Recent Articles

October 2017


  • Keira Williams, "From Oz to Amazon Island: The Popular Evolution of American Matriarchalism"

  • Paul Muhlhauser and Robert Kachur, "Listening to the Log: Gothic Awkwardness and Twin Peaks"

  • Jennifer Rudolph, "Whose Manhattan?: Mapping Color-blind Justice and Gendered Capitalist Tensions on Latino Law & Order"

  • Junha Jung, "Games of Information Asymmetry in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)"


Editorial Advisory Board

Recent Publications

Malcah Effron

The Function of Evil across Disciplinary Contexts

Co-edited with Brian Johnson
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017

Lisa Funnell

Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond

Co-written with Klaus Dodds
Palgrave MacMillan, 2017

Christopher Pittard

The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes

Co-edited by Janice M. Allan
Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017

Thomas Aiello

Jim Crow's Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana
LSU Press, May 2015

Model Airplanes are Decaent and Depraved: The Glue-Sniffing Epidemic of the 1960s
Northern Illinois University Press, August 2015

Brian Cogan

Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America's Most Powerful Generation
Co-edited by Thomas Gencarelli
Praeger Books, November 2014

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About ___ I Learned from Monty Python: History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, ... Mythology, Fish Slapping, and Many More!
Co-Written with Jeff Massey
St. Martin's Press, 2014

Kirk Combe

Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films
Co-authored with Brenda M. Boyle
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Joseph Foy

Jim Henson and Philosophy: Imagination and the Magic of Mayhem
Co-edited with Timothy Dale
Rowman & Littlefield, July 2015

Lisa Funnell

For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond
Wallflower Press, 2015

American and Chinese-Language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows
Co-Edited with Man-fung Yip
Routledge, 2015

Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and the Transnational Chinese Action Star
Winner, Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women's Studies, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Bronze Medal in Women's Issues Category, Independent Publisher Book Awards
SUNY Press, 2014

C. Richard King

Redskins: Insult, Team, Brand University of Nebraska Press, Forthcoming

Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture
Co-authored with David J. Leonard
Ashgate, 2014

Ann Larabee

The Wrong Hands: Popular Weapons Manuals and Their Historic Challenges to a Democratic Society
Oxford University Press, July 2015

Darl Larsen

A Book about the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Rowman and Littlefield, March 2015

Michael Lupro

It's Gonna Blow: San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996
Documentary Advisor and Interview Subject
Billingsgate Media, December 2015

Donnalyn Pompper

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Public Relations: Negotiating Multiple Complex Challenges
Routledge, May 2015

Practical and Theoretical Implications of Successfully Doing Difference in Organizations

Frank Salamone

Vatican War Against Nuns
Scholars' Press, July 2015

Strange Bedfellows: The Partnership between Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus
Amazon Digital Services, Inc., June 2015

Julie Anne Taddeo

Upstairs and Downstairs: British Costume Drama Television from The Forsyte Saga to Downton Abbey
Co-edited with James Leggott
Rowman & Littlefield, December 2014

Karma Waltonen

Margaret Atwood's Apocalypses
Edited by Karma Waltonen
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, January 2015

The Journal of Popular Culture (TJPC) is a peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Popular Culture Association.  It is published by Wiley Blackwell.  Subscriptions come with a membership in the Popular Culture Association.

Submissions to TJPC are submitted online. Please see our submissions link above for more information.  For information on submitting book reviews, please contact our book review editor, Tricia Jenkins. Contact information is below.

Call for Papers Special Issue
"Revisiting Adventure"

This special issue observes that the adventure genre/mode has become increasingly central to contemporary popular culture but that scholarship on this this has largely focused on British fiction, often stopping before WWII. This special issue builds upon this rich scholarly tradition, including work by John Cawelti, Edward Said, Martin Green, John MacKenzie, Elaine Showalter, Graham Dawson, and Amy Kaplan. This body of work emphasizes the way in which adventure is one of the oldest narrative forms, but also tightly interwoven with the modern projects of nation building and imperialism, and whose soldier hero protagonist is a repository of an idealized masculinity intimately tied to this myth (Dawson).

These observations function as a starting point for a special issue that seeks to expand the historical and theoretical horizon beyond these limits. In particular, the issue will redress the fact that adventure is largely un-theorized as a contemporary narrative and cultural form, one uniquely invested in the representation of violence as pleasure. We are interested in examining adventure in its ideological, aesthetic, performative, and affective aspects, focusing on its cultural work, as theorized for melodrama by scholars like Jane Tompkins and Linda Williams. This issue also encourages the application of new paradigms to the conceptualization of adventure as a form that articulates emotional, aesthetic and ideological effects. Thus, the theoretical and heuristic stakes of terms such as “genre,” “mode,” “form” (Levine) and “formula” (Cawelti) would be a point of departure, but the main focus of the volume would be on how adventure as a form has changed and adapted to the twenty-first century.

This issue will consider the contribution of new interactive media forms such as computer games and next-generation gaming consoles, it will consider gender positions and forms of sexuality absent from earlier adventure narrative, and it will explore the racial and ethnic dynamics specific to the contemporary global context. Masculinity has always been a key feature of the adventure narrative, and we would like to examine the way the form has reacted to changes in gender politics since feminism (and its backlash and postfeminist variations) reconfigured the cultural landscape. Adventure has also been closely tied to the British cultural and imperial project. We would examine how the form operates in a contemporary global context, with texts produced in the U.S. and exported abroad as well as transnational forms of adventure that adapt its themes and key features to specific cultural contexts.

Essays addressing this theme could include topics such as:

  • Adventure and race
  • Adventure and masculinity
  • Global adventure narratives (e.g. French, Russian war adventure cinema)
  • Transnational adventure narratives (the movement of narratives across nations)
  • Adventure and female heroes (e.g. Buffy, Xena, Lara Croft, Katniss Everdeen)
  • Adventure tropes in war and action film
  • Adventure tropes in recruitment material
  • Adventure in first-person shooters and other games
  • Adventure in relation to men’s magazines
  • Adventure in children’s and young adult television & film
  • Adventure in relation to nationalism
  • Adventure and spectacles of violence
  • Adventure and global reception of US action films
  • Adventure and US empire
  • Adventure and the (post)colonial

Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words and be submitted to Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet agnieszka.soltysikmonnet@unil.ch and Johan Höglund johan.hoglund@lnu.se no later than May 31, 2017. Final papers will be due Dec. 31, 2017.


Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (Professor of American Literature, University of Lausanne)
Johan Höglund (Associate Professor of English, Linnaeus University)


Editor in Chief

Dr. Ann Larabee

Book Review Editor

Dr. Tricia Jenkins
Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
Texas Christian University
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Kurt Milberger

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Kylene Cave  


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