The Return of H-AmStdy Reviews

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Dear H-AmStdy readers,

In the coming weeks, the Review Editors here at H-AmStdy intend to publish the first reviews that have appeared on the network since 2012. Book and other reviews were posted sporadically to H-AmStdy when it was still only an email list. Now, as part of the larger H-Net Commons project, we hope to maintain a more regular schedule of reviewing important works.

Up first will be two reviews of publications in the vibrant field of Native American/Indigenous studies. M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo traces the contested question of gender in the early encounters between European settlers and the Native population, responding to Rebecca Kay Jager’s Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea: Indian Women as Cultural Intermediaries and National Symbols (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015). And Andrew Lipman’s The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast (Yale University Press, 2015) is the starting point for Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy’s discussion of contact zones in colonial struggles.

Shortly after these reviews appear, we will publish Sandra Moats’ review of Ron Chernow's Hamilton (Penguin Books, 2005), the book that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 Broadway musical. This review is part of a constellation that will be featured across the H-Net Commons; H-PCAACA will publish a review of the musical and H-Teach will present a collection of related teaching material.

In November, shortly before the American Studies Association annual conference in Denver, we will publish reviews of three books by ASA member Viet Nguyen. One of these books, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year. We look forward to highlighting Nguyen’s work.

Looking forward,
Eric Covey
On Behalf of
The H-AmStdy Review Editors

Eric Covey
Miami University in Ohio

Katharina Donn
University of Augsburg