American Studies

Inventing the Fiesta City

Heritage and Carnival in San Antonio
By Laura Hernández-Ehrisman

The story of how the multicultural identity of San Antonio, Texas, has been shaped and polished through its annual fiesta since the late nineteenth century.

Global West, American Frontier

Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression
By David M. Wrobel

Looking at both European and American travelers’ accounts of the West, from de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America to William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, David Wrobel offers a counternarrative to the nation’s romantic entanglement with its western past and suggests the importance of some long-overlooked authors, lively and perceptive witnesses to our history who deserve new attention.

Dispatches from the Drownings

Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction
By B. J. Hollars

In homage to Michael Lesy’s cult classic, Wisconsin Death Trip, Hollars pairs reports from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century journalists with fictional versions, creating a hybrid text complete with facts, lies, and a wide range of blurring in between.

Intimate Memories

The Autobiography of Mabel Dodge Luhan
By Mabel Dodge Luhan
Edited by Lois Palken Rudnick

At last edited into one volume, the story of one of twentieth-century America’s most flamboyant women, from her youth in upper-class Buffalo to her “discovery” of New Mexico.

Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn

The Collected Letters
Edited by Claudia Moreno Pisano

The letters of Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn offer a vivid picture of American lives connecting around poetry during a tumultuous time of change and immense creativity.

The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan

Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture
Edited by Lois Palken Rudnick

Restricted at the behest of her family until the year 2000, Rudnick’s edition of these remarkable documents represents the culmination of more than thirty-five years of study of Luhan’s life, writings, lovers, friends, and Luhan’s social and cultural milieus in Italy, New York, and New Mexico.

Strange Jeremiahs

Civil Religion and the Literary Imaginations of Jonathan Edwards, Herman Melville, and W. E. B. Du Bois
By Carole Stewart

Stewart studies the writings of three American authors who all helped define civil religion through their expressions of the tradition of the jeremiad, or prophetic judgment of a people for backsliding from their destiny.

Notes from a Miner's Canary

Essays on the State of Native America
By Jace Weaver

A leading scholar takes on a variety of contemporary issues as they relate to Native Americans.

Invitation to an Execution

A History of the Death Penalty in the United States
Edited by Gordon Bakken

These original essays examine the complex history of the death penalty, focusing on specific geographic areas to illuminate the circumstances of law and politics.

Land of Disenchantment

Latina/o Identities and Transformations in Northern New Mexico
By Michael Trujillo

This experimental study of cultural dysfunction in New Mexico's Española Valley tells the stories of several of its Nuevomexicano residents, both famous and notorious.

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