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Hemingway and Film

and | Filed under: Forthcoming, Hemingway Studies, Literature & Literary Criticism, Teaching Hemingway
Hemingway and Film-cover. Cam Cobb and Marc K. Dudley

Though Ernest Hemingway distrusted Hollywood and often found himself in conflict with directors and producers, he frequented theaters and freely acknowledged the art and potential that cinema contained. In turn, the film industry’s interest in his stories has endured for nearly a century. Focusing on the relationship between written and cinematic work, Hemingway and Film brings together diverse literary and film studies scholars to both deepen understanding of Hemingway’s fiction and film adaptations and to provide practical guidance for approaching these topics in the classroom.


Cam Cobb is associate professor of education at the University of Windsor and a rock journalist. He is the author of What’s Big and Purple and Lives in the Ocean? and Weighted Down: The Complicated Life of Skip Spence, and he codirected Buskin’ in the Subway, which competed in the Windsor International Film Festival.

Marc K. Dudley is professor of American literature and Africana studies at North Carolina State University. He appeared in the 2021 PBS documentary Hemingway and is the author of Hemingway, Race, and Art: Bloodlines and the Color Line; Understanding James Baldwin; and the forthcoming Understanding Ralph Ellison.


The Forgotten Battles of the Chancellorsville Campaign

| Filed under: Civil War Era, Civil War Soldiers and Strategies, Forthcoming, Military History
The Forgotten Battles of Chancellorsville-cover. Erik F. Nelson

To demonstrate how a Union force overpowered Confederate troops in and around Fredericksburg, Erik F. Nelson emphasizes the role of terrain. Previous studies have relied on misleading primary sources that have left the campaign—and the Union’s larger victory—misunderstood. Moreover, the former battlegrounds near Fredericksburg have been altered by new roads and neighborhoods, further complicating study.


High-Bounty Men in the Army of the Potomac

| Filed under: Civil War Era, Forthcoming, Interpreting the Civil War: Texts and Contexts, Military History
High-Bounty Men in the Army of the Potomac-cover. Edwin P. Rutan II

For more than a century, historians have disparaged the men who joined the Union army in the later days of the Civil War—when higher bounty payments and the conditional draft were in effect—as unpatriotic mercenaries who made poor soldiers and contributed little to the Union victory. However, as Edwin P. Rutan II explains, historians have relied on the accounts of 1861 and 1862 veterans who resented these new recruits who had not yet suffered the hardships of war, and they were jealous of the higher bounties those recruits received. The result, he argues, is a long-standing mischaracterization of the service of 750,000 Union soldiers.


Holding the Political Center in Illinois

| Filed under: Civil War Era, Forthcoming, Interpreting the Civil War: Texts and Contexts, U.S. History
Holding the Political Center in Illinois. Ian T. Iverson. cover image

Holding the Political Center in Illinois charts the political trajectory of Illinois from the introduction of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 through the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. Throughout, Ian T. Iverson focuses on political moderation in this era of partisan extremes, one in which the very label of “conservative” was contested. Most often framed through the biography of Abraham Lincoln, the turbulence of antebellum-era and political realignment in Illinois has been widely misunderstood, yet the Prairie State’s geographic, economic, and demographic diversity makes it an especially fascinating microcosm through which to examine the politics of self-identified conservatives leading up to the Civil War.


Opium and Ambergris

| Filed under: Forthcoming, Health Humanities, Poetry, Wick First Book
Opium and Ambergris cover. Colin Dekeersgieter.

Opium and Ambergris is the haunting debut collection by poet Colin Dekeersgieter, whose lyric poems scrutinize a family’s history with addiction, death, and mental illness.

Reeling from the loss of his brother to a heroin overdose, Dekeersgieter grieves while doing his best to keep his suicidal mother alive and raise his family. As a result, these poems shift between historical retellings and urgent examinations of love. In the title poem, “opium” is associated with death and “ambergris”—a substance formed in sperm whales’ digestive tracts and valued by many cultures for over one thousand years—is associated with love. As family history, death, trauma, and duty become entwined with the acts of living, suffering, growing, and writing, these metaphorical categories become essentially interchangeable. Opium comes from the beautiful poppy; ambergris is an ingredient still used in high-end perfumes to help the fragrance last longer, yet it is extracted from dead whales. Thus, “opium” and “ambergris” come to represent the possible coexistence of love and loss.


The Madness of John Terrell

| Filed under: Forthcoming, True Crime, True Crime History
Madness of John Terrell. By Stephen Terrell. Cover

In early 1900s Indiana, John Terrell was the wealthiest man in Wells County, thanks to oil discovered on his farm. But when his youngest daughter, Lucy, became pregnant and entered into a forced marriage to abusive Melvin Wolfe, Terrell’s life and fortune unraveled in a tumultuous spiral of murder, a dramatic trial, and a descent into madness.


Tabernacles in the Wilderness

| Filed under: Interpreting the Civil War: Texts and Contexts, Recent Releases, Religion, U.S. History
Tabernacles in the Wilderness cover

Tabernacles in the Wilderness discusses the work of the United States Christian Commission (USCC), a civilian relief agency established by northern evangelical Protestants to minister to Union troops during the American Civil War. USCC workers saw in the Civil War not only a wrathful judgment from God for the sins of the nation but an unparalleled opportunity to save the souls of US citizens and perfect the nation. Thus, the workers set about proselytizing and distributing material aid to Union soldiers with undaunted and righteous zeal.


Reading Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism, Reading Hemingway, Recent Releases
Reading Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls cover

Published in 1940, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls is widely considered a masterpiece of war literature. A bestseller upon its release, the novel has long been both admired and ridiculed for its depiction of Robert Jordan’s military heroism and wartime romance. Yet its validation of seemingly conflicting narratives and its rendering of the intricate world its characters inhabit, as well as its dense historical, literary, and biographical allusions, have made it a work that remains a focus of interest and study.


Adelbert Ames, the Civil War, and the Creation of Modern America

| Filed under: Civil War Era, Civil War Soldiers and Strategies, Military History, Recent Releases, U.S. History
Adelbert Ames, the Civil War, and the Creation of Modern America Cover

A central figure in Reconstruction-era politics, Adelbert Ames and his contributions during a significant and uncertain time in American history are the focus of Michael J. Megelsh’s fascinating study. As Megelsh discusses, Ames’s life took many compelling turns. Born on Maine’s rocky shore in 1835, he served as a Union general during the American Civil War and was heralded as one of the young stars whose leadership was integral in helping the Union to victory. He briefly remained in the army after the conflict, stationed in Mississippi, where he entered the political arena.


The Radical Advocacy of Wendell Phillips

| Filed under: American Abolitionism and Antislavery, Justice Studies, Recent Releases, U.S. History
The Radical Advocacy of Wendell Phillips Cover

In this brisk, engaging exploration of 19th-century radical reformer and abolitionist Wendell Phillips, Peter Charles Hoffer makes the case that Phillips deserves credit as the nation’s first public interest lawyer, someone who led the antebellum crusade against slavery and championed First Amendment rights and equality for all Americans, including Black people and women.


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