BackgroundMJ Bumb is a Ph.D. candidate whose major fields are 19th & 20th century American literature and popular culture. He specializes in postwar fiction and film, critical theory, and consumer culture. His research areas include foodways; pugilism; multimedia authoring; technoculture; and the history of the book. His dissertation is an interdisciplinary study that charts the relationship between the racial and gender economics of authorship and the consumer marketplace during the Cold War. A former advertising copywriter, he has published reviews and entries for Class in America, H-Net, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He is now co-editing a volume on prizefighting in contemporary society as well as revising an article for publication, entitled "Dr. Atkins, Meet Dr. Beaumont: Dietary Books, Self-Torture, and National Literature."