Literary Criticism/Cultural Studies

Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 3: “Serving their interests and needs”

by Brian Matzke July 17, 2017

“Serving their interests and needs”: The failures of Detroit’s public institutions The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System Detroit, 1907-81, Second Edition Jeffrey Mirel Faith in the City Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit Angela D. Dillard 9226 Kercheval The Storefront that Did Not Burn, With a New Preface Nancy Milio Grit, Noise, and Revolution The Birth of Detroit Rock ‘n’ Roll David A. Carson Right up until the riot, Mayor Jerome Cavanagh and other city officials promoted Detroit as a “model city” for urban renewal and positive race relations. But beneath the surface, demographic changes were undermining […]

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Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 2: “Be calm and as quiet as possible”

by Brian Matzke July 12, 2017

“Be calm and as quiet as possible”: Rebellion on the television Grand River and Joy Susan Messer TV Land–Detroit Gordon Castelnero The Detroit Tigers Reader Tom Stanton, Editor Violence in the Model City Sidney Fine Susan Messer’s novel Grand River and Joy begins on Halloween 1966. Harry Levine arrives at his wholesale shoe warehouse in downtown Detroit to find an ethnic slur soaped on his window. Searching the basement for supplies to clean the window, he discovers a makeshift living room with a stash of marijuana and black power literature, left there by Alvin, the teenaged tenant who lives in the apartment […]

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Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 1: “Before the whole damn studio went up in flames”

by Brian Matzke July 10, 2017

“Before the whole damn studio went up in flames”: Motown at the start of the 1967 riot The Automobile and American Culture David L. Lewis and Laurence Goldstein, Editors Before Motown A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert One Nation Under A Groove Motown and American Culture Gerald Early I Hear a Symphony Motown and Crossover R&B Andrew Flory Guitars, Bars, and Motown Superstars Dennis Coffey This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riot, also knowns as the 12th Street riot, one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in American history. […]

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HOLIDAY SALE: Select books only $5, $10, or 50% off!

by Lauren Stachew November 26, 2016

As you begin your search for gifts this holiday season, look no further than the University of Michigan Press! Our holiday sale features a variety of classics, favorites, conversation starters, and new titles – all at a variety of discounts. Use discount code UMHOL16, valid through January 2, 2017. GO BLUE    NATURE          MICHIGAN HISTORY     CONTAINING MULTITUDES                              

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Halloween and Humanism

by Jenny Geyer October 31, 2016

The following is a blog post written by Dina Khapaeva, Professor at the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech, and author of The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in spring 2017.   Halloween is upon us, a time when the suburbs of any American city can be found covered with images of death, most of them about as realistically revolting as they can be;  rotting corpses, mutilated body parts, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons—skeletons of all sizes, standing, hanging, carrying coffins. Already by late September, some of the most exclusive neighborhoods, where funeral […]

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