News of Members

News of Members

Heather Latimer’s (UBC) Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film will be published on June 1, 2013, with McGill-Queen’s UP. “In Reproductive Acts, Heather Latimer investigates what contemporary fiction and film can tell us about the divisive nature of these politics, and demonstrates how fictional representations of reproduction allow for readings of reproductive politics that are critical of the terms of the debate itself….  Latimer analyzes works by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Kathy Acker, Toni Morrison, Larissa Lai, and director Alfonso Cuarón to claim that reproductive politics are deeply connected to cultural anxieties about gender, race, citizenship, and sexuality – anxieties that cannot be contained under the rules of individual rights or choices.”

Danielle Fuller (Birmingham) and DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Mount Saint Vincent) have brought out a major edited collection: Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture (Routledge). In Reading Beyond the Book,” writes Christine Pawley, “ Fuller and Rehberg Sedo set out a carefully argued and highly readable account of ‘Mass Reading Events’ (MREs) in Britain, Canada and the USA, supporting careful empirical research with sophisticated political and economic analysis of the reading industry.” Janice Radway writes: “This lively, methodologically adventurous book should be read by everyone interested in the fate of reading in our digital age…. The authors explore with great verve and insight the significance of the fact that a book reading industry has flourished even as digital media garner more and more of our collective attention.” As David Hesmondhalgh (Leeds) puts it: “This is more than just an excellent study of books and reading in the twenty first century.”

Mary Chapman (UBC) and Angela Mills‘ co-edited Treacherous Texts: US Suffrage Literature 1846-1946 (Rutgers UP 2011, paperback 2012) was awarded Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s enormously prestigious Susan Koppelman Prize, 2012, for best edited volume in feminist popular culture. “Uncovering startling affinities between popular literature and propaganda, Treacherous Texts samples a rich, decades-long tradition of suffrage literature created by writers from diverse racial, social, and regional backgrounds… canonical figures such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Djuna Barnes, Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sui Sin Far, and Gertrude Stein, as well as writers popular in their day but, until now, lost.”

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