"Rubin (American studies, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston; Immigration and Popular Culture) focuses on the faire as phenomenon, and while the book presents an in-depth look at its 50-year existence, it's with an eye toward exploring its continued place in the counterculture and its significant effects on subcultural movements in music, crafts, and theater... The results are a must read for anyone interested in a nonstereotypical view of the faire, its adherents, and why it retains its appeal decades after its inception." Library Journal, October 2012 "The fascinating, forthcoming Well-Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture (NYU Press, release date November 19), a study of the phenomenon and its political and cultural echoes by Rubin -- a professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston -- just might temper any Renaissance indigestion. Its deep and compelling tale of the Faire's reach, much of it emanating from a specifically Californian aesthetic of soft-golden attitudes and ecstatic liberal expression, certainly had me revisiting some of my own preconceptions, even yearning to be part of the revelry. Somebody polish me a codpiece!" San Fransisco Bay Guardian, October 2012 "[C]areful, informative, and thought-provoking...Well Met is packed with welcome detours into fascinating historical byways." - Slate.com "Rachel Lee Rubin is good on the analogies, and overlaps, between 'rennies' and other communities, from science fiction fans to sexual fetishists...Rubin's survey of fairs in popular culture is for the most part exhaustive... Ultimately - and the strength of Rachel Lee Rubin's book is that she understands and celebrates this - the point of Renaissance fairs is that a lot of people find pleasure in them." - Roz Kaveney, Times Literary Supplement, 22nd March 2013 "Readers who had always intuited a connection between the sixties counterculture and the faire, but who lacked the details, will find their curiosity sated. Those hoping for a holistic appraisal of a faire network that remains rambunctiously alive will be even more pleased." - Terry Wagner (Louisiana State University), H-1960s
About the Author
Rachel Lee Rubin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is author of Immigration and American Popular Culture (with Jeffrey Melnick, NYU Press) and Jewish Gangsters of Modern Literature, and co-editor of American Popular Music: New Approaches to the Twentieth Century and Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction.