Volume 41.5, October 2008

 

Editorial by Gary Hoppenstand

 

Articles

 

“Issues of Problematic Identity in The Terror (1963) and The Haunted Palace (1963)” by Frances Auld

 

“Jimmying the Back Door of Literature: Dashiell Hammett’s Blue Collar Modernism” by W. Russel Gray

 

“Nervous Women and Noble Savages: The Romanticized Other in Nineteenth Century U.S. Patent Medicine Advertising” by Jane Marcellus

 

“Food is Never Just Something to Eat: Sue Grafton’s Culinary Critique of Mainstream America” by Sue Matheson

 

“The Performance of Noncomformity on The Muppet Show-or, How Kermit Made Me Queer” by Jordan Schildcrout

 

“Woman Writers Writing About Women Detectives in Twenty-First Century America” by Bethe Schoenfeld

 

“Let’s Get Semiotic: Recoding the Self in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash” by Kelly Wisecup

 

 

Book Reviews

 

Wynn, Neil A., Ed. Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe. Reviewed by Amy Absher.

 

Bartlett, Richard A. The World of Ham Radio, 1910 – 1950: A Social History. Reviewed by Noah Arceneaux.

 

Levine, Elana and Lisa Parks, Ed. Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reviewed by Stephanie Eve Boone.

 

Decherney, Peter. Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American. Reviewed by Peter Catapano.

 

Swirski, Peter, Ed. All Roads Lead to the American City. Reviewed by Lisa Cheung.

 

McWilliams, James E. A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. Reviewed by Carol-Ann Farkas.

 

Rogers, Heather. Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. Reviewed by Laura Hapke.

 

Cusic, Don. Gene Autry: His Life and Career. Reviewed by Richard Larschan.

 

Allen, Richard. Hitchcock’s Romantic Irony. Reviewed by Lisa LeBlanc.

 

Brandt, Allan M. The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America. Reviewed by Jonathan F. Lewis.

 

Yates, Michael D. Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: An Economist’s Travelogue. Reviewed by George Longenecker.

 

Potter, Russell A. Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875. Reviewed by Shane McCorristine.

 

Schubart, Rikke. Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006. Reviewed by E. Regina McMenomy.

 

Ferriss, Suzanne and Mallory Young, Ed. Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies. Reviewed by Colette Marie O’Bannion.

 

Lipsitz, George. Footsteps in the Dark: The Hidden Histories of Popular Music. Reviewed by Ian Reilly.

 

Kisseloff, Jeff. Generation on Fire: Voices of Protest from the 1960s, An Oral History. Reviewed by Ray Schuck.

 

Friedman, Lester D., Ed. American Cinema of the 1970s: Themes and Variations. Reviewed by Douglas Sherry.

 

Zeiler, Thomas W. Ambassadors in Pinstripes: The Spalding World Baseball Tour and the Birth of the American Empire. Reviewed by Robert W. Smith.

 

Oriard, Michael. Brand NFL: Making and Selling America’s Favorite Sport. Reviewed by Travis Vogan.

 

Slide, Anthony. Incorrect Entertainment: Trash from the Past: A History of Political Incorrectness and Bad Taste in the 20th Century American Popular Culture. Reviewed by Robert G. Weiner.