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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

An alternative history of popular music that centers the electric bass

Corpse Crusaders

The Zombie in American Comics

Uncovering 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 and 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

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

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

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

In the Lurch

Verbatim Theater and the Crisis of Democratic Deliberation

A spirited examination of the changing cultural climate for a once-lauded theatrical form

Queer Voices in Hip Hop

Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance

Positions queer and trans hip hop artists within a longer tradition of Black queer music

Empire and Environment

Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific

Explores environmental violence and recovery in Indigenous Pacific Islander, Asian North American, and Asian diasporic cultural expressions

Staged Readings

Contesting Class in Popular American Theater and Literature, 1835-75

How popular culture helped to create class in nineteenth-century America

Contingent Encounters

Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life

Investigates the relationship between improvisation in music and in everyday life

Marginal People in Deviant Places

Ethnography, Difference, and the Challenge to Scientific Racism

How twentieth-century ethnographers captured the diverse social worlds of outsiders

Made-Up Asians

Yellowface During the Exclusion Era

Why and how Asian characters have been represented by non-Asian actors on stage and screen

Winged Words

The Life and Work of Poet H.D.

A fresh look at the life and work of modernist poet H.D.

Winged Words

The Life and Work of the Poet H.D.

A fresh look at the life and work of modernist poet H.D.