Not Even Past: A Q&A with Cody Marrs

by jdm | Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:00 AM

A Q&A with Cody Marrs, author of Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling About the Civil War .

What led you to write Not Even Past ?

A lot of it was just living and teaching in the South. The Civil War shades into almost everything here. It’s in the places, the names, the sense of identity. That’s what generated the book: I wanted to connect what I do as a scholar to the everyday world I live in. I wanted to figure out how, why, and when the Civil War became this enduring conflict in American culture. I was curious: Who gets to tell the story of the Civil War, and how does that story change over time? What books have had the biggest impact, and why? I wanted answers, so I read everything I could get my hands on—poems, songs, letters, films, novels, statues, memorials—and then wrote about it.

How has Civil War memory changed over time?

Well, cultural memory never occurs in a vacuum. It’s social and adaptive. So it tends to change as the country changes. For a long time, the...Read More

Autism Awareness Month

by may | Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Puzzle Pieces

Nearly 50 years ago, The Autism Society declared April Autism Awareness Month - a time when organizations and individuals work together to increase awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with autism. As medical research continues to work towards understanding the condition, academics too have made great contributions to a deeper understanding of Autism and the experience of those living along the spectrum. Many JHU Press journals - ranging in subject matter from psychology to ethics, publish research and critical thinking that touches on those with autism. Here is a selection of titles, though many more are available (now with free access) on Project Muse.

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2012 Symposium: Parenting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Transition to Adulthood

Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology Volume 26, Number 3, September 2019 An Anthropological Perspective on Autism

Literature and Medicine Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2006 Mindblindness: Autism, Writing, and the Problem of Empathy

Feminist Formations Volume 30, Issue 1, Spring 2018 The Desire to Recognize the Undesirable: De/Constructing the Autism Epidemic Metaphor...Read More

JHU Press Journals Welcomes Christianity & Literature

by may | Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Stained Glass Window

Last year, JHU Press was honored to acquire the journal Christianity & Literature . Christianity & Literature , published since 1950, is a scholarly journal devoted to the exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice. The first issue published by JHUP is Volume 69, Issue 1 (March 2020), a special issue titled Literature of / about the Christian Right . The journal’s editor, Mark Eaton of Azusa Pacific University, and the special issue’s guest editor, Christopher Douglas of the University of Victoria, took some time to discuss how the topic for the special issue came about, how the issue tackles the theme, and what’s in store for this journal ahead.

How was the topic of "Literature of / about the Christian Right" and Christopher Douglas chosen as guest editor for this special issue?

ME: Since becoming editor of Christianity & Literature in 2015, I along with Associate Editors Matt Smith and Caleb Spencer, have organized two special issues each year, or two out of four issues in each volume. Special issue topics have ranged widely, including The Environmental Imagination, Poetics/Praxis, The Sacramental Text Reconsidered, and Sincerity. We have asked a...Read More

Books to Escape With

by Anonymous (not verified) | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Responsible global citizens are following news about the latest in COVID-19 developments in their communities and around the world, listening to experts, and taking precautions to keep themselves and their communities safe, so many of us are finding ourselves with a lot more quiet time at home. It’s important to stay informed (and we’ve put together a list of our books to help understand the situation), but we also sometimes need a break from the heaviness of the day’s news.

Below, we’ve put together a handful of books for anyone who’s practicing social distancing, quarantined, or just looking for an engrossing new read. Books that tell stories about our world, history, and even books themselves.

Nonfiction Gertrude Stein Has Arrived: The Homecoming of a Literary Legend

Roy Morris, Jr.

The American book tour that catapulted Gertrude Stein from quirky artist to a household name.

"[Morris's] writing is brisk and breezy... he magnifies and makes new."

Wall Street Journal The Lost Books of Jane Austen

Janine Barchas

"The lesson of this delicious book is that [Jane Austen] was even more popular for even longer with an...Read More

Writing Can Change Health Care

by eea | Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM

For more than 20 years, the “ Narrative Matters ” section of the health policy journal Health Affairs has showcased some of the most compelling personal stories in health care. I have edited the section since the fall of 2012, following in the footsteps of Ellen Ficklen, Kyna Rubin, and the section’s founding editor, the late Fitzhugh Mullan. When Mullan launched the section in 1999 with the encouragement of John Iglehart, the founding editor of Health Affairs , he and the rest of the Health Affairs team envisioned it as an opportunity to leverage the power of storytelling – with all its depth, drama, and emotion – to bring a human, and humane, perspective to research data and to policy debates. As a happy by-product, we’ve also nurtured this form of writing (what we call the “policy narrative,” but also the genre of medical and health narratives more broadly) by creating a regular space for it, and providing peer review and editorial guidance to authors. In 2006, Mullan, Ficklen, and Rubin gathered some of the most popular Narrative Matters essays in a collection called Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health...Read More