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Festive Revolutions

Are traditions of popular theatre still alive in politically-engaged theatre today? In San Francisco they are. The San Francisco Mime Troupe is a modern link in the long history of public performances ...

Seal of Approval

For the past forty years the content of comic books has been governed by an industry self-regulatory code adopted by publishers in 1954 in response to public and governmental pressure.

This book examines ...

Ash of Stars

Edited by James Sallis
Categories: Literature

The Lasting of the Mohicans

There are few people for whom the phrase “last of the Mohicans” does not conjure up memories and associations—childhood games, films, TV programs. Yet most who profess acquaintance with Cooper's ...

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

Punk body adornment, the most notorious, pervasive, and celebrated of rebellious youth cultural styles, emerged in the mid-1970s and persists to the present day in various updated forms.

This luminously ...

Dance Marathons

This penetrating analysis of one of the most extraordinary fads ever to strike America details how dance marathons manifested a potent from of drama. Between the two world wars they were a phenomenon ...

Li'l Abner

Southwest literary humor and Yiddish humor collided in the ever-popular comic strip "Li'l Abner," From 1936 to 1977, when it ceased publication, this comic strip entertained, annoyed, riled, and amused ...

A Haunt of Fears

By Martin Barker
Categories: Comics Studies

Between 1949 and 1955 Britain was swept by a rising tide of panic about “American-style” or “horror” comics. The British press cried out in alarm: “Now Ban This Filth That Poisons Our Children,” ...