• Mary Stuckey’s new book is set for a November 1 release date.  The Good Neighbor:  Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of American Power (Michigan State University Press, 2013) is ambitious in that it sets as its task the scholarly elaboration of FDR’s entire and lengthy rhetorical presidency, beyond the narrower slices that have motivated other books written by rhetorical analysts (which have, for instance, centered on the first hundred days of his presidency, or how he discursively managed his disability, or his fireside chats or his relationship with the press).  Beyond the often remembered ways in which the idea of the “good neighbor” grounded his foreign policies, Prof. Stuckey argues that the trope of neighborliness suffused his entire public persona, that it authorized moves that centralized power at the level of the federal government, and that it formed a compelling global vision for democratic alliance (or, as she puts it, “a democratic global ideological hegemony”) as opposed to dictatorship or authoritarianism.  The case she documents suggests how it was that “Roosevelt moved a nation that understood itself in 1930 in local if not provincial terms, with a relatively weak chief executive and isolated from world affairs, to a unified nation, centrally governed by a strong president, whose national interests encompassed the globe.”
  • MIS doctoral student and 2CI New Media fellow Justin Horton published an essay in Cinema Journal (52.4; pgs. 3-24), on “The Unheard Voice in Sound Film.”  The article notes that although considerable attention has been given to the prevalent tactic of the “disembodied voice,” less has been given to cases where speaking characters go unheard.  Horton argues that this situation is quite common (he suggests thinking of it as “voice-out”), and suggests a (not exhaustive) typology of its occurrence (ranging from the absence of the voice in silent film to the use of the whisper and more), with the goal of further illuminating the relationship between sound and image.
  • Congratulations to Ian Peters, also a doctoral student and 2CI New Media fellow. A revised version of a paper he presented last year in the doctoral proseminar, “Peril Sensitive Sunglasses, Batarangs, Superheroes in Miniature, and Pink Polka-Dot Boxers: Videogame Feelies, Play, and the Paratextual Gaming Experience,” will be published in a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures.  The special issue, “Materiality and Object-Oriented Fandom,” is set to appear this coming June 2014.
  • Vanessa Ament, nearing completion of her dissertation work, has also recently completed work on a second edition of her 2009 book, The Foley Grail: The Art of Performing Sound for Film, Games, and Animation – it’s scheduled for an April 2014 release by Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. The new edition is half again as long with a different focus and reflects a widened perspective given her academic work at GSU.  A review of the first edition in the interdisciplinary journal Animation praised the book for “putting the spotlight on this aspect of sound postproduction, in establishing a ‘classical’ baseline against which the variations of animation and game Foley performance can be judged, and, occasionally, in its suggestions as to what these variations may be.  Rather than revolving around the less specific notion of ‘sound design’, future crucial reflection on animation and game sounds can only benefit by feeding in the kind of specialist practical knowledge Ament provides about the aural footprint left by a very particular aspect of the sound production process.”