Area Studies

Showing 1-100 of 491 titles.
Sort by:

Poetics of the Local

Considers how Irish poets have drawn on discourses of locality to articulate new forms of place and belonging amid Ireland’s transforming global identity.

Party Switching in Israel

Analyzes the history of legislative party switching and its regulation in the Israeli Knesset.

Amos Oz

Explores the writer's enduring literary and political legacy.

This Side of Philosophy

Assesses a distinct style of thinking in twentieth-century Spanish writing, one in which literature plays a central role in reaching behind philosophy to essential sources of life and meaning.

Philosophical Archaeology

Explores the potential for a novel philosophy of history to be uncovered by tracing the connections between Giorgio Agamben's work (theoretical practice) and contemporary art (artistic practice).

Making the Public Service Millennial

Examines how the new wave of Generation Y public service employees are affecting the dynamics of continuity and change in public management ethics.

A Double Burden

Explores the delicate interplay between emigration of Jews from Israel to Germany and the construction of a new identity in the shadow of antisemitism both past and present in their new home.

Myth and Authority

Argues that Giambattista Vico's early modern account of Roman mythology was a sophisticated attempt to present an epistemological and political critique of the aristocratic way of conceiving the world.

Orienting Italy

Explores Italian filmmakers' representations of China and the Chinese, both at home and abroad.

Jewish Women and the Defense of Palestine

By Meir Chazan
Translated by Meir Chazan
Subjects: Area Studies

Examines the struggle of Jewish women to join defense and military activities during the decades leading up to the Israeli War of Independence.

Event of Signature

In dialogue with Derrida, formulates a new philosophical problem - a complex aporia that underlines the topic of the handwritten as a sign of legal identification.

The Split Time

Aims to construct an economic philosophy from indigenous African thought.

The Future of the World Is Open

Conversations with prominent Italian feminist thinkers Lea Melandri, Luisa Muraro, and Adriana Cavaero, as well as three essays - appearing in English for the first time - by author, journalist, and renown political figure Rossana Rossanda.

Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political

Nine masterful essays on Dante’s Divine Comedy and his political theology by one of today’s leading Italian philosophers.

All the World Is Awry

Examines the thought of Abū al-‛Alā’ al-Ma‛arrī (973–1057 CE) within the broader context of the major trends in Arab Islamic political and intellectual history by the time of his flourishing.

The Last Noble Gendarme

Gripping account of the life of the Russian Tsar’s last chief of security and intelligence.

The Fatah-Hamas Rift

By Gadi Hitman
Subjects: Area Studies

Analyzes the relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas since 2007, a period of time that has been marked by the parties' continual failure to end political disagreements and formulate a common national vision.

Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future

Analyzes socially engaged art practices worldwide, linking them to decolonial struggle and critique.

The Nation or the Ummah

Explains why Turkey embraced the Arab Spring despite the risk both domestically and internationally.

Rethinking Life

Fourteen Italian philosophers reflect on how the global experience of vulnerability and precariousness—of which the Covid-19 pandemic is but one example—compels us to rethink life and collective living.

Return to Point Zero

Analyzes Turkey’s Kurdish conflict since post-Ottoman nation-building through recent peace attempts, from a novel perspective highlighting the dilemmas of the Turk majority and reshaping our understanding of ethnic conflicts, and offers solutions for a sustainable peace.

Through the Periscope

Offers a wider approach to Italian American culture, one that stresses both its material, urban components and the creativity of its formal literary codes.

Hollywood Films in North Africa and the Middle East

Traces the circulation of Hollywood films in North Africa and the Middle East from the early twentieth century to the present.

Barcelona, City of Comics

Explores the close relationship between comics and urbanism in one of Europe's most notable global cities.

Empire News

Examines English-language Indian newspapers from the mid-nineteenth century and their role in simultaneously sustaining and probing British colonial governance.

Premises and Problems

Discusses world literature and cinema from the perspective of literary languages and film traditions that do not hold a hegemonic position.

The Land beyond the Border

Uses an innovative theoretical framework to comparatively explore the dynamics of state expansion and contraction in Syria (1976-2005), Morocco (since 1975), and Israel (since 1967).

Shadows in the City of Light

Examines the place of Paris in French Jewish literary memory, a memory that, of necessity, grapples with the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers

A unique portrayal of the theoretical positions of eleven Italian women thinkers who share the practice of philosophy and extend philosophical work and interests beyond the realm of the discipline strictly defined.

Ummah

Offers the Islamic concept of ummah as an alternative to the nation-state.

Flesh of My Flesh

Examines representations of sexual violence in modern Hebrew literature, focusing on the ways in which sexual aggression relates to Zionism, gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Reading, Wanting, and Broken Economics

Uses a historical study of bookselling and readers as a way to question and rethink our understanding of the market for symbolic goods.

The Anonymity of a Commentator

A close study of one of the most prolific commentary writers in Islamic history.

Luchino Visconti and the Alchemy of Adaptation

Examines the place of book-to-film adaptations by one of Italy's most famous postwar film directors.

This Bridge Called My Back, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Fortieth anniversary edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

The International Dimension of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Analyzes the Israel-Palestinian conflict by looking at its interactions with seven regional and global powers and the way the conflict is framed at the international level.

Medicine Is War

Examines how literature mediated a convergence of militarism and medicine in Victorian culture that continues into the present via a widespread martial metaphor.

Complex Effects of International Relations

Identifies the many ways in which unexpected outcomes are endemic to international relations due to the complexity of world politics.

Critique in German Philosophy

Traces a conceptual history of critique in German philosophy from the eighteenth century to the present.

Globalizing Organic

By Rafi Grosglik
Subjects: Sociology

Traces how alternative food movements are affected by global and local trends, with a focus on how organic agriculture was integrated in Israel.

The Play of Light

Juxtaposes five contemporary French poets, illuminating the philosophical elements of their work while making their sometimes difficult writing newly accessible.

Since 1948

A portrait of Israeli literature in its full transnational and multilingual complexity.

Citizenship and Service

By Etta Bick
Subjects: Area Studies

Assesses the place of non-military national service in Israeli politics and society.

Pharmapolitics in Russia

Documents the surprising role pharmaceutical science and technology has played in Russia’s search for national identity over a century of political turbulence.

The Hebrew Orient

Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American identity.

Bounded Integration

Investigates Turkey and Israel's contrasting treatment of religion and demonstrates how this treatment has had a significant impact on these countries' democratic performance.

Bastard Politics

Argues that we need to reinvent sovereignty as a motive for democratic political action while remaining alert to its dangers, specifically its relationship to violence.

Holidays of the Revolution

Shows how Israeli Communists developed a distinctive national identity outside the boundaries of Zionism.

Giallo!

Traces the giallo mystery/horror genre from its genesis in Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s to its contemporary place in the global cult-film canon.

Dante and the Legibility of the Universe: Facts and Narratives

Argues that the Divine Comedy dramatizes the risks and rewards of competing narratives, or different ways of reading.

Boy-Wives and Female Husbands

A significant contribution to anthropology, history, and gender studies that reveals the denials of homosexuality in traditional and contemporary African societies to be rooted in colonialist ideologies.

Funny How?

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

Kept from All Contagion

Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory's implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.

Women's Activism and New Media in the Arab World

Critically evaluates the rapid changes that have happened in women’s lives in the contemporary Middle East due to globalization and the increasing popularity of modern technology and social media use.

Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray

A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.

China in Ethiopia

Examines China’s involvement in Ethiopia as the latter embarks on modernization and economic development.

Reconstructing the Civic

Explores the civic activism of the Palestinian minority in Israel for a better understanding of the relationship between civic activism and democratization in ethnic states.

Miraculous Realism

An authoritative study of this postsecular film movement from the French-Belgian border region that rose to prominence at the turn of the twenty-first century.

The Immortals

Translation of the award-winning debut novel by Haitian writer Makenzy Orcel about the lives of prostitutes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, amid the 2010 earthquake.

Unsettling Colonialism

An interdisciplinary analysis of gender, race, empire, and colonialism in fin-de-siècle Spanish literature and culture across the global Hispanic world.

The Repose of the Spirits

Major new translation of a unique and important Persian treatise on divine names in the Islamic tradition.

Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater

By Elena Aydarova
Subjects: Education

An ethnography of Russian teacher education reforms as scripted performances of political theater.

The Autobiography of a Language

Explores the links between language, cultural identity, and creativity through the works of Emanuel Carnevali, one of the first Italian American authors to attain literary recognition.

Bergson and History

Explores the philosophy of history of Henri Bergson and shows its relevance to contemporary historical thought.

Genealogies of the Secular

Presents a historical and philosophical overview of the twentieth-century German debates on secularization and their significance for contemporary discussions about the relationship between theology and modernity.

The Art of Jihad

Identifies and traces the evolution of a forgotten “realist” tradition in medieval Islamic political thought, and considers the prospects for its revival in the context of the contemporary Middle East.

The Holocaust and Masculinities

Edited by Björn Krondorfer & Ovidiu Creangă
Subjects: History

Critically assesses the experiences of men in the Holocaust.

Psychoanalysis and Repetition

Addresses unconscious repetition, a concept that is crucial to an understanding of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis.

The Cudgel and the Caress

Offers philosophical and psychological reflections on cruelty and tenderness.

The First Zionist Congress

Translated by Michael J. Reimer
Introduction by Michael J. Reimer
Subjects: Jewish Studies

An indispensable primary source in the history of Zionism.

Beyond Bergson

Examines Bergson’s work from the perspectives of critical philosophy of race and decolonial theory, placing it in conversation with theorists from Africa, the African Diaspora, and Latin America.

Major Concepts in Spanish Feminist Theory

First book in English to offer a thorough introduction to key concepts and figures in Spanish feminist thought.

Thoughtlessness and Decadence in Iran

Bridges Western and non-Western political thought to address the problem of democracy and political decadance in contemporary Iran and, by implication, similar Islamic societies.

Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators

Compares the political activities of African Americans who settled in Ghana in the 1950s and 1960s with those who settled in the 1980s to the present.

Rule, Britannia!

Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.

Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France

Edited by Heidi Brevik-Zender
Subjects: Literature

An interdisciplinary examination of French fashion, modernity, and materiality from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom

Shows the relevance of Schiller’s thought for contemporary philosophy, particularly aesthetics, ethics, and politics.

The Battle over a Civil State

Traces the genealogy of the Western philosophic concept of the civil state, how that concept was assimilated into Egyptian political thought, and how it affected the 2013 coup against President Mursi.

Signatures of Struggle

A Marxist history of Israeli literature, tracing the relations between economic, social, and aesthetic transformations.

The Pen Confronts the Sword

By Avihu Zakai
Subjects: History

Demonstrates how four books by dissident German intellectuals served as a rebuke to the Nazi regime.

An Archive of the Catastrophe

Comprehensive analysis of 220 hours of outtakes that impels us to reexamine our assumptions about a crucial Holocaust documentary.

A State Is Born

Comprehensive historical study of policy planning and implementation during the crucial formative years of the Israeli government system.

A Turbulent South Africa

Highlights the continuing social unrest and public protest occurring in South Africa’s poorest districts.

Religious Zionism and the Settlement Project

An in-depth account of the ideology driving Israel's religious Zionist settler movements since the 1970s.

Water and Power in Past Societies

Examines the many ways water has contributed to power structures in the past, with insights for contemporary water management.

Repentance and the Return to God

The first major study of the idea of repentance, or tawba, in Islam.

A Queer Way Out

Argues that queer Israeli emigrants engage in a deliberately unheroic form of resistance to Zionism.

Hearts and Minds

By Nachman Shai
Subjects: Area Studies

Uses Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the second intifada (2000–2005) as a prime example of interactions between state security, diplomacy, and the media.

On Self-Translation

A fascinating collection of essays and conversations on the changing nature of language.

Phrase

The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.

Cultural Journeys into the Arab World

Edited by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Introduction by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Subjects: Literature

A diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction literature from across the Arabic-speaking world.

Educational Oases in the Desert

By Jonathan Sciarcon
Subjects: History

A history of the French schools that pioneered female education in Ottoman Iraq's Jewish communities.

Ripping England!

Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.

Affective Images

Explores intervisual case studies in relation to migration, xenophobia, and gender.

The Afterlife of al-Andalus

The first study to undertake a wide-ranging comparison of invocations of al-Andalus across the the Arab and Hispanic worlds.

Walāyah in the Fāṭimid Ismāʿīlī Tradition

Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.

Adventures in Phenomenology

Repositions Bachelard as a critical and integral part of contemporary continental philosophy.

Lessing and the Enlightenment

A comprehensive study of Lessing’s religious thought.

Complete Poetry of Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

Translated by Burton Raffel & Alla Burago
Introduction by Sidney Monas
Subjects: General Interest

Offers the complete body of work of one of the twentieth century's greatest Russian poets for the first time in English.

Beasts of Burden

Uses literature, art, and cultural texts from the British Romantic period to explore the age in which biological life and its abilities first became regulated by the rising nation.