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Works like a Charm

Breaks the spell of economic thought by interrogating the widespread language and logic of “incentives” in public life from a Lacanian perspective.

Bay Lodyans

Considers how popular Haitian films not only provide entertainment but also help audiences in Haiti and the diaspora think through daily challenges.

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.

Haight-Ashbury, Psychedelics, and the Birth of Acid Rock

Illuminates the beginnings, downfall, and legacy of the acid-inspired, spontaneous, and playful approach to life and music in Haight-Ashbury from 1964–1967.

Torturous Etiquettes

Explores the “torture” of mannered behavior and the prevalence of etiquette as a theme in classical and contemporary Hollywood and European cinema.

Ducktails, Drive-ins, and Broken Hearts

An unflinching look at the triumphs and tragedies of '50s rock and roll, from the biggest stars,
like Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins, to those who barely grabbed the spotlight.

Tourists and Trade

How two roadside craft shops in upstate New York transformed American crafts into a fine art.

Ch’ayemal nich’nabiletik / Los hijos errantes / The Errant Children

A bold and unflinching portrayal of contemporary Maya life in Chiapas, Mexico.

The Motorcycle Industry in New York State, Second Edition

The compelling chronicle of 120 years of motorcycle making in the Empire State.

Casseroles, Can Openers, and Jell-O

An “all-you-can-eat” tour of American life in the postwar period, told through the foods we loved.

Black in Print

Explores the role of print media in conversations about race and belonging across Central America.

Rethinking Interiority

A philosophical investigation of the concept of interiority, presenting readers with its unmined aspects and senses.

Reauthoring Savage Inequalities

Offers rich, wide-ranging counternarratives to social, political, and educational discourses that characterize urban schools and communities as places of despair, revealing the resources and strategies of resistance that teachers, students, and families use to succeed and thrive.

Equality and Excellence in Ancient and Modern Political Philosophy

Edited by Steven Frankel & John Ray
Subjects: Politics And Law

Interpretations of critically important texts in political philosophy from Greek antiquity to modern times on the tension between human excellence and equality and its possible resolution.

The Critical Ihde

This critical reader brings together both essential as well as under-recognized writings from the work of Don Ihde, one of the most important contemporary thinkers on technology and human experience.

From Technological Humanity to Bio-technical Existence

Explores the relationship between technics and humanity, tracing the emergence of a bio-technical conception of existence in contemporary continental philosophy.

The Scene of the Voice

Brings the figure of the voice and the problem of mimesis in Heidegger and post-Heideggerian continental thought to bear on the dismissal of language by the affective and aesthetic turns of contemporary critical theory.

The China Record

Detailed assessment of the People's Republic of China as an alternative mode of political system and as a distinctive model of socioeconomic development.

The Touch of the Present

Explores the importance of the body and the senses in educational encounters, drawing out the aesthetic and political dimensions of educational practices.

Critical Studies on Heidegger

Original reading of Heidegger suggesting what his project could mean for building an ethical way of life now and in the future.

Ana M. López

Brings together Ana M. López's field-defining essays on Latin American film and media in one indispensable volume.

Blues on Stage

Tells the story of classic blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith.

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).

The Stork Club Cookbook and Bar Book

Relive the glory days of New York's poshest night spot with recipes and drinks you can prepare at your own home!

Relocating the Sacred

Maps manifestations of the sacred and religious syncretism in Afro-Brazilian cultural forms.

Personation Plots

Examines the fascination with identity fraud in sensation fiction and Victorian culture more broadly.

Dialogue on the Threshold

A reconstruction and critical interpretation of Heidegger's remarkable relationship to the poet Georg Trakl.

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

This textbook offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of LGBTQ+ topics. The 12 chapters cover LGBTQ+ history, culture, and Queer Theory, but also explore LGBTQ+ relationships, families, parenting, health, and education - as well as a separate chapter on how to conduct research on LGBTQ+ topics.

Woman-Centered Brazilian Cinema

Illuminates the complex factors that have helped or hindered creative work by and about women in the twenty-first-century Brazilian film industry.

New York's Great Lost Ballparks

Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.

Honeymoon Couples and Jurassic Babies

Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.

Heidegger and the Human

Original and critical essays by leading scholars on the question of the human in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

Religion and Empire in Portuguese India

Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.

The Hard Sell of Paradise

Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Accumulation and Subjectivity

Reconsiders key concepts in Marxist thought by examining the relationship between accumulation and subjectivity in Latin American narrative, film, and social and political theory.

The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak

Edited by Partha Chatterjee
Notes by Partha Chatterjee
Subjects: Asian Studies

Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.

In the Brightness of Place

Drawing on a range of sources in philosophy and literature, but with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, makes a compelling case for the importance of place in philosophical discourse.

Hindutva and Violence

Examines the place of history in the political thought of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the key architects of modern Hindu nationalism.

Nietzsche in Hollywood

Argues that Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch was a central concern of filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s.

Addiction Recovery and Resilience

Analyzes the tensions and triumphs of a unique, faith-based, addiction recovery organization in a high poverty neighborhood.

Normality, Abnormality, and Pathology in Merleau-Ponty

Drawing on Merleau-Ponty offers new insights into our understandings of health and illness, ability and disability, and the scientific and cultural practices that both enable and limit our capacity for diverse experiences.

The Threefold Struggle

Drawing on the thought of novelist and cultural critic Daniel Quinn, argues it is not too late to free ourselves from a culture in which we are compelled to destroy the world, one another, and even ourselves.

Bitter Harvest

Explores the duality between humans and Earth through a focus on the economic system changes that began with grain agriculture and has now reached its apogee in global capitalism.

Truth and Politics

Endorses the pursuit of paradigm shifts in our understandings of faith, truth, and nature to remedy the "underside" of modernity and thus to inaugurate a post-modern (but not anti-modern) and post-secular (but not anti-secular) view of the world.

Democracy at the Ballpark

Examines how the national pastime of baseball has the capacity to shape politics and American democracy.

A Postcolonial Relationship

Offers an Asian immigrant perspective on US racial relations and explores the unique situations and challenges facing Asian immigrants in the United States.

Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future

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

Playing Games in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Illuminates the ways games—from baseball cards to board games, charades to boxing, and croquet to strategies of war—were integral to nineteenth-century life and culture in the United States and Britain.

Saying Peace

Offers an immanent critique of Levinas’s core philosophical proposals by reference to his allegedly eurocentric statements.

The Cultural Power of Personal Objects

Edited by Jared Kemling
Subjects: Philosophy

Historical and theoretical discussions that describe and reflect on personal objects from a variety of perspectives.

The Humanistic Background of Science

The once-lost introduction to the philosophy of science by Philipp Frank (1884-1966), a leading member of the Vienna circle of philosophers and biographer of Albert Einstein.

Mayalogue

Offers a strong critique of traditional anthropological studies from an Indigenous and postcolonial perspective.

The Tyranny of Common Sense

Elucidates how neoliberalism rules all areas of life and operates as a form of common sense, taking Mexico as a case study.

From Pariah to Priority

Incorporates a unique diplomatic, insider perspective to explain the unexpected incorporation of LGBTI rights into American and Swedish foreign policies.

Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State

Looking at Japan, traces crisis narratives across three decades and ten policy fields, with the aim of disentangling discursively manufactured crises from actual policy failures.

Ecology on the Ground and in the Clouds

Follows Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland as they travel together in South America and then go their separate ways, in the process illustrating two very different ways of understanding humanity's place in the natural world.

When Does History Begin?

Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.

Drops of Inclusivity

A critical view of race relations on the island of Puerto Rico from 1898 to 1965.

No Jurisdiction

A deeply personal study of post-9/11 film that exposes how genre can frame the shifting meanings of the War on Terror and its impact on American law and culture.

Of an Alien Homecoming

The first book-length study in English of the Heidegger-Hölderlin relation, addressing the tension between Heidegger's political commitments during National Socialism and Hölderlin's ideal of poetic dwelling.

The Future of Lenin

Essays that argue in favor of Lenin's continuing relevance for twenty-first century politics and thought.

Whiteness at the End of the World

Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.

Tales from Du Bois

Offers a new framework for understanding Du Bois's poetics and politics, including the concept of double consciousness, by tracing the trope of the cross-caste romance across his fiction.

Screening #MeToo

Considers how Hollywood films since the 1960s have both reflected and shaped attitudes toward rape and sexual violence.

The White Indians of Mexican Cinema

Examines the filmic representation of Whiteness as Indigeneity and its role in mediating racial politics in Mexico.

Post-Chineseness

Analyzes international and cultural relationships informed by "China," a category that is becoming ever more indispensable and yet unstable in everyday narratives.

Dimensions of Aesthetic Encounters

A novel fusing of multiple approaches and range of examples exploring the dimensions, objects, and import of aesthetic encounters.

Ida Rubinstein

The critical biography of a dynamic and under-represented figure who produced and starred in some of the most innovative works of her day.

Barcelona, City of Comics

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

Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema

Sheds light on emergent Latin America cinema that addresses the politics of environmental destruction, the unevenness of climate change consequences, and new ways of visualizing the world beyond the human.

Was It Yesterday?

Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television.

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.

Unholy Trinity

Examines representations of religion in Mexican film from the Golden Age to the early twenty-first century.

Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity

A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.

Avant-Gardes in Crisis

Charts underexamined genealogies of minoritarian aesthetic responses to the multiple crises of the long 1970s.

Nos/Otras

Offers a timely reconsideration of the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, treating issues of multiplicitous agency, identarian politics, and the stakes of coalition building as core themes in the author's work.

Race and the Suburbs in American Film

Explores how suburban space and the body are racialized in American film.

Animals in Irish Society

By Corey Lee Wrenn
Subjects: Sociology

The first exploration of vegan Irish epistemology, one that can be traced along its history of animism, agrarianism, ascendency, adaptation, and activism.

Sappho's Legacy

Examines women’s food cooperatives and local dining venues on the Greek island of Lesvos and how tourism, gender, and sexualities inform the creation of these alternative economies.

The Seasons

Edited by Luke Fischer & David Macauley
Subjects: Philosophy

Pioneering essays that demonstrate the significance of the seasons for philosophy, environmental thought, anthropology, cultural studies, aesthetics, poetics, and literary criticism.

The Godfather and Sicily

Offers a distinctive interpretation of The Godfather as a novel and film sequence.

Perpetual Movement

Offers both a production history and a close analysis, with a chapter for each of the film's eleven shots.

Toward an African Future—Of the Limit of World

Examines the thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, with attention to its potential for reorienting present-day critical theory and political philosophy.

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 Left Hand of Capital

Original and comprehensive examination of Chilean political and economic development since the end of the Pinochet military regime in 1990.

The Students We Share

Edited by Patricia Gándara & Bryant Jensen
Subjects: Education

Examines policies, norms, and classroom practices of the US and Mexican education systems, with the aim of preparing educators to understand and help transnational children and youth.

Mexico Unmanned

Demonstrates how transhistorical myths of masculinity are both perpetuated and challenged in recent Mexican cinema.

Continental Theory Buffalo

Revisits, reassesses, and reclaims the legacy of May '68 in light of our present cultural and historical emergency.

Enduring Critical Poses

A celebration of Anishinaabe intellectual tradition.

Racialized Visions

The first volume in English to explore the cultural impact of Haiti on the surrounding Spanish-speaking nations of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Open Borders

Offers a dialogue about the future of the nature of the human, technology, metaphysical foundations, globalization, and social and political oppression.

Capitán Latinoamérica

Analyzes contemporary superhero-themed cinema, television, and web series in Latin America.

Teardrops of Time

Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.

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.

The World of Agha Shahid Ali

Critical essays on the transnational Kashmiri-American poet.

Beyond Gold and Diamonds

The first book to examine and establish characteristics of the British South African novel.

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.

Tastemakers and Tastemaking

Considers how and why taste persists in the analysis of Mexican film and television by looking at key figures and their impact on the curation of violence.

Screen Love

Engaging analysis of men-seeking-men media as paradoxical sites of both self-marketing and radical queer sociality.

Levinas, Adorno, and the Ethics of the Material Other

A provocative examination of the consequences of Levinas’s and Adorno’s thought for contemporary ethics and political philosophy.