religion, music, food, architecture, film, literature and other subjects. The publisher’s note describes it as “valuable both as a dynamic introduction to Southern Studies and as an entry point into more recent research for those already familiar with the subfield ...offering a clear sense of the evolution and contours of Southern Studies.” In addition to Morehouse, contributors to the book include CCU faculty members Becky Childs, Eric Crawford and Daniel Cross Turner.

Partisans: Essays

By Joe Oestreich
Black Lawrence Press

Published - Partisans: Essays

The essays in this collection by Joe Oestreich, chair of CCU’s Department of English, were written over a period of 10 years, 2006 to 2016. The pieces here range from his first published article, on rock ’n’ roll, to the title essay, published last year in the journal River Teeth. According to Oestreich, the pieces have a loose thematic connection that is brought home in the “Partisans” essay, which explores how we try to fit the life we actually live into the life we imagine for ourselves. In a review of the book, author Steven Church writes, “…Oestreich piles his readers into a tour van and barrels unflinchingly down the highway into subjects like guilt and murder, race, privilege, youth, music, marriage, work and other deep territories of contemporary American life.’

Symbols and Models in the Mediterranean: Perceiving through Cultures

Edited by Aneilya Barnes and Mariarosaria Salerno
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Published - Symbols and Models in the Mediterranean: Perceiving through Culture

This volume, co-edited by Aneilya Barnes of CCU’s history faculty, is a compendium of essays that were presented at the sixth International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds at the University of Calabria, Italy. According to the editors’ introduction, the “central issues examined were the symbols, including signs, gestures, objects, animals, persons, etc., that embodied meanings deeply interconnected with the development of societies across the Mediterranean. Through such analyses of the symbolic from their respective (historical, political, archaeological, religious, economic, artistic, social, literary, and other) viewpoints, these scholars have illuminated the importance of both the tangible and intangible models that have served as cultural reproductions and imitations, marking and conditioning the lives of the Mediterranean people across time and place.”

The Rescue Man

By Henry Lowenstein
Van Rye Publishing

Published - The Rescue Man

CCU business professor and former Wall College dean Henry Lowenstein was cleaning out his mother-in-law’s garage when he came upon a sealed box that would change his life and bring closure to a 71-year-old mystery for two families. Rescue Man includes two stories: a biography of First Lieutenant Frank Philby “Bud” Hayes, a decorated World War II rescue pilot lost at sea at the end of war; and a detective story in which Lowenstein uncovers the mystery surrounding the pilot’s death. The book also tells the broader story of the emergency rescue squadrons of World War II and the PBY Catalina flying boats piloted by Hayes, who was the uncle of Lowenstein’s wife. One chapter describes the little known but extremely consequential turf war between the U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy over which service would be responsible for rescue missions on the seas. As a result of the findings of the book, proceedings have begun through the Bring Our Heroes Home Act of 2017 to search for and recover the bodies of Hayes and two other crew members who were lost in the October 1945 crash.

Public Policy, Productive and Unproductive Entrepreneurship

By Gregory M. Randolph, Michael T. Tasto and Robert S. Salvino
Edward Elgar Publishing

Published - Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China

Leslie V. Wallace of CCU’s visual arts faculty co-edited this anthology about, according to the editors’ introduction, “ a rogues’ gallery of treacherous regicides, impious monks, cutthroat underlings, ill-bred offspring, and disloyal officials. It plumbs the dark matter of the human condition, placing front and center transgressive individuals and groups traditionally demonized by Confucian annalists and largely shunned by modern scholars. The work endeavors to apprehend the actions and motivations of these men and women, whose conduct deviated from normative social, cultural, and religious expectations.”