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Three Department of English faculty members are ringing in 2019 by launching new books. The work includes a collection of reflections on race studies pedagogy, a popular cinema analysis text, and a rhetorical exploration of indigenous autobiography.
Teaching with Tension is a collection of 17 original essays that address the extent to which attitudes about race, impacted by the current political moment in the United States, have produced pedagogical challenges for professors in the humanities. As a flashpoint, this current political moment is defined by the visibility of the country's first black president; the election of his successor, whose presidency has been associated with an increased visibility of the alt-right; and the emergence of the neoliberal university. Together these social currents shape the tensions with which we teach.
Drawing together personal reflection, pedagogical strategies and critical theory, Teaching with Tension offers concrete examinations that will foster student learning. The essays are organized into three thematic sections. "Teaching in Times and Places of Struggle" examines the dynamics of teaching race during the current moment, marked by neoconservative politics and 21st century freedom struggles. "Teaching in the Neoliberal University" focuses on how pressures and exigencies of neoliberalism (such as individualism, customer-service models of education and online courses) impact the way in which race is taught and conceptualized in college classes. The final section, "Teaching How to Read Race and (Counter)Narratives," hones in on direct strategies used to historicize race in classrooms comprised of millennials who grapple with race neutral ideologies. Taken together, these sections and their constitutive essays offer rich and fruitful insight into the complex dynamics of contemporary race and ethnic studies education.
Bebout is associate professor of English in literature at ASU and the author of Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies and Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White.
Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying, 4th Edition is a thorough overview of movie analysis designed to enlighten both students and enthusiasts. Divided roughly into two parts, the book addresses film studies within the context of cinema dynamics, before moving on to a broader analysis of the relationship of films to larger social, cultural and industrial issues.
This updated fourth edition includes an entirely new section devoted to a complete analysis of the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, along with many in-depth discussions of important films such as Citizen Kane and Silence of the Lambs. A chapter on television integrates a major expansion distinguishing between television in the digital era of the convergence of the entertainment and technology industries in comparison to the era of broadcast analogue television. The final chapter places film within the current context of digital culture, globalization and the powerful rise of China in film production and exhibition.
The authors clearly present various methodologies for analyzing movies and illustrate them with detailed examples and images from a wide range of films from cult classics to big-budget, award-winners. Thinking About Movies is ideal for film students immersed in the study of this important, contemporary medium and art form as well as students and readers who have never taken a class on cinema before.
Lehman is professor in the Department of English at ASU, where he teaches film and media studies and directs the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture. He is author, coauthor, and editor of 12 books and a former president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is also the Founding Editor of Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice.
In 1916, Lucy Thompson, an indigenous woman from Northwestern California, published To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman. The first book to be published by a member of the California Yurok tribe, it offers an autobiographical view of the intricacies of life in the tribe at the dawn of the twentieth century, as well as a powerful critique of the colonial agenda. Elizabeth Schleber Lowry presents a rhetorical analysis of this iconic text, investigating how Thompson aimed to appeal to diverse audiences and constructed arguments that still resonate today.
Placing Thompson’s work in the context of nineteenth-century Native American rhetoric, Lowry argues that Thompson is a skillful rhetor who has much to teach us about our nation’s violent past and how it continues to shape our culture and politics. In To the American Indian, Thompson challenges negative stereotypes about indigenous cultures and contrasts widespread Euroamerican abuse of natural resources with Yurok practices that once effectively maintained the region’s ecological and social stability. As such, Thompson’s text functions not only as a memoir, but also as a guide to sustainable living.
Lowry is Senior Lecturer in writing, rhetorics and literacies in the Department of English at ASU, where she also earned her PhD in 2012. She is the author of Invisible Hosts: Performing the Nineteenth Century Spirit Medium’s Autobiography, and The Seybert Report: Rhetoric, Rationale, and the Problem of Psi Research.