Book Review: Fugitive Movements Commemorating the Denmark Vesey Affair and Black Radical Antislavery in the Atlantic World

A vitally interesting collection of essays which situate Denmark Vesey and the antislavery rebellion within the current scholarship on abolition that places Black activists at the center of the story. Dr. Holland, however, reviews that the overreaching themes struggle for room against each other within the limited space of a single volume, and many of the essays only able to give a brief insight into their topics due to the limited room available. Continue reading

Book Review: John Dos Passos’s Transatlantic Chronicling: Critical Essays on the Interwar Years.

The University of Tennessee Press, $65 John Dos Passos’s Transatlantic Chronicling: Critical Essays on the Interwar Years (ed. Aaron Shaheen and Rosa Maria Bautista-Cordero) spotlights John Dos Passos’s (1896-1970) interwar writing career in consideration to his self-reputed role as a contemporary ‘chronicler’. This volume of essays is split into four… Continue reading

60 Seconds with Amanda Niedfeldt

The U.S. Studies Online 60 Seconds interview feature offers a short and informal introduction to a postgraduate, academic or non-academic specialist working in the American and Canadian Studies field or a related American and Canadian Studies association.  Amanda Niedfeldt is a PhD candidate in English Literature at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities… Continue reading

Conference Review: ‘Women’s Transatlantic Prison Activism since 1960,’ the Rothermere American Institute, the University of Oxford, June 7, 2019.

This day-long conference explored a range of topics related to women’s incarceration, such as the often-overlooked history of women’s organising efforts within prison and especially art, print, and visual culture as forms of activism. Continue reading

Conference Review: ‘The Return of the Aesthetic in American Studies’, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Institut für England- und Amerikastudien, November 29 – December 1, 2018

in the province of American Cultural Studies, the (re)turn to aesthetics is indeed more recent and takes a far more political perspective than seen in the ‘return’ of aesthetics within the more philological and less politically oriented quarters of the MLA since the late 1990s. The former is animated by the utopian desire that conference host Johannes Voelz (Frankfurt) described as a central characteristic of American Studies as practiced under the auspices of the American Studies Association. As speaker Lee Edelman (Tufts University) put it, what was at stake in the Frankfurt conference was really the ‘the progressive return of the aesthetic’. Continue reading

Book Review: Irish Nationalists in America by David Brundage

David Brundage, Irish Nationalists in America: The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). pp.312. $36.95. £26.49. Irish Nationalists in America provides a thorough survey of centuries of Irish nationalist politics, distinctions in the Irish diaspora, and transnational cooperation. It is a valuable contribution to scholarship on the… Continue reading

The State of the Discipline Series: Part I: Book Review: The Saltwater Frontier by Andrew Lipman

Most historical accounts of the colonisation of New England focus on  territorial claims made on certain swathes of land between the Hudson River and Cape Cod. Not so Andrew Lipman. Unequivocal in his rejection of ‘surf and turf’ histories, in The Saltwater Frontier Lipman argues that by focusing on the ocean itself as a paradigm of shifting territories, his book offers ‘a new way of thinking about Indian history and a new way of understanding this all-too-familiar region’. Continue reading

by Dr Martin Farr, Prof. Michael Cullinane and Todd Carter: Review: Presidents and Premiers Workshop, Newcastle University, 26-27 May 2017

Dr Martin Farr, Professor Mike Cullinane and Todd Carter report back on the the success of the Presidents and Premiers workshop, held at Newcastle University on 26-27th May 2017. Continue reading

University of Glasgow: Transatlantic Literary Women, Series 2

Run by women, and in celebration of women, the series focuses on female writers on either side of the Atlantic; specifically, their lives and work in all genres from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Talks from Dr Eilidh A B Hall and Professor Faye Hammill were among the opening highlights of this year’s series. Continue reading