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The Great Agrarian Conquest

Groundbreaking analysis of how colonialism created new conceptual categories and spatial forms that reshaped rural societies.

Meaning and Embodiment

By Nicholas Mowad
Subjects: Philosophy

Examines Hegel's insights regarding the complexity and significance of embodiment in human life, identity, and experience.

Cub Reporters

By Paige Gray
Subjects: Literature

Investigates how depictions of young people in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America use artifice to destabilize pre-existing narratives of truth, news, and fact.

Authorized Agents

Examines the relation between Indian diplomacy and nineteenth-century Native American literature.

Cinematic Skepticism

Drawing on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, argues that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film.

The Politics of People

Explores the cultural dimensions of protest and dissent in China, focusing on dramatic forms of bodily, spatial, strategic, and artistic performativity.

Victorian Negatives

Argues that the photographic negative gives a new way of understanding Victorian debates surrounding origins and copies as well as reality and representation.

Subjects That Matter

Argues for postcoloniality as a model for philosophical practice.

Brute Force

Considers how dangerous beasts in horror films illuminate the human-animal relationship.

Unsettling Colonialism

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

Culture and Tactics

Juxtaposes Antonio Gramsci’s work and critical race theory to offer a new understanding of tactics as a transformative practice.

Forms of Disappointment

Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.

Fearless

Biography of the early years of A. Bartlett Giamatti, who would become Yale University’s first non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant president and commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Speaking Face to Face

The first in-depth analysis of the radical feminist theory and coalitional praxis of scholar-activist María Lugones.

Coming Together

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and classicists discuss how urbanization first emerged in strikingly different sociopolitical contexts in North America, Europe, and the Near East.

Rumble and Crash

Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.

Power, Political Economy, and Historical Landscapes of the Modern World

Reveals how the expanding world-system entangled the non-western world in global economies, yet did so in ways that were locally articulated, varied, and, often, non-European in their expression.

Malleable Mara

Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.

From News to Talk

Explores how journalists think and talk about changes in the news environment, with a focus on the increase in opinion and commentary.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era

Edited by Heather E. Harris
Subjects: Communication

Considers the impact of neo-racism during the Obama presidency.

Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.

Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki

By Avram Alpert
Subjects: History

Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history.

Postpolitics and the Limits of Nature

Explores why past generations of radical ecological and social justice scholarship have been ineffective, and considers the work of a new wave of scholarship that aims to reinvent the radical project and combat injustice.

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.

Age of Shojo

Examines the role that Japanese girls’ magazine culture played during the twentieth century in the creation and use of the notion of shōjo, the cultural identity of adolescent Japanese girls.

Boundary Lines

Systematically addresses the philosophical implications of the postcolonial.

Lacan and Romanticism

Draws from the work of Jacques Lacan to provide innovative readings of Romantic literature in the long nineteenth century.

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage

Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.

Refugeehood and the Postconflict Subject

Examines the effects of culturally specific interpretations of refugeehood with an ethnographic focus on Cyprus

Race and Rurality in the Global Economy

Essays that examine globalization's effects with an emphasis on the interplay of race and rurality as it occurs across diverse geographies and peoples.

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.

Rule, Britannia!

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

Liminal Sovereignty

Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.

Found in Transition

Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.

Plato and the Body

Offers an innovative reading of Plato, analyzing his metaphysical, ethical, and political commitments in connection with feminist critiques.

The Projected Nation

Investigates how Argentine cinema has represented rural spaces and urban margins from the 1910s to the present.

Dimensions of Blackness

A multidimensional approach captures the complexities of African American racial identity.

Affectual Erasure

Comprehensive examination of how Indigenous peoples have been represented in Argentine film.

Animating Black and Brown Liberation

Offers a new framework for reading American literatures that critically links African American and Latinx traditions and struggles for liberation.

Anti-Music

Examines how African American jazz music was received in Germany both as a racial and cultural threat and as a partner in promoting the rise of Nazi totalitarian cultural politics.

The Essentialist Villain

By Mikko Tuhkanen
Subjects: Literature

The first book-length study of Bersani’s work, tracing the unfolding of his onto-ethics/aesthetics amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical influences.

Changed Forever, Volume I

The first in-depth study of a range of literature written by Native Americans who attended government-run boarding schools.

Childhood beyond Pathology

Brings psychoanalytic concepts to the notion of childhood development with a keen eye to discussions of social justice and human dignity.

The Trade in the Living

Macro-level study of the South Atlantic throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries demonstrating how Brazil’s emergence was built on the longest and most intense slave trade of the modern era.

Immanent Frames

Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.

Our War Paint Is Writers' Ink

Explores a little-known history of exchange between Anishinaabe and American writers, showing how literature has long been an important venue for debates over settler colonial policy and indigenous rights.

A Turbulent South Africa

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

Rx Hollywood

How films of the 1960s and early 1970s framed therapeutic issues as problems of human communication, and individual psychological problems as social ones.

Brokering Tareas

By Steven Alvarez
Subjects: Education

Provides concrete examples of homework mentorship and positive academic interventions among immigrant families.

Ripping England!

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

The China Order

Examines the rising power of China and Chinese foreign policy through a revisionist analysis of Chinese civilization.

Text and Tradition in South India

Essays on Telugu and South Indian literature and culture by distinguished Telugu scholar Narayana Rao.

Affective Images

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

Journey of a Goddess

Edited and translated by Fan Pen Li Chen
Introduction by Fan Pen Li Chen
Subjects: Asian Studies

First English translations of a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

Spontaneous Combustion

Provides answers to one of the enduring paradoxes of mass social change.

Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes

Argues that Indigenous hip hop is the latest and newest assertion of Indigenous sovereignty throughout Indigenous North America.

Marking Time

Addresses an understudied yet highly significant aspect of the work of the influential artist Andy Warhol: his exploration of anniversaries.

Marionette Plays from Northern China

Edited and translated by Fan Pen Li Chen
Introduction by Fan Pen Li Chen
Subjects: Asian Studies

English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of Northern China.

Passionate Detachments

Investigates the cultural value of film violence.

Over a Barrel

How a small family company in the Finger Lakes became one of the most important wine producers in the United States, only to be taken down by corporate greed and mismanagement.

After Katrina

Argues that post-Katrina New Orleans is a key site for exploring competing narratives of American decline and renewal at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The Love of Ruins

Explores issues related to race and religion in Lovecraft criticism.

Gestures of Love

Examines movie romance in light of our emotional bond to the actors and characters on screen.

The World, the Text, and the Indian

Advances critical conversations in Native American literary studies by situating its subject in global, transnational, and modernizing contexts.

Failing Desire

Draws on theology and queer theory to argue for the power of humiliating pleasures in a culture oriented very strongly to denying any enjoyment that is not about success.

Toward a Non-humanist Humanism

Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.

Beauty in the City

Presents a major new interpretation of the Ashcan School of Art, arguing that these artists made the working class city at the turn of the century a subject for beautiful art.

Regarding Life

Contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.

Trendy Fascism

Explores how white supremacist groups use popular music and culture to teach hate and promote violence.

Literature and "Interregnum"

Examines literary responses to the impact of economic and technological globalization in Latin America.

Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries

A story of self, braided to a story of American culture.

Judicial Power and National Politics, Second Edition

Chronicles the conflict between religious and secular forces in Israel.

Historicizing Post-Discourses

Examines how postfeminism and postracialism intersect to perpetuate systemic injustice in the United States.

Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation Reconsidered

Edited by Daniel Breazeale & Tom Rockmore
Subjects: Philosophy

Essays on one of Fichte's best known and most controversial works.

Malady and Genius

Analyzes the theme of self-sacrifice in Puerto Rican literature through psychoanalytic theory.

The Fifth Element

Explores spoken word poetry as a tool for social justice, critical feminist pedagogy, and new ways of teaching.

Human Rights Standards

A bracing critique of human rights law and activism from the perspective of the Global South.

Elder Care Journey

Combining expert knowledge and first-hand experience, a noted elder care researcher confronts the long-distance care of her own mother.

Inventing the Mathematician

Considers how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field.

Figures of Memory

Explores how the USHMM and other museums and memorials both displace and disturb the memories that they are trying to commemorate.

City in Common

Addresses ways that cultural imaginaries point toward alternative urban futures.

The Disappearing L

Investigates the rise and fall of US American lesbian cultural institutions since the 1970s.

Libre Acceso

Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film.

Out for Blood

Frames menstruation as a site of resistance, defiance, and shamelessness, showcasing the work of those who fight back against shame and silence.

Beer of Broadway Fame

Explores the hundred-year history of Piel Bros. , one of the prominent German American brands that once made New York City the brewing capital of America.

Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

A Postcolonial Self

A theologically informed look at the postcolonial self that forms as Korean immigrants confront life in the United States.

Age Becomes Us

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to further understandings of how aging and old age are created.

The Spike Lee Brand

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

A Very Old Machine

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.

The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.

Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision.

Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies

Provides encyclopedic coverage of female sexuality in 1940s popular culture.

Bricktop's Paris

Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Retrieving the Human

An interdisciplinary consideration of Paul Gilroy's contributions to cultural theory and understandings of modernity.

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors

Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.

A Rhetoric of Remnants

Examines the rhetoric in and around the New York State Asylum for Idiots in Syracuse, New York from 1854 to 1884.

Passing Interest

Explores how the trope of racial passing continues to serve as a touchstone for gauging public beliefs and anxieties about race in this multiracial era.