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Congratulations to Professor McCormack on the publication of her  article, “Searching for Wyatt Earp in Anatolia”

Professor Kara McCormack’s essay, “Searching for Wyatt Earp in Anatolia: The American West in the Turkish Imagination,” was recently published in the Autumn issue of the Journal of Arizona History, “Imagining Arizona,” for which she also served as guest editor. Through an analysis of conversations with westerns-loving Turks, the Turkish comedy western Yahşi Batı, and the western-themed tourist attraction Erkansas City, this article examines how the West as a global mythic site has been transformed and recontextualized into a local expression of Turkish national identity

In addition, her essay, “Home. Family. Future: Authenticity, the Frontier Myth, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” was published in ContactZone: the journal of the Italian Association for the Study of Science Fiction and the Fantastic, this past spring. This essay explores the ways Dawn of the Planet of the Apes utilizes the meanings of the American frontier and the myth of the wilderness to get at questions of authenticity and renewal, linking the heroic Cesar to the stories that have circulated about American frontiersman Daniel Boone for centuries.


Congratulations to Professor Johnson on the publication of his new book

Professor Daniel Johnson’s new book, Making the Early Modern Metropolis: Culture and Power in Pre-Revolutionary Philadelphia, is now available from the University of Virginia Press. According to historian Billy Smith, “By situating Philadelphia firmly within the context of the broader urban Atlantic World, Daniel P. Johnson provides marvelous new interpretations of continuities, conflicts, and changes in the most important city in early America.” Professor Johnson discusses the book in detail in UVA’s “Author’s Corner” interview series.






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