The Narratives, Laws and Policies of Crossing Borders
Vol 14 No 1 (2018)
This issue, edited by Robert F. Barsky, features a broad array of border crossings, in narrative, literature, law and in geographical spaces all around the world. The genres, approaches and methods are as diverse as the problems named, and are tackled first by a major article by Thomas Spijkeboer that makes a provocative parallel between the irregularization and eviction of non-white in South Africa during the Apartheid, and the refugee policies carried out in Europe in recent times. Several researchers have also answered the call for 'commentaries', an effective way of interjecting critical voices at this juncture, when the rate of new policies and actions on borders worldwide seems to be moving at break neck (sometimes literally) speed. Finally, AmeriQuests is pursuing with vigor the task of reviewing recent and new works on border crossing, in part because of the urgency of issues discussed therein, and in part because of the lamentable dearth of venues for such reviews, particularly venues that are open access and easily accessible, worldwide. The image for this issue is part of an on-going effort to create BorderQuests/Global Stories, a new platform linked to AmeriQuests that features articles, stories, videos and commentaries devoted to the crossing of borders.
Border-Crossing in Law and Literature
Vol 13 No 2 (2017)
This issue, edited by Robert Barsky and David Maraniss, features a series of timely position papers regarding current issues in border-crossing, as well as a collection of Beat Generation inspired ruminations about "America".
The Reception of Baudelaire in Japan, and Sanctuary in "America"
Vol 13 No 1 (2017)
Workers and Decision Making on Production, by Lawrence B. Cohen
Vol 12 No 2 (2017)
Baudelaire, Migration and Cultural Modernisms
Vol 12 No 1 (2015)
Illegality Regimes: Mapping the Law of Irregular Migration
Vol 11 No 2 (2014)
Cultural Modernism in the Americas 1: Quebec
Vol 11 No 1 (2014)
This issue addresses the emergence of modernism and modernity in Quebec, and the ways this process has been influenced by French modernism. The articles presented here grew out of a conference on the effects of French modernism upon the work of QuÃ©bÃ©cois artists and writers, presented in collaboration with Vanderbilt University's W.T. Bandy Center in 2013. The next conference, Cultural Modernism in the Americas 2, is scheduled for April of 2014, and will focus upon Latin America. The proceedings will be published in AmeriQuests in 2015.
Approaches to Literature, Law and the Crises of Capitalism Within and Beyond the Americas
Vol 10 No 1 (2013)
The Legacies and Futures of the Humanities in North America and Beyond
Vol 9 No 1-2 (2012)
Approaches to the Americas
Vol 8 No 1 (2011)
Dance the Americas / The Beat Generation's French Connection
Vol 7 No 2 (2010)
"Dance Across Americas" features a series of three articles on different aspects of dance in the Americas. Guest Editor: Marsha D. Barsky. Inspired by the Beat Generation, this issue also features a group of creative works that speak to the various intersections the Beat writers had with France and with French writers, edited by Robert Barsky. Finally, the growing book review section is devoted to recent works on the intersection between literature and the law.
Radicalism in Quebec and the Americas
Vol 7 No 1 (2010)
This special issue, edited by Robert Barsky, aims to recall, assess and promulgate ideas of radicalism in the Americas, with a special focus on the particularities of Quebec. This issue focuses upon the idea of "America" as an absolute but unachievable objective, and therefore it contains some creative work that expresses ideals and dreams for worlds imagined in time, space and imagination. This issue is dedicated to the memory of Howard Zinn, with whom we communicated about the issue in the course of its preparation, and who died just as we were going to press. We deeply regret his passing.
On Manliness: Black American Masculinities
Vol 6 No 1 (2008)
The cover art titled "Big Smoke"© (artist Charly Palmer) depicts - Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight boxing World Champion in his famous fighting pose. Before and since Johnson's victory in 1908, Black Masculinity has been socially constructed many times over. From villain to hero, from margin to center and back on ideas of manhood, fatherhood, sexuality, political leadership, violence, popular culture, sports, music, education, and psychology, this issue, "On Manliness: Black American Masculinities" Edited by Gilman W. Whiting and Thabiti Lewis, is a timely collection that brings together authors from numerous academic disciplines to investigate Black manhood in 2008, particularly in light of Election 2008. For more information on other works by the artist visit:
War Inc., by Seymour Melman
Vol 5 No 2 (2008)
In War Inc. Seymour Melman sought to introduce a new generation of readers to his lifelong critique of the operation of the war economy in the United States, and the ongoing process of deindustrialization that has destroyed much of America’s once formidable manufacturing industries. Aimed at a wide variety of readers, the book draws on and synthesizes Professor Melman’s prior research and books, especially Pentagon Capitalism, The Permanent War Economy, and Our Depleted Society. It also extends some of the arguments and research of his major 2001 study, After Capitalism: From Managerialism to Workplace Democracy.
*For those familiar with Melman's work and interested in discussing it, or its relation to the life and work of Zellig Harris, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Reconsidering Comparative Literary Studies
Vol 5 No 1 (2008)
This special issue is devoted to comparative literary studies, and features examples of such work in the Americas setting, as well as a special commentary section which includes contributions from some of its leading practitioners. Readers are invited to comment on articles, or offer up their own sense of comparative literary work; a discussion section will be mounted to create dialogism within and beyond this issue.
This open issue includes work by Arnold Reisman, who notes in his article that Felix Haurowitz, the great biochemist, survived extermination because, starting in 1933, Turkey offered refuge for many intellectuals who were fleeing the Nazis. America was out of reach for the likes of Haurowitz because of restrictive immigration laws and widespread anti-Semitic hiring and gender bias at its universities.
Quests Beyond the Ivory Tower: Public Intellectuals, Academia and the Media, edited by Saleem Ali & Robert F. Barsky
Vol 3 No 2 (2006)
Edited by Saleem Ali and Robert Barsky, this special issue of AmeriQuests is comprised of papers and commentaries which were first presented to the MIT Communications Forum entitled “Public Intellectuals and the Academy.” The authors have aggrandized and edited their respective contributions with an eye to creating a collection that approaches this complex subject from a range of perspectives, East and West.
Quebec and Canada in the Americas
Vol 3 No 1 (2006)
the special issue on "Quebec and Canada in the Americas," is the cover of the Refus globale manifesto: "In 1948, Paul-Emile Borduas, then a little-known painter on the international scene, living in the Province of Quebec, Canada, together with sixteen friends and students, proclaimed publicly a new era in terms of art and social attitudes by publishing a manifesto that they called Refus global." [excerpt from "Borduas -- Then and Now"]
From the Culture of Borders to Border Cultures
Vol 2 No 1 (2005)
This issue was taken by Chalene Helmuth in Nashville, TN during the immigration demonstrations of April 2006. The Commentary section of this issue contains her description of a recent conference on "The New Latino Immigration".
Vol 1 No 1 (2004)
'The Paycheck,' is excerpted from "The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers," a photographic and text exhibit created by Rick Nahmias. Recorded in over forty towns across California, the exhibit profiles the stories and lives of the people who supply over half the nation's produce. For more information on the artist, image, or exhibit visit rcnphoto.com. © Rick Nahmias. All Rights Reserved.