Joan Burbick and William Glass, editors, Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.
Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives is a collection of essays from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives that explore the contentious issue of nationalism in historical and contemporary settings. The introduction to this volume was written by Joan Burbick.
"Ranging widely across political and linguistic traditions, Beyond Imagined Uniqueness presents a set of challenging and provocative reassessments of nationalism in the context of global culture." Eric Sundquist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, The Johns Hopkins University
Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy
Gun Show Nation
explores how and why guns have entered our national politics. To
understand gun culture in the United States, Burbick traveled to gun
shows, gun stores, and gun rights meetings, including the annual
conventions of the National Rifle Association. Based on these
experiences, confidential interviews, and historical research, this
nonfiction book charts how our attachment to guns has affected our
democracy and why we need to confront the way of the gun.
"A brilliant and insightful reading of gun culture," Richard Slotkin
"An indispensable ethnographic guide to America's obsession with guns," Saul Cornell
traveled the backroads of the West, talking with "rodeo queens," the
women who promote and perform in the elaborate pageantry of the rodeo.
She interviewed dozens of queens in their living rooms, kitchens,
barns, bars, and ranches. They took her down the rodeo road from tiny
Western towns to the show-biz glitter of Las Vegas. These women retold
the national myth of the West, cracking open the heroic male world of
rodeo. Their life stories reveal dramatic changes in the rodeo and the
West from the 1930s to the present, including the loss or ranch lands,
the fierce conflicts over gender and race, and the intense
commercialization of the rodeo.
"These women with epic hats, epic hair, and epic eye shadow tell epic stories." Sherman Alexie
"[Burbick shows] the glitter and the glamour of the rodeo subculture
and, at the same time, some of its deepest contradictions. --Los Angeles Times
"In the testosterone-tossed world of rode, Burbick serves up a delectable slice of Americana." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century America
of a national culture in the nineteenth century coincided with a common
belief that the emerging nation was diseased and in need of healing.
Reading nineteenth-century narratives of health by social reformers,
popular healers, and literary artists, Burbick exposes the fears and
conflicts underlying the creation of an American national culture. To
control the body and enforce health becomes the means to create social
order and middile-class citizens. Throughout this period, Burbick
discovers a fundamental uneasiness about democracy.
taken on a huge project and has opened up the interrelated histories of
medicine, politics, and literature in important new ways," Tom Lutz, American Literature
"[Burbick privides] readings of an amazingly diverse array of nineteeth-century prose and poetry, ranging from the well known (Walden, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Moby-Dick) to the little known (Domestic Medicine, by John C. Gunn). These readings are imaginative and frequently arresting." Cynthia Russett, Isis
In 2009, a paperback of Healing the Republic was published. For further information, contact Cambridge University Press at http://www.cambridge.org.
Thoreau's Alternative History: Changing Perspectives on Nature, Culture, and Language
conventional visions of history that rested on scientific and economic
beliefs in progress, Thoreau finds in natural history an alternative
story of tragedy, decline, and hope. This alternative narrative of time
can still be redeemed but not without an understanding of how nature
and culture are interdependent.
maps Thoreau's attempts to integrate the history of the natural world
with human history and to reconcile the result with a transcendental
vision." Martin Bickman, Library Journal