Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms
Spilling blood, banking blood, and even sucking blood defined 20th-century American empire from Alcatraz Island to Guantánamo Bay
“Cathy Hannabach assembles an impressive interdisciplinary archive to explore important questions in twentieth century US political and cultural histories. Analyzing blood as both metaphor and material practice, Hannabach's inventive, lively, and important book examines the relationship between race, gender/sexuality, and national belonging in popular culture, medicine, and in the military. Essential reading for transnational American studies, gender and sexuality studies, and science and technology studies.”
Julie Szeauthor of Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis
Table of Contents
Introduction: Blood Cultures
Bleeding Identities: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Blood Drive Activism
Cartographies of Blood and Violence
Technologies of Blood: The Biopolitics of Asylum
Blood and the Bomb: Atomic Cities, Nuclear Kinship, and Queer Vampires
Conclusion: Sanguinary Futures
“How does blood circulate—not simply in bodies, but through politics and over maps and across media? This is the question that is central to Cathy Hannabach’s stunning multi-disciplinary, transnational analysis of how blood gave life to American modernity. This book creates a narrative of the twentieth century and a means of understanding the nation and its practices, from the American Red Cross to Guantánamo Bay.”
Eric Smoodinauthor of Regarding Frank Capra: Audience, Celebrity, and American Film Studies, 1930-1960
About the author
Cathy Hannabach, PhD, is a book editor, podcaster, and independent scholar who helps interdisciplinary academics turn their vibrant ideas into reality and get their work into the communities they want to reach.
Her scholarship focuses on transnational feminist cultural studies, queer disability studies, and science and technology studies.
She is the author of Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms(2015), which traces the cultural history of blood as it both enabled twentieth-century US imperialism and was creatively transformed by feminist, anticolonial, anticapitalist, and queer artists and activists, and Book Marketing for Academics (2016), which teaches you how to harness your resources, skills, and time to build your author platform and get the word out about your awesome new book.
Her scholarship and other writing has been published in scholarly journals, edited collections, newspapers, and blogs, including Cultural Politics, Women & Performance, Succeeding Beyond Academia, Social Text: Periscope, Studies in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Journal of Homosexuality, Bully Bloggers, Time & Society, Zombies and Sexuality, and the California Aggie.
“Blood Cultures is everything cultural studies scholarship aspires to be: urgent, rigorously interdisciplinary and bold in theorization and execution. And Cathy Hannabach is one of the most gifted, erudite, and sophisticated scholars I know.”
Juana María Rodríguezauthor of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings