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Enveloping Worlds

Toward a Discourse of Immersive Performance

A collection analyzing immersive, participatory performances as it has developed in the U.S.

Shipping Out

Race, Performance, and Labor at Sea

How race, performance, and labor interconnect on Caribbean cruise ships through the lens of a destination lecturer


Performing Trans/Queer Cuba

How drag performance transforms the social landscape of Cuba and illuminates the island’s racial, sexual, and economic inequalities

Notes on Vermin

How and why modern literature came to love its pests

Readying the Revolution

African American Theater and Performance from Post-World War II to the Black Arts Movement

A critical history of Black culture post-World War II that helped cultivate the spirit of Black revolutionary theater

The Revolution Will Be Improvised

The Intimacy of Cultural Activism

An examination of revolutionary intimacy-making, experimental performance, and art activism during the civil rights movement

Owning My Masters (Mastered)

The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions

Using hip hop to create new theory

Teaching Difficult Topics

Reflections from the Undergraduate Music Classroom

Reflections from college music instructors offering various approaches to inclusive, supportive pedagogy in the classroom

Geographies of Relation

Diasporas and Borderlands in the Americas

How diaspora and borderlands subjects from across the Americas have represented and performed their interrelationship

Bateson's Alphabet

The ABC's of Gregory Bateson’s Ecology of Mind

Connecting Bateson’s ecology of mind with the environmental humanities

Pleasure Grounds of Death

The Rural Cemetery in Nineteenth-Century America

Revealing how landscapes dedicated to the perpetual care of the dead mirrored the transformations and conflicts of the nineteenth century in American society

The Bastard Instrument

A Cultural History of the Electric Bass

Centering the electric bass in popular music history

Corpse Crusaders

The Zombie in American Comics

Unearthing the undead stalking the panels of action/adventure and superhero comics

Disorienting Politics

Chimerican Media and Transpacific Entanglements

Understanding Chimerican entanglements through 21st-century media

Incarceration Games

A History of Role-Play in Psychology, Prisons, and Performance

Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment and other psychological experiments as performance and theater

Sensing Health

Bodies, Data, and Digital Health Technologies

An exploration of the experience of “health” in the age of the smart watch

Stephanie Dinkins

On Love & Data

Art’s power to challenge inequities and build inclusive dialogues

Tracks on the Trail

Popular Music, Race, and the US Presidency

How music defines US presidential campaigns

Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way

Mapping Embodied Indigenous Performance

A unique in-depth study of a culture-specific approach to Indigenous dramaturgy that challenges Eurocentric ideologies

Racing the Great White Way

Black Performance, Eugene O’Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway

How artists of color challenged racist stereotypes on the Broadway stage

Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers

Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Café Theatre

Parody, cross-dressing, zany comedy, and unbridled eroticism at a women's theater space in the East Village

Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies

Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance

Gay and lesbians in Harlem nightclubs, speakeasies, rent parties, and on Broadway stages

The Taylor Mac Book

Ritual, Realness and Radical Performance

Brings together the voices of scholars, critics, and artists to celebrate the genius of Taylor Mac

Living Labor

Fiction, Film, and Precarious Work

Examines new narratives about work and workers in the age of transnational migration and precarious labor