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Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century

Living OilAuthor: Stephanie LeMenager

Living Oil: Petroleum and Culture in the American Century, is a work of environmental cultural studies that engages with a wide spectrum of cultural forms, from museum exhibits and oil industry tours to poetry, documentary film, fiction, still photography, novels and memoirs. The book’s unique focus is the aesthetic, sensory and emotional legacies of petroleum, from its rise to the preeminent modern fossil fuel during World War I through the current era of so-called Tough Oil.


Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale

Author:  Henry B. Wonham

Henry B. Wonham’s Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale, published by Oxford University Press, explores Twain’s literary adaptation of a traditional storytelling technique.

My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

51SzoT6UMOL._AC_US160_Author:  Lisa Gilman

In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, recent technological developments in music listening enabled troops to carry vast amounts of music with them and easily acquire new music, for themselves and to share with their fellow troops as well as friends and loved ones far away. This ethnographic study examines U.S. troops’ musical-listening habits during and after war, and the accompanying fear, domination, violence, isolation, pain, and loss that troops experienced.

My Music, My War is a moving ethnographic account of what war was like for those most intimately involved. It shows how individuals survive in the messy webs of conflicting thoughts and emotions that are intricately part of the moment-to-moment and day-to-day phenomenon of war, and the pervasive memories in its aftermath. It gives fresh insight into musical listening as it relates to social dynamics, gender, community formation, memory, trauma, and politics.


Other Others: Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies

Author:  Steven Shankman

Steven Shankman’s book Other Others: Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas’s notion of “the Other.”


Philosophy & Rhetoric – Special Issue

Author:  James Crosswhite

 James Crosswhite edited and wrote the introduction and closing article for this special issue of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric, which includes contributors from Belgium, Canada, Germany, and the US. English Department graduate student William Driscoll and UO Honors College Dean David Frank developed a definitive scholarly bibliography on the new rhetoric project for the volume.  (more…)


Playing the Races

Author:  Henry B. Wonham

In Playing the Races, Henry B. Wonham explains why the major practitioners of American literary realism so often resorted to the patently un-realistic technique of caricature in their representation of ethnic identity.


Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

Author:  Daniel Wojcik

Daniel Wojcik’s book, Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art (University Press of Mississippi) explores the shock aesthetics and oppositional style of the punk subculture, and the meanings of contemporary body modification.


Race, Manhood, and Modernism in America

Author:  Mark Whalan.

This book offers the first extended comparison between American writers Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) and Jean Toomer (1894-1967), and their development of unique visions of how race, gender, and region would be transformed as America entered an age of mass consumerism and rural decline.


Reading Shakespeare’s Will

Author:  Lisa Freinkel

Lisa Freinkel’s book Reading Shakespeare’s Will, published by Columbia University Press, 2002, offers the first systematic account of the theology behind Shakespeare’s sonnets and restores Shakespeare to a time riven by doctrinal dispute and religious strife.

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Rhetoric of Reason

 Author:  James Crosswhite

To those who have lost faith in the abilities of people to reach reasoned mutual agreements, and to others who have attacked the right-or-wrong model of formal logic, this book offers the reminder that the rhetorical tradition has always viewed argumentation as a dialogue, a response to changing situations, an exchange of persuading, listening, and understanding. (more…)

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