Books for Review

Reviewing for ASAP/J

ASAP/J publishes single-book reviews as well as review essays on several recent titles. Single-book reviews should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length; review essays should not exceed 4,000 words. While we primarily review academic titles, we are also eager to publish review essays on clusters of books of fiction, poetry, essays, arts writing, etc. Michael Dowdy’s essay on “Poetry from a Year of Precarity” is a good example of this genre. We do not publish single-book reviews of fiction, poetry, memoir, etc.

Please contact Abram Foley at asapjeditors@gmail.com to inquire about reviewing a book and to check the title’s availability for review with ASAP/J.

This list is provisional and will change regularly. Please feel free to contact us about any books you would like to review that are not listed below.

Visual Arts, Architecture, Art History
Media, Film, Digital Arts
Literature
Music, Musicology, Sound
Drama, Dance, Performance
Critical Theory, Intellectual History, Philosophy

Visual Arts, Architecture, Art History
Cristina Albu, Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Alena Alexandrova, Breaking Resemblance: The Role of Religious Motifs in Contemporary Art. New York: Fordham UP, 2017.

Jasper Bernes, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Jennifer Loureide Biddle, Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017.

Marc Botha, A Theory of Minimalism. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Eva Branscome, Hans Hollein and Postmodernism: Art and Architecture in Austria, 1958–1985. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Fray: Art and Textile Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Susan E. Cahan, Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2016.

Clive Cazeaux, Art, Research, Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Delinda Collier, Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Karen Mary Davalos, Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata since the Sixties. New York: NYU Press, 2017.

Marilyn DeLaure and Moritz Fink, Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance. New York: NYU Press, 2017.

Rebecca J. DeRoo, Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Ella Maria Diaz, Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Mapping a Chicano/a Art History. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017.

Mari Dumett, Corporate Imaginations: Fluxus Strategies for Living. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Jonathan Flatley, Like Andy Warhol. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Jennifer Friedlader, Real Deceptions: The Contemporary Reinvention of Realism. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

geheimagentur, Martin Jörg Schäffer, and Vassilis S. Tsianos, The Art of Being Many: Towards a New Theory of Practice and Gathering. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016.

Alison Gerber, The Work of Art: Value in Creative Careers. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2017.

Lyndon K. Gill, Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton, eds., Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017.

Melissa Gronlund, Contemporary Art and Digital Culture. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Anthony E. Grudin, Warhol’s Working Class: Pop Art and Egalitarianism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Aimi Hamraie, Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Darren Hudson Hick, Artistic License: The Philosophical Problems of Copyright and Appropriation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Hanna B. Holling, Paik’s Virtual Archive: Time, Change, and Materiality in Media Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Jessica L. Horton, Art for an Undivided Earth: The American Indian Movement Generation. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Kellie Jones, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Sean Keller, Automatic Architecture: Motivating Form after Modernism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Jongwoo Jeremy Kim and Christopher Reed, eds., Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture. London: Routledge, 2017.

Panos Kompatsiaris, The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles of Critique, Theory, and Art. Routledge: New York, 2017.

Namiko Kunimoto, The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Loraine Leeson, Art : Process : Change: Inside a Socially Situated Practice. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Michael F. Leruth, Fred Forest’s Utopia: Media Art and Activism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017.

Jerrold Levinson, Aesthetic Pursuits: Essays in the Philosophy of Art. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

Leora Maltz-Leca, William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018.

Armin Medosch, New Tendencies: Art at the Threshold of the Information Revolution (1961 – 1978). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016.

Rachel Middleman, Radical Eroticism: Women, Art, and Sex in the 1960s. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018.

Rebecca Peabody, Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race. California: University of California Press, 2016.

Maren Polte, A Class of Their Own: The Düsseldorf School of Photography. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2017.

Paul Rabinow, Unconsolable Contemporary: Observing Gerhard Richter. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Adair Rounthwaite, Asking the Audience: Participatory Art in 1980s New York. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Yuriko Saito, Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

Susan Merrill Squier, Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawings as Metaphor. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Garrett Stewart, Transmedium: Conceptualism 2.0 and the New Object Art. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Carsten Strathausen, Bioaesthetics: Making Sense of Life in Science and the Arts. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Jane Tormey, Photographic Realism: Late Twentieth-Century Aesthetics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2017.

Edward A. Vazques, Aspects: Fred Sandback’s Sculpture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Leon Wainwright, Phenomenal Difference: A Philosophy of Black British Art. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017.

Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Santiago Zabala, Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

John Zarobell, Art and the Global Economy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

 

Media, Film, Digital Arts

Nora M. Alter, The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction. New York: Columbia UP, 2018.

Edward Branigan, Tracking Color in Cinema and Art: Philosophy and Aesthetics. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Charlotte Brundson, Television Cities. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Hye Jean Chung, Media Heterotopias: Digital Effects and Material Labor in Global Film Production. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Rebecca J. DeRoo, Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick, eds., Disability Media Studies. New York: NYU Press, 2017.

Jonathan Haynes, Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Anette Insdorf, Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

Patrick Jagoda, Network Aesthetics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Frank Kelleter, ed., Media of Serial Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017.

Jennifer Malkowski, Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Christine L. Marran. Ecology without Culture: Aesthetics for a Toxic World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Reinhold Martin, The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Armin Medosch, New Tendencies: Art at the Threshold of the Information Revolution (1961 – 1978). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016.

James Naremore, Charles Burnett: A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Maik Nwosu, The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema: A Poetics of Laughter. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Kris Paulsen, Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017.

Eyal Peretz, The Off-Screen: An Investigation of the Cinematic Frame. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2017.

Andrew Pilsch, Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Brent Plate, Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-creation of the World. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

Maren Polte, A Class of Their Own: The Düsseldorf School of Photography. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2017.

Pooja Rangan, Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, Mythopoetic Cinema: On the Ruins of European Identity. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

D.N. Rodowick, What Philosophy Wants from Images. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Christopher Rowe, Michael Haneke: The Intermedial Void. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

Martin Shuster, New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Murray Smith, Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

Abigail Soloman-Godeau, Photography after Photography: Gender, Genre, History. Edited by Sarah Parsons. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Garrett Stewart, Transmedium: Conceptualism 2.0 and the New Object Art. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Harrod J. Suarez, The Work of Mothering: Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

Dennis Tenen, Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Jan-Noël Thon, Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2016.

Elaine Treharne and Claude Willan, Text Technologies: A History. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2018.

Alexander Zahlten, The End of Japanese Cinema: Industrial Genres, National Times, and Media Ecologies. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

 

Literature

Aimee Bahng, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Deepika Bahri, Postcolonial Biology: Psyche and Flesh after Empire. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Jasper Bernes, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Paul Buchholz, Private Anarchy: Impossible Community and the Outsider’s Monologue in German Experimental Fiction. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2018.

George Butte, Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017.

Mrinalini Chakravorty, In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

Flore Chevaillier, Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Innovative Fiction Writers. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017.

Margo Natalie Crawford, Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First Century Aesthetics. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

Katharina Donn, A Poetics of Trauma after 9/11: Representing Trauma in a Digitized Present. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Brent Hayes Edwards, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2017.

Andrew Elfenbein, The Gist of Reading. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2018.

Merve Emre, Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Tom Eyers, Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

Ramzi Fawaz, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. New York: NYU Press, 2016.

Gloria Fisk, Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature. New York: Columbia UP, 2018.

Joanne Lipson Freed, Haunting Encounters: The Ethics of Reading Across Boundaries of Difference. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2017.

Loren Glass, ed., After the Program Era: The Past, Present, and Future of Creative Writing in the University. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2017.

Christopher González, Permissible Narratives: The Promise of Latino/a Literature. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017.

Sean Austin Grattan, Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2017.

Héctor Hoyos, Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel. New York: Columbia UP, 2016.

Mitchum Huehls, After Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016.

Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith, Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literature. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2017.

Amy Hungerford, Making Literature Now. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2016.

Tom Idema, Environmental Posthumanism in Literature and Science. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Cajetan Nwabueza Iheka, Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018.

Ylice Irizarry, Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Daniel Kane, “Do You Have a Band?”: Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

Declan Kiberd, After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to Present. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2017.

Jongwoo Jeremy Kim and Christopher Reed, eds., Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture. London: Routledge, 2017.

Lee Konstantinou, Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2016.

Nick Levey, Maximalism in Contemporary American Literature: The Uses of Detail. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Aida Levy-Hussen, How to Read African American Literature: Post-Civil Rights Fiction and the Task of Interpretation. New York: NYU Press 2016.

Christine L. Marran. Ecology without Culture: Aesthetics for a Toxic World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Ben Masters, Novel Style: Ethics and Excess in English Fiction since the 1960s. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

Marie Mianowski, Post Celtic Tiger Landscapes in Irish Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Theodore Martin, Contemporary Drift: Genre, Historicism, and the Problem of the Present. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

Kai Mikkonen, The Narratology of Comic Art. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Nasser Mufti, Civilizing War: Imperial Politics and the Poetics of National Rupture. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

Maik Nwosu, The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema: A Poetics of Laughter. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Peter O’Leary, Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

Tim Parks, Life & Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them. New Haven: Yale UP, 2016.

Kate Polak, Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017.

Elda María Román, Race and Upward Mobility: Seeking, Gatekeeping, and Other Class Strategies in Postwar America. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2017.

Margaret Ronda, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature’s End. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2018.

John Ryan, Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Sami Schalk, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Alison Shonkwiler, The Financial Imaginary: Economic Mystification and the Limits of Realist Fiction. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Julietta Singh, Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Harrod J. Suarez, The Work of Mothering: Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017.

Ryan Trimm, Heritage and the Legacy of the Past in Contemporary Britain. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Sara Upstone, Rethinking Race and Identity in Contemporary British Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Dawson Varughese, Genre Fiction of New India: Post-millennial Receptions of “Weird” Narratives. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Johannes Voelz, The Poetics of Insecurity: American Fiction and the Uses of Threat. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017.

Anne Whitehead, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: An Intervention in Medical Humanities. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

John K. Young, How to Revise a True War Story: Tim O’Brien’s Process of Textual Production. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2017.

Magdalena J. Zaborowska, Me and My Houses: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

 

Music, Musicology, Sound

Seth Brodsky, From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Todd Decker, Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Brent Hayes Edwards, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2017.

Michael Gallope, Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Timothy Gray, It’s Just the Normal Noises: Marcus, Guralnick, No Depression, and the Mystery of Americana Music. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2017.

Daniel Kane, “Do You Have a Band?”: Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City. New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

Alejandro Nava, In Search of Soul: Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Dominic Pettman, Sonic Intimacy: Voice, Species, Technics (Or, How to Listen to the World). Stanford: Stanford UP, 2017.

Griffith Rollefson, Flip the Script: European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Pierre Schaeffer, Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines. Translated by Christine North and John Dack. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Hazel Smith, The Contemporary Literature-Music Relationship: Intermedia, Voice, Technology, Cross-Cultural Exchange. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Jennifer Lynn Stoever, The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening. New York: NYU Press, 2016.

 

Drama, Dance, Performance

Leticia Alvarado, Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2018.

Christopher Bigsby, Twenty-First Century American Playwrights. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017.

Margo Natalie Crawford, Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First Century Aesthetics. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

Emine Fişek, Aesthetic Citizenship: Immigration and Theater in Twenty-First-Century Paris. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

Christopher Grobe, The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV. New York: NYU Press, 2017.

Julia Jarcho, Writing and the Modern Stage: Theater beyond Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017.

Hillary Miller, Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2016.

Giulia Palladini, The Scene of Foreplay: Theater, Labor, and Leisure in 1960s New York. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

Jaclyn I. Pryor, Time Slips: Queer Temporalities, Contemporary Performance, and the Hole of History. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

William Storm, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Character, a Long View. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2016.

Jeffrey Sweet, What Playwrights Talk about When They Talk about Writing. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2017.

Jane Taylor, William Kentridge: Being Led by the Nose. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Patricia A. Ybarra, Latinx Theater in the Times of Neoliberalism. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017.

 

Critical Theory, Intellectual History, Philosophy

Andrea Bachner, The Mark of Theory: Inscriptive Figures, Poststructuralist Prehistories. New York: Fordham UP, 2017.

Roland Barthes, Album: Unpublished Correspondence and Texts. Translated by Jody Gladding. New York: Columbia UP, 2018.

Marc Botha, A Theory of Minimalism. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Jeffrey Champlin and Antje Pfannkuchen, eds., The Technical Introject: Friedrich Kittler between Implementation and the Incalculable. New York: Fordham UP, 2018.

Stefanos Geroulanos, Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2017.

Gregg Lambert, Philosophy after Friendship: Deleuze’s Conceptual Personae. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Jerrold Levinson, Aesthetic Pursuits: Essays in the Philosophy of Art. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2017.

Toril Moi, Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Deborah Nelson, Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Bruce Robbins, The Beneficiary. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.

Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten, eds., Media Theory in Japan. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017.