All Critical Insights titles come with free online access (800) 221-1592 GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! FREE Online Access FREE The American Comic Book During its heyday in the decade following World War II, the comic book rivaled film, radio, and television in popularity. Today, comics continue to inspire the development of the most popular movies and television programs. This volume offers a collection of original essays that will establish for students and their teachers an exemplary representation of American comics as a field of study within American literature. October 2014 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-226-4 | $105 American Creative Nonfiction Several essays survey the critical conversation regarding American creative nonfiction, an interesting collection of memoirs, autobiographies, travel guides and essays. The text allows readers to explore the genre’s cultural and historical contexts and offers close and comparative readings of key texts in the genre, including In Cold Blood, A Moveable Feast, The Big Sea, and Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. March 2015 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-417-6 | $105 The American Dream “The American Dream” is a phrase that has become an essential component of the American experience and has come to define our nation’s identity, underlying nearly every aspect of our lives. Since the founding of our nation, the idea of “the American Dream” has become a pervasive and frequently deconstructed theme within the canon of American literature. March 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3821-4 | $105 American Multicultural Identity Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… what it means to be an American is contemplated in many works of fiction and nonfiction. The editors of American Multicultural Identity examine the American character, life in the “melting pot,” and the many facets of American identity in popular literature. Close readings of the most important works in this genre shed a new light on the study of this wide-ranging theme. October 2014 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-407-7 | $105 American Road Literature From colonial westward expansion to the romanticized and philosophical road narratives of the Beat Generation, the American experience—its ideals, dreams, and disillusionments—has been linked to the road. Whether grueling or carefree, spiritual or physical, these journeys on the American highway have helped us explore and define our diverse culture and establish the road narrative as an essential American genre. March 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3819-1 | $105 American Short Story Diverse in theme, style, and cultural context, the American short story can take many forms. The only common theme is the short story’s unique ability to captivate an audience. This volume provides thoughtful, accessible essays that, taken together, provide a firm sense of the range of thematic, stylistic, and formal developments of the American short story over the past two hundred years. April 2015 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-425-1 | $105 American Sports Fiction This volume presents a collection that analyzes works by many of the most well known authors of sports fiction, including Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Don Delillo, and David Foster Wallace. Introductory chapters offer a survey of critical approaches, as well as history of the genre that will be instructive for students and teachers alike. March 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3824-5 | $105 The American Thriller Essays examine the American thriller, a genre in which “ordinary” heroes are faced with an enemy set on destroying them or something they treasure. This volume discusses spy, techno, legal, psychological suspense, medical, sci-fi, military, true crime and action adventure thrillers, to explore cultural and historical contexts as well as key texts in the genre. March 2014 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-220-2 | $105 American Multicultural Identity CRITICAL INSIGHTS American Multicultural Identity CrItICAl InsIghts Edited by Kathryn West West Salem PreSS Two University Plaza, Suite 310 Hackensack NJ 07601 Phone: 201-968-0500 Fax: 201-968-0511 Linda Trinh Moser is professor of English at Missouri State University where she teaches multicultural American literature, world literature, and women’s literature. Together with Kathryn West, bio below, Moser edited Research Guide to American Literature: Contemporary Literature, 1970 to Present. She has also edited the work of Onoto Watanna in Me: A Book of Remembrance, and “A Half Cast” and Other Writings. Kathryn West is professor and chair of the department of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she teaches twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, women’s literature, and women and gender studies. She is co- author of Women Writers in the United States: A Timeline of Literary, Cultural, and Social History, and co-editor of Research Guide to American Literature: Contemporary Literature, 1970 to Present. Among the essays in this volume: “The Hyphenated American in Twentieth-and Twenty-first Century America,” by Annette Harris Powell “A Pizza Hut, A Pizza Hut”: Junk Food and Bildungsroman in Bich Minh Nguyen’s Stealing Buddha’s Dinner,” by Tina Powell “Intimate Relations: Land and Love in The Descendants,” by Leanne P. Day “A Tent of One’s Own: Negotiating Mourning Dove’s Authorial Identity,” by John C. Orr & Enid R. Spitz BEST SELLER! BEST SELLER! “The diversity of the works studied and variety of critical approaches taken in the volumes in this series help make it a lively and most worthwhile compendium… Highly recommended.” –Library Journal Introduced in 2012, titles in Critical Insights: Themes are now among our best sellers. CRITICAL INSIGHTS: THEMES CRITICAL INSIGHTS: THEMES LITERATURE 42