Thursday, October 18, 2012

Journal of Popular Culture October 2012

The latest number 45.5 of The Journal of Popular Culture is now available in print and online at the Wiley Online Library. Contents as follows:

Editorial: Adaptation and Disappointment (pages 921–922)
Gary Hoppenstand

“Incloseto Putbacko”: Queerness in Adolescent Fantasy Fiction (pages 923–942)
Anne Balay

Behind the Behind the Scenes of Disney World: Meeting the Need for Insider Knowledge (pages 943–959)
Mathew J. Bartkowiak

“People of Colors”: Multiethnic Humor in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Weeds (pages 960–978)
David Gillota

Performing the Imperial Abject: The Ethics of Cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four (pages 979–999)
Benjamin D. O'Dell

“When the Life Giver Dies, All Around Is Laid Waste.” Structural Trauma and the Splitting of Time in Signal to Noise, a Graphic Novel (pages 1000–1019)
Andrés Romero-Jódar

Gay Characters in the Margins: Gender-Based Stereotypes in Subtitled French Film (pages 1020–1040)
Sheila Turek

Remembering Why We Once Feared the Dark: Reclaiming Humanity Through Fantasy in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II (pages 1041–1059)
Tony M. Vinci

Feminism and Early Twenty-First Century Harlequin Mills & Boon Romances (pages 1060–1089)
Laura Vivanco

The Killer Angels, Popular Memory, and the Battle of Gettysburg Sesquicentennial (pages 1090–1108)
Nicholas White

Book Reviews
Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons. Ed. Ethan Blue. New York: New York University Press, 2012. (pages 1109–1113)
Laura Hapke

That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Eds. Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal. Second Edition. New York: Routledge, 2012. 760 pp. $47.00 paperback. (pages 1113–1116)
Shanesha R. F. Brooks-Tatum

Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture. Jane Iwamura. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 232 pp. $24.95 paperback. (pages 1116–1118)
Kate Netzler Burch

Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W Adorno. Miriam Hansen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. 408 pp. $79 cloth; $29.90 paperback. (pages 1118–1122)
Dora Valkanova

The Jukebox in the Garden: Ecocriticism and American Popular Music Since 1960. Ingram David. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. 278 pp. $79.44 paperback. (pages 1122–1123)
Stephen Rust

Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network. Rice Jeff. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 264 pp. $39.95 paperback. (pages 1123–1126)
Nicholas Porter

The Galaxy is Rated G: Essays on Children's Science Fiction Film and Television. Eds. R. C. Neighbors and Sandy Rankin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 292 pp. $40.00 paperback. (pages 1126–1128)
Rachel E. Page

Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter and the Modern Horror Film. Ed. Kendall R. Phillips. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 256 pp. $30.00 paperback. (pages 1128–1131)
Daniel R. Mistich

The Films of James Cameron: Critical Essays. Eds. Matthew Kapell and Stephen McVeigh. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 239 pp. $40.00 paperback. (pages 1131–1133)
Shannon McRae

Announcement: The William Brigman JPC Award (page 1134)

Journal of American Culture September 2012

The latest number 35.3 of The Journal of American Culture is now available in print and online at the Wiley Online Library. Contents as follows:

Capturing the American Past: The Cowboy Song and the Archive (pages 207–218)
Michael Slowik

Walt Disney's Song of the South and the Politics of Animation (pages 219–230)
M. Thomas Inge

“Keep it Under Your Hat”: Safety Campaigns and Fashion in the World War II Factory (pages 231–243)
Stephen R. Patnode

Writing Ojibwe: Politics and Poetics in Longfellow's Hiawatha (pages 244–257)
Tom Nurmi

Satirical Fake News and/as American Political Discourse (pages 258–275)
Ian Reilly

DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World. David Kinkela. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. (pages 276–277)
Drew A. Swanson

Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South. Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. (pages 277–278)
Drew A. Swanson

From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish–American War of 1898. Bonnie M. Miller. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011. (pages 278–279)
Benjamin A. Coates

Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States. Kristin Celello. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. (pages 279–280)
William Kuby

Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America. Jo B. Paoletti. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. (pages 280–282)
Kathy Merlock Jackson

Reinventing Childhood after World War II. Paula S. Fass, and Michael Grossberg, Eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. (pages 282–283)
Kathy Merlock Jackson

The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times. Joseph J. Darowski, Ed. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. (pages 283–284)
John Shelton Lawrence, Emeritus

The Production of Modernization: Daniel Lerner, Mass Media, and the Passing of Traditional Society. Hemant Shah. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. (pages 284–285)
Brad Stoddard

Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History. David Cowart. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. (pages 285–286)
Stephen Hock

User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers. Joseph J. Corn. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. (pages 286–287)
Lawrence C. Rubin

West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977. Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner, Eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. (pages 287–288)
Kirstin L. Ellsworth

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween at Design Toscano

Design Toscano offers a wealth of Halloween- and Gothic-themed products (including zombies, vampires, skeletons, reapers, witches, and, of course, their signature gargoyles) at their website. Details and images at

Friday, October 12, 2012

Art of the Hobbit

New from Houghton Mifflin (and reissued from HarperCollins, though minus the original slipcase) is The Art of the Hobbit. It is an odd book, reprinting all of Tolkien's various drawings and sketches for the work, and definitely one for Tolkien completists as opposed to the casual fan of Middle-earth.

Details as follows:

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
By Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien

About the Book
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547928258
ISBN-10: 0547928254
Price: $40
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
Trim Size: 10 x 10
Book Description:

J.R.R. Tolkien’s complete artwork for The Hobbit, presented for the first time in celebration of the 75th anniversary

When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, he was already an accomplished amateur artist, and drew illustrations for his book while it was still in manuscript. The Hobbit as first printed had ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and binding and dust jacket designs by its author. Later, Tolkien also painted five scenes for color plates, which comprise some of his best work. His illustrations for The Hobbit add an extra dimension to that remarkable book, and have long influenced how readers imagine Bilbo Baggins and his world.

Written and edited by leading Tolkien experts Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien showcases the complete artwork created by the author for his story—including related pictures, more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans. Some of these images are published here for the first time, others for the first time in color, allowing Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures to be seen completely and more vividly than ever before.

Vampire Teddy (with Cookies)

There are a number of monstrous mash-ups being sold for this Halloween, including this vampiric teddy bear (with Bela Lugosi's signature widow's peak and a variation on his classic costume) sold by

Vampire Bites Bear
Item ID 12F307
Current Price $29.99
(as add-on $14.99) 

NEW! Comes with a sampler of 18 Nibblers® bite-sized cookies and two hand-frosted ghost cookies or as an add-on to most catalog items.