NYU Press

Jul 16

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The cover of our new book, The Traumatic Colonel features the death mask of Aaron Burr—from the incredible Laurence Hutton Collection of Life and Death Masks at Princeton University Library.

Love it as much as we do? Browse the collection online, which includes high-quality photos of life and death masks from historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Shakespeare, and more!

Jul 11

If You Read This, You Might Never Drink a Latte Again -

For all the latte-drinking liberals in the house…

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, author of Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century, dispels the notion that lattes are a sign of privilege (and does so in the New York Times, no less!).

Jul 08

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings

Juana María Rodríguez
July 2014, Paper
9780814764923, $24.00

Read the introduction here.

Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma

Jason Whitesel
July 2014, Paper
9780814724125, $22.00

Read the introduction here.

Jul 07

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Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex

Joel Best and Kathleen A. Bogle
August 2014, Cloth
9780814760734, $24.95

Read the introduction here

Jun 24

“‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is not a group of teenagers with cancer; it is a representation of teenagers with cancer. We are enraptured by it because it signifies suffering but it is not the real thing, giving us a vicarious ‘fantasy of witnessing’ tragedy. We insist that we are seeing heartbreak.” — Jodi Eichler-Levine, author of Suffer the Little Children

Jun 16

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Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture

James Joseph Dean
August 2014, Paper
9780814764596, $26.00

Read the introduction here.

Jun 13

Ever wonder… what straights can do for #Pride?

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James Joseph Dean, author of STRAIGHTS, has a few ideas.

Jun 05

“While gay teachers may not ‘turn’ kids gay (just as my hetero parents failed to turn me hetero), can’t we also offer up the possibility that openly gay teachers (or neighbors or mothers or firefighters) may create environments that encourage expansive thinking about sexuality and gender?” — Suzanna Danuta Walters, author of The Tolerance Trap

(via The Atlantic)

Jun 04

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The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture by Vincent Woodard. Edited By Justin A. Joyce and Dwight McBride. Foreword by E. Patrick Johnson

Scholars of US and transatlantic slavery have largely ignored or dismissed accusations that Black Americans were cannibalized. Vincent Woodard takes the enslaved person’s claims of human consumption seriously, focusing on both the literal starvation of the slave and the tropes of cannibalism on the part of the slaveholder, and further draws attention to the ways in which Blacks experienced their consumption as a fundamentally homoerotic occurrence. The Delectable Negro explores these connections between homoeroticism, cannibalism, and cultures of consumption in the context of American literature and US slave culture.
Utilizing many staples of African American literature and culture, such as the slave narratives of Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, and Frederick Douglass, as well as other less circulated materials like James L. Smith’s slave narrative, runaway slave advertisements, and numerous articles from Black newspapers published in the nineteenth century, Woodard traces the racial assumptions, political aspirations, gender codes, and philosophical frameworks that dictated both European and white American arousal towards Black males and hunger for Black male flesh. Woodard uses these texts to unpack how slaves struggled not only against social consumption, but also against endemic mechanisms of starvation and hunger designed to break them. He concludes with an examination of the controversial chain gang oral sex scene in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, suggesting that even at the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century, we are still at a loss for language with which to describe Black male hunger within a plantation culture of consumption.

africandiasporaphd:

The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture by Vincent Woodard. Edited By Justin A. Joyce
and Dwight McBride. Foreword by E. Patrick Johnson

Scholars of US and transatlantic slavery have largely ignored or dismissed accusations that Black Americans were cannibalized. Vincent Woodard takes the enslaved person’s claims of human consumption seriously, focusing on both the literal starvation of the slave and the tropes of cannibalism on the part of the slaveholder, and further draws attention to the ways in which Blacks experienced their consumption as a fundamentally homoerotic occurrence. The Delectable Negro explores these connections between homoeroticism, cannibalism, and cultures of consumption in the context of American literature and US slave culture.

Utilizing many staples of African American literature and culture, such as the slave narratives of Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, and Frederick Douglass, as well as other less circulated materials like James L. Smith’s slave narrative, runaway slave advertisements, and numerous articles from Black newspapers published in the nineteenth century, Woodard traces the racial assumptions, political aspirations, gender codes, and philosophical frameworks that dictated both European and white American arousal towards Black males and hunger for Black male flesh. Woodard uses these texts to unpack how slaves struggled not only against social consumption, but also against endemic mechanisms of starvation and hunger designed to break them. He concludes with an examination of the controversial chain gang oral sex scene in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, suggesting that even at the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century, we are still at a loss for language with which to describe Black male hunger within a plantation culture of consumption.

(via lionized)

The Power in 'Choosing to Be Gay' -

An excerpt from Suzanna Danuta Walters’ The Tolerance Trap in The Atlantic!

May 29

Author “disavows” his 1971 leftist manifesto

…according to The New York Times

We still think Open Veins is a must-read. Enter our book giveaway now for a chance to win a free copy!

May 09

P.T. Barnum, Ben Franklin, Steve Jobs, Abbie Hoffman: A History of Pranksters -

 An excellent review of Kembrew McLeod’s Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World appeared on Slate today! 

(We’re also enjoying that creepy image of Ben Franklin in clown face featured along with it.)

May 02

So what is City of Promises? Many things, not the least quite beautiful and more than substantial: three volumes running to just over one thousand pages, deftly produced by New York University Press, with ample illustrations and snugly housed in an attractive slipcase suggesting care and stature…

Individually and collectively, the volumes mark
a new high in American urban, ethnic, and religious history. These are wonderful books, testaments to the best in American history. They deserve wide attention as reconstructions of a remarkable past and as models for many more like them.

” — A wonderful book review of City of Promisesour three-volume history of the Jews of New York, just appeared in the Journal of the American Jewish Archives! Read the full version here.

Apr 28

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The Counter-Revolution of 1776
Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America

Gerald Horne
April 2014, Cloth
9781479893409, $39.00

Read the introduction here.