Volume 41.5, October 2008


Editorial by Gary Hoppenstand




“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.