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Twain's Brand

By Judith Yaross Lee
Categories: Literature

Samuel L. Clemens lost the 1882 lawsuit declaring his exclusive right to use “Mark Twain” as a commercial trademark, but he succeeded in the marketplace, where synergy among his comic journalism, ...

Legend-Tripping Online

By Michael Kinsella
Categories: Folklore

On the Internet, seekers investigate anonymous manifestos that focus on the findings of brilliant scientists said to have discovered pathways into alternate realities. Gathering on web forums, researchers ...

The Jazz Image

Typically a photograph of a jazz musician has several formal prerequisites: black and white film, an urban setting in the mid-twentieth century, and a black man standing, playing, or sitting next to his ...


By Russell Frank
Categories: Folklore

Newslore is folklore that comments on and hinges on knowledge of current events. These expressions come in many forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories; press releases ...

Curt Flood in the Media

Curt Flood in the Media examines the public discourse surrounding Curt Flood (1938-1997), the star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the sixties. In 1969, Flood was traded to the Philadelphia ...

Art for the Middle Classes

How did the average American learn about art in the mid-nineteenth century? With public art museums still in their infancy, and few cities and towns large enough to support art galleries or print shops, ...

Contemporary Southern Identity

By Rebecca Bridges Wats
Categories: History

In Contemporary Southern Identity, Rebecca Bridges Watts explores the implications of four public controversies about southern identity---debates about the Confederate flag in South Carolina, the gender ...

Life on the Press

George Benjamin Luks (1867-1933) is renowned for the oil paintings, watercolors, and pastel drawings he created as an acclaimed member of the artists' collective known as the Ashcan School. His professional ...

Looking Backward at Us

By William Raspberry
Categories: History

William Raspberry's syndicated columns give the voice of sanity to addressing some of the most controversial problems in America. Few Americans have tepid feelings about the multitude of subjects he assesses ...

A Decade of Dark Humor

Edited by Ted Gournelos & Viveca Greene
Categories: Popular Culture

A Decade of Dark Humor analyzes ways in which popular and visual culture used humor-in a variety of forms-to confront the attacks of September 11, 2001 and, more specifically, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary ...