AmeriQuests: Narrative, Law and Society


Vol 13, No 2 (2017): Border-Crossing in Law and Literature

This issue 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"

Vol 13, No 1 (2017): The Reception of Baudelaire in Japan, and Sanctuary in "America"

This issue, co-edited by Robert F. Barsky and Daniel Ridge, is the fourth in a series on "cultural modernism" that considers the impact of French modernism upon different parts of the world. The articles were first presented at a 2015 conference at the W.T. Bandy Center devoted to the impact of the poetry and prose of Charles Baudelaire on modern Japanese culture.

Cultural border-crossing from France to Japan, and then to America, is complemented by new work by Vanderbilt Law School students on the sanctuary movement and its relation to current events in the United States.
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Vol 12, No 2 (2017): Workers and Decision Making on Production, by Lawrence B. Cohen

'Workers and Decision Making on Production', by Lawrence B. Cohen, edited by Robert F. Barsky and Jonathan Cohen


Vol 12, No 1 (2015): Baudelaire, Migration and Cultural Modernisms

Edited by Andrea Mirabile and Daniel Ridge, this issue emerges from the second and third conferences on Cultural Modernisms, held at the W.T. Bandy Center, Vanderbilt University. These articles discuss aspects of the migration and reception of modernisms, in Europe and Latin America. Commentaries on the migrant crises in Europe and the Americas, by Robert Barsky and Julius Grey, speak to current issues in border crossings.



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Vol 10, No 1 (2013): Approaches to Literature, Law and the Crises of Capitalism Within and Beyond the Americas





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Vol 7, No 1 (2010): Radicalism in Quebec and the Americas

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.


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Vol 6, No 1 (2008): On Manliness: Black American Masculinities

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
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Vol 5, No 2 (2008): War Inc., by Seymour Melman

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
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Vol 5, No 1 (2008): Reconsidering Comparative Literary Studies

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.


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Vol 4, No 1 (2007)

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.


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Vol 3, No 2 (2006): Quests Beyond the Ivory Tower: Public Intellectuals, Academia and the Media, edited by Saleem Ali & Robert F. Barsky

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.
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Vol 3, No 1 (2006): Quebec and Canada in the Americas

The image for Volume 3, Number 1, 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"]


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Vol 2, No 1 (2005): From the Culture of Borders to Border Cultures

This photo "Let my mami drive legally" for the Volume 2, Number 1, From the Culture of Borders to Border Cultures 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".


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Vol 1, No 1 (2004): Introducing AmeriQuests

The cover image for Volume 1, Number 1, '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 © Rick Nahmias. All Rights Reserved


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