Happy New Year’s Eve! At Duke University Press, we’re ringing in the holiday by reading academic journals, of course. Some of our most popular journal articles in 2015 have titles that might make you do a double-take. As you wait for the ball to drop, check out these eye-catching articles, made freely available for you to read.
It’s more than just a catchy title. Authors Drucilla Cornell and Stephen D. Seely argue for a return of queer theory to revolutionary politics. Not only does revolution not have to be heteronormative, they claim, but in fact “a rethinking of sexuality must accompany any thinking of revolution.”
It’s not just a myth—the supply of English PhD graduates does far outweigh the demand, says economist David Colander along with Daisy Zhuo. But there’s still hope. Colander suggests several ways we can improve the sticky situation facing recent graduates.
The abstract says it all: “If Dracula is written from the perspective of a closeted gay man, as much scholarship contends, this article therefore suggests that the gay closet, far from being a site of pure terror and deception, can provide a privileged outsider’s vantage point on heterosexual life. In the closet, erotic desire is always at odds with social institutions; Dracula can be read in part as a horrified imagining of what full participation in institutionalized sexuality would be like.”
Western media coverage of the Syrian civil war is often melodramatic and simplistic, presenting the war as a struggle between good and evil, says author Ted Galen Carpenter. Carpenter presents the murky reality of the war, analyzing what it means for Syria, the Middle East, and the international community.
You might have seen cabin porn before—those photographs of beautiful cabins in the middle of nature. Author Finn Arne Jørgensen explores not only why we’re drawn to these rustic images, but also how we reconcile technology with the authenticity of nature.
The majority of writings about Latin American drug cartels “frame the drug trade as a phenomenon operating outside of the state,” says author Oswaldo Zavala. However, he contends, the drug trade is located within state structures, and emerging novels that recognize this connection offer more accurate depictions of the trade. This article won the 2015 Latin American Studies Association Mexico Award for Best Essay in the Humanities.
If fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses are legally considered to have personhood, what implications does this have for pregnant women? Authors Lynn M. Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin report on 413 cases where pregnancy was a necessary factor leading to arrest.
What other eye-catching articles did we miss? What were your favorites this year? Let us know in the comments or by sharing this post on social media, and have a great New Year!