EJAS (European Journal of American Studies): Call for book reviews

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2024
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European Association for American Studies
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EJAS (European Journal of American Studies): Call for book reviews

EJAS (European Journal of American Studies) invites reviews of current books on topics relevant to American studies for publication in EJAS’ upcoming issues (vol. 19-20) due in 2024 and 2025. 

Please send a review proposal (author, title, publisher, publishing date and place, number of pages), and CV (including the list of publications) to book reviews editor, Dr. Kornelia Boczkowska (kornelia@amu.edu.pl). We accept proposals on a rolling basis.

Authors of accepted proposals will be expected to write a book review (1000 words) and follow the MLA 8th edition style manual when preparing the manuscript.

EJAS is the official, peer-reviewed academic journal of the European Association for American Studies, a federation of 21 national and joint-national associations of specialists of the United States gathering approximately 4,000 scholars from 27 European countries (<http://www.eaas.eu>).

Some suggested titles can be found below. Other proposals are also welcome provided that book publications are in English, pertain to American studies and have been published in 2023 or 2024.

  1. The Spingarn Brothers:  White Privilege, Jewish Heritage, and the Struggle for Racial Equality by Katherine Reynolds Chaddock, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  2. Crip Genealogies edited by Mel Y. Chen, Alison Kafer, Eunjung Kim, Julie Avril Minich, Duke University Press, 2023
  3. The Nature of Slavery: Environment and Plantation Labor in the Anglo-Atlantic World by Katherine Johnston, Oxford University Press, 2023
  4. “The Amazing Iroquois” and the Invention of the Empire State by John C. Winters, Oxford University Press, 2023
  5. Schools of Fiction: Literature and the Making of the American Educational System by Morgan Day Frank, Oxford University Press, 2023 
  6. The House Where My Soul Lives: The Life of Margaret Walker by Maryemma Graham, Oxford University Press, 2023
  7. Democracy amid Crises: Polarization, Pandemic, Protests, and Persuasion by Matthew Levendusky, Josh Pasek, Bruce Hardy, R. Lance Holbert, Kate Kenski, Yotam Ophir, Andrew Renninger, Daniel Romer, Dror Walter, Ken Winneg, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Oxford University Press, 2023 
  8. The Myth of Left and Right: How the Political Spectrum Misleads and Harms America by Verlan Lewis and Hyrum Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2023         
  9. Base Towns: Local Contestation of the U.S. Military in Korea and Japan by Claudia Junghyun Kim, Oxford University Press, 2023
  10. Trafficking in Antiblackness: Modern-Day Slavery, White Indemnity, and Racial Justice by Lyndsey P. Beutin, Duke University Press, 2023      
  11. Post-Cold War Revelations and the American Communist Party: Citizens, Revolutionaries, and Spies, edited by Vernon L. Pedersen, James G. Ryan, Katherine A. S. Sibley, Bloomsbury, 2022
  12. Madness at the Movies: Understanding Mental Illness through Film by James Charney, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  13. Biopolitics, Geopolitics, Life: Settler States and Indigenous Presence edited by René Dietrich and Kerstin Knopf, Duke University Press, 2023 
  14. Mendings by Megan Sweeney, Duke University Press, 2023 
  15. Annotations: On the Early Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois by Nahum Dimitri Chandler, Duke University Press, 2023 
  16. Impermanent Blackness: The Making and Unmaking of Interracial Literacy Culture in Modern America by Korey Garibaldi, Princeton University Press, 2023
  17. Caribbean American Narratives of Belonging by Vivian Nun Halloran, Ohio State University Press, 2023
  18. Scales of Resistance: Indigenous Women’s Transborder Activism by Maylei Blackwell, Duke University Press, 2023 
  19. US History in 15 Foods by Anna Zeide, Bloomsbury, 2023
  20. A Genealogy of the Good and Critique of Hubris: A History of the Discourse on Social Welfare in the United States by Phillip Dybicz, Oxford University Press, 2023
  21. The Myth of the Community Fix: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Punishment by Sarah D. Cate, Oxford University Press, 2023
  22. Gods of Thunder: How Climate Change, Travel, and Spirituality Reshaped Precolonial America – by Timothy R. Pauketat, Oxford University Press, 2023            
  23. Of Age: Boy Soldiers and Military Power in the Civil War Era by Frances M. Clarke and Rebecca Jo Plant, Oxford University Press, 2023
  24. The Extraordinary Journey of David Ingram: An Elizabethan Sailor in Native North America by Dean Snow, Oxford University Press, 2023               
  25. Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson by Ashley Brown, Oxford University Press, 2023           
  26. The Civil Rights Movement: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas C. Holt, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  27. Crossed Wires: The Conflicted History of US Telecommunications, From The Post Office To The Internet by Dan Schiller, Oxford University Press, 2023                      
  28. The Drive for Dollars: How Fiscal Politics Shaped Urban Freeways and Transformed American Cities by Brian D. Taylor, Eric A. Morris, and Jeffrey R. Brown, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  29. Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq by Melvyn P. Leffler, Oxford University Press, 2023            
  30. The Americanization of the Apocalypse: Creating America's Own Bible by Donald Harman Akenson, Oxford University Press, 2023                 
  31. The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past by Paul J. Gutacker, Oxford University Press, 2023            
  32. How Coppola Became Cage by Zach Schonfeld, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  33. The Drive for Dollars by Brian D. Taylor, Eric A. Morris, and Jeffrey R. Brown, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  34. American Sport in International History: The United States and the World since 1865, by Daniel M. DuBois, Bloomsbury, 2023          
  35. International Trade under President Reagan: US Trade Policy in the 1980s, by Giuseppe La Barca, Bloomsbury, 2023           
  36. Coral Lives: Literature, Labor, and the Making of America by Michele Currie Navakas, Princeton University Press, 2023
  37. The Makings and Unmakings of Americans by Cristina Stanciu, Yale University Press, 2023
  38. Alien Legacies: The Evolution of the Franchise, edited by Nathan Abrams and Gregory Frame, Oxford University Press, 2023       
  39. On Marilyn Monroe: An Opinionated Guide by Richard Barrios, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  40. Rhythm Man: Chick Webb and the Beat that Changed America by Stephanie Stein Crease, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  41. The Gerry Mulligan 1950s Quartets by Alyn Shipton, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  42. Behind the Screen: Tap Dance, Race, and Invisibility During Hollywood's Golden Age by Brynn W. Shiovitz, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  43. Dancing Black, Dancing White: Rock 'n' Roll, Race, and Youth Culture of the 1950s and Early 1960s by Julie Malnig, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  44. Music as Ethics: Stories from Virginia by Andrew McGraw, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  45. A Fine Romance: Adapting Broadway to Hollywood in the Studio System Era by Geoffrey Block, Oxford University Press, 2023       
  46. Music for Prime Time: A History of American Television Themes and Scoring by Jon Burlingame, Oxford University Press, 2023       
  47. The Making of American Buddhism by Scott A. Mitchell, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  48. Black is a Church: Christianity and the Contours of African American Life by Josef Sorett, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  49. Moral and Immoral Whiteness in Immigration Politics by Yalidy Matos, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  50. The Power of Partisanship by Joshua J. Dyck and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  51. Why Congress by Philip A. Wallach, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  52. Sesame Street: A Transnational History by Helle Strandgaard Jensen, Oxford University Press, 2023             
  53. Madison's Militia: The Hidden History of the Second Amendment by Carl T. Bogus, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  54. North to Boston: Life Histories from the Black Great Migration in New England by Blake Gumprecht, Oxford University Press, 2023       
  55. The Allure of Empire: American Encounters with Asians in the Age of Transpacific Expansion and Exclusion by Chris Suh, Oxford University Press, 2023        
  56. The Problem of Immigration in a Slaveholding Republic: Policing Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Kevin Kenny, Oxford University Press, 2023      
  57. On Nixon's Madness: An Emotional History, by Zachary Jonathan Jacobson, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023    
  58. Unsettling:  The El Paso Massacre, Resurgent White Nationalism, and the US-Mexico Border by Gilberto Rosas, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023     
  59. The Cambridge Companion to the American Short Story edited by Michael J. Collins and Gavin Jones, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  60. Camp TV of the 1960s: Reassessing the Vast Wasteland, edited by Isabel Pinedo and W. D. Phillips. Oxford University Press, 2023           
  61. Technology and the Making of Experimental Film Culture by John Powers. Oxford University Press, 2023            
  62. Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison by Benjamin J. Harbert. Oxford University Press, 2023       
  63. Rocking in the Free World: Popular Music and the Politics of Freedom in Postwar America by Nicholas Tochka. Oxford University Press, 2023              
  64. John Sullivan Dwight: The Life and Writings of Boston's Musical Transcendentalist by Bill F. Faucett. Oxford University Press, 2023            
  65. Gays on Broadway by Ethan Mordden, Oxford University Press, 2023               
  66. The Bioethics of Space Exploration by Konrad Szocik, Oxford University Press, 2023           
  67. Walter Lippmann: American Skeptic, American Pastor by Mark Thomas Edwards, Oxford University Press, 2023          
  68. Thanks for Your Service: The Causes and Consequences of Public Confidence in the US Military by Peter D. Feaver, Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  69. The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea, Updated Edition (2nd ed) by Christopher J. Lebron, Oxford University Press, 2023                
  70. Union Booms and Busts: The Ongoing Fight Over the U.S. Labor Movement by Judith Stepan-Norris and Jasmine Kerrissey, Oxford University Press, 2023  
  71. White Cottage, White House: Irish American Masculinities in Classical Hollywood Cinema by Tony Tracy, SUNY Press, 2023     
  72. Who Speaks for You? The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore's Most Crooked Cops by Leo Wise, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  73. Shortchanged: How Advanced Placement Cheats Students by Annie Abrams, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  74. an other: a black feminist consideration of animal life by Sharon Patricia Holland, Duke University Press, 2023
  75. Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights by Samuel G. Freedman, Oxford University Press, 2023                     
  76. American Insecurity and the Origins of Vulnerability by Russ Castronovo, Princeton University Press, 2023
  77. Making Machines of Animals: The International Livestock Exposition by Neal A. Knapp, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  78. American Kairos: Washington National Cathedral and the New Civil Religion by Richard Benjamin Crosby, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  79. Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System:  The Case for Abolition by Alan J.  Dettlaff, Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  80. Lifting the Chains:  The Black Freedom Struggle Since Reconstruction by William H.  Chafe
  81. Americans in a World at War: Intimate Histories from the Crash of Pan Am's Yankee Clipper by Brooke L. Blower, Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  82. Murder in a Mill Town: Sex, Faith, and the Crime That Captivated a Nation by Bruce Dorsey, Oxford University Press, 2023                  
  83. Spanish in Chicago by Kim Potowski and Lourdes Torres, Oxford University Press, 2023                               
  84. The United States of English: The American Language from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century by Rosemarie Ostler, Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  85. How the Movies Got a Past: A Historiography of American Cinema, 1894-1930 by Dimitrios Latsis, Oxford University Press, 2023                          
  86. Backdoor Lawmaking:  Evading Obstacles in the US Congress by Melinda N. Ritchie, Oxford University Press, 2023                    
  87. Making the Supreme Court:  The Politics of Appointments, 1930-2020) by Charles M. Cameron and Jonathan P. Kastellec, Oxford University Press, 2023                  
  88. Hamilton: The Energetic Founder by R.  B.  Bernsteinm Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  89. Radical Health: Unwellness, Care, and Latinx Expressive Culture by Julie Avril Minich, Duke University Press, 2023
  90. Vagabonds, Tramps, and Hobos by Owen Clayton, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  91. The Border Reader, edited by Gilberto Rosas & Mireya Loza, Duke University Press, 2023
  92. Our Laundry, Our Town: My Chinese American Life from Flushing to the Downtown Stage and Beyond by Alvin Eng, Fordham University Press 2023
  93. Feenin: R&B Music and the Materiality of BlackFem Voices and Technology by Alexander Ghedi Weheliye, Duke University Press, 2023
  94. The Haitian Revolution in the Early Republic of Letters by Duncan Faherty, Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  95. Peace in the US Republic of Letters, 1840-1900 by Sandra M. Gustafson, Oxford University Press, 2023                   
  96. Fixing the Musical: How Technologies Shaped the Broadway Repertory by Douglas L. Reside, Oxford University Press, 2023                       
  97. Old Town Road by Chris Molanphy, Duke University Press, 2023
  98. Get Shown the Light: Improvisation and Transcendence in the Music of the Grateful Dead by Michael Kaler, Duke University Press, 2023
  99. The Isolated Presidency by Jordan T. Cash, Oxford University Press, 2023 
  100. The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel edited by Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey and Fabrice Leroy, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  101. I Dread the Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam and the End of the Maryland Campaign by D. Scott Hartwig, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  102. The Bars Are Ours: Histories and Cultures of Gay Bars in America,1960 and After by Lucas Hilderbrand, Duke University Press, 2023              
  103. Constitutional Inquisitors: The Origins and Practice of Early Federal Prosecutors by Scott Ingram, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023
  104. The Hijacking of American Flight 119: How D.B. Cooper Inspired a Skyjacking Craze and the FBI's Battle to Stop It by John Wigger, Oxford University Press, 2023 
  105. American Poly: A History by Christopher M. Gleason, Oxford University Press, 2023 
  106. The Afterlife of Race: An Informed Philosophical Search by Lionel K. McPherson, Oxford University Press, 2023 
  107. Nuclear Decolonization: Indigenous Resistance to High-Level Nuclear Waste Siting by Danielle Endre, Ohio State University Press, 2023
  108. Energizing Neoliberalism: The 1970s Energy Crisis and the Making of Modern America by Caleb Wellum, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023              
  109. Why Antislavery Poetry Matters Now by Brian Yothers, Boydell & Brewer, 2023
  110. Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Michael Burlingame, edited and abridged by Jonathan W. White, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023        
  111. Terminus: Westward Expansion, China, and the End of American Empire by Stuart Rollo, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023        
  112. Adoption Fantasies: The Fetishization of Asian Adoptees from Girlhood to Womanhood by Kimberly D. McKee, Ohio State University Press, 2023
  113. Faulkner's Cartographies of Consciousness by John Michael Corrigan, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  114. How the Earth Feels: Geological Fantasy in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Dana Luciano, Duke University Press, 2024
  115. Jazz and American Culture by Michael Borshuk, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  116. Deathlife: Hip Hop and Thanatological Narrations of Blackness by Anthony B. Pinn, Duke University Press, 2023
  117. Courteous Capitalism: Public Relations and the Monopoly Problem, 1900–1930 by Daniel Robert, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023        
  118. The Cambridge History of the American Essay edited by Christy Wampole and Jason Childs, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  119. The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary African American Literature by Yogita Goyal, Cambridge University Press, 2023
  120. The Politics of Kinship: Race, Family, Governance by Mark Rifkin, Duke University Pres, 2024
  121. Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder by Amelie Hastie, Duke University Pres, 2024
  122. Southern History Remixed: On Rock 'n' Roll and the Dilemma of Race by Michael T. Bertrand, University Press of Florida, 2024
  123. The New Suburbia: How Diversity Remade Suburban Life in Los Angeles after 1945 by Becky M. Nicolaides, Oxford University Press, 2024
  124. Defining Cinema: Rouben Mamoulian and Hollywood Film Style, 1929-1957 by Michael Slowik, Oxford University Press, 2024       
  125. Tell it to the World: The Broadway Musical Abroad by David Savran, Oxford University Press, 2024   
  126. Liar in a Crowded Theater: Freedom of Speech in a World of Misinformation by Jeff Kosseff, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024
  127. The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics, edited By Julia Fiedorczuk, Mary Newell, Bernard Quetchenbach, Orchid Tierney, Routledge, 2024
  128. The Conversation on Guns, edited by James Densley, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024
  129. Why We Vote by Owen Fiss, Oxford University Press, 2024       
  130. Invisible No More: Voices from Native America, edited by Raymond Foxworth and Steve Dubb, Island Press, 2024
  131. Silicon Valley Imperialism: Techno Fantasies and Frictions in Postsocialist Times by Erin McElroy, Duke University Press, 2024
  132. Mu, 49 Marks of Abolition by Sora Y. Han, Duke University Press, 2024
  133. Race, Politics, and Irish America: A Gothic History, Oxford University Press, 2023
  134. Florida's Space Coast: The Impact of NASA on the Sunshine State by William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., University Press of Florida, 2024
  135. Lost Highways, Embodied Travels: The Road Movie in American Experimental Film and Video by Kornelia Boczkowska, Brill, 2023