Chris Vials Presentation

Today at 2:00 the  English Department will be hosting a book talk/signing/celebration for Chris Vials’s recently published monograph, Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States (University of Massachusetts Press). The presentation and discussion are scheduled for 2:00-3:30 in Austin/CLAS 217 (aka Stern Room).


Brief description of the book:

Although fascism is typically associated with Europe, the threat of fascism in the United States haunted the imaginations of activists, writers, and artists, spurring them to create a rich, elaborate body of cultural and political work. Traversing the Popular Front of the 1930s, the struggle against McCarthyism in the 1950s, the Black Power movement of the 1960s, and the AIDS activism of the 1980s, Haunted by Hitler highlights the value of “antifascist” cultural politics, showing how it helped to frame the national discourse.


Christopher Vials examines the ways in which anxieties about fascism in the United States have been expressed in the public sphere, through American television shows, Off-Broadway theater, party newspapers, bestselling works of history, journalism, popular sociology, political theory, and other media. He argues that twentieth-century liberals and leftists were more deeply unsettled by the problem of fascism than those at the center or the right and that they tirelessly and often successfully worked to counter America’s fascist equivalents.


Alan Wald says of the book, “With insight and grace, Christopher Vials demonstrates compelling new ways of understanding a complicated tradition of the Left and U.S. culture. The steady flow of astute interpretations and commentary adds up to scholarship of enduring importance, a treasure trove for the specialist and general reader alike.”


All are welcome – faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Refreshments will be served.