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Issue 30: Winter 2012

A note from the Editors


Mainlining Along the Line: Consuming Heroin in the Great Lakes Border Region, 1945-1960
Holly Karibo (Arizona State University)

From Weaklings to Wounded Warriors: The Changing Portrayal of War-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in American Cinema
Rebeca Maseda and Patrick Dulin (University of Alaska, Anchorage)

Conveyor Belts of the Apocalypse
Bobby Nixon (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) & Jamie Kinroy (University of Minnesota)


Philip E. Muehlenbeck. Betting on the Africans: John F. Kennedy’s Courting of African Nationalist Leaders
Patrick Andelic, St. Anne’s College, Oxford

David Leverenz. Honor Bound. Race and Shame in America
Enirco Beltramini, Royal Holloway, University of London

Hugh B. Urban. The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion
Christopher Blythe, Florida State University

George C. Edwards III. Overreach: Leadership in the Obama Presidency
Gerardo Del Guercio, Independent Scholar

D. C. Gill. How We Are Changed By War: A Study of Letters and Diaries from Colonial Conflicts to Operation Iraqi Freedom
Caroline Diezyn, University of Western Ontario

Geoffrey Kabaservice. Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party
Bart Verhoeven, University of Nottingham

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Issue 29: Summer 2012

A note from the Editors


Esmeralda Santiago – The power of memories in rewriting History
Anabela Alves (University of Coimbra)

Big Spy Country: Film and the U.S.-Canada Borderlands during the Second World War
Dominique Bregent-Heald (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

The White Russians are Coming!
Sudipto Sanyal (Bowling Green State University)

‘Process Poem’ or ‘Completed Edifice’?: The Twentieth-Century American Epic in the Twenty-first-Century Digital Age
Dr. Oliver Mort (Independent scholar)



Chris Den Hartog and Nathan W. Monroe. Agenda Setting in the U.S. Senate: Costly Consideration and Majority Party Advantage
Patrick Andelic (St. Anne’s College, Oxford)

Frank Costigliola. Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War
Steven George (Columbus State Community College)

Irwin L. Morris. The American Presidency: An Analytical Approach
Sean J. McLaughlin (Trent University)

Mario T. Garcia and Sal Castro. Blowout!: Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Education
Niamh McNamara (University College Cork)

Reka M. Cristian. Cultural Vistas and Sites of Identity: Essays on Literature, Film and American Studies
Livia K. Szelpal (Central European University, Budapest)

Colin Harrison. American Culture in the 1990s
Christopher Vardy (University of Manchester)


(Dir.) Gage and Gage. From The Ground Up and (Dir.) Makepeace. We Still Live Here (As Nutayunean)
James Harvey-Davitt (University of Nottingham)

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Issue 28: Spring 2012

Note from the Editors


The American Transcendentalists: A Religious Historiography
Daniel Dillard (Florida State University)

Late DeLillo, Finance Capital and Mourning from The Body Artist to Point Omega
Dr Alessandra De Marco (Independent Scholar)

East is (not) East: the Strange Authorial Psychogeography of Bret Easton Ellis
Alison Lutton (St Hughs College, Oxford)

The truth of our scattering: (Post)Human Complexity in Richard Powers’ The Echo Maker
Nicola Brindley (Keele University)



Thomas Borstelmann: The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality
Nick Blackbourn (University of St Andrews)

Elif S. Armbruster: Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home
Natalie Aikens (University of Mississippi)

Lawrence A. Scaff: Max Weber in America
Dr John Barnhill (Independent Scholar)

David Courtwright: No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America
Bart Verhoeven (University of Nottingham)

G. John Ikenberry: Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order
Steven M. George (Columbus State Community College)

Rachel St. John: Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border
Ignacio Martínez (University of Arizona)


(Dir.) Jon Bowermaster: SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories
Dr. Caryn E. Neumann (Miami University of Ohio)

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Issue 27: Winter 2012

Note from the Editors


A New Frontier – Or just a 240,000 mile cul de sac?
Mark Shanahan (Brunel University)

From Empire Falls to Pawtucket Falls: a harbinger of salvation
Marleen Schulte (University of Heidelberg)

Canadians’ Consternation: Irish Immigration, Competition, and Canada’s Relationship to the United States and the British Empire in the 1840s
Jonathan Keljik (George Washington University)

Immigration vs. Emigration: The Internationality of U.S. Immigration Policy
Ashley Zampogna-Krug (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)


Joshua Kendall: The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture
Tom Cutterham (University of Oxford)

Bruce Ackerman: The Decline and Fall of the American Republic
Julie Prieto (Stanford University)

William V. Spanos: The Exceptionalist State and the State of Exception: Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor
Adam C. Lewis (University of California, San Diego)

Martin Dines: Gay Suburban Narratives in American and British Culture: Homecoming Queens
Katie Barnett (University of Birmingham)

John Price: Orienting Canada: Race, Empire, and the Transpacific
Asa McKercher (University of Cambridge)

Jonathan Colman: The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson: The United States and the World, 1963-1969
Ben Offiler (University of Nottingham)

Kristina Miler: Constituency Representation in Congress: The View from Capitol Hill
Patrick Andelic (University of Oxford)

Susan Kollin (ed.). Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space
Despoina Feleki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

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Issue 26: Autumn 2011

Note from the Editors


“I Wish for Another Pail”: The Fisherman on the Sand in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Love of the Last Tycoon
Dr. Graeme Abernethy (Simon Fraser University)

Life in the Ruins of Gay L.A.: American Urban Space as Historical Palimpsest in James Robert Baker’s Tim and Pete
Christopher Vardy (University of Manchester)

Fictional Revisions of Slavery and Genealogy in Lawrence Hill’s Any Known Blood
Dr. Nadine Flagel (Simon Fraser University)

Passing, Performance, and Perversity: Rewriting Bodies in the Works of Lawrence Hill, Shani Mootoo, and Danzy Senna
Natalie Wall (University of Calgary)

Featured discussion: Barack Obama: American Conservative
Dr. Maria Ryan (University of Nottingham)

New World, New Media: The De-centring of “America”
Professor Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)

Response to Maria Ryan and Scott Lucas
Dr. Bevan Sewell (University of Nottingham)



James Der Derian, David Udris and Michael Udris (dirs.): Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic
Dr. Markus Kienscherf (Free University Berlin)


Patrick Allitt: The Conservatives: Ideas & Personalities Throughout American History
Allen Mendenhall (Auburn University)

Jason McDonald: American Ethnic History: Themes and Perspectives
Christian Wilbers (The College of William & Mary)

Adam Arenson: The Great Heart of the Republic: St Louis and the Cultural Civil War
Mark Sullivan (Nottingham Trent University)

Yvonne J. Johnson (ed.): Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest
Rebecca Brueckmann (Free University Berlin)

Susan Dunn: Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought to Change the Democratic Party
Luke Middup (University of Nottingham)

James J. Cooke: Chewing Gum, Candy Bars and Beer: The Army PX in World War II
Dr. M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo (ESNE – Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid)

Brian Hosmer (ed): Native Americans and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman
Steven George (Columbus State Community College)

James Worthen: The Young Nixon and His Rivals: Four Californian Republicans Eye the White House, 1946-1958
Richard Martin (Birkbeck, University of London)

M. Langford and J. Langford: A Cold War Tourist and his Camera
Alex Ferguson (University of Southampton)

Karin Aguilar-San Juan: Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America
Dr John Barnhill (Independent Scholar)

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Issue 25: Spring 2011

Note from the Editors


Post-American Literature
Dr. Robert T. Tally Jr. (Texas State University)

A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions through Film and Television
Robbie Graham (University of Bristol) and Dr. Matthew Alford (University of Bath)

An Old Tale: The Marriage of Łódź and Los Angeles in David Lynch’s Inland Empire
Richard Martin (Birkbeck, University of London)


Beyond the Frontier: The Future of American Identities and American Studies


Professor Dick Ellis (University of Birmingham)
Professor Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)
Dr. Maria Ryan (University of Nottingham)
Chair: Dr. Helen Laville (University of Birmingham)



Spike Lee (dir.): If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise
Dr. Anna Hartnell (Birkbeck, University of London)


Christopher Flynn: Americans in British Literature, 1770-1832: A Breed Apart
Benjamin E. Park (University of Cambridge)

Mark Whalan: American Culture in the 1910s
Barbara Antoniazzi (Free University Berlin)

Russell Kirk & McClellan James: The Political Principles of Robert A. Taft. With a new introduction by Jeffrey O. Nelson
Mark Shanahan (Brunel University)

George Kouvaros: Famous Faces Yet Not Themselves: “The Misfits” and Icons of Postwar America
Christopher Vardy (Independent Scholar)

Jill Lepore: The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History
Tom Cutterham (University of Oxford)

Julian E. Zelizer (ed.): The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment
Patrick Andelic (University of Oxford)

Bob Woodward: Obama’s Wars: The Inside Story
Luke Middup (University of Nottingham)

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Issue 24: Spring 2010


The Alliance for Progress during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations: Laudable idea, poorly implemented?
Benjamin Offiler

“Listen to Me! I Have Good Reason to Say This”: California Testimonios as Early Chicana Feminist Resistance
Leigh Johnson

The US-Israel special relationship: hegemon and client state or tail wagging the dog?
Dr Pierre Guerlain

The Origins of the CIA and the Non-Strategic Development of U.S. Political Warfare, 1946-47
Dr. Stephen J. K. Long

Rethinking Culture and State in International History
Brian M Foster

Mistaken Images in Serge: Cecil B DeMille’s Northwest Mounted Police (1940)
Ron Smith


Susan Jacoby: Alger Hiss and the Battle for History
Nicholas Witham

Paul Nonnekes: Northern Line: An Exploration of Canadian Masculinity
Malgorzata Camastra

John C Hulsman & A Wess Mitchell: The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable
Mark Sullivan

J Jefferson Looney (ed): The Papers of Thomas Jefferson – Retirement Series Vol 5: May 1812 to March 1813
Finn Pollard

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Issue 23: Summer 2009

Note from the Editors


Selling Themselves: Slavery, Survival and the Path of Least Resistance
Ben Schiller

Transatlantic Little Women: Louisa May Alcott, the Women Writer and Literary Community
Louisa Jane Hodgson

Derek Walcott and the Wild Frontier: The Ghost Dance
Penny Woollard

The Eradication of American proto-feminism: The Re-conceptualising of Gender in the Indian Captivity Narrative
Matthew Tomiak


Thomas M Allen. A Republic in Time: Temporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America
Mark Storey

Catherine Morley. The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction: John Updike, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo
Alex Hobbs

G. John Ikenberry, Thomas Knock, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Tony Smith. The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-First Century
Mark Sullivan

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Issue 22: Autumn 2008

Note from the Editors


Smart Power and US Leadership: A critique of Joseph Nye
Paul Cammack

Political Warfare Old and New: The State and Private Groups in the Formation of the National Endowment for Democracy
Robert Pee

Whose Policy is it Anyway? Interest Groups and the War on Poverty
Cameron Gordon

The Pedagogisation of Sex: The Sexualisation of Pedagogy Foucault, Shakespeare and Adolescent Sexuality
Dan Colson


Miscamble: No End to the Debate
John L Harper

Shapiro: Thinking Inside the Box?
Maria Ryan

Schlesinger: The ‘Humble’ Liberal
Marco Marino

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