CLEVELAND, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Perhaps overcompensating for the 26-percent of U.S. adults who haven't read a book in the past year, Cleveland scholar and professor Brian S. Johnson has published two books –scholarly examinations of evil– in two months.
The Feb. 2017 release of "The Function of Evil Across Disciplinary Contexts," edited by Johnson and Malcah Effron, shares shelf space with Johnson's Jan. 2017 release, "The Nazi Card: Nazi Comparisons at the Beginning of the Cold War."
"The Nazi Card" examines Western views on Nazism through the lenses of history, literature, and popular culture from pre-WWII through the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
"Nazism is stifling; it cuts off any other way to offer analysis," Johnson explained in the Feb. 2017 issue of Beachwood Buzz. "It seems that there's a natural progression when describing evil to gravitate toward taking on the mantle of Nazism."
Johnson's February 2017 book, "The Function of Evil Across Disciplinary Contexts," analyzes evil as referenced across phenomena and academic disciplines. International scholars contributed papers as presented at Effron & Johnson's July 2014 "Manifestations of Evil" interdisciplinary conference at Case Western Reserve University.
The resulting collection is "an interrogation of how evil has been represented, raged against, accounted for, excused, and queried in Western culture," said Stacy Gillis of Newcastle University.
Both titles are published by Lexington Press, the academic imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, and are available for purchase online at https://Rowman.com/Lexington. Save 30-percent on orders with the promo code LEX30AUTH17.
Johnson, assistant professor of Humanities at Cuyahoga Community College, earned his PhD at UMass-Amherst. He has taught at CSU-Chico (CA), Bay Path University (MA) Marlboro College (VT), CWRU, and Cleveland State University.
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