Literary Criticism/Cultural Studies

Michel Serres awarded prestigious Dan David Prize

by Shaun Manning March 8, 2013
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Professor Michel Serres, author of The Natural Contract, The Troubadour of Knowledge, Genesis, and, with Bruno Latour, Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time, has been awarded a Dan David Prize for his “achievements that shape and enrich society today.” Administered by Tel Aviv University, the David Prize is awarded annually in each of three time divisions–Past, Present, and Future–with each category carrying a $1 million award. Additionally, each era recognizes a particular field that rotates each year; Professor Serres was one of two winners this year in the “Present: Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers” cohort. “Michel Serres is a […]

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Lammy Spotlight: ‘The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan’

by Shaun Manning March 7, 2013
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The Lambda Literary Foundation this week announced its finalists for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards—”Lammys” for short—and three titles from the University of Michigan Press have made the list. The Lammys are given each year to celebrate the best books on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender subjects, including both fiction and non-fiction and drawing in nominees from major publishing houses, small publishers, academic presses, and more. Last year, Peggy Shaw’s A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw took home the gold in the LGBT Drama category. This year’s nominees from the Press are The Myopia and Other Plays by […]

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‘Mex-Ciné’ author Frederick Aldama discusses new Latino superhero with Fox News

by Shaun Manning February 25, 2013
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Frederick Aldama, whose book Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the Twenty-first Century will be published in April, spoke with Fox News Latino about the debut of DC Comics’ newest Latino superhero, code named Vibe. While the original Vibe, introduced in early 1980s, was widely derided as a poor stereotype–he is one of the few heroes in comics to be killed but not return to life–Aldama told Fox that the new version of the character is considerably more realistic. “Artwise it’s amazing. His skin color is dark and they didn’t just give him Caucasian features. He looks and speaks like […]

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Saint Louis Beacon Spotlight on Howard Rambsy II

by Phillip Witteveen February 20, 2013
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Howard Rambsy II, author of The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry was featured recently in the Saint Louis Beacon in an interview about his work, teaching style, and influences. Rambsy’s career in black literature and history has taken him to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where Eugene Redmond, the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis who inspired him with his book Drumvoices, resides. As an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, he works in studying black arts, visual literacy and how texts influence readers. Rambsy is also director of the university’s Black Studies […]

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Francesca Royster reflects on Obama as a father in Huffington Post

by Shaun Manning January 24, 2013
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Writing for the Huffington Post, Sounding Like a No-No author Francesca Royster builds from President Obama’s speech from his second inauguration to examine his role as a prominent African-American father and what Obama’s perspective as a parent does–and could–bring to his policy agenda. “Given the history of images of black fathers in the country, President Obama reveals that we are still in the midst of a moment of extraordinary change in terms of race,” Royster said. “But we are still not post-racial as a society, despite claims to the contrary. President Obama shows us that that positive images of black fatherhood […]

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