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In March 2016, Columbia University Press published Plagiarama! William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions. It's a single-author study, in a certain sense, but William Wells Brown—best known as the author of the first African-American novel—was, as one of the reviewers of Plagiarama! puts it, "less a single author than a deft and exuberant collector, editor, and remixer of American popular culture." By viewing Brown's multivocal body of work (he plagiarized, as I show in the book,
at least 87,000 words from at least 281 texts), in the light of film studies, cultural histories of mass entertainment, and recent rethinkings of the concept of fetishism (among other things), I try to offer—in the words of the above reviewer—an "inventive approach to Brown's work and, beyond that, to the very category of literature." Visitors to my website score a 30% discount on the hardcover price if they go to http://cup.columbia.edu/book/plagiarama/9780231174428
and use the code CUP30.
Also, in April 2016, Broadview Press published my edition of Brown's Clotel, which identifies the wide range of source materials that Brown used and contextualizes his performance style, his dramatization of slave auction scenes, and his use of other people's writing.
In other news, my essay "Turn It Up: Affects, Structures of Feeling, and Face-to-Face Education" has just appeared in Turns of Event: American Literary Studies in Motion (University of Pennsylvania Press), edited by Hester Blum. Also, sometime in 2017 (I'm guessing), my essay "And Per Se And: Time and Tempo in 'The Masque of the Red Death'" will appear in About Time: Essays on American Literature (Cambridge University Press), edited by Cindy Weinstein.