Three new OUPblog posts by Oxford Bibliographies contributors are now available:
- By Tim Maurer, author in International Relations:
"The hack of the Democratic National Committee by the Russian government and the subsequent publication of confidential emails during the 2016 US presidential election elevated cyber security in the context of international affairs to an unprecedented level in the public’s consciousness, not only in the United States but around the world. In fact, it had already become clear that cyber security had risen to the pinnacle of world politics when US President Obama went in front of television cameras in December 2014 to publicly accuse the North Korean government of hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment. [...]"
- By Vincent Carretta, author in African American Studies:
"Of the many known unknowns about the life of Phillis Wheatley (1753?–1784), the first published African-American poet, one of the greatest has been her husband’s character. Until very recently, all we’ve had to go on were two very brief nineteenth-century accounts of John Peters (1746?–1801). The first depicts him as a failed grocer with an aspiration to gentility, who married Phillis in April 1778, and who abandoned her as she lay dying in desperate poverty 6 years later. [...]"
- By Steven Cohan, author in Cinema and Media Studies:
"Say what you will about the strong fan base of La La Land and its probable domination of the upcoming Oscars after sweeping so many of the guild awards, not to mention the critical backlash against it that I have seen in the press and among scholars on Facebook, but Damien Chazelle certainly knows the history of the Hollywood film musical. The allusions to An American in Paris, Singin’ in the Rain, Funny Face, and Sweet Charity are pretty apparent, as is the homage to the French homage to Hollywood, Young Girls of Rochefort. [...]"