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  • Grasping Thingsby Simon J. Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. In Pennsylvania, the "back to the city" housing movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise... more...

  • The World's Eyeby Albert M. Potts

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Greek vases and Peruvian bottles, Chinese bronzes and African masks, Tel Brak idols and Egyptian tomb paintings -- artifacts ancient and modern reveal man's universal fascination with the eye and his awe before its mysterious powers. In this wide-ranging and richly illustrated essay Albert M. Potts considers the special properties the human mind has... more...

  • The Hallowed Eveby Jack Santino

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    In Northern Ireland, Halloween is such a major celebration that it is often called the Irish Christmas. A day of family reunions, meals, and fun, Halloween brings people of all ages together with rhyming, storytelling, family fireworks, and community bonfires. Perhaps most important, it has become a day that transcends the social conflict found in... more...

  • The Irish Play on the New York Stage, 1874-1966by John P. Harrington

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    Over the years American -- especially New York -- audiences have evolved a consistent set of expectations for the "Irish play." Traditionally the term implied a specific subject matter, invariably rural and Catholic, and embodied a reductive notion of Irish drama and society. This view continues to influence the types of Irish drama produced in the... more...

  • Gettin' Some Age on Meby John van Willigen

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The social life of older rural Americans is made up of relationships formed through kinship, their neighborhoods, and the organizations to which they belong. These social institutions are shaped by the ways people use them, and therefore change through time. In this precedent-setting study, John van Willigen uses the concept of social network to investigate... more...

  • Tobacco Cultureby John van Willigen; Susan C. Eastwood

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Whereas most crops drive farmers apart as they compete for the best prices, the price controls on tobacco bring growers together. The result is a culture unlike any other in America, one often forgotten or overlooked as federal and state governments fight over the spoils of the tobacco settlement. Tobacco Culture describes the process of raising... more...

  • Miskwabik, Metal of Ritualby Amelia M. Trevelyan

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 50.00

    Miskwabik, Metal of Ritual examines the thousands of beautiful and intricate ritual works of art -- from ceremonial weaponry to delicate copper pendants and ear ornaments -- created in eastern North America before the arrival of Europeans. The first comprehensive examination of this 3,000-year-old metallurgical tradition, the book provides unique... more...

  • Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountainsby David C. Hsiung

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Most Americans know Appalachia through stereotyped images: moonshine and handicrafts, poverty and illiteracy, rugged terrain and isolated mountaineers. Historian David Hsiung maintains that in order to understand the origins of such stereotypes, we must look critically at their underlying concepts, especially those of isolation and community. Hsiung... more...

  • The Shape of Fearby Susan Jennifer Navarette

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    During the last decades of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, Walter Pater and others changed the nature of thought concerning the human body and the physical environment that had shaped it. In response, the 1890s saw the publication of a series of remarkable literary works that had their genesis in the intense scientific... more...

  • Sayings of the Ancestorsby John Holmes McDowell

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The Sibundoy valley of southwestern Colombia is the home of a unique Indian culture -- one that blends Incan elements with those of the aboriginal natives. Moreover, Sibundoy bridges two domains, the Andean highlands and the Amazonian basin, and inter-mixed with all of these elements are European influences, particularly folk and orthodox Catholicism.... more...