Imagination as a Tool of Resistance: A Review of Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene

Imagination as a Tool of Resistance: A Review of Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene Amber Troska Under Review:Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene: Imagining Futures and Dreaming Hope in Literature and Media. Edited by Marek Oziewicz, Brian Attebery, & Tereza Dedinová. Bloomsbury Academic, April 2022. We live in a geological age that we call … Continue reading Imagination as a Tool of Resistance: A Review of Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene

Plowing the Field: Review of Robert Zacharias, Reading Mennonite Writing

Plowing the Field: Review of Robert Zacharias, Reading Mennonite Writing: A Study in Minor Transnationalism Daniel Shank Cruz Under Review:Reading Mennonite Writing: A Study in Minor Transnationalism. Robert Zacharias. Penn State University Press, April 2022. Reading Mennonite Writing: A Study in Minor Transnationalism is Robert Zacharias’s third book on Mennonite literature, after Rewriting the Break … Continue reading Plowing the Field: Review of Robert Zacharias, Reading Mennonite Writing

Soft Skills and Skeletal Remains: Review of Jordan S. Carroll’s Reading the Obscene

Soft Skills and Skeletal Remains: Review of Jordan S. Carroll, Reading the Obscene Robert Kiely Under Review:Reading the Obscene: Transgressive Editors and the Class Politics of Us Literature. Jordan S. Carroll. Stanford University Press, 2021. Jordan S. Carroll’s Reading the Obscene completely debunks the notion that transgression is “inherently sublime and subversive.” What is new … Continue reading Soft Skills and Skeletal Remains: Review of Jordan S. Carroll’s Reading the Obscene

Restoring the Future: Review of Wild by Design by Laura J. Martin

Restoring the Future: Review of Wild by Design by Laura J. Martin Celeste Pepitone-Nahas Under Review:Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration. Laura J. Martin. Harvard University Press, May 17, 2022. A recent study warned there could be as many as 15,000 new viruses in the next 50 years, and that climate change is … Continue reading Restoring the Future: Review of Wild by Design by Laura J. Martin

Beyond Possibility: Review of Taylor Driggers’ Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature

Beyond Possibility: Review of Taylor Driggers’ Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature: Fantastic Incarnations and the Deconstruction of Theology Ryn Silverstein Under Review:Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature: Fantastic Incarnations and the Deconstruction of Theology. Taylor Driggers. Bloomsbury Academic, February 2022. The last week of February 2022 brought with it a crushing blow against trans people in … Continue reading Beyond Possibility: Review of Taylor Driggers’ Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature

States of Consciousness: A Review of Ideal Minds by Michael Trask

States of Consciousness: review of Ideal Minds: Raising Consciousness in the Antisocial  Seventies by Michael Trask Garrett Bridger Gilmore Under Review:Ideal Minds: Raising Consciousness in the Antisocial Seventies. Michael Trask. Cornell University Press, 2020. The opening paragraph of Michael Trask’s Ideal Minds promises the “large revisionist argument” that “the late twentieth century ushered in not … Continue reading States of Consciousness: A Review of Ideal Minds by Michael Trask

Considering Fandom: A Review of Fandom, Now in Color

Considering Fandom: A Review of Fandom, Now in Color: A Collection of Voices edited by Rukmini Pande Maria K. Alberto Under Review:Fandom, Now in Color: A Collection of Voices. Edited by Rukmini Pande. University of Iowa Press, 2020. In familiar fandom fashion, let me begin with the tl;dr, or the “too long, didn’t read” – … Continue reading Considering Fandom: A Review of Fandom, Now in Color

Sociological Specters: A Review of Amy Lawrence’s Ghost Channels

Sociological Specters: A Review of Amy Lawrence’s Ghost Channels: Paranormal Reality TV and the Haunting of America Amber Troska Under Review:Ghost Channels: Paranormal Reality TV and the Haunting of America. Amy Lawrence. University of Mississippi Press, March 2022. America is extremely haunted. At least, that’s the conclusion you might come to when looking at the … Continue reading Sociological Specters: A Review of Amy Lawrence’s Ghost Channels

Climate Change Lurking Behind Every Corner: Review of Mark Bould’s The Anthropocene Unconscious

Climate Change Lurking Behind Every Corner: Review of Mark Bould’s The Anthropocene Unconscious Fabius Mayland Under Review:The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture. Mark Bould. Verso Books, November 2021. Introduction The impending ecological disasters that we are faced with will, with some likelihood, prove to be the fulcrum of human history, certainly of the post-war period. … Continue reading Climate Change Lurking Behind Every Corner: Review of Mark Bould’s The Anthropocene Unconscious

Wiring the Post45 Together: Review of Rachele Dini’s “All-Electric” Narratives

Wiring the Post45 Together: Review of Rachele Dini’s “All-Electric” Narratives: Time-Saving Appliances and Domesticity in American Literature, 1945-2020 Nichole Nomura Under Review:“All-Electric” Narratives: Time-Saving Appliances and Domesticity in American Literature, 1945-2020. Rachele Dini. Bloomsbury Academic, November 2021. The Post45—an academic term, with some baggage, for the study of American literature after 1945—has always struggled to … Continue reading Wiring the Post45 Together: Review of Rachele Dini’s “All-Electric” Narratives