Books for Review

Please send expressions of interest along with a brief statement of disciplinary affiliations and relevant research to [email protected] with the subject line “TOPIA: book reviews.”

If you would like to propose a book for review in an upcoming issue of TOPIA, please send an email to the address above with the author, title, and publisher of the book and suggested reviewers, if possible. Book reviews for TOPIA should focus on recent or foundational books relevant to the field of cultural studies. TOPIA prioritizes the review of titles by Canadian authors and publishers as well as titles exploring subjects related to Canada, Québec, and the First Nations, in a global context.

Author ▼ Title ▼ Year URL

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

Unsettled Borders: The Militarized Science of Surveillance on Sacred Indigenous Land

2022

https://www.dukeupress.edu/unsettled-borders

Mary Louise Pratt

Planetary Longings

2022

https://www.dukeupress.edu/planetary-longings

Jafari S. Allen

There’s a Disco Ball Between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life

2022

https://www.dukeupress.edu/theres-a-disco-ball-between-us

Mark Anthony Neal

Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Musical Archive

2022

https://nyupress.org/9781479806881/black-ephemera/

Edited by Awad Ibrahim, Tamari Kitossa, Malinda S. Smith and Handel Kashope Wright

Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, Learning, and Researching while Black

2022

https://utorontopress.com/9781487528706/nuances-of-blackness-in-the-canadian-academy/

Edited by Amélie Barras, Jennifer A. Selby and Melanie Adrian

Producing Islam(s) in Canada: On Knowledge, Positionality, and Politics

2022

https://utorontopress.com/9781487527884/producing-islams-in-canada/

Daniel R. Meister

The Racial Mosaic: A Pre-history of Canadian Multiculturalism

2021

https://www.mqup.ca/racial-mosaic--the-products-9780228008712.php

Edited by Cheryl A. MacDonald and Jonathon R.J. Edwards

Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap: Hockey’s Agents of Change

2021

https://uap.ualberta.ca/titles/1016-9781772125795-overcoming-the-neutral-zone-trap

Ally Day

The Political Economy of Stigma: HIV, Memoir, Medicine, and Crip Positionalities

          2021

https://ohiostatepress.org/books/titles/9780814214787.html

Bruce Erickson (Editor), Sarah Wylie Krotz (Editor)

The Politics of the Canoe

2021

https://uofmpress.ca/books/detail/the-politics-of-the-canoe

Jayna Brown

Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds

2021

https://www.dukeupress.edu/black-utopias

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games

2021

https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/S/Slave-Revolt-on-Screen

Clare Birchall

Radical Secrecy: The Ends of Transparency in Datafied America

2021

https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/radical-secrecy

Rafico Ruiz

Slow Disturbance: Infrastructural Mediation on the Settler Colonial Resource Frontier

2021

https://www.dukeupress.edu/slow-disturbance

Kevin Quashie

Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being

2021

https://www.dukeupress.edu/black-aliveness-or-a-poetics-of-being

Emanuelle Dufour

C’est le Quebéc Qui est Né Dans Mon Pays!

2021

http://www.emanuelledufour.com/

Rinaldo Walcott

On Property: Policing, Prisons, and the Call for Abolition

2021

http://biblioasis.com/shop/new-release/on-property/

Adwoa Ntozake Onuora, Anna Kasafi Perkins and Ajamu Nangwaya

Rough Riding: Tanya Stephens and the Power of Music to Transform Society

2020

https://www.uwipress.com/9789766407957/rough-riding/

Charity Marsh and Mark V. Campbell

We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel

2020

https://www.mqup.ca/we-still-here-products-9780228003502.php?page_id=46&

Sonjah Stanley Niaah

Dancehall: A Reader on Jamaican Music and Culture

2020

https://www.uwipress.com/9789766407506/dancehall/

Monika Kin Gagnon and Lesley Johnstone

In Search of Expo 67

2020

https://www.mqup.ca/in-search-of-expo-67-products-9780228001140.php?page_id=46&

Moji Anderson and Erin C. MacLeod

Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean

2020

https://www.uwipress.com/9789766407445/beyond-homophobia/

Frederick Luis Aldama

Latinx Pop Cultural Studies Hoy!

2020

https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190691202.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190691202-e-1

James Polchin

Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall

2020

https://www.counterpointpress.com/dd-product/indecent-advances/

Felicity T.C. Hamer

Parental Grief and Photographic Remembrance: A Historical Account of Undying Love

2020

https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Parental-Grief-and-Photographic-Remembrance/?k=9781787693265

Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada

2020

https://uofrpress.ca/Books/U/Until-We-Are-Free

Mark Hayward

Identity and Industry: Making Media Multicultural in Canada

2020

https://www.mqup.ca/identity-and-industry-products-9780773558786.php?page_id=46&

Phillipa K. Chong

Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times

2020

https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691167466/inside-the-critics-circle

Steven Best and Douglas Kellner

The Postmodern Adventure: Science Technology and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium

2020

https://www.routledge.com/The-Postmodern-Adventure-Science-Technology-and-Cultural-Studies-at-the/Best-Kellner/p/book/9780415239622

Lev Manovich

Cultural Analytics

2020

http://manovich.net/index.php/projects/cultural-analytics

Nicole Burton and Hugh Goldring

The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet, Expanded Digital Edition

2019

https://thedigitalpress.org/thebeast/

Susan Fast, Craig Jennex

Popular Music and the Politics of Hope: Queer and Feminist Interventions

2019

https://www.routledge.com/Popular-Music-and-the-Politics-of-Hope-Queer-and-Feminist-Interventions/Fast-Jennex/p/book/9781138055896

Ricky Varghese

Raw: Prep, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking

2019

https://uofrpress.ca/Books/R/Raw

Ronak K. Kapadia

Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War

2019

https://www.dukeupress.edu/insurgent-aesthetics

Jennifer Beth Spiegel and Benjamin Ortiz Choukroun

The Art of Collectivity: Social Circus and the Cultural Politics of a Post-Neoliberal Vision

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/art-of-collectivity--the-products-9780773557352.php

Jennifer C. Lena

Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

2019

https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691158914/entitled

Jessica Tsui-Yan Li

The Transcultural Streams of Chinese Canadian Identities

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/transcultural-streams-of-chinese-canadian-identities--the-products-9780773556850.php?page_id=46&

David Fancy and Hans Skott-Myhre

Art as Revolt: Thinking Politics through Immanent Aesthetics

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/art-as-revolt-products-9780773557291.php

Rachel F. Stapleton and Antonio Viselli

Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/iconoclasm-products-9780773557376.php

Tiffany Lethabo King

The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies

2019

https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-black-shoals

Kirsty Robertson

Tear Gas Epiphanies

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/tear-gas-epiphanies-products-9780773557017.php

Andrea Benoit

VIVA M•A•C: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of M•A•C Cosmetics

2019

https://utorontopress.com/ca/viva-m-a-c-4